Architects: Titus Bernhard Architekten
Location: Bernried, Germany
Design Team: Stefan Krippl, Sebastian Filutowski, Elmar Wilhelm
Area: 4,060 sqm
Volume: 17,800 cbm
Structural Engineer: Merz Kaufmann & Partner, Herr G. Kley, Dornbrin/Austria
Client: Gemeinde Bernried
Completion: 2008 (1st step, the other two steps are unbuild until now)
Photographs: Christian Richters
Rathaus- und Festsaal, Bernried
The guiding idea for the design of this structure was the need to derive a form befitting an ensemble composed of town hall, festival and cultural halls, and café. Is high-quality regional building to be achieved by adapting preexisting structural and roof types, or is an “international style” legitimated by the demands of a public building?
We accommodated this question in our typological derivation opting for an independent, forceful form that avoids the harshness of a rectangular flat roofed cubature while simultaneously refraining from an ingratiating village-style gabled roof architecture.
The various tendencies manifest in the historically evolving Bernried settlement were taken up in exemplary fashion and, combined with the austerity of the rectangular fields, compose an ambivalent figural image. The design was awarded 1st prize in an EU-wide competition and executed in three construction phases.