The “Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe“ is one of the most successful opera and theatre 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 theatre, 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 theatre 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 theatre creates a counterpart to the opera house. The foyer expands across multiple levels and functions as a public meeting point between the multifunctional theatre 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 optimised 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. Source by Delugan Messil.
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Architects: Delugan Messil Associated Architects
Project Team: Sebastian Brunke, Bogdan Hambasan
Project manager: Bernd Heger
Executive planning: Wenzel + Wenzel Architekten
Construction management: Wenzel + Wenzel Architekten
Client: Land Baden- Württemberg Stadt Karlsruhe
Construction volume: 305,000 m3
Site area: 37,100 m2
Year Completion: 10/2027
Images: Delugan Messil Associated Architects via competitionline