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© Marcus Ebener
© Marcus Ebener
© Marcus Ebener
© Marcus Ebener

Creating a new building with a greater floor area than the existing buildings on the site where Richard Wagner lived and worked required a firm sense of what would be appropriate in this situation.
The challenge was to retain the freestanding character of the Villa Wahnfried on the clearly structured estate with a formal driveway, forecourt and private garden, but still letting the intervention appear in a sensible manner. An added strip of land on the west side of the historic garden, purchased in 1930, became the key to our concept. The extension’s placement along the initial site boundary revives the original proportion and appearance of the garden.The new building and the gardeners house on the west side of the property echoe the Siegfried-Wagner-Haus on the opposite side, while the storage, the event-space and further exhibition spaces are placed underground. This arrangement and the removal of a connecting building which blurred the villa restored the historic symmetry of the estate and made the extension with its long glazed façade and reduced design a quiet observer of the auratic setting.


Bavarian State Prize »Bauen im Bestand« 
Award »Bauen im Bestand« for buildings built before year 1900 

Competition 1st Prize, 2010
Client City of Bayreuth
Planning started 2011
Completion 2015
Total floor area 5,200 sqm

Project Management: Petra Wäldle
Team: Bettina Schriewer, Matthias Tscheuschler

Planning and Realization
Project Coordination: Per Pedersen
Project Management: Patric Eckstein
Deputy Project Management: Bettina Schriewer
Team: Nicole Lochocki, Tanja Klein, Manuela Jochheim, Tobias Steib, Fabian Weber, Patrick Neubeck
Construction Management Coordination: Dirk Richter
Senior Construction Management: Axel Michaelis

Landscape architecture: Levin Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin
Marcus Ebener