Germany, Detmold 

Art Kite Museum


Competition 1998 – 1st Prize
Volkwin Marg
Project Leader
Marek Nowak
Co-workers design
Heiko Körner, Michael Pohl, Timo Holland, Lars Maas
Co-workers construction
Christina Harenberg, Eyke Wetzel
Landscape Architecture
arbos, Hamburg
Light Planning
Zumtobel Licht
Art Kite GmbH
Construction Period
1999 – 2000
Gross Area
8,310 m²
53,268 m³



Franz Heller

Juergen Schmidt

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After a ten-year world-tour, the kite exhibition "Images for the Sky" moved into a high, empty helicopter hangar on an area previously used as a military airfield in Detmold.

The hall’s characteristic is a wide spanned, arched roof structure. This construction of hall girders remained visible. The wide front with sliding gates typical for the function of hangars was reconstructed in the central entrance area with a wide single-shell, translucent glazing and with a double-skin glass façade in the side areas. A generously projecting roof as well as a guide wall emphasize the en-trance and allow for the mutual relationship of exhibition space inside the museum and the airfield during the kite festivals, which take place every year.

The extension in the southwest, constructed in 1935 with a semicircular window front facing the former airfield, previously used by air traffic control, was converted into a café. A light-weight tensegrity tower as high landmark is to signalise the new purpose of the hangar, which is under a preservation order. The tensegrity tower presents the principle of compression bars and tensile ropes, which is also the fundamental principle of kite building.