Festspielhaus II, Bregenz (AT)

The Festival Theatre on the shores of Lake Constance is the iconic location for performances and conventions in the capital of Vorarlberg. It was built in 1979, and renovated and restructural engineered on several occasions since the 1990′s. The heterogeneous elements of the program are unified in a powerful architectural composition, and the plasticity of its facades imposes a clean identity on the group today.
Two subsequent phases made it possible to expand the building, to simplify its operations and to modernize its technical equipment. A first crossing gallery ensures the essential internal connections. A second element with similar proportions marks the principal entrance of its overhang. The lobby is well illuminated and generous and offers spectacular views. The central staircase, which appears under the gallery like a footbridge, takes you to the grand concert hall and the vast external step that lies in front of the floating scene; several blocks shelter the rehearsal hall and the workshops on the other side. A new accessible public space was created around the sculpture of Gottfried Bechtold.

Client: Stadt Bregenz, Land Vorarlberg, Republik Österreich
Location: A-6900 Bregenz
Architecture: Dietrich | Untertrifaller
Project management: Susanne Gaudl, Heiner Walker, Albert Rüf
Competition: 1992
Construction: 2005-2006
Area: 37,144 m²

2010 Apex Award, Clients Award Vorarlberg, 2007 International Architecture Award

structural engineering: Mader & Flatz Plankel, Bregenz / HAVCR: Pflügl-Roth, Bregenz / stage: Kottke, Bayreuth / acoustics: Müller-BBM, Planegg / lighting: Keller, St Gallen / landscape: Vogt, Zürich /// photos: © Bruno Klomfar