Text description provided by the architects. B. Braun Melsungen AG proposed a competition for an extension to the Haydau Cloister dating form the 12th century with a hotel new build. The concept implicates the development of this historical location into an overall modern conference and seminar centre. Our design, which was awarded the 1st prize, is an unmistakable response to the existing urban context, in which the new build will reconstruct the original unity of the complex.
The elongated structure seems to hover above the remains of the historic walls, which continues up to form the hotel with its perforations functioning as windows.
The hotel provides 130 rooms on two levels, whilst 14 suites are accommodated in the recessed floor, which is characterised by its subtle glass architecture. The ground floor is reserved for public areas such as reception, restaurant, bar, lounge and Spa. The historic wall, which has been integrated into the new build, separates the Spa area from the lobby.
Our concept suggested integrating the sandstone blocks from the buildings that were demolished, into the new façade. The positioning of the elongated hotel building creates a new church forecourt, which addresses and integrates the Morschen town context. The baroque garden with a 1.50-metre level difference, continues into the hotel lobby to achieve a strong connection with the exterior