The hallways of the Technical University in Munich were almost empty, when we approached Professor Nagler's chair, located behind one of the myriad doors lining the long corridors of the architecture faculty. Due to pandemic measures, the regular bustle of students was not given and we were lucky to be allowed in and to be given the opportunity to converse with Florian Nagler on a warm evening in August 2020.
We were both amazed by the authenticity of his words, his charismatic aura and his leisurely way to speak about difficult and moving topics of contemporary architecture. Florian Nagler not only speaks about how to re-allocate our natural resources, how to build with them according to their characteristics and availability, but he also leads by example. His projects are well known throughout Germany and beyond its borders by now, due to his authentic and consistent way of combining a clear construction language with high quality architectural design. The strong focus on learning from the vernacular is both easy to spot and clearly explained by him throughout this interview. Nagler's answers radiated with passion and immediately convinced us of his intentions and his motivations. We are looking forward to visiting some more of his built projects in the coming months and can only recommend exploring Bavaria to do so personally.
Florian Nagler spoke to us not only about his built projects but also about his university life as a Professor and his associated research project "Einfach Bauen". This project is composed of three buildings made of distinct materials: timber, brick and insulating concrete. Scientifically, he uses these houses to prove theories regarding interior climate, airflow and feel within these specific constructions. The distinct materiality is the overall focal point. Furthermore, he spoke about hybrid constructions to us and the large potential of combining suitable resources with each-other in the near future.
Since 2010, Professor Florian Nagler presides the Chair of Architectural Design and Construction at the TUM in Munich, Germany, working with Bachelor and Master students alike. Alongside his teaching, he runs an office together with his wife, Barabara Nagler, in Munich, Germany, since 1999.
Video music by Matteo Silvestri
Polish spoken by Livia Nowak
Photos taken by PIONIRA over the course of the last years. First project shown: Nantesbuch, followed by Glentleiten. Both in Bavaria, Germany.