Wurstfest debuts New Braunfels Marktplatz renderings

Render of rebuilt Marktplatz at Wurstfest
Renderings offer the first look at the new Marktplatz. (Courtesy MarmonMok Architecture)

Renderings offer the first look at the new Marktplatz. (Courtesy MarmonMok Architecture)

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Work is underway to repair Wursthalle at Wurstfest. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Scaffolding has been assembled inside Wursthalle to provide extra support during construction. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Damaged panels on the Wurstahlle roof are removed to make improvements to interior structural beams. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Members of the Marktplatz Rebuild Committee and MarmonMok Architecture’s design team presented new renderings and construction updates for Wurstfest at the Feb. 24 City Council meeting.

Marktplatz will be a separate building from Wursthalle, or rather four buildings linked by a single roof with large overhangs.

"The emphasis on this design was a structure that's appealing and adds value to our community,” said John Archer, committee vice chair.

This was done to enhance crowd control and improve the experience of festival-goers through air flow and natural lighting, according to Archer.

The renderings show a distinctly German building with Fachwerk styling that features external wood supports. It was not stated whether the beams were ornamental or functional.


One key point of the rehabilitation is upgraded and expanded restrooms. The building will also meet city code, whereas the previous incarnation of Marktplatz did not.

According to Kevin McClellan, a design architect at MarmonMok, Gate 3 was demolished to open the festival grounds up to Elizabeth Avenue, which the city is planning to give a separate overhaul.

The Marktplatz Rebuild Committee has led the construction process since a catastrophic fire burnt down the original structure and damaged Wursthalle in November.

Wursthalle repairs are ongoing, and work on both buildings is expected to be complete by Wurstfest.

"There will be sausage served come Nov. 6, 2020," Archer said. “We’re on target; we’re on budget.”

Archer said there will be space for all of Wurstfest’s nonprofit vendors at the festival, but some may be displaced to other parts of the property.

“We’re trying to serve them all,” Archer said.

The lease for Wurstfest’s land was also renewed as a separate item at the council meeting.

The new 25-year lease is expected to provide a net revenue of $8,500 to the city every year after a deduction of $5,000 for permanent improvements made to the property annually, according to City Manager Robert Camareno.


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