The design and integration of such a large, new building in the heart of a historic city is a challenge and our team chose to respond to this challenge with the design of a building having the following characteristics:
1. A modern building, which in no way mimics the traditional ways of construction of buildings in the city, but follows the bases and possibilities offered by modern architecture.
2. At the same time we designed a "quiet" building, in which its square blocks gently touch each other and the tensions, which could attract the gazes of the viewers, visitors, tourists or residents of the city, are avoided.
3. We organized the areas of Bavariathek and the offices of the management of the Bavarian History Museum and HdBG parallel to Trunzergasse Street and we used the listed building on Ostengasse Street to house some of these offices.
4. Bavariathek’s two-storey building supports the building’s whole bulk as the foundation of the third floor, which houses the Museum’s permanent exhibition. This is in any case of symbolic importance for the building, because a large number of exhibits of the Bavarian History Museum are part of the Bavariathek heritage.
5. Our program’s requirement for spaces without daylight led us to cover our building with limestone, similar to Kelheimer Auerkalk, in which Regensburger Dom is coated, but in which the stone lining is much more light-colored. However, we used also black granite to the building, in order to produce a sharp contrast between the two materials.
6. Our intention is to introduce the building to the city’s everyday life. We do not want the building’s bulk to block the view to the Danube. For this reason we constructed large passages serving as continuation of all roads. The building’s main bulk does not touch at any point another building. No fence has been built and therefore passers move next to, around and through the building and reach the square we have designed on the Museum’s northern side in the Danube’s area, where once a week the Danube’s open-air market takes place. Thus, we want to show the building to the residents by making it a piece of their daily lives and a meeting point.
7. The entrances to the Museum and Bavariathek for the public shall be created in an indoor space/ entryway in the continuation of Trunzergasse Street, one across the other.
8. Organization of the areas and movement of visitors and workers within the museum.
A. On the ground floor of the museum we are following the guidelines in the program of spaces and we are building the foyer, the annexes, the museum shop, as well as the events hall.
B. We believe that visitors should mainly reach the exhibitions by escalators connecting the foyer with the special exhibition on the first floor and the permanent exhibition on the second floor and finally with the third floor restaurant, about 15 meters above the foyer. We chose to have toilets and secondary areas on each floor, in order to avoid the unnecessary movements of visitors within the museum.
C. Then we chose to built the restaurant on the last floor and a green surface around it, i.e. a garden at a height of 15 meters. We are excited with the idea that the visitors, after passing through the museum’s dark rooms and after expanding their knowledge of the region, get the opportunity to enjoy an endless view of the region. We consider this the visitor’s reward.
D. In addition to the escalators there are also stairwells, which serve as emergency exits, as well as elevators for those visitors who want to move directly to a specific floor without visiting the others. We have also envisaged a second entrance and the use of elevator for visitors of the restaurant outside the museum’s working hours.
E. The basement accommodates all technical installations, as well as storage areas. It is from here that waste is disposed of, the museum and the restaurant are being supplied through the delivery room, and the exhibits are being transported with the use of the freight elevator. The museum can be accessed by vehicle from Klostermeyergasse Street.
F. Large rotating curtains on the north and south sides serve as flags which shall be used for the museum’s events. Through their movement - open, closed, or at a slight angle – they try to communicate with passersby.
We designed the museum as an "ark" of the region's history. An ark with a personality, that defines its position not only through its collection’s worth, but also the worth of the design of the function and interactive relationship built with the local residents. Our team’s aspiration is to create a work of art, which will house other works of art.