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wörner traxler richter

Museum of Bavarian History in Regensburg

Project data
Client: Ministry of Building Regensburg
Completion: 2018
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Area: 10,000 m²
Year of competition: 2013

"A building of tomorrow for the history of today" was the motto of the House of Bavarian History for the museum project in regensburg. The aim of the competition was to find a highly attractive design with an architecture that would support the museum's work and concept. The architects were also asked to make their own unique urban mark in the sensitive context of the old town and to find an exemplary energy solution.
According to the jury, wörner traxler richter architects, with locations in Frankfurt, Dresden, Hamburg and Munich, were the most successful in implementing this mandate. With its design, the architecture office beat more than 250 competitors. Prizes for the competition were awarded in a total of 200,000 euros. The Museum, on Regensburg's Donaumarkt square, is set to open in time to mark the Free State of Bavaria's 100th birthday in 2018.
The design by wörner traxler richter is marked by the old center of Regensburg with the cathedral at its heart, its historic network of countless lanes and squares, woven together by a unique roofscape and situated directly on the bank of the Danube.
The foyer of the museum will be developed near the area of the historic Hunnenplatz. Like the Hunnenplatz in former times, the foyer will provide access from the Danube and from the old town, and therefore continues the established link between the city and the river.

In the interior, the former Eschergasse lane provides an access and interaction space for events, with the possibility to be expanded through a large open-air stage. The upper floor provides a 2,500 m² column-free space for permanent exhibition. The roofscape of the museum is directly determined by the height required for the permanent exhibition and will integrate authentically with the roofs of Regensburg's old town.

Aiming to seamlessly integrate into the UNESCO World Heritage site, this proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History is derived from the existing roofscape the building references to history. Taking advantage of the excellent location on the Danube and close to the cathedral, the new museum is an urban landmark that reveals his historical narrative in its interior.