Live, live and work – for Bernd Müller everything is together. The architect, born in Greiz in Thuringia in 1956, wants a balanced, realistic and comprehensive approach to urban planning. And sometimes, in his eyes, they can be unconventional. Like for example the modern extension of the Lessing Gymnasium in Plauen or the new Elsteraue car dealership.
The innovative ideas Müller is not limited to itself, but to the 50-member team of Bauplanung Plauen GmbH, one of the largest offices of this type in Vogtland. The 23 architects, engineers and technicians in the construction and architecture sector, according to Müller, are at the heart of the project. He is his chief architect. From his office located on the 5th floor of the Albertplatz office building, Müller has a magnificent view of Plauen. He has been working there since 2003 and three years later he became a co-partner and authorized representative.
Orders range from Görlitz to Bocholt, from Berlin to Munich, from neighboring European countries to China. "In 2011 and 2012, we were there, we had done a concept study for an industrial factory in Chongqing," Müller recalls during his stay in the city of about 30 million residents and in a region as vast as Austria. On behalf of a German-Chinese company, his company has developed a factory of LED lamps on the banks of the Yangtze River – evidence of Müller's thesis: "Anyone who studies architecture can work n & # 39; Anywhere ".
In his case, it was originally in the GDR, the composite project MLK – until 1989, which was also private for Müller, before the opening of the border: he left Plauen towards Nuremberg . There, he attended a family birthday. However, Müller has not solved the return ticket. The fact that he went home with his family after almost ten years had nevertheless made sense for him. Because he loves Plauen, the city in which he has lived since his childhood, has been to school. The place with the currency still to be perceived Gründerzeit.
"Architecture is always a reflection of society," says Müller. It is not only the pyramids of Egypt and the Gothic cathedrals that proved it, but also the districts of the city of Plauen, symbols of the apogee of Plauen before the First World War. At that time, the place was established as a large city of about 128 000 inhabitants. After the turnaround, many things were exhausted, but in essence. Müller thinks he needs new content. "Because lifeless buildings die and cities with too little content too," says the planner. In this respect, not only planners, but also politics and businesses.
The general planning team also provides structural, civil engineering and interior design services. "The interdisciplinary structure is our strength," Müller said. This is clearly demonstrated by the projects carried out: hospital buildings such as the Berlin Charity or the Dresden University Hospital, the Obergöltzsch Hospital or the Psychiatry Department of Helios Vogtland-Klinikum. Similarly, the Dresdner Rundkino or all kinds of school and social buildings bear the Bauplanung Plauen mark. In Plauen only, for example, Karl Marx Elementary School or Hufeland High School. "For Siemens, we have built eight active daycares and the extension of the Stadtbad sauna in the Hofer Strasse comes from us," Müller said. It could continue over and over again: Physiotherm in Treuen, Magna in Meerane, Boysen in Oberlosa. The current main order: the VW press shop in Moselle. The amount of the deduction: a two-digit amount million.
In all of this, Müller strictly opposes a historicization of architecture, as he calls it: "You must always build in a self-confident and modern way, our ancestors acted in the same way". In this context, he wants more Plauener tolerant. His vision is that citizens are more open to modern architecture and accept unconventional solutions, that they engage in at least one conversation. "By the way, not everyone has to like everything that is 100%," says the architect. He wants Plauen to find an adequate charisma and urban quality, and hence a "new golden age".