Carmen Würth Forum by David Chipperfield Architects
Client: Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
Landscape architect: realgrün Landschaftsarchitekten
Location: Künzelsau (DE)
The large events hall, half of it sunk into the earth, has a column-free trussed steel structure and is accessed from a spacious foyer provided with plenty of natural light. The chamber music hall faced in French walnut foyer is also reached from the foyer. Both the floor of the foyer and the chamber hall seating are in the Würth corporate colour of red.
The Carmen Würth Forum is not the first building serving a cultural purpose to be erected by the company. Organised in the form of family trusts, the Würth Group also maintains a not-for-profit foundation; accordingly, the assembly and fastening materials company promotes art and culture on a large scale. For example the billionaire's art collection is on show in the private art museum at the main headquarters in Künzelsau. The unusual business model also finds expression in various other Group administration buildings, such as the recently completed Würth House in Rorschach designed by Gigon Guyer Architects. The Würth International building in Chur, Switzerland, built in 2002 according to a design by Jüngling Hagmann Architects, is another case in hand, featuring space for art exhibitions alongside offices in public parts of the building. Large-scale sculptures from Reinhold Würth's collection now also embellish the grounds at the Carmen Würth Forum, which in the second project phase will be gaining a conference centre and a further museum for the Würth art collection.