Haus der Stille Meschede, south view

North-eastern view

North view of Haus der Stille, seen from Klosterberg

concrete cubes with longitudinal gap

Haus der Stille with big window and gap

view in the gap of Haus der Stille

Haus der Stille with monastery

Haus der Stille Klosterberg

Interior of Haus der Stille

Chapel with conrete walls, Haus der Stille

Guest room interior

house of silence

Klosterberg 11, 59872 Meschede

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Architekt Prof. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Peter Kulka
(with Konstantin Pichler as project partner in employment)

Benediktiner Abtei Königsmünster

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house of silence

The buildings of the Benedictine abbey Königsmünster form a cloistral complex established over 70 years of continual expansion.

The latest structure in this heterogeneous ensemble is Haus der Stille (house of peace). It is the abbey’s guest house, in which guests can stay for one or two weeks for contemplation.
The structure consists of two exposed concrete cubes, separated by a 3m-wide longitudinal groove. The larger structure accommodates social rooms, offices and the cells, the slimmer the staircase and the wayside chapel. The latter is a high, but small room, flooded by light from above.

The cubes are connected by four glazed bridges on various levels. In consideration of the contemplation and self-communion purposes the abbey tries to cater for, only essentials are found here. The walls are all made of exposed concrete, the floors are parqueted, shadow and light are important design elements.
The guest house’s twenty cells also do only feature what’s really needed; the surrounding countryside aside, peace is the biggest luxury afforded to the guests.

Deutscher Architekturpreis 2003 (E.ON Ruhrgas AG), Anerkennung
Architekturpreis NRW 2004 (BDA NRW), Preisträger

Author: editorial baukunst-nrw
Last changed on 06.03.2024


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