Originally Posted by Loathing
The art gallery doesn't make any sense to me: it's located amidst stunning Swiss mountains, and yet the building is entirely windowless. It's skylights produce really excellent light, but would only make sense in an urban or otherwise restricted setting where conventional windows might not be possible or desirable. The lack of windows isn't even the problem per se, it's the lack of any response whatsoever to the truly awesome setting. The whole building just looks fetishistically brutal.
I don't know what the art inside is though -- perhaps knowing that would help me make sense of what seems to be a very pretentious building.
The goal is to create an introspective, secluded space to do nothing but look at the sculptures under natural light. Therefore, no windows. To hang 500 lb. sculptures at eye level against a wall, you need load-bearing walls. Since it's Switzerland, where labor is the costliest in the world, that means plain, in-situ concrete structure with panel forming (I'd have enjoyed wood forming for more cost, but that's not what they chose). The only remaining decision is whether to finish the walls with anything. Again, that's more $, and also ornamental to their function, thus the raw concrete, introspective building with an appropriately spiritual atmosphere to correspond with the raw materiality of the works. I find it to be a tasteful roadside Agony Booth.