The site was originally a 17th Century Capuchin monastery; the Jacoby Studios project involved the removal of all post-war additions, exposing the historic building fabric of the monastery once again and creating a picturesque ruin structure made of quarry-stone masonry with the former cloister at its heart.
New extension wings are arranged following the orthogonal structure to the North, West and South of the original buildings.
Echoing the historic situation, the ensemble appears once again in the cityscape as a well-balanced composition of different volumes. In the urban landscape of the Pader Springs, the new complex has its own sense of identity, while maintaining historic continuity.
Rooted in an appreciation of its complex’s historical context, the Jacoby Studios create a new urbanistic whole out of fragments. The project combines a wide range of the practice’s experience, reinterpreting historic buildings, combining the old with the new, balancing landscape and building, to provide a comfortable and stimulating workplace.
The Jacoby Studios was completed in the latter half of 2020 and is one of the seven German nominees for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2021.