Transparency Abounds at the History Museum in Graz, Austria, Renovated by Innocad Architecture

Custom polypropylene netting encloses fashion items in the cultural history collection at the History Museum in Graz, Austria, renovated by Innocad Architecture. Photography by Paul Ott.

A neon installation by Brigitte Kowanz accompanies the custom steel entry walkway. Photography by Paul Ott.

For “100 x Styria,” a permanent exhibition designed by Innocad, custom display vitrines are clear acrylic and mirror glass. Photography by Paul Ott.

Surrounding another Kowanz neon piece are gilded moldings dating to the 18th century, when the 16th-century Palais Herberstein, which houses the museum, was last restored. Photography by Paul Ott.

Kowanz’s installation is at the exit from “100 x Styria.” Photography by Paul Ott.

Custom lacquered fiberboard stools rest on polyurethane-resin flooring in the Schaudepot, or open storage area, where the cultural history collection is displayed. Photography by Paul Ott.

Walnut parquet dates to the 18th century. Photography by Paul Ott.

Transportation objects such as bicycles and the circa 1450 coach of Emperor Frederick III are part of the cultural history collection. Photography by Paul Ott.

Beneath original chandeliers in “100 x Styria,” custom mirrored casework is part installation, part technology-equipment storage. Photography by Paul Ott.

Over the staircase, a 1750’s addition, the ceiling fresco attributed to Styrian 18th-century painter Philipp Carl Laubmann depicts Olympian gods. Photography by Paul Ott.

LED spots are installed behind the displays’ galvanized-steel cable trays. Photography by Paul Ott.

The custom units stand 9 feet tall. Photography by Paul Ott.

Vintage seats in the multimedia collection’s film room were reclaimed from a shuttered local movie theater. Photography by Paul Ott.

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