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Review of Stadthaus

Ranked #11 of 45 things to do in Ulm
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Stadthaus Ulm is exhibition space, event location, modern architectural sculpture and preserver of historical roots, citizens' forum, coffee-house and restaurant, the first stop for tourists and host to an international festival of contemporary classical music. In addition to its cultural programme, the Stadthaus serves as a location for external event organizers from a variety of fields, including culture, medical science, sciences, economy, media or politics. It was in part the desire to enhance the overall appearance of the Minster Square that lead to the the demolition of a former monastery from the 13th century, which was in need of rehabilitation. The cathedral was meant to be the only dominating building on the square. In 1890 the raising of the spire was finally completed, making it the highest church spire of the whole of Christianity. After a number of failed attempts, Ulm organised yet another architecture competition in 1986. It should be the last one, finally solving the dilemma. On November 15th 1986 the jury selected the design by New York architect Richard Meier. A storm of protest ensued. For years to come the township debated architecture with democratic passion. Today it is simply impossible to imagine Ulm's city centre without the Stadthaus
Reviewed February 10, 2011
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