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Format: 2017
Format: 2017

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BILSTER BERG DRIVE RESORT. Bad driburg


The first new motor-racing circuit to be built in Germany in the eighty years since the opening of the Hockenheim Ring is now complete. Bilster Berg Drive Resort in Bad Driburg is situated on the site of a former munitions depot and offers automobile manufacturers an ideal platform for developing and testing their products. Over 30 buildings were converted to other uses and three further new buildings erected, including a welcome centre, a clubhouse on the western loop and a building at the start/finish. All three have their own characteristic architectural language. Standing on V-shaped columns, they provide a transparent, floating counterpoint to the existing massive, monolithic structures already fulfilling functions such as as pit garages, workshops and rented space. Spacious visitor rooms in the new buildings act as a transparent intermediary between the magnificent circuit ambiance, the activities on the track and the security provided by the buildings themselves. Trackside terraces provide fans with the opportunity to experience the landscape and motorsport at close quarters. A building for off-road drivers with an adjacent unsurfaced track complements the project package. The challenging aspect of the track, which was designed by the Aachen Formula 1 specialist Tilke GmbH, and the RKW buildings' strong architectural statement form a unique facility in the world of European motorsport.