Interim Location Württemberg State Theatre, Stuttgart (DE)

The mixed-use and experimental urban quarter “Maker City” is to become a pilot project for the unity of cultural production, living and working. The area was also chosen as the location for the interim venue of the Württemberg State Opera in Stuttgart. The Wagenhallen, a widely known location for young artists and cultural workers, provide the perfect setting for this project. After the renovation of the opera house in about 10 years, a large part of the buildings will be available for various uses of the “Maker City”.
With our design, we want to make the opera accessible to a new, young and forward-looking audience and at the same time offer established visitors an exciting, varied context until the beloved venue in the city centre is available again.
The temporary building will be constructed with the utmost precision and quality of stay. This is made possible by the use of load-bearing wooden structures, which are manufactured with perfect workshop precision and assembled on site. Wooden surfaces remain visible and create a warm atmosphere.

Concept
Our design consists of three blocks: the temporary opera house with foyer, main and side stages and auditorium, and the two permanent buildings with orchestra hall and workshop, the upper floors of which house flats. The inviting forecourt connects the diverse structures, while the foyers guide visitors into the building sections and the auditorium. Our spatial and functional concept aims at a simple orientation for visitors, staff and artists up to the residents. A magistrale provides access to the three buildings and facilitates efficient pathways. The functions are arranged in the best possible way: the opera and choir use the middle floor, the ballet the first floor and the orchestra the well-lit basement with views to the outside.
On the top floor, urban living takes place, which can be programmed from classical forms of living to clusters, with residential studios and workshops. We specifically activate the ground floor areas to stimulate maximum communication between inside and outside and to enliven the neighbourhood.

Client: Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart
Location: D-70178 Stuttgart Rosenstein
Architecture: Dietrich | Untertrifaller
Competition: 2023
Area: 46,475 m²
Program: Auditorium with 1,200 seats, workshops, offices, 99 flats

Partners
Statics timber: merz kley partner, Dornbirn / building services: HL Technik engineering, Munich / acoustics: Müller BBM-BSO, Munich / stage equipment: itv Ingenieurgesellschaft für Theater- und Veranstaltungstechnik, Berlin / fire protection: Kerksen+Kirchner, Munich /// Rendering: Dietrich | Untertrifaller