Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg

Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg Building, German Project

Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg

Architecture in Franconia, Germany – design by Hoskins Architects

22 Jun 2018

Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg

Location: Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg, Franconia, northern Bavaria, Germany

Design: Hoskins Architects

Consortium of Hoskins Architects, Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Wenzel+Wenzel to design the new Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg

In April 2018, the consortium of Hoskins Architects (Design Architect), Ralph Appelbaum Associates (Exhibition Design) and Wenzel + Wenzel (Executive Architect) were awarded the Europe-wide tender for the renovation and conversion of the Fortress Marienberg into the Museum für Franken – Staatliches Museum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte in Würzburg (State Museum of Fine Arts and Cultural History).

Festung Marienberg View from Alter Main Bridge © ARGE HA/RAA/W+W
Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg

The project includes the internal restructuring and redesign of the entire core castle, an area of more than 17,000 m². The new permanent exhibition area of the Museum for Franken will comprise approximately 4,000 m². Additional space is planned for special exhibition areas, visitor infrastructure, a depot and administration.

Festung Marienberg Kernburg von Kiliansturm © Hoskins Architects
Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg

Marienberg Fortress

Fortress Marienberg shapes the image of the city of Würzburg from afar. The origins of the fortress date back to the 8th century. From the 13th to the 18th century, the fortress was the seat of the prince-bishops of Würzburg. In the 17th century, the castle was expanded as a baroque fortress. Following heavy destruction during the Second World War, the post-war years saw the slow rebuilding and, in addition to museum use, the use of various sections by various institutions, including as State Archives and as a Conference Centre.

Festung Marienberg Kernburg Tower © ARGE HA/RAA/W+W
Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg

As part of the conversion to the Museum für Franken, the entire fortress complex is gradually being renovated to meet the current requirements as a museum location and visitor attraction. Locating the Museum für Franken in the Kernburg, at the heart of the fortress, is the most important building block in these far-reaching plans.

Museum für Franken_Riemenschneider Highlights © Hoskins Architects
Museum für Franken_Riemenschneider Highlights

Museum für Franken

The Museum für Franken was formerly known as the Mainfränkische Museum. In January 2017, it came under the responsibility of the State of Bavaria, who is financing the reconstruction work.

Festung Marienberg Nutzungskonzept Kernburg:
Festung Marienberg Nutzungskonzept Kernburg

Under the name Museum für Franken – Staatliches Museum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte in Würzburg, the museum will, when complete, present the history and culture of Franconia, a large region in south central Germany, including the history of the city of Würzburg and will extend the scope of its collection to the present day.

The museum collections include, among others: the world’s largest collection of sculptures by Tilman Riemenschneider (1460-1531); an important collection of paintings; an archaeological collection with evidence of prehistory and early history of Franconia; the highly significant Kilian banner of 1266; an extensive art collection with furniture, faience, gold and silver work from the Franconian area; and two impressive city models of medieval Würzburg and of the city destroyed by fire-bombing in 1945.

Museum für Franken Ausstellung – exhibition design idea © ARGE HA/RAA/W+W:
Museum für Franken Ausstellung

Planning Team

For Hoskins Architects and Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the project is the third collaboration on a major museum in a listed building following on from the Scottish National Museum in Edinburgh (2005-2016) and the Weltmuseum Wien in the Neue Hofburg, Vienna (2013-2017).

With Wenzel + Wenzel, an experienced partner has been found for the implementation of the project, who have already proven their quality in many museum projects, most recently at the Historical Museum in Frankfurt and the James Simon Gallery on the Berlin Museum Island.

Museum für Franken exhibition design idea © ARGE HA/RAA/W+W :
Museum für Franken exhibition design

Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg – Building Information

Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg images / information from Hoskins Architects

Address: Marienberg, 97012 Würzburg, Germany
Phone: +49 931 3551750

Hoskins Architects

Website : Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg


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