Award for the Visitors’ Center at the German Architecture Prize 2011

Award for the Visitors’ Center at the German Architecture Prize 2011
Source: BMVBS

On October 13, 2011, the German Architecture Prize awards ceremony was held in Dresden’s Albertinum. The main award was won by Sir David Chipperfield for his rebuilding of the Neues Museum in Berlin. One of the five awards for “outstanding building culture in Germany” went to Florian Nagler Architects GmbH for the Visitors’ Center at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Federal Minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer presented the award to the architects and the principals, Karl Freller, Director of the Stiftung Bayerische Gedenkstätten, and Dr. Gabriele Hammermann, Director of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Florian Nagler had promised not to construct a building, but rather create a place that integrates unobtrusively into its surrounds. His concept was convincing from the outset. Florian Nagler also expressed his delight in being able to have kept his promise and thanked the involved institutions, in particular the Freising Building Authority who accompanied the work. The project was initiated by the former Stiftung director, Professor Dr. Andreas Heldrich, and Dr. Barbara Distel, former director of the Dachau Memorial Site, both of whom went to great efforts to ensure worthy financing.

Florian Nagler and his team of architects are currently restoring the rooms located in the east wing of the historical maintenance building which house the archive, library, and administration offices. Aside from minor renovations since 1965, these rooms have hardly changed. The inbuilt fixtures and alterations from the last forty years are being stripped back, the heritage-protected building returned to its basic structure and the architectural remnants once again made visible.