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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