Abbey of Altenburg, Extension of the Monastery - The Return of the Repressed
The monastery wall of the Benedictine abbey of Altenburg was cracked in the area of the gallery. A structural physics exam showed that the wall along the gallery could no longer withstand the pressure of the earth masses and therefore had to be exposed. By exposing the wall, parts of the medieval monastery were also rediscovered and exposed.
The project assignment was then formulated in very simple terms: structural rehabilitation of the wall and a canopy over the uncovered medieval structures.
In fact, what is called for is an extremely complex construction in which a contemporary building is to activate medieval spaces within baroque structures. Comparable to the projects BVA and Bolzano, a shapeless building emerges here as well, or rather the building loses its shape and posture as a building. The terrain (the building site) is reached and constructed by means of lateral struts. The space allocation plan is woven into a field of tension structures. Construction equals terrain (building site).