Carmen Würth Forum in Künzelsau

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Carmen Würth Forum in Künzelsau

Contemporary Baden-Württemberg Building, Germany – design by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin

31 Jul 2017

Carmen Würth Forum

Architect: David Chipperfield Architects Berlin

Location: Künzelsau, Germany

Carmen Würth Forum

Carmen Würth Forum

Surrounded by open fields and at a little distance from the main office complex, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin is building the Carmen Würth Forum, the first stage of which – comprising a large events hall and a smaller hall for chamber music recitals – was completed in July 2017.

Carmen Würth Forum

The new building is embedded in the landscape, with the chamber-music hall and the lower level of the event hall hidden beneath a natural mound. Incisions in the hillside establish two framed external spaces. These are flanked by retaining walls, made of concrete, poured in-situ and in layers that make reference to the sediment strata of the site.

Carmen Würth Forum

The larger southern forecourt leads to the main entrance and serves as a forum for diverse outdoor events, such as open-air concerts. The multi-purpose event hall, which is accessed from a naturally lit foyer, provides space for 3,500 people, and has a trussed-steel roof that obviates the need for internal columns. While the lower half of the hall is sunk into the ground, the upper gallery level rises above the highest point of the site and is glazed on all sides.

Carmen Würth Forum

The foyer also provides access to the more intimate chamber music hall, which from the outside is only perceptible as a modulation of the landscape. This hall seats up to 600 people and is completely clad in walnut. The company’s corporate colour of red runs throughout the design of the interior spaces, appearing in the seating of the chamber music hall as well as in the flooring of both the foyer and the event hall. Sculptures from the collection of Reinhold Würth enrich the green spaces surrounding the building. A conference centre and a museum for the Würth art collection are to follow in a second construction stage.

Carmen Würth Forum

Carmen Würth Forum – Building Information

Competition: 2006 – 2007
Project start: 2011
Completion due: 2017
Gross floor area: 11,000 sqm
Client: Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG
Project management: Drees & Sommer AG
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
Partners: David Chipperfield, Harald Müller, Martin Reichert, Alexander Schwarz (Design lead)
Project architects: Annette Flohrschütz, Christian Helfrich, Thomas Schöpf
Site supervision: Kraft + Kraft Architekten
Structural engineer: RPB Rückert GmbH
Services engineer: ZB Zimmermann und Becker GmbH, ibb Burrer & Deuring Ingenieurbüro GmbH
Building physics: Müller-BBM GmbH
Façade consultant: Reba Fassadentechnik AG
Landscape architect: realgrün Landschaftsarchitekten

Carmen Würth Forum

Photography © Simon Menges

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