'Self-portrait of the family' by Johann Friedrich Overbeck, Lubeck, 1820

Model front 01

Model study - exterior

Model back 01

Model study - interior


Proposed elevation

Facade 01

Facade study model


Facade detail study

Interior 01

Interior of double height masonette apartment

Floor Plan 00

Floor plan, ground floor

Floor Plan 01

Floor plan, first floor

Floor Plan 02

Floor plan, second floor

Floor Plan 03

Floor plan, third floor

The importance of this Unesco World heritage status to the entire old city of Lubeck establishes this site as an opportunity to explore the importance of this layered and rich historical context and how this could be re-interpreted for modern day living. Balanced with understanding the requirements of residents, developers and builders in reinventing the crafting and materiality of the housing typology and its contribution to the existing street scape and community was an interesting opportunity on how the
balance of both “old and new” can be harmonised. We were sensitive to how a new facade design would maintain and reinstate the integrity and authenticity for the future of this historic city.

From researching and visiting the existing merchants housing and rethinking the type and mix of apartments and layouts suitable for single people, the elderly, disabled and families we could offer good spatial configurations and excellent natural light.

Influenced by the historic typology of terracoa in Lubeck we have chosen a palete of materials using the traditional brick type and how the ordering and patterning of these can acknowledge the importance of its rich heritage whilst offering a more contemporary approach to the historic streetscape. The new facades although respecting the ordering of the existing merchant housing conveys a narrative of the crafting and materiality of what defines Lubeck as unique within Northern Europe and how these new facades individually will become part of the cityscape.