Umbau und Sanierung Brunnstrasse

Once upon a time
… there was a late Baroque edifice of the 18th century which housed craftsmen. It had been built on the foundation walls of a medieval building, whose structures it largely repeated. It formed part of the historically listed ensemble “Old Munich” and featured among its most outstanding architectural monuments. A buyer, who acquired the building in the mid-nineties, paid little notice to that. In a rather inappropriate overhaul, the formerly demure facade was highlighted with stucco shapes and colours of no reference to its historical integrity, old wooden beamed ceilings were destroyed and a storey was added to the building without approval by the building authorities. It was not until 2004, when the building finally changed hands again, that this architectural eyesore could be rectified. The new proprietress commissioned Hild & K Architects to bring the building back to a state in which it could attain approval by the local building-authorities.

Andreas Hild and Dionys Ottl began to rehabilitate the deformed building. For them, it was not a question of merely reconstructing the past. After all, it was not possible to simply reverse the unsettling history of the house. It was essential to give the house back its dignity, without denying the necessary interventions required to do so. The construction work began in June 2008: The uncharacteristic decorations on the facade were removed, as was the wooden cladding at ground level. The wall structure, as is typical for other Munich buildings of this period, was continued down to the ground. The unapproved rooftop terrace was dismantled, the railing removed and placed as a historical collage in the stairwell of the building where it now serves as fall protection.

The colour scheme of the now simple facade anchors the building into its urban context. Plaster borders around the windows create a relationship to the neighbouring house, which features 18th century design elements. The interpretation of these borders – which work in opposite directions leaning out of and pressing into the facade – transports the original architectural language into the present. The building now once again forms part of this historical ensemble where it fits in harmoniously. So you see, even today, some (building) stories have a happy ending!