David Chipperfield Architects transforms a former monastery into a workspace

In Germany, the Jacoby Studios project restores the architectural elements from the 17th century and adds new volumes in continuity with the original structure and the urban landscape. 

Jacoby Studios is the new headquarters of a family-run company located in the German town of Paderborn, near Pader Springs. The project, designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, renovates a 17th century Capuchin monastery converted into a hospital in 1841 and dismantled in 2013.

The renovation work removes the additions made in the post-war period as a result of war damage, revealing the original structure clad in stone and brick. At the same time historical elements such as the chapel facade, that leads to the entrance courtyard, the central cloister, the east wing and the cellar are recovered.

The orthogonal structure of former monastery determines the addition of new volumes on the north, south and west sides: made of wood and concrete, these include from two to three levels each and show continuity with the original structure and the urban landscape.

Jacoby Studios
Paderborn, Germany
Office, staff canteen, photography studio, showroom
David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
David Chipperfield, Martin Reichert, Alexander Schwarz (Design lead)
Project architects:
Franziska Rusch (Concept study), Frithjof Kahl (Preparation and brief to Developed Design, Design intent details, Site design supervision)
Project team:
Thomas Benk, Thea Cheret, Dirk Gschwind, Elsa Pandozi, Franziska Rusch, Diana Schaffrannek, Eva-Maria Stadelmann, Amelie Wegner; Dalia Liksaite (graphics, visualisation)
Construction documentation, Executive architect:
Schilling Architekten, Cologne, Jochem Vieren (Project management), Michael Zinnkann (Construction management)
Landscape architect:
Wirtz International nv, Schoten, Peter Wirtz, Jan Grauwels
Structural engineer:
Gantert + Wiemeler Ingenieurplanung, Münste
Services engineer, Lighting consultant:
Köster Planung GmbH, Münster
Building physics, Acoustic:
Hansen Ingenieure, Münster
Fire consultant:
HHP West Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, Bielefeld
Jacoby GbR (represented by Ellen Jacoby, Franz Jacoby, Yvonne Jacoby)
Gross floor area:
12,500 sqm

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