The Renovation 2013-2016

Since 1973, the museum has been housed in the former Provost's residence in the Zwettlerhof building. The apartment-like quality of the museum remained intact: restricted to one floor with a somewhat hidden entrance, the connection to the Cathedral was provided via the bank of windows on the upper floor facing Stephansplatz.

The renovation, which began in 2013, finally made the long-held wish to make the museum more accessible and create a more open space within the cityscape a reality. A large, transparent space was created between the two passageways leading out toward Stephansplatz, allowing for a seamless transition from the city into the museum. The design by Boris Podrecca combines a spatial expansion with a visual and architectural opening of the museum. Transparent materials and a reduced color palette highlight the objects while ensuring that the architecture remains in the background. A wide, flowing spiral which Podrecca refers to as a "figura serpentinata," connects the floors to one another. The spiral staircase and the round glass elevator it wraps around open the spaces to visitors and passers-by alike, and invites them in to the museum.

The exhibition space on the upper floor oscillates between the winding nooks and crannies of historic structures and spacious areas that open up towards Stephansplatz. One half creates a jewel box-like atmosphere in which to display the invaluable historic Cathedral treasures, while the large open spaces in the other half are flexible enough to accommodate special exhibitions. Between the chapel on one hand and the open facade facing the plaza on the other, Dom Museum Wien fulfils its role of sacred space and a place for encounters, allowing for all kinds of interactions with the objects in its collections.