The redesign of the Bräurosl tent is going deeper than we initially thought.
This sure is a surprise: the Bräurosl tent, which could be recognized by its half-timber facade for most of its existence, will be entirely redesigned, even getting a new facade. Even more interesting is the fact that the redesign is inspired by a historic predecessor of the tent, which goes exceptionally well with the tent's new, more traditional orientation.
Pschorr-Bräurosl was the Pschorr brewery's tent from 1901 until the brewery merged family-internally with Hacker in 1972 and soon after acquired by the Paulaner group. The latter isn't known to be particularly aware of its tradition - neither in Munich nor at the Oktoberfest. Quite the contrary, just in 2019 they decided to cut the ties of the tradition of the group's tent entirely by replacing its former name Winzerer Fähndl with the generic "Paulaner-Festzelt". Therefore, we're both surprised as well as excited about the tent's new orientation.
As the redesign is much more interesting than expected, we'd like to take a look at the designs published by the Paulaner group: in general, we like the fact that the architects don't use the chalet aesthetic that has become annoyingly popular over the last decades. Quite the contrary, even the shape of the crest is concealed by a round facade, which has been very popular in past eras of the Oktoberfest.
This new facade is inspired by an older Bräurosl tent from the early 20th century. However, the colour scheme was entirely different back then. Instead of blue and red, the contemporary incarnation will be dominated by green. Unfortunately, the historic towers at the sides, which did a good job loosening up the front of the building, won't be rebuilt.
The Maypoles in front of the tent can be interpreted as an homage to the previous building. However, we feel they won't quite fit in the renderings.
Just like we've seen with all the latest tents built by Pletschacher, the new Bräurosl will also get a balcony on all four sides. Like the Hacker-Festzelt, a part of its south side will be outside and therefore be part of the beer garden. That way, the capacity of the beer garden can stay the same, although there will be fewer tables on the ground.
The beer garden won't be framed anymore by booths on street 4, exactly as has been the case at the Ochsenbraterei since 2017. Also new on this side are two pavilions framing the beer garden entrances. This should be a very nice visual addition.
There are also many new things to see on the inside, first and foremost the new white and green colour scheme. It's great to see a redesign that isn't dominated by brown colours, as has been the case in more and more tents. The entirely bright fabric covering the ceiling is unknown from any other tent. The known fabric printed with hops is now accompanied by other bright fabrics.
The otherwise dominating white and green colours remind us of the Armbrustschützenzelt, where those colours work quite well. The design shows a rather empty interior. Only the balconies are featuring wreaths under the 15-meter high ceiling at the moment. We'll see if it really stays that way.
As the designs don't cover any lighting, the appearance of the interior is hard to guess. However, we can expect the green arcs to hold the lights just like it's the case in the Augustiner and Löwenbräu tents. This has even already been the case in the Bräurosl decades ago.
The seating in the central aisle is placed in double rows. However, we don't understand why there are walls in the rows. This makes them unattractive to groups. The seating capacity on the ground level will be reduced significantly as capacity is moved to the first floor. In total, the interior gains 290 seats, however, allowing the landlord to cater to 6490 thirsty throats inside.
Unfortunately, we've seen in other tents that the reduction of capacity in the central aisle isn't beneficial to a tent's atmosphere, especially not if seats move to the balcony.
All in all, we're happy about the interesting design and will cover the first setup particularly detailed in our photo construction documentation.