Werkraum is an association of regional craftspeople in the Bregenzerwald. The Werkraum building showcases select objects created by regional craftspeople; it runs changing exhibitions, hosts events and accommodates a stylish cafe against the scenic backdrop of the wide valley.
Out of profound appreciation, the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, designer of the Bregenz Kunsthaus and of the Vals spa, developed this surprisingly urban frame for craftsmanship and gave it a most prominent position amidst the village. The building itself was realised with exceptionally skilled precision and mastery by Werkraum craftspeople.
A 1.80 m high roof construction of laminated beams forms an evenly spaced grid above the 73 x 21 m floor area. The spaces between the beams are lined with sound-absorbing, night-blue padding and equipped with built-in downlights. This dark “sky” is supported by ten more than 6m high columns made of silver fir wood. Stained in a dark colour, the softwood is protected by grey-black leather straps wrapped around it head high. Dark floor-to-ceiling loden curtains and three stone cubes made of exposed concrete divide up the otherwise open space. The lower floor is a storage area for the prize-winning prototypes of the Handwerk & Form contest which is staged every three years.
Design: Peter Zumthor, 2000-2013
Function: exhibition, café, eventsOpening hours
Tues – Sat: 10:00 – 18:00, closed Sun, Mon and holidays
During operating hours, the association-operated café is open, the shop sells regionally manufactured arts & crafts from the member businesses.
Author: Robert Fabach
letzte Änderung: 16.06.2020