PANEUM - Wunderkammer des Brotes (House of Bread II)


Asten, Austria


Cultural,Mixed Use,Museum,Recent,Under construction

Science and Technology Museum Xingtai Musée des Confluences

Project Description

PANEUM - Wunderkammer des Brotes
Customer Information Centre and Event Forum

The Customer Information Centre and Event Forum PANEUM - Wunderkammer des Brotes - for the company Backaldrin in Asten consists of two elements: a box shaped plinth building with foyer and event rooms plus the “Wunderkammer des Brotes”, a two storey freeform exhibition area floating on top. The chosen materials augment the contrast of these two elements: The square base building shows a cast-in-place concrete façade while the rounded wood structure of the museum is clad with stainless steel shingles.

The base building houses the event rooms and the adjoining rooms. This area can be used for a variety of events as presentations, receptions or workshops for up to 120 visitors.

The design of the exhibition area is based on the idea of a cabinet of curiosities, a concept for collections originating in the Baroque period. This concept is especially appropriate for the unusual and small-scale objects in the collection related to the topic “bread” which are presented in the exhibition area. For the exhibition concept and design Gruppe Gut from Bozen was responsible.

The centre of the “Wunderkammer des Brotes” is formed by a circular atrium, in which selected items from the collection are individually suspended from the top, as in a differentiated crystal chandelier. The atrium is enclosed by a spiral stair where visitors can look at the exhibited items from various perspectives. The stair provides access to the two exhibition levels, where the objects are presented with the help of walls, tables and cabinets that are integrated into the architecture. Additionally, all floors can be accessed by elevators. The atrium is naturally illuminated from above while the exhibition spaces have artificial light.

The self-supporting wood shell of the exhibition structure is visible in the interior. It is composed of layered circles of cross laminated timber. This method of construction enables the realization of the free form. The high degree of prefabrication with 3D CNC technology (Computerized Numerical Control) lead to a short building time. Leaving the precisely shaped wood timber exposed on the interior, with just a layer of paint, made additional interior finishes unnecessary.


Exterior of the PANEUM - Wunderkammer des Brotes

INTERIOR: PANEUM – Wunderkammer des Brotes with its contemporary Wunderkammer is the first wooden building in free form



  • 3,750 m² Site Area
  • 1,850 m² Gross Floor Area
  • 20 meters Building Height
  • 9,105 m³ Volume
  • 4 Number of Floors



Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
Design Principal / CEO: Wolf D. Prix
Design Partner: Karolin Schmidbaur
Project Lead: Friedrich Hähle, Günther Weber (until 2015)
Project and Design Architect: Stephan Sobl
Project Team: Albara Arab, Martina Bighignoli, Daniel Bolojan, Donna Riedel, Benjamin Schmidt, Damian Witt, Denitsa Parleva, Risa Kagami
Model Building: Win Man, Nam La Chi, Po-Yao Shih

Structural Engineering: Wernly+Wischenbart+Partner ZT GmbH 
Mechanical/Plumbing Planning: Ing. Grillenberger GmbH & CoKG
Electrical Planning: Hross & Partner GesmbH.
Fire Protection: FireX Greßlehner GmbH
Building Physics: KPPK Ziviltechniker GmbH
Site Supervision: Markon Architecture ZT GmbH
Lighting Design: ag Licht
Wood Construction: WIEHAG GmbH
Thermal Building Simulation: Ingenieurbüro P. Jung GmbH

Consultants Client:

Exhibition Design: Gruppe Gut Gestaltung OHG
Geotechnik Tauchmann GmbH
Vermessung Schöffmann

Art Installations: vienna arthandling

Executive Building Company:

Builder: Bauunternehmen Ing. Harald Weissel GmbH
Concrete (Box/ Collar)
Wood Construction: WIEHAG GmbH
Shingle Façade: LUMMEL GmbH & Co. KG
(glass-bead blasted) 
Steel Staircase: MetallArt Metallbau Schmid GmbH
Glass Façade Box/Sky Light Box/Cladding Collar (Elevator, Collar, Entrance): Pöttinger Metallwerkstätten GmbH
Skylight Cloud/Sunshade/Maintenance Platform: METALLBAU WASTLER GmbH & Co.KG
Dry Construction: Trockenbau Urmann
Electrical: EQOS Energie Österreich GmbH
Mechanical/Plumbing: Ing. Pischulti Heizung- Klima und Sanitär Gesellschaft m.b.H.
Wood Flooring: Raumausstattung Wiesinger GmbH
Flooring Foyer: ABC Allgemeine Bau Chemie GmbH
Lightweight Concrete: POLZINGER GmbH
Elevator: Schindler Aufzüge und Fahrtreppen GmbH
Lifting Platform: KRAUS Betriebsausstattung und Fördertechnik GmbH
Painting Finishing: Hirsch Malerei und Mehr GmbH
Steel Interior Doors: STETORO neu GmbH
Wood Doors: Tischlerei Hofer GmbH
Outdoor Facilities: Held & Franke Baugesellschaft m.b.H. 
Refrigeration Cell: HÜBLER Kälte- und Klimatechnik Gesellschaft mbH


Exhibition Construction: barth Innenausbau KG / S.a.s.
Vertical Exhibition: ArtEngineering GmbH
Reception Desk: Idee & Design the Art Factory Gmb.H.
Furniture (Libary Table, Loose Furniture): BRAUN Lockenhaus GmbH
Furniture (Libary Chairs): Vitra Ges.m.b.H.
Canopies/Libary/Lavatory: Tischlerei Wegerer GmbH
Kitchen: wf  Wohn- und Fachberatung
Shading System: Silent Gliss GmbH

Marketing: Lunik2 Marketing Services GmbH


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