Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

The Adolf Würth company is one of the world’s largest retailers of assembly and fastening materials, with its headquarters situated near the town of Künzelsau, in southern Germany. At a little distance from the main offce complex, the frst stage of the Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfeld Architects Berlin was completed with a large event hall and a smaller hall for chamber music recitals.

The 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. 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.

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.

Client:

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG

Design team:

Architect: David Chipperfeld Architects Berlin
Partners: David Chipperfeld, Harald Müller, Martin Reichert, Alexander Schwarz (Design lead)
Project architects: Annette Flohrschütz (Competition, Concept design), Christian Helfrich (Concept design, Developed design), Thomas Schöpf (Developed design, Technical design, Site design supervision)
Project team: Yannic Calvez, Dirk Gschwind, Paul Hillerkus, Golnar Isrusch, Linda von Karstedt, Ludwig Kaufmann, Dalia Liksaite, Elsa Pandozi, Thomas Pyschny, Elke Saleina, Thomas Schöpf, Eva-Maria Stadelmann, Nils Stelter, Jaro Venitz, Simon Wiesmaier, Elisa Zschunke
Competition team:Sandra Badji, Markus Bauer, Wolfgang Baumeister, Jan Blaurock, Ute Burdelski, Mirjam von Busch, Florian Dirschedl, Ulrike Eberhardt, Hannah Jonas, Hjördis Klein, Barbara Koller, Dalia Liksaite, Martina Maire, Jana Raudnitzky, Antonia Schlegel, Stefanie Schleipen, Marika Schmidt, Moritz Uhlmann, Ute Zscharnt
Executive architect: Kraft + Kraft Architekten, Schwäbisch Hall

Project partners:

Project controlling: Drees & Sommer AG, Stuttgart
Structural engineer: RPB Rückert GmbH, Heilbronn
Services engineer: ZB Zimmermann und Becker GmbH, Heilbronn; ibb Burrer & Deuring Ingenieurbüro GmbH, Ludwigsburg
Building physics, Acoustics: Müller-BBM GmbH, Planegg
Fire consultant: Halfkann + Kirchner, Stuttgart
Façade consultant: Reba Fassadentechnik AG, Chur
Theatre consultant: Bühnenplanung Walter Kottke Ing. GmbH, Bayreuth
Landscape architect: realgrün Landschaftsarchitekten, Munich

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfeld Architects

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×

Photographer: © Simon Menges

Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield | Concert halls ×