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Paneum Museum of Bread

The museum “PANEUM – Chamber of wonders of bread” in Asten, a town in Upper Austria, takes visitors on a journey from the invention of bread to the plethora of varieties we enjoy today.

The museum “PANEUM – Chamber of wonders of bread” in Asten, a town in Upper Austria, takes visitors on a journey from the invention of bread to the plethora of varieties we enjoy today.

After two years of construction, the Paneum opened its doors in October 2017. Noah’s Arc was the template for the building: designed to save precious objects by taking them to another world. That is essentially the idea behind the museum: 1,200 objects of artistic and cultural value from over a period of 9,000 years are exhibited on 990 m2 and each one tells a story.

The building consists of a concrete floor with a domed structure on top, which is covered in wood and adorned with over 3,000 stainless steel shingles. The shape is reminiscent of loaf of bread or bread dough. The interior of this “Noah’s Arc”, which some call a “cloud”, is lined with wood. The museum extends over four floors, which are connected by a spiral-shaped cantilever staircase. On the floors with exhibitions, the objects are displayed with the help of walls, tables and showcases that have been incorporated into the architecture. The atrium surrounding the staircase is exposed to the natural light from above, whereas the exhibition areas are lit up by internal lighting fixtures. The Paneum’s architecture is based on opposites: Edges and flowing lines, wood and stainless steel, tradition and innovation, light and dark.

The architects chose “Trendpark” for the floors. The parquet in “Oak smoked” is visually distinct from the light, round wooden walls thanks to its refined, dark colouring, whilst simultaneously harmonising with the grey of the impressive staircase. The natural oiled dark parquet floor displays the exhibition items in the showcases and on the tables in the best light and brings out that certain something inside. “Trendpark” also provides a nice feeling underfoot – on the stairs as well – and provides for a natural, pleasant sense of well-being. The visitors appreciate this, so they take their time looking around the exhibition.

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