The Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe“ is one of the most successful opera and theater halls in Germany. Its central position in Karlsruhe directly at the intersection of the city’s two main arteries as well as its unique appearance further underline the importance of this institution. The present extension and refurbishment concept incorporates the important parameters of the existing building and strengthens its qualities in the interior as well as the exterior.
The existing building is extended in three development axes. Thus, a building is created, which is well connected to its urban surroundings, openly presents its various functions and establishes a clearly defined free space. The building reaches towards the far edges of the plot and valorises the visual relations between the city and the theater, thus anchoring the new building more strongly within the urban fabric.
Stages for rehearsal and workshops are more strongly visually integrated within their surroundings; the theater landscape “behind the backdrop” receives an adequate relevance. These annexes accommodate the existing height level of the building, whereas the stage tower of the new theater creates a counterpart to the opera house.
The foyer expands across multiple levels and functions as a public meeting point between the multifunctional theater space and the multitude of stages within the building. In doing so, the sculptural attributes of the existing building are conserved and carried on. The complicated functional connections of the “Staatstheater” are optimized within the framework of the project. The whole ensemble is held together by a prominent roof structure, which overflows into façade areas of diversified height and creates a strong urban visual appearance suitable for a cultural institution of such importance.
Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Client: land baden- württemberg stadt karlsruhe
Floor area: 32,000 sqm
Gross surface area: 52,000 sqm
Construction volume: 305,000 m³
Site area: 37,100 sqm
Number of levels: 5
Number of basements: 1
Project manager: bernd heger
Project team: sebastian brunke, bogdan hambasan
Executive planning: wenzel + wenzel architekten
Construction management: wenzel + wenzel architekten
Type: Cultural Center