The culture of building and living is everywhere you look in the Bregenzerwald. The locals have been appreciating the artisan production methods employed in
small and medium-sized enterprises since way back when. Reliability, sound finishing and a good design mean that craftsmanship and trade are the largest
employers in the Bregenzerwald.
Nowhere else in Europe will you find such a comparable density of workshops. Work performed in the Werkraum has an international presence, and the innovative
craftspeople are in demand both at home and abroad. The Handwerk+Form competition, held every three years for over 25 years now, shows the public how experts
from all areas of design cooperate with craftsmen from the Bregenzerwald in order to develop useful objects which do justice to their material and shape.
The Bregenzerwald is not only famed for its modern wooden architecture - its workshops also take new paths. They combine old skills and the traditional use of
forms with contemporary design. Their inventive, high-quality products are in demand internationally. Around 90 of the most innovative workshops – from the
carpenter through to the light designer – have merged to create the Werkraum Bregenzerwald. As a joint platform, the Werkraum organises exhibitions,
competitions and talks and is dedicated to the fields of research and development. Working in cooperation with the business schools in Bezau, the Werkraum
hosts the Werkraum school for the next generation of craftsmen and women. The Werkraum has been listed in the international UNESCO register for good practical
examples for the maintenance and continuation of intangible cultural assets since 2016.
The Werkraumhaus opened its doors in the centre of Andelsbuch in the summer of 2013. The building was planned by the renowned Swiss architect Peter
Zumthor. It was actually built by the members of the Werkraum workshops known and appreciated by Peter Zumthor due to long-term cooperation. The visionary
design is based on two keynotes. On the one hand, the hall-like building serves as a meeting place. On the other hand, it is a huge showcase for presenting the
culture of craftsmanship in the Bregenzerwald. This idea is expressed in a wide protruding roof made of wood and a façade made of glass. There is no division
between the interior and the exterior, and the landscape is allowed to flow through the building.
The Werkraum members present themselves in the Werkraumschau exhibition in the winter and in the spring. Special exhibitions are held in the summer months.
Werkraumschau exhibition "Light"
21 October 2017 to 26 May 2018
Design by: Atelier Gassner, Schlins
The Werkraumschau exhibition is an exhibition format which focuses on hand-made products and the firms of the members of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald. It
addresses the topic of the tools of design. The architectural concept of the Werkraumhaus by Peter Zumthor as a type of stage for presenting craftsmanship in
the Bregenzerwald was the inspiration behind the design idea of the renowned Vorarlberg Atelier Gassner. The exhibition focusing on the topic of light uses the
open, showcase-like situation of the building, putting the products “in the spotlight”, as it were, in a simple yet effective manner, without any structural
Numerous spotlights “draw” circles of light on objects and the floor, and their cones of light form scenic spaces. The products and the building itself are the
actual actors in this drama. The choreography of light works together with the interplay of daylight and artificial lighting, changing from hour to hour, and
is enhanced by temporary mist, conjuring up special moods and atmospheres.
During the opening hours, interested parties can come along to the Werkraumhaus for advice about craftsmanship in the Bregenzerwald and, if desired, are
referred to workshops.
Restaurant and shop
The kitchen offers a different lunch menu every day plus drinks and a selection of cakes. It is open during the opening times of the Werkraumhaus. The shop
sells products made by the workshops, which make up the Werkraum, plus a specialised selection of books on craftsmanship, design and architecture.
Events and seminars
The Werkraumhaus can be rented for events pertaining to its specialist themes upon request.
Workshops and information events for children and young adults
Entrance fee and guided tours
€ 7.50 regular price, € 5 concessions
Guided tours are available upon request
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and on public holidays.