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Kloster Haydau, Morschen

Alternate between the present and the past.

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Location Hotel Kloster Haydau In der Haydau 2, 34326 Morschen

Builder B. Braun Melsungen AG Melsungen

Planning Störmer Murphy and Partners Hamburg

Execution Werner & Sohn Malerbetriebe GmbH Fuldatal-Ihringshausen

  • <p>Instead of a monastery wall, the convention hotel separates the monastery from the Morschen community, thus creating a contemplative atmosphere.</p>

    Instead of a monastery wall, the convention hotel separates the monastery from the Morschen community, thus creating a contemplative atmosphere.

  • <p>The enormous entrance area shines in pure white and fits with the design concept of the overall building.</p>

    The enormous entrance area shines in pure white and fits with the design concept of the overall building.

  • <p>The architects used the formal simplicity of monastic life as inspiration for the design.</p>

    The architects used the formal simplicity of monastic life as inspiration for the design.

  • <p>The old monastery wall was integrated and runs straight through the hotel on the first floor.</p>

    The old monastery wall was integrated and runs straight through the hotel on the first floor.

  • <p>The simple design, inspired by the ideal of poverty in everyday monastery life, runs through all rooms in the hotel. The furnishings are a mixture of gray, white and black tones.</p>

    The simple design, inspired by the ideal of poverty in everyday monastery life, runs through all rooms in the hotel. The furnishings are a mixture of gray, white and black tones.

  • <p>The uneven wall creates the impression of something that has grown.</p>

    The uneven wall creates the impression of something that has grown.

  • <p>Störmer Murphy and Partners reduced the severity of the facade with the use of different window formats.</p>

    Störmer Murphy and Partners reduced the severity of the facade with the use of different window formats.

  • <p>The walls in the long corridors are decorated in white. This makes the red-white on the flooring even more eye-catching.</p>

    The walls in the long corridors are decorated in white. This makes the red-white on the flooring even more eye-catching.

  • <p>The walls were decorated with quotes from Bernhard von Clairvaux.</p>

    The walls were decorated with quotes from Bernhard von Clairvaux.

  • <p>The hotel has a capacity of 130 rooms and is open to visitors all year round.</p>

    The hotel has a capacity of 130 rooms and is open to visitors all year round.

  • <p>In den Räumen befinden sich keine Bilder an der Wand, um dem Stil treu zu bleiben.</p>

    In den Räumen befinden sich keine Bilder an der Wand, um dem Stil treu zu bleiben.

  • <p>Zur Erholung steht der Wellnessbereich zur Verfügung. Hier wurde auf ein warmes Farbkonzept gesetzt.</p>

    Zur Erholung steht der Wellnessbereich zur Verfügung. Hier wurde auf ein warmes Farbkonzept gesetzt.

In Altmorschen in North Hesse, people are justifiably proud of the Haydau monastery architectural monument dating back almost 800 years, located in the heart of the community. With the hotel by Störmer Murphy and Partners, the plot has been completely redesigned and an elegant and indigenous element created. The new four-star hotel offers high-quality accommodation for the conference guests. The hotel has a capacity of 130 rooms and is open to visitors all year round. For the new build, some of the younger estate buildings were torn down to free up the older building structure. The first thing people now see when passing through the gate to the site is the monastery church. Together with the three wing buildings, it forms an intimate square, the inner monastery courtyard. The hotel building itself is so well positioned that is doesn't distract from this center, despite its enormous length of around 120 meters. The waling timber was set up along and even over the north monastery wall to hide the rather banal village ruin to give the monastery area a dignified, visually calming atmosphere once again. Inside, the guest is welcomed by an enormous foyer. The architects used the formal simplicity of monastic life as inspiration for the design. The concept is continued in the rooms: Oak furniture, oak flooring, linen-like furniture covers, curtains in gray, simple lighting, no pictures, hardly any colors. In a convention hotel, relaxation and work are relatively closely linked. To access the seminar rooms, the guests have to leave the hotel, as the rooms are located in the neighboring former farm buildings (architect: Michael Kreter, Kassel). The short distance between the accommodation and work not only provides fresh air, but new impressions too. The hotel facade was developed extremely skilfully by Jan Störmer. Alternating window formats at different heights prevent monotony. Together with the irregular facing shell, this creates a sense of something that has grown, particularly to the layman's eye. It is a good example of how modern architectural tools can be used to create a bridge to the past without being kitschy.

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