The listed building ensemble is located in the old town of Schwerin. It was constructed around 1842 by order of Grand Duke Paul Friedrich of Mecklenburg as a prestigious hotel according to the design of Georg Adolf Demmler, a student of Schinkel. In 2011, the elaborate stucco and half-timbered façade was for conservation-related reasons insulated on the inside with Poroton-WDF.
Refurbishment of a residential and commercial building in Schwerin, Germany
Antje Forejt, forejt architekten, Schwerin
Refurbishment Project in Schwerin, Germany © Antje Forejt
The utilization concept of the new owner intended the implementation of comfortable apartments with floor areas ranging between 60 to 184 m² to be carried out in the course of the restoration in keeping with monument protection requirements. All the apartments should have a balcony or a garden terrace. The installation of new lift systems should provide barrier-free access to all storeys. Aiming to upgrade the quality of outdoor areas, the concept proposed – despite the landmark status – the demolition of two storeys of the central part of the building to create a green, bright inner courtyard. In 2011, Schwerin-based architect Antje Forejt started to analyse, plan and implement the necessary refurbishment works.
A carefully planned energy concept was imperative for the refurbishment under monument protection aspects.
The insulation behind the façades with a slate cladding was fitted with 16-centimetre exterior insulation. The ceramic thermal insulation Poroton-WDF by Schlagmann was used on the inside of the dilapidated and damp stucco and half-timbered façades. The capillary-active, diffusion-open insulating material facilitates a functional interior insulation of the exterior wall.
“The restoration of the building in keeping with monument protection regulations was in all respects aiming for the implementation of the best possible solution with due consideration of monument conservation issues, the urban development, the property developer, and currenttechnical requirements.” Antje Forejt on her approach.
Heritage work should be as economically as possible and of high quality.