Architecture at Würth
The architectural and social culture that is reflected by the buildings of the Würth Group does not only evidence the rapid company development of the Group. They are also examples of the industrial architecture of the respective country in the time of construction. The strict decentralized organization of the Group finds expression in the buildings which were implemented after inviting tenders from all over the country in architectural competitions. This approach resulted in extraordinary designs of distinct individuality. The buildings are embedded in the Würth context by the homogeneous color concept.
The Würth Museum in Künzelsau is the result of the cultural commitment of the entrepreneur Reinhold Würth who has been collecting art for forty years. Integrated in the business' corporate headquarters, two independent museums were opened in 1991 – the Screw and Thread Collection and the Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art.
Owing to its being integrated in Group headquarters, the architectural design of the Würth Museum cannot be observed in isolation.
The new building had become necessary because of the business' constant growth; it supplements previous office buildings by Sep Ruf and Klaus-Peter Sperling. After having organized an architectural competition in 1985, the design of the winner of first prize, the Stuttgart team of architects Siegfried Müller and Maja Djordjevic was executed in a construction period of two-and-a-half years (1989-1991).
Committed to the architectural style of the postmodernist 1980s, Müller-Djordjevic created a casual network of different functional areas. It is a perfect and unusual symbiosis of the world of work and culture that was the client's intention in the first place. The customer paying a visit to corporate headquarters can take a look at it just like the employee is included in the changing art-related activities of the Würth Museum. The visitor to the museum entering from the outside, on the other hand, realizes lively and active office routine. Encounters are always possible everywhere. The lively architecture flooded with light underlines this openness and, through changing exhibitions offers new and exciting insights into the art world.