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Glass Elements in a Renovated Abbey

The archdiocese invited participation in a competition with the objective of renovating the facility that is 50 m above the city of Michaelsberg. The ­objective was to add an extension, while maintaining the mountain silhouette to the greatest extent possible. The winning design came from the Cologne office MSM Meyer Schmitz-Morkramer. The new building, which is 17 m below the existing building is colour-matched to the base area of the abbey complex, in addition the facade incorporates other existing design ­elements. Overall, the planner’s priority was to maintain the historic architectural character and yet meet the requirements for a modern meeting place. This also included retrofitting and equipping the interior with systems from Hoba, a company that ­develops and produces custom fire protection ­elements made of wood, glass and stainless steel. In Siegburg the carpenter’s workshop Fritz & Alfred Müller offered custom-made elements. Fire protection doors in minimalist glass-surrounded design for the existing building, as well as fall-proof and fire protection glazing in the stairway of the new building were used.


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