Museum der bayerischen Geschichte

Staatliches Bauamt Regensburg
collaboration with Simon Takasaki

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The design of the Museum of Bavarian History is based on a harmonious integration into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town of Regensburg. This involves creating a roofscape that formally references the history and existing structures. To ensure seamless integration, the facade is designed using light, white-washed bricks that combine both classical and modern elements. Urban planning takes into account the existing street layout and extends it to the Danube to avoid creating a barrier between the city and the river.

A central square forms the heart of the design, serving as both a forecourt and part of the foyer, functioning as a common meeting point. This square also extends into a smaller foyer for the Bavarian Library. Due to the urban location of Regensburg’s Old Town, the design includes two separate buildings framing the square, providing space for the Museum of Bavarian History and the Bavarian Library.

Creating this new square allows for an expansion of the Danube Market, which is thus firmly integrated into the design. Large windows provide views of the Old Town and the Danube panorama, contributing to the visual connection between the museum and its surroundings.

The design for the Museum of Bavarian History sensitively responds to Regensburg’s urban environment by seamlessly blending into the existing structure without appearing outdated. By analyzing the roofscapes and historical structures, a formal language emerges that acknowledges the past while leading into the present and future.

Facing the Danube, the building evolves into a distinctive landmark with a clear form, emphasizing its connection to the history and culture of the region. Existing street structures such as Trunzergasse are preserved and highlighted by targeted window openings that direct views towards historical landmarks such as the Roman wall and the cathedral.

New streets are created, such as the direct access from Kolpinghaus through Hunnenplatz to the foyer and further to the Danube Market and the ship landing. A generous staircase leads down to the Marc-Aurel-Ufer while serving as flood protection at the same time.