Die Eiche

Archi­tec­tu­re of the encounter

Lübeck’s Han­sa har­bour has calm waters. A gent­le bree­ze blows around the brick faca­des of num­e­rous buil­dings stee­ped in histo­ry. In the cent­re of the old town, an impo­sing clin­ker brick buil­ding with a deco­ra­ted woo­den gate: the colum­ba­ri­um in the old gran­ary “Die Eiche”. The indi­vi­du­al approach to death – embedded in the cul­tu­re of the city of Lübeck, socio­lo­gi­cal­ly broad­ly loca­ted, accom­pa­nied by well-cura­ted art – mani­fests its­elf in a place with a phi­lo­so­phy all its own.

Cooperation with depth

Crea­ting a place for reflec­tion. In the midst of the dead – with space for con­ver­sa­ti­ons and thoughts. We have dedi­ca­ted our­sel­ves to this task in the archi­tec­tu­re and inte­ri­or design of the colum­ba­ri­um in the old gran­ary “Die Eiche”, whe­re a total of around 3,300 urns find a place and the decea­sed can be com­me­mo­ra­ted in a digni­fied set­ting. We deve­lo­ped the con­cept for this spe­cial place and design rooms and fur­ni­tu­re that meet this wish and build a respectful bridge bet­ween histo­ry and modernity.

Ser­vice pha­ses:
LPH 1 – 9
Total area:
1400 m²
Pro­ject sta­tus:
Imple­men­ta­ti­on planning

Structural design that moves the heart

Built in 1873 as a gran­ary and used for a long time, the typi­cal Han­sea­tic clin­ker brick buil­ding of the colum­ba­ri­um blends into the frin­ge of Lübeck’s old town. We are reno­vat­ing this archi­tec­tu­ral tre­asu­re from the ground up over its seven flo­ors, wit­hout dis­re­gar­ding its true core. For the inte­ri­or design, we also lis­ten­ed deep­ly to our­sel­ves. We respectful­ly inte­gra­ted num­e­rous his­to­ri­cal ele­ments, such as flo­or­boards that span seve­ral flo­ors, into the new. The result is a memo­ri­al with soul that hono­urs the cha­rac­ter of the past.


The inside turned inside out

In addi­ti­on to the exten­si­ve archi­tec­tu­ral refur­bish­ment of the his­to­ric struc­tu­re, the design con­cepts for the various rooms and fur­ni­tu­re also come from ate­lier 522. Sty­li­sti­cal­ly dif­fe­rent influen­ces from the past mer­ge with the pre­sent, which shape the uni­que­ness of the oak and car­ry it ste­adi­ly into the future. A digni­fied place whe­re not only 3,300 urns find a place – but also sculp­tures, pain­tings and objects by world-famous artists such as Her­man de Vries, Aron Demetz, Mad­lai­na Lys or Lil­la Tabas­so. Works that deal with the the­me of death in a spe­cial way.


Stand still

Whe­ther clad in pre­cious wood or sil­ver-pla­ted, hand-blown glass, the design of the urn cham­bers of dif­fe­rent sizes lea­ves gent­le space for the rela­ti­ves of the decea­sed to incor­po­ra­te per­so­nal items on the out­side. Islands of remem­brance, inte­gra­ted into a his­to­ri­cal place that has com­ple­ted its trans­for­ma­ti­on from gran­ary to memo­ry store and found a new meaningful purpose.


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