Pixel in der Volksküche - Linz
The Pixel in der Volksküche was located in the Altstadt Ost (the old eastern part of the city), in the building of a former communal kitchen. In 1887 a coal warehouse was turned into a soup kitchen for the poor. It was continuously enlarged until the First World War when it became financially impossible to keep it open. The kitchen was taken over by the city, reopened in 1927, and remained operational until 1968 when it finally closed and was converted into an office building for the city’s power company. In recent years the building houses a center for architecture and an art gallery, and another present use as a pixel.
The mechanically controlled bed that can move and be concealed behind panels is a more elusive social and historical statement than similar design gestures in other pixels. Adapted with the "traditional building material" from Upper Austria "Eternit" it demonstrates the unique flexibility of this material and its ability to innovate.
The pixel attempts to refer to the past and its simplicity through the extensive use of fiber-cement boards, but the resulting white abstract spaces and its contemporary look connect it more to its present neighbors than its interesting past.