Architecture with depth

Between history and modernity

Gro­wing with pro­jects – giving them mea­ning and soul. That is what we stri­ve for at ate­lier 522. In doing so, we always enga­ge anew – with envi­ron­ments, moods and visi­ons. And to what is alre­a­dy pre­sent in rea­li­ty. The colum­ba­ri­um “Die Eiche” in the heart of Lübeck is one such exam­p­le. A place whe­re around 2,000 urns find a final, peaceful res­t­ing place and whe­re rela­ti­ves expe­ri­ence a new cul­tu­re of mour­ning. Built in 1873 as a gran­ary, the typi­cal Han­sea­tic clin­ker brick buil­ding with its deco­ra­ti­ve faça­de blends into the frin­ge of the old town. We are reno­vat­ing this archi­tec­tu­ral tre­asu­re from the ground up over its seven flo­ors, wit­hout dis­re­gar­ding its true core. Deve­lo­ping and desig­ning rooms and fur­ni­tu­re that do jus­ti­ce to this desi­re and build a respectful bridge bet­ween histo­ry and modernity.

In order to rea­li­se such a pro­ject, it requi­res not only a fee­ling for what is spe­cial, but abo­ve all exten­si­ve pre­pa­ra­ti­on and regu­lar coor­di­na­ti­on with cli­ents and spe­cia­list plan­ners. An ele­men­ta­ry com­po­nent for the fur­ther deve­lo­p­ment of his­to­ri­cal and lis­ted archi­tec­tu­re such as the Lübeck Oak is also a careful sel­ec­tion of com­pa­ti­ble buil­ding mate­ri­als that resem­ble the ori­gi­nal con­s­truc­tion as clo­se­ly as pos­si­ble. Neces­sa­ry tech­ni­ques from the field of buil­ding ser­vices engi­nee­ring must be intel­li­gent­ly inte­gra­ted into exis­ting struc­tures and a sophisti­ca­ted con­cept for fire pro­tec­tion must be deve­lo­ped. In this way, archi­tec­tu­re from the buil­ding histo­ry can be seam­less­ly inte­gra­ted into the new design wit­hout its­elf rece­ding into the background.

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