© Jörg Schwarze
Lübeck’s Hansahafen marina is calm. A gentle wind blows around the brick facades of numerous historical buildings. In the centre of the Old Town stands an imposing red brick building with an ornate wooden door: the columbarium in the former ‘Die Eiche’ granary. An individual attitude to death – engrained in the city of Lübeck’s culture, with vast sociological roots and accompanied by well-curated art – is illustrated at a venue with its very own philosophy.
Creating a place of reflection. Surrounded by the dead – with room for discussion and thoughts. We devote ourselves to this task while developing the architecture and interior design of the columbarium in the former ‘Die Eiche’ granary, where around 2,000 urns are located, and the deceased can be commemorated in a dignified setting. We developed the concept for this special venue, are designing spaces and furniture that fulfil this requirement and built a respectful bridge between past and present.
Architectural design with an emotional impact
Built in 1873 as a granary and following many years of use, the typical Hanseatic red brick building of the columbarium is located on the edge of Lübeck Old Town. We completely renovate the seven floors of this architectural treasure, while retaining its fundamental essence. We also do lots of soul-searching when it comes to the interior design. Furthermore, we respectfully reintegrate a number of historic elements, such as hardwood boards on every floor, for example. The result will be a soulful place that honours the character of the past.
The two-hundred-year-old heavy wooden doors of Lübeck columbarium open surprisingly easily to reveal the interior. But even from the outside, you can glimpse the impressive lighting installation consisting of hundreds of delicate porcelain slivers. And they make such a wonderful noise that you cannot help but stop and listen to this special sound.