State archive building: hamburger and berlin plan for kitzingen

The planning competition for the new building of the wurzburg state archives in kitzingen has been decided. The 1. Prize goes to the design by GMP architekten (hamburg) and capatti staubach landscape architects (berlin). The jury presented its decision on friday in the town hall of kitzingen and opened an exhibition with the competition entries. She is until 29. October on view in the town hall foyer.

The controversial move of the state archives from wurzburg to kitzingen was the reason for a joint competition organized by the state building office and the city of kitzingen. The project not only involved a building design, but also an attractive park on the former deuster site near the old city center. The planning phase will take about two years, the construction period about three years. Interior work and the move will follow. An opening is therefore not to be expected until the middle of the next decade. The construction office currently estimates the costs at over 50 million euros.

State archive as a "lighthouse project

The articulated design by GMP architekten and capatti staubach landscape architects convinced the jury the most, said representatives of the building authority, the city and the jury on friday. According to participants, the decision was largely consensual after two days of discussions.

Alexander sieg, project manager at the building authority, emphasized that it was not a question of an "island solution" but rather a holistic concept for the site. Both the needs of the archive and the proximity of the old town should be taken into account in the design. In addition, the archive, which primarily enables scientific work, should also be transparent and open to the citizens.

80 offices had applied, sieg explained. In the end, there were 25 designs, from which the 17-member jury selected four prize winners. The 2. Prize went to bruckner& bruckner, wurzburg. In addition, the jury awarded two commendations, including one to the kitzingen landscape planning office arc.Green.

The winner from hamburg and berlin now has the best chance of being selected for the subsequent negotiations. Professor anne beer, vice-chairman of the jury, described the cooperation between the free state and the city as "congenial"; the work submitted was of a high standard. She, too, emphasized the mission to create a recreational space close to the city center in addition to the archive.

The head of the state archives of bavaria, dr. Margit ksoll-marcon, emphasized that the building places a lot of value on accessibility and presentation, which is visible in the winning design. Therefore, there will be an exhibition area and an event space that schools can use, for example. Complemented by a "green classroom" in the park, said mayor siegfried muller, who was pleased that the archive would be built on the site favored by the city, combined with a high quality of stay for the citizens. In addition, commuter parking lots with access from the northern bypass will be built, which should relieve inner city traffic.

Architect dirk heller, representative of the hamburg-based winning firm GMP, was delighted with the "gem" to be built on on the deuster site. The archive is to have the effect of a sculpture, but distributed over three building sections. The architects did not want the largely windowless building to look like a "bulky castle" but an open, structured ensemble. He called it "a nice safe, but not gold-plated".

Bavaria’s construction minister hans reichhart was pleased with the decision from afar. "The new state archives is a lighthouse project and a great gain for kitzingen," he said. Science minister bernd sibler added in writing: "the winning design promises to combine aesthetics and functionality."