In the Bregenzerwald, the close and prolific cooperation of architecture and craftsmanship has a long tradition. Most builders originate from families of craftsmen or are trained craftspeople themselves. This foments interaction. Nowhere else in Europe does one find so many crafts businesses within such a small area. In earlier times, the members of the Au builders craft created remarkable Baroque churches and monasteries which have gone down in arts history. Today, craftsmanship has garnered a reputation far beyond the regional borders with its aesthetic and at the same time highly functional products.
A Celebration of Craftsmanship – the Werkraum building
After four years of intense planning, construction works began in February 2012. In June 2013, the Werkraum building opened in Andelsbuch, a village that looks back on a long history of craftsmanship. The building was designed by the internationally renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor who feels strongly about craftsmanship and artisanry. Getting to know the craftspeople from the Bregenzerwald during the construction of the Kunsthaus museum in Bregenz, he immediately fell for their work. Ever since, many craftspeople from the Bregenzerwald work for this Swiss master architect.
Peter Zumthor‘s concept for the Werkraum building revolves around two main ideas. The building should serve as a place of meeting and encounter, and it should showcase craftsmanship in the Bregenzerwald. This idea is expressed in the widely projecting timber roof, and a glass facade. Borders between inside and out no longer exist, the landscape literally flows through the building. The Werkraum building also accommodates a shop and a café.
Tuesdays - Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm.
Closed on Monday, Sunday and holidays.
Admission: €7.50 adults, €5.00 children and students