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senior residence Haus Meer


study 2021
Alexander Schmitz


In 1166, Countess Hildegund von Meer founded a Premonstratensian monastery on the northern edge of what is now Meerbusch-Büderich. The monastery was of great economic importance for the region, but was repeatedly destroyed by fires, partially demolished with secularisation, rededicated as a castle and finally almost completely destroyed in the Second World War. Today there are only a few former farm buildings on the large monastery grounds. In recent years, Ben Dieckmann architects have developed two designs for a new use of the historic site.

Due to its historical importance, the former monastery site "Haus Meer" is protected as a monument. At the same time, a new economic use is required that makes the place sustainable. Various ideas have been developed for this since the 1970s. The design of a retirement home on the former monastery site by Ben Dieckmann architects takes into account the complex requirements of the development and enables economic use. The design of the nursing home provides for the original volume of the castle to be restored.

Since the need for care places will increase enormously in the coming decades, such a use would also meet the city's current socio-political challenges.

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