Seebruck am Chiemsee

New Interpretation of the Bundwerk

Seebruck is a community in the Bavarian district of Traunstein North of Lake Chiemsee close to the Alps. Three former municipalities Seebruck, Seeon and Truchtlaching form a unified community, whereby Seebruck is the location for a new town hall with integrated offices, exhibition space and tourist information. The design challenges the reinterpretation of the vernacular “Bundwerk” half-timbered house. The timber construction draws on elements of the context with its long form, wall paintings and wood carvings. With closed wooden louvers different motifs of modern bavarian “Lüftlmalerei” of St.Nepomuk, Romans and Celts become visible, which gives the work of the council, the mayor and the administration a worthy and appropriate building expression.


A L-Shaped Town Hall carefully positioned, creates a public space which is bounded by the old trading road and the roman museum. Offices, meeting rooms and wedding rooms offer magnificent views across the lake towards the alps, while the mayor's office and the tourist information are located representatively towards the village. The entrance hall offers a gallery space, cafe and community centre.


The town hall is a low energy timber framework construction with structural concrete cores as heat storage. The cooling system is drawn from the nearby lake. The building celebrates with larch wood cladding, cross timber joints and imprinted timber blades, the traditional art of carpentry in the region. Rotating wooden louvers serve as sunscreen to the large opening in the south and west.


Project: Finalist International Design Competition

Team: Florian Schätz, Lei-Ya Wong, Roy Fong, Gracia Vera Quek

M&E: KSK Passau

GFA: 845 sm

Typology: Public / Office Building

Location: Germany