Atelier ST completes the renovation of a Faktorenhaus in Schönbach


the ST workshop architecture studio has completed the renovation and recovery project of a former Faktorenhaus in the small village of Schönbach, Germany.
Originally built around 1785, the Faktorenhaus was both a residential and commercial building that housed “faktoren”, that is, the merchants who supplied the yarn and fabric to the textile factories. The recovery intervention, carried out by the architects of the ST workshop studio, was necessary both to preserve the historical value of the original building, a protected property as a monument of cultural significance, as well as to adapt the building to the needs of the current owners who are negotiating contemporary furnishings, kitchens and all accessories.
The context in which the architects intervened is particular from several points of view: from the natural (because the small village of Schönbach is part of the splendid decor of the high plateaus of Lusatia, a protected natural area), the landscape and the cultural. the Faktorenhausin fact, is a characteristic example of “Umgebindehaus“, namely the half-timbered houses for which Upper Lusatia is famous beyond the region. To restore the original appearance of the building while scrupulously respecting its historical value, the first step of the architects was to eliminate extensions and all the various structural elements that have been added over the years.
Thanks to this approach, it was possible to restore Faktorenhaus to its original volume, while the wooden load-bearing structure has been exposed inside. The intervention led by the ST workshop studio was, indeed, able to showcase both the historical structure, as well as the new elements of the building. Materials and surfaces have been selected and used according to the principle of “what you see is what you get“. The exposed and bare wooden structures of the ceiling and the walls become frames or filters which, instead of blocking the visual connections between the different rooms, on the contrary enhance the spatial experience that users and visitors can enjoy inside. inside the building.
In terms of distribution of spaces, the heart of the building, represented by the part clad in wood, was reserved for the administrative activities of the company, with offices and meeting rooms distributed over the two upper levels. These floors are accessible by a new staircase located on the north side. The ground floor, meanwhile, has been given a semi-public character. It houses the foyer with cloakroom and the seminar rooms, fitted out under the historic cross-ribbed and barrel vaults, as well as the necessary service rooms.
The project led by the ST workshop studio is a cohesive unitary building, where old and new complement each other while maintaining their own distinctive identity.

(Agnes Bifulco)

Images courtesy of Atelier ST Photos by Robert Rieger

Place/Address: Faktorenhaus Schönbach
Customer: Möbel Starke GmbH
Architects: Atelier ST
Ferdinand Salzmann; Martin Frank; Kristina Kramer; Evelyne Ovath

Site management: Jens Jannasch, 02736 Oppach
Fire protection concept: Ulrich Thaut, 08062 Zwickau
Structural design: Lothar Jugl, 02692 Großpostwitz
Building Services – Heating, Ventilation, Sanitary: Ingenieurbüro für Gebäudetechnik Krüger + Müller, 02708 Löbau
Building services – Electricity: Ingenieur-& Planungsbüro Mehlhose, 02730 Ebersbach-Neugersdorf
Landscape architecture: Annekathrin Bernstein, 0265 Bautzen

Area and space: Useful Area (“NF”): 570 m2
Gross Floor Area (“BGF”): 780 m2
Gross volume (“BRI”): 2,210 m3

Calendar: Design: 07/2017 – 12/2018
Emptying/Dismantling: 11/2018 – 03/2019
Construction: 04/2019 – 10/2020
End: 11/2020

Photographer: Robert Rieger, Berlin


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