Book door
Book door © Jörg Hempel
Chimney shaft and half-timbered construction
Chimney shaft and half-timbered construction © Jörg Hempel
Raumhöhe Bücherregale
Raumhöhe Bücherregale © Jörg Hempel
Sanierung eines historischen Dachstuhles
Sanierung eines historischen Dachstuhles © Jörg Hempel
Maisonette library
Maisonette library © Jörg Hempel
Wegeleitung im Archiv
Wegeleitung im Archiv © Jörg Hempel
Sanitary facility in the monastery
Sanitary facility in the monastery © Jörg Hempel
Roller shelves in the archive
Roller shelves in the archive © Jörg Hempel
Projectteam Gerhard Kalhöfer, Pia Schröder, Guido Meier, Burkhard Schelischansky, Ute Reiter, Verena Kluth, Tian Tian, Gerald Klahr, Nadja Welter, Heike Prehler, Franziska von Lintel
Client Stadt Arnsberg
City Arnsberg
Date 2004
Copyright Jörg Hempel

Monastery Library - Town and Landstände Archive

Wedinghausen Monastery was founded in 1170 as a Premonstratensian order. At the beginning of the 19th century, after more than 600 years of history, the monastery was dissolved and parts of the structure were subsequently demolished. What remained was the east wing, which the Catholic parish continued to use as a religious site, and the west wing, which became a public school after secularization in the 19th century.

The task was the restoration of the monument and the conversion of the west wing of the Wedinghausen monastery into a city archive with exhibition areas. The medieval parts of the building were restored after an examination of the historical monuments. The former school classes were converted into exhibition rooms on the ground floor and the city archives were set up on the upper and top floors. The central architectural task of the project was the installation of a public visitor platform for the city archive in the baroque roof structure. Completely reshaped by wild fixtures, it was restored to its original state in a first step.

An archive is the collection of diverse media and a repository of memories. The aim of the design was to visualize the sensual potential of collecting. The task of the architecture was to create a visible framework for the process and the intensity of the collecting. The quantity of archive material that accumulates over time is used - similar to the baroque libraries - to create atmospheres. The usual “running meter” of floor space becomes a central spatial experience - at the same time, the partly two-story shelving walls create rooms for offices, exhibitions or information.