The 'Kongresshalle'
becomes 'Kongress am Park'

Kongress am Park Augsburg

a new brand

Kongress am Park Betriebs GmbH (Ltd.) is the name of the new operating company, led by director Götz Beck and general manager Renate Zedler. With the help of advertising agency Liquid a new marketing campaign has been put into effect: consciously focusing on the exciting architecture of fair-faced concrete, letting it blaze through light, design and art. For the first time the prominent surrounding of the congress centre, the Wittelsbach Park, was included in the core of the brand: Kongress am Park.

What makes us stand out

Architecture

A recent lighting concept showcases the one-of-a-kind architecture by architect Max Speidel from the year 1972. The contrast of fair-faced concrete and flowing shapes, emotions and an unornamental building, nature and straight architecture creates a unique setting for your events.

Find out more about the architecture of the congress centre here.

Design & Furnishing

Authentic furnishing pleasantly emphasizes the minimalist structure of the congress centre. Design classics from the 60s and 70s are in perfect harmony with the fair-faced concrete of post-war modernism. Carefully selected design objects top off the scenery.

Find out more about the furnishing here. here.

Lighting

The congress centre is perfectly staged by the elaborate lighting concept. The award-winning LED-light puts emphasis on the shapes and the materiality of the building – and it is able to change the atmosphere of the room from factional to emotional, depending on the occasion. The listed light sculpture in the foyer is a real sparkler and can even be admired from the outside.

Find more about the lighting concept here.

History

The municipal garden becomes 'Kongress am Park'. The area around the congress centre next to the hotel tower went down in city history. Notable architects have left their traces there. However, the people of Augsburg were not always necessarily enthusiastic about their city fathers' plans. Some found it hard to forgive them tearing down the Ludwig House. The restoration that brought the architecture of the congress centre into new light made some amends.

Find more about the history of Kongress am Park Augsburg here.

Wittelsbach Park

With its 18 hectare of green, the Wittelsbach Park offers Augsburg's citizens a lot of space for leisure and rest. In the park one finds a Japanese stone garden, Rudolf-Diesel-Grove, playgrounds and a beer garden.
 

Find some impressions here.

Art

Art Each year, the Society of Contemporary Art (Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst GfG) exhibits a new display of works of arts by a local artist. The few but large-sized exhibits alter the perception of the rooms and add up emotions and colour to the

Find more about the exhibitions at Kongress am Park here.

Architecture

An architect of vision: Max Speidel

Kongresshalle nach Fertigstellung 1972

When the city of Augsburg set a competition for the new construction of a concert- and convention centre in 1964 Stuttgart based architect Max Speidel's draft won out over 207 competitors. His preferred materials were concrete combined with glass and wood as used for the Gnadenkirche in Stuttgart-Heumaden or the public library of Sindelfingen. Like the congress centre in Augsburg, they bear sculptural references. The completion of the congress centre in 1972 marked the high point of his life's work. After Speidel's death in 1991, his Augsburg office engaged his associates Hans Schuller and Gerhard Tham.

Concrete Brutalism

Max Speidel clearly studied the work of Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa and his fare faced concrete construction influenced by Le Corbusier. Taking Maekawa's concert hall Tokyo Bunka Kaikan as an example he drafted the congress centre in Augsburg as a building with strong emphasis on the material concrete, in architectural jargon 'béton brut' (raw concrete) or concrete brutalism. Between 1960 and 1980 brutalism dominated architecture all around the world. It was reckoned as a powerful and 'sincere' architectural style of a modern industrialized society. This style became disreputable in the 1990s but is highly appreciated again nowadays.

The multi-purpose hall, today known as Kongress am Park, is a listed building from the 70s and serves as a great example for this post-war modern style. Massive sculptural concrete parts seem to float on the glass elements of the facade. The hall forms a unique combo with the nearby hotel tower, also built in the Olympic year of 1972, commonly known in Augsburg as the 'Corn Cob'.

Successful Restoration by Schuller & Tham

Rote LED Beleuchtung des Bühnenturms und der Sichtbetonwände, Architektur Kongress am Park Augsburg
Rote LED Beleuchtung des Bühnenturms und der Sichtbetonwände

The congress hall was saved from demolition thanks to monument protection and its new owner, the Kongress am Park Betriebs GmbH (Ltd.) gave the building a second chance. In 2012 architects Schuller + Tham turned the battered and unloved 'chunk of concrete' into the elegant 'Kongress am Park'. With all necessary prudence and respect for Speidel's creation, Schuller + Tham managed the restoration and the substantial refurbishment of energy supply and technical infrastructure within two years. The elaborate lighting concept highlights the unique architectural style which today ways more people are enthusiastic about than back in the days.

Fair-faced concrete construction, Brutalism & "béton brut"

Further examples of this architectural style

Design & Furnishing

Wired upholstered Chairs „Pantonova“


Original by Verner Panton from the 70s

The vibrant orange colour of the upholstery accentuates the concrete structures in the great foyer. The seating furniture is from the 1971 line of wired furniture by Danish designer Verner Panton (1926-1998), produced by Fritz Hansen. Panton was the first to introduce pop art into furniture design. He is presumed to be one of the most influential interior and furniture designer of the 20th century.

Verner Panton designed the upholstered open-sided wired chairs during his work for the Varna Palace Restaurant, Århus (DK). Cone-shaped and even seating elements can be arranged to the heart's content and form long and comfortable serpentine upholstery. Despite their compactness, they seem delicate and cushy.

Danish furniture maker Fritz Hansen put his name on the map in the 1950s through his collaboration with architect Arne Jacobsen. In his workshop classics like the 'Ant Chair' (1952) or the 'Egg Chair' (1958) were developed and have achieved cult status since then. Other designs by Verner Panton have made Hansen's work most sought-after: modern Danish furniture, simple but elegant.

Castelli-chairs
 „DSC 106“

Ein Tagungsklassiker von Giancarlo Piretti

A real classic in the furnishing of the congress centre and the probably most well-known design by Giancarlo Piretti for Italian design-manufacture Castelli: the stackable chair DSC 106 from 1965 with cloth pads on an aluminum frame. Giancarlo Piretti was born in Bologna in 1940 and has been an great influence on the Castelli brand since the 1960s. Many familiar designs descended from his imagination, among others the repeatedly awarded plastic folding chair 'Plia' which has been sold more than 4 million times since 1969 and which is honored in many international design exhibitions.

Lounge-furniture „Plasma“

Scandinavian Design by Busk + Hertzog

Also from Denmark, the bright-pink modular seating furniture 'Plasma' from producer Zero 4 stand for the later generation of Danish design. Flemming Busk and Stephan B. Hertzog designed the furniture in 2007. Sculptural shapes and straight lines without uncalled-for ornamentation represent the studio's style. That made them the leaders of the young Danish designers and bestowed several awards upon them, among others also for the 'Plasma'-design.

An award-winning lighting concept

LED-Design meets iconic illumination

Our classic lamps from the 70s

It is hard to deny the force of attraction of the stunning light sculpture gracing the foyer of the congress centre – a genuine design classic from the 1970s by Gerald Maria Stecker, laureate of the award for the advancements of arts. When thinking about the illumination Architect Max Speidel certainly had the Japanese school of architecture in mind: the delicate parts of the light sculpture take after the branches of cherry blossoms. In the course of the restoration, the lamps were energetically optimized and reinstalled true to original. Their drop-shaped lighting configuration is the heart and soul of the lighting concept.

LED-lighting concept

Fair-faced concrete can seem dismal and dull, so how to make it vivid and lucent? Lighting designers d-lightvision under the direction of Erwin Döring set an example with their innovative LED-concept using the fair-faced concrete as an acceptable mean of design. Different kinds of light colours serve to define the depth of the room and to stage the distinctively furrowed surfaces of the concrete both on the inside and outside of the building. The play of colours created by the red/green/blue-LEDs constantly allow new interpretations of the architecture.

The lighting concept at Kongress am Park won the GE Edison Award of Merit in 2012. It is the most relevant award in the lighting industry for creative, innovative, energy-efficient and sustainable solutions. The illumination at Kongress am Park was praised for the skilful use of colour, form and texture, bearing cost- and energy-efficiency in mind. Furthermore, the award was granted on the grounds that 'different lighting options create the perfect setting for the various events at the congress centre – both functional and atmospheric'.

Art exhibitions at
Kongress am Park

Since its foundation in 1993 the Society of Contemporary Art (Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst GfG) has exhibited contemporary art in various locations. Among others Georg Baselitz, Albert Oehlen, Günther Förg or Tobias Rehberger, today world-famous artists were on display with groups of work specifically created for exhibitions in Augsburg.

They now have found a new location: at Kongress am Park annually variable exhibitions show the work of a local artist. The few but large-sized exhibits are able to alter the perception of the rooms.

Jeannette Scheidle

impulsive - quasi-static

2018 / 2019

This year the exhibition series by the Society of Contemporary Art GfG at Kongress am Park is sustained. In the foyer, works by Jeanette Scheidle will be on display. Scheidle, who lives in Augsburg-Stadtbergen, looks into the potential of graphic reproduction. She creates reproductions with sanguine vivid surfaces – shiny or matt, transparent or opaque. The motifs are de-familiarized and only recognizable on second glance and create almost abstract textures and structures going beyond the scope of space.

Jeannette Scheidle Porträt Künstlerin 2018-2019
Portrait Jeannette Scheidle

The exhibition's concept was tailor-made for Kongress am Park. The works, on display from June 2018, are a combination of established and recent printing techniques: xylography meets digital art – a combination that seems unlikely. However, the artist outbids both the interaction and the confrontation of the two techniques in her latest works.

Further information about the artist available here: www.jeannette-scheidle.de.

Jeannette Scheidle „impulsive - quasi-static“ (until May 2019).

Phone in advance for visits: +49 821 / 455 355 - 0.

Beatrice Schmucker

Open Minds

2017 / 2018

The head as prerequisite for thoughts and sensory perception is the centre of Beatrice Schmucker's art. Memories, thoughts, moods, opinions, spirits – the room is filled with what affects people.

Every head is unique – and all heads are the same at the same time. These 'Simple Minds' formally seem to have a lot in common: the heads are magnified and truncated on the square canvas, eyes looking down from a bowed head. The delicate features are concealed, yet the facial expression is observable. The head sits tight on the suggested torso.

The composition of abrasive broad – mostly dark-coloured – brushstrokes create colossal figures of heads. The impulsive flow is a reminiscence of Asian ink painting. Bea Schmucker uses brittle brushes as tools to create vivid lines. The visitor gets confronted with nine different personalities on paper and suddenly finds himself in the role of the observer.

Further information about Beatrice Schmucker available here: www.schmucker-kunst.redhood.de.

Rainer Kaiser

Transparent matter

2016 / 2017

In the congress centre nine large-sized works on paper from two different phases of Kaiser's artistic work were on display. One sheet of paper was placed on top of another and the two engage in dialogue with each other. Both sheets have been worked on with different materials. The top layer is waxed and bears both strength and an almost magic lucency that more or less allows a glance on the lower sheet. The artist carved shapes, structure and outlines into the wax layer and highlights them by rubbing colour into them. The layered structure creates depth as the bottom layer seems like behind a curtain of fog.

The high profile of freelance artist Rainer Kaiser is far afield from Augsburg. In 2007 he founded the Freie Kunstakademie Augsburg (Independent Academy of Arts) and has been art director there ever since.

Further information about Rainer Kaiser available here.

Norbert Kiening

Painting

2015 / 2016

The first three years were themed 'Figures'. Much attention has been given to the photographic works of Georg Bernhard, Karl Kunz und only recently Joerg Maxzin who looked into the human figure in different manners.

Now we see the start of a new series themed 'Abstraction'. Augsburg based Norbert Kiening is an important representative of this very style of art. Exploding colours on nine large-scaled canvases allow the visitor to re-experience the well-known rooms of the congress centre. Along with Kiening's paintings, new sketches are on display in a studio exhibition.

Further information about Norbert Kiening available here.

Joerg Maxzin

Photograph or canvas?

2014 / 2015

That is the area of conflict in Joerg Maxzin's work. He achieved prominence via the Lumas Gallery and his works are on display in many towns and countries, but rarely in his hometown Augsburg – the exhibition at the congress being an exception. The Society of Contemporary Art (GfG) made an exhibition with a series of his works at a studio exhibition at the Artothek in 2010.

Further information about Joerg Maxzin available here.

Karl Kunz

Bodies

2013 / 2014

The second exhibition by the Society of Contemporary Art (Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst) this year is dedicated to Karl Kunz (1905-1971). Nine paintings, oil on canvas, from the years 1954 to 1970 show how the artist from Augsburg created his very own reality without compromising. They are a loan collection from Kunz's son Michael, who lives in Munich, and they are convincing examples of his resistance towards the doctrinaire post-war demand for abstraction and informal art. He cleaved to the roots of cubism and surrealism.

Further information about Karl Kunz available here.

Prof. Georg Bernhard

Large-sized paintings

2012 / 2013

It has been more than 50 years that Georg Bernhard eclectically shaped the culture of the region of Swabia. Apart from about 100 decoration works in churches and public buildings in Bavaria, he created countless paintings, drawings and sculptures. With 80 solo exhibitions and even more participation in other exhibitions, he made a name for himself in excess of the German borders.

Further information about Georg Bernhard available here.

The history of
Kongress am Park 


The urban garden (Stadtgarten)

The area where the congress centre is located today was bought by the City of Augsburg in order to use it as grounds for the city's market garden in1878. Some years later, the location attracted more than 700.000 people for the 'County of Swabia Exhibition for Industry, Trade and Art History 1886'. For this purpose, star-architects Ludwig Leybold and Jean Keller from Augsburg constructed several halls in wood construction. After that, the area was used as a municipal park and saw its expansion in 1895. In the year 1906, the park eventually was named Wittelsbach Park. With a size of 18 hectare, it is one of Augsburg's largest-scale green.

The Ludwig House (Ludwigsbau)

When one of the wooden concert halls in the municipal park, designed and built by Jean Keller in 1889, burnt down in 1910 the City of Augsburg called for tenders for a solid construction concert hall. However, all of the drafts were beyond the financial means. That is why, in 1913/14, town master mason Ott Holzer built a self-drafted domed structure for 1200 spectators with a catering area attached. Named after King Ludwig III. the hall bore local architectural features like domes, folding shutters and trellis. In the 1950s, the area around the building was used as a fairground.

The Congress Hall (Kongresshalle)

After declaring the Ludwig House in general and the dome in particular as dilapidated the City issued another invitation for a tender for the new construction of a concert- and congress hall. The drafts of architect Max Speidel of Stuttgart convinced the jury. It praised his architectural approach 'of timeless elegance; modern, but not spoiling for modernist effects'. As soon as the Ludwig House was dynamited (the dome, by the way, was almost left undamaged) the planning and construction of the new congress hall began. On Saturday, 17th June 1972, the hall saw its festive opening.

Clearance

The Kongresshalle becomes Kongress am Park

As it serves as an example for post-war modern architecture, the congress hall was declared a listed monument in 2009. To prevent the building from falling in a state of disrepair the City of Augsburg decided to give it an extensive clearance, led by architect's office Schuller + Tham in 2010. Two years later, the building was reopened and renamed 'Kongress am Park'. The architectural monument, now with a cutting-edge standard in energy and safety requirements, is in great demand as congress- and meeting centre as well as a popular location for concerts and all kinds of other events.

Das Augsburger Kongresszentrum Kongress am Park liegt zentrumsnah und doch mitten im Grünen. Auf 18 Hektar bietet der Wittelsbacher Park viel Platz für Entspannung. Zum Park gehört ein 1957 angelegter japanischer Steingarten, der „Rudolf-Diesel-Gedächtnishain“, ein Spielplatz und der Parkbiergarten

Gönnen Sie sich im Parkbiergarten nach der Tagung ein kühles Bier der Augsburger Traditionsbrauerei Riegele und frische bayerische Schmankerl.

Genießen Sie auf den sonnigen Terrasse eine entspannte Kaffeepause mit Blick in den Wittelsbacher Park.

Das Kongresszentrum Kongress am Park liegt zentrumsnah und doch mitten im Grünen. Auf 18 Hektar bietet der Wittelsbacher Park viel Platz für Entspannung. Zum Park gehört ein 1957 angelegter japanischer Steingarten, der „Rudolf-Diesel-Gedächtnishain“, ein Spielplatz und der Parkbiergarten

Green meeting in Augsburg

An idyllic congress centre in the Wittelsbach Park

Your donation
for our pipe organ

We ask for your support

Can you imagine Bruckner's mass without the sound of an organ? Respighi's Pini die Roma without the demonic fundament of booming pipes? The grande finale of Camille Saint-Saëns’ lacking the organ's inebriation?

The congress centre is in need of a first-rate organ so the audience at last knows the promise of the entire repertoire. The Steinmeyer organ needs a thorough overhaul that will cost up to 500,000 Euros. By sponsoring an organ pipe, you can support the project. The price for the sponsorship depends on the size of the pipe.

  • Here you can find an overview of the pipe sponsorship.
  • Here you can find the listing for the forthcoming charity concerts.

For further information please contact Mr. Jakob Janeschitz
E-mail: info@philharmonische-gesellschaft.info
Homepage: www.philharmonische-gesellschaft.info

About Kongress am Park Augsburg

Sponsors

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baramundi Software AG (plc)

The baramundi software AG (plc) allows companies and organisations for an efficient, secure and cross-platform management of workplace environments. More than 2500 customers of all sectors, trades and sizes around the world benefit from the German company's longtime experience and its excellent products. In the baramundi management suite the products are merged in a holistic forward-looking Unified-Endpoint-Management-approach: client-management, mobile-device-management and endpoint-security are carried out on one common user interface and in one single data base after consistent standards.

The headquarters of baramundi software AG, founded in 2000, are in Augsburg. All the products and services are exclusively 'Made in Germany'. In terms of distribution, counselling and customer liaison and support baramundi successfully cooperates with partners all around the world.

To the baramundi homepage

Further information on the hall baramundi here

Logo Stadtwerke Augsburg, Kongress am Park Augsburg

Stadtwerke Augsburg (Dpt. Of Public Works Augsburg)

The Stadtwerke Augsburg (Dpt. Of Public Works Augsburg) take care of a reliable and assured supply of energy, water and public transport and bear social responsibility for the citizens of Augsburg, for the city itself and as an economic space. They invest in the development of renewable energy and commission local companies amounting to 30 million Euros per annum. They furthermore train more than 100 young people while employing 1800 people, and put a lot in the community by supporting local culture, sports, ecology and education.

The Stadtwerke Augsburg entered into the commitment for the community of the City of Augsburg, which is a crucial part of the policy of sustainability within the organisation.

To the Municipal Utilites homepage

Further information on the room Stadtwerkehere.

Logo Dorint Hotel an der Kongresshalle, Sponsor Kongress am Park Augsburg

Hotel Dorint An der Kongresshalle Augsburg

An impressive building from the 70s, inspired by the famous Marina Towers in Chicago, is home to the renowned Dorint. The hotel, a 4-star superior house, is beautifully located in the Wittelsbach Park, only a 15 minutes walking distance from the old town.

In the 184 rooms and suites a classy ambiance meets modern design from the 70s era. Top-notch meeting rooms and experienced staff set the stage for successful meetings and beautiful festivities. Not to mention the impressive premises on the very exclusive 34th floor.

To the Hotel Dorint homepage

Further information on the Room Dorinthere.

Logo Klassik Radio, Sponsor Kongress am Park Augsburg

Klassik Radio AG (plc)

Klassik Radio is Germany's private radio station with the widest reach. The head office is located right next to the congress centre. The station's outstanding programme is composed of the most popular classic melodies, exciting modern avant-garde classical music, the biggest hits from film scores and laid-back classic lounge music. The news broadcast every 30 minutes features the most relevant business and finance, media and culture news from Germany and the world.

More than 1.4 million tune in every day to the only station listed on the stock exchange.

To the Klassik Radio homepage

Further information on the Klassik Radio foyerhere and on the Klassik Radio loungehere.

Logo Ikea, , Sponsor Kongress am Park Augsburg

IKEA Furnishing House Augsburg

To lighten up people's daily grind...

... is IKEA's vision. It is more than a tag in an office. It is our soul. It is what our heart is in for.

The reshaping of the artists' dressing rooms in the backstage area serves as an example for such an affair of the heart. We wanted to create a room tailor-made for artists, meeting all their needs before the big show.

Like the congress centre itself, we enthusiastically would like to inspire our visitors, guarantee quality and take care of a sustainable development. These three elements were also essential in the concept design for the dressing rooms.

To the IKEA Homepage

Further information on the artists' dressing rooms here.

Board of Governors

The City of Augsburg is the sole proprietor of the Kongress am Park Betriebs GmbH. Its Board of Governors is composed of municipal councillors of the City of Augsburg.

Logo Stadt Augsburg, Kongress am Park Augsburg

Its Board of Governors is composed of municipal councillors of the City of Augsburg.

Eva Weber, Vorstand Aufsichtsrat Kongress am Park, zweite Bürgermeisterin der Stadt Augsburg, Wirtschaftsreferentin

Eva Weber
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
(2nd mayor, counselor and deputy treasurer)

Angela Steinecker Aufsichtsrat Kongress am Park

Angela Steinecker
Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board
(SPD)

Leo Dietz Aufsichtsrat Kongress am Park

Leo Dietz
(CSU)

Bernd Kraenzle Aufsichtsrat Kongress am Park

Bernd Kränzle
(CSU)

Antje Seubert Aufsichtsrat Kongress am Park

Antje Seubert
(Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)

Markus Arnold Aufsichtsrat Kongress am Park

Markus Arnold
(CSU)

Claudia Eberle Aufsichtsrat Kongress am Park

Claudia Eberle
(Pro Augsburg)

Katja Scherer Aufsichtsrat Kongress am Park

Katja Scherer
(CSU)

Sieglinge Wisniewski Aufsichtsrat Kongress am Park

Sieglinde Wisniewski
(SPD)

Membership

GCB - German Convention Bureau (registered association)

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The German Convention Bureau connects organizers of congresses and conventions with providers of conference services. It furthermore offers advice, supports planning and organising events and conveys contact persons.

Further information on the German Convention Bureau here.

EVVC - Europäischer Verband der Veranstaltungs-Centren e.V.

This association represents about 700 convention centres, congress houses, arenas and special event locations all over Europe along with event planners and suppliers. This makes the EVVC the most versatile network within the branch of trade.Further information on th

Further information on the EVVC here.

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