Najjar & Najjar Architects are the authors of a new UNESCO World Heritage Centre with an adjoined shipping pier. The complex is built on a riverfront near Krems, in the northeast Austria. This architectonic studio, based in Vienna was founded in 1999 by the brothers Karim and Rames Najjar. In the 12 years of existence they have completed multiple projects featuring a high level of sophistication of shapes and forms, elegance, energy and a true sense of dynamics. The centre and the pier are connected by a bent-wing-resembling roof structure, which also creates a gate to the landscape of the “Wachau”. The area is represented by six illuminated screens telling its story. The roof is the central element of the whole complex, mainly for its dramatic expression. It creates a structure, that shelters a space for a variety of culturural, culinary or interpersonal encounters.
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