Ben Dieckmann architect Haus Meer ISR School Kindergarten Meerbusch

ISR Haus Meer, Meerbusch

International School Haus Meer, Meerbusch/Germany
study 2018
Alexander Schmitz



Nowadays monuments are no longer understood as objects of art, but as testimonies of history, which should also be made accessible to the public. The former monastery site "Haus Meer" in Meerbusch, whose foundation dates back to the 12th century, is a listed building.
In a study, Ben Dieckmann architects develops a meaningful and realistic use of the protected area. With minor interventions in the park and monument stock, access for the public is to be made possible.
The study envisages a new building and use by a school with a kindergarten. The building is planned as a single-storey timber construction. A floor slab raised and laid on by a pile foundation leaves most of the ground untouched so as not to damage other possible finds. Information boards on the school building are intended to convey the history and excavation results of the former monastery grounds. In addition, the monument will be protected by the creation of a historical network of paths, extensive park maintenance and safeguarding of the existing excavations.
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