Discover Germany, Issue 78, September 2019

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Regensburg Museum ‘Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte‘.

Insight and Innovation At wörner traxler richter, it is all about analysing the task in its planning phase and applying the insights freely, thus turning them into architectural innovation.

ity as well as the attractive supply of space for the museum’s various functions.

TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI  I  PHOTOS: WÖRNER TRAXLER RICHTER PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH, FRANK BLÜMLER

The redesign of the Frankfurt-based WEFRA advertising company premises reinterprets the complex as “a merchant ship on course for a big journey”. By adding a new building, the design reacts to the contrasting environmental aspects of the forest on one side and the traffic on the other. The ensemble now ‘opens’ to the attractive south and ‘closes’ like a bulwark towards the west. The new, pillar-free layout of the working areas allows for flexible usage.

When Heinrich Wörner started out in 1971, in Frankfurt am Main, he immediately won a prestigious competition for the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen, a project which put the human being front and centre. Realised in close cooperation between client, architects and designers, as well as the future users, it resulted in a most innovative and sustainable project. More commissions soon followed and the office started growing rapidly, opening branches in Hamburg (1981), Dresden (1991) and Munich (2011). By end of the ‘90s, Petra Wörner, Stefan Traxler and Martin Richter joined as partners. The four offices today count a total of 140 employees. 74  |  Issue 78  |  September 2019

Health and science Among a multitude of projects in the medical science and care sectors, wörner traxler richter has recently finished a new building for the FELIX PLATTER university geriatrics centre in Basel. The BIM-based ‘grassroots’ project became the quickest-ever realisation of a hospital building in Switzerland. Public and corporate landmark projects For the Regensburg Museum ‘Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte’, which opened in June, wörner traxler richter analysed the urban building context of the Regensburg Old Town district. Their design won the firstt prize of a prestigious international competition, due to its quality and flexibil-

The ever-changing tasks of architecture nowadays, be it for society, corporate planning or simply about human beings and ideas, are the motor which keeps wörner traxler richter going – by creating innovation from insightful analysis. wtr-architekten.de