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Hermann-Levi-Platz: how a 'living room with green veranda' in front of the Baden State Theater will be built in 10 years

Hermann-Levi-Platz: how a ‘living room with green veranda’ in front of the Baden State Theater will be built in 10 years

Badisches Staatstheater is in the middle of renovation work. The completion of the mega project is expected to take twelve years. But until recently, it was not clear what the area around the building, which has an area of ​​u200bu200b19,300 square meters, Hermann Levi Platz, would look like in the future. Now the winners of the redesign of Theatreplatz, the landscape architecture firm “bbz” from Berlin, have been announced. Specifications: The square should be as climatically neutral as possible and a place for “communication and dialogue”, in keeping with the theatre’s historical construction. But how “green” should the square be now?

One of the children’s problems in the city is the “Badisches Staatstheater” construction project in the form of a fan. The project cost is expected to be around 580 million euros. However, it should not exceed a budget of 9.6 million euros to redesign the front yard – one of the main criteria for the competition.

Timo Hermann of bbz explains the Hermann-Levi-Platz design. The competition works for the 17 participants can be viewed from November 11 to 24, one hour before the show begins in the theater foyer at Badisches Staatstheater. | Photo: Verena Muller-Witt

The jury consisted of representatives of the Board of Directors of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, the City of Karlsruhe, Badisches Staatstheater, Landesbetrieb Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg, and Independent Work. Architects. On October 28, they chose a winner from among 17 applicants.

Trees are preserved and new trees are added

The contract was awarded for the design by landscape architects Timo Hermann and Christian Bauer of bbz Landscape architects berlin gmbh. The area of ​​9,300 square meters in its design refers to the polygonal design language of the theater building. The space is defined by different “tree islands” with “multifunctional edges” that invite you to “play, balance, survive and skate”. Newly laid walkways and a well, which will be fed with rainwater, complete the design.