Regeneration / Waschhaus Andechs
Andechs, Germany , 2014 / Buero Wagner
Ingenieurbüro für Baustatik und Konstruktion Karl Wagner,Bauleitung: Baubüro Ammersee Phillip Amann, HLS: Planungsbüro für technische Gebäudeausrüstung H. Bittmann, Brandschutzplaner: IB Lichtenberg, Bauphysik: IB S. Bartel, Elektroplanung: Elektro Glas
Photos by Felix Löchner
Text by Nadine Schmidt
One of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Bavaria can be found on the east bank of the Ammersee, the monastery Andechs. As a commodity of the Benedictine abbey Saint Bonifaz in Munich, the monastery ensures the financial basis of the abbey's pastoral, social and cultural work - according to the credo "ora et labora - pray and work." With the renovation of the estate's old washhouse,located between Florianstadl and the butchery,the workshop, laundry and monastery distillery, which are accommodated inside the building, could be modernized and reorganized according to their current requirements. Two apartments, an office as well as various communal rooms and storage spaces were rearranged inside the historic premise. Despite a poor and severely remodeled building structure much of the former washhouse could be preserved and carefully integrated into the new design concept. The material and color selection of all architectural additions was based on the existing structure. White as the base hue in combination with the "color" of untreated materials was chosen as a recurring theme: The interior features oak flooring and stairs, as well as white walls and fixtures creatinga bright and airy environment. Original details such as vaulted ceilings in the apartments and the distillery, the rough quarry stone brickwork or refurbished interior doors and windows reflect the identity and history of the building. The exterior was handled with equally sensible care subjecting the cubature and façade to only minimal changes. Plane tiles, copper, wood and manually-applied, plaster preserve the building's original character integrating it seamlessly into the surrounding ensemble.