European Hansemuseum Lübeck, Germany

modern brown brick facade side view museum European Hansemuseum Lübeck
European Hansemuseum Lübeck, Germany © Huthmacher

Architects Andreas Heller Architects & Designers, Germany
Location Lübeck, Germany
Construction period 2013 - 2015
Nomination category
Sharing public spaces
Purpose Museum and monument
Usable floor area 7.004 m²
Brick type Facing bricks, clay roof tiles, paving bricks

The city of Lübeck plays a key role in the history of the Hanseatic League, so it was chosen as the site for Europe’s biggest Hansemuseum. It is located to the north of the city centre and consists of a new building and a restored part of Lübeck’s old monastery. This integration of the monastery helps tell its long history in a new and modern way. The new building lies along the slope of a hill, on top of which is the monastery.. In keeping with the local architecture, the front of the museum is built with red bricks. In the middle of it, a stairway leads to the monastery, a roof terrace, an observation platform and to the city centre. The façade of the new building is constructed in different colours, creating a striking effect. Darker stones are positioned towards the upper part of the building and the joints have been scraped out to create a play of shadows. Parts of the new building recur in the monastery, highlighting the connection between them. The museum makes history available to everyone – with exhibits and through the entire complex and its architecture.

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