An abandoned hospital in western Germany, originally built as a monastery, has now become an office designed by David Chipperfield Architects.

David Chipperfield’s Berlin studio transformed the former St Vincenz Hospital in Paderborn, to create a new headquarters for Tap Holding, a family-run company that owns several businesses in the DIY-craft market.

This involved removing various extensions added in the aftermath of the second world war, revealing the historic walls that were previously covered, and adding three new office wings.

在德國西部的一家廢棄醫院,最初是作為修道院建造的,現在已成為由David Chipperfield Architects設計的辦公室。

大衛·奇珀菲爾德(David Chipperfield)的柏林工作室改建了帕德博恩(Paderborn)前的聖溫琴茲醫院(St Vincenz Hospital),為Tap Holding建立了新總部。TapHolding是一家家族企業,在DIY工藝品市場擁有多家業務。


Tap Holding called the project Jacoby Studios, after the family that runs the company.

“The Jacoby Studios create a new urbanistic whole out of fragments,” said David Chipperfield. It is an approach he has become known for, on projects like the Neus Museum in Berlin and the Royal Academy renovation in London.

“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,” he said.

Tap Holding在經營公司的家族後將項目稱為Jacoby Studios。

大衛·奇珀菲爾德(David Chipperfield)說:“雅各比工作室(Jacoby Studios)通過碎片創建了一個新的城市化整體。 這是他在柏林的Neus博物館和倫敦的皇家學院翻新工程中聞名的方法。


The design team focused their attention on the most historic parts of the 17th-century structure. Removing all of the 20th-century extensions and modifications, they were able to uncover the original quarry-stone masonry.

The best examples of this include the original chapel facade, with its steep gable profile, and the old cloister. In the new site layout, these elements become focal points.

Alexander Schwarz, who leads the Berlin studio, described it as a process of “almost sculptural demolition works”.

“The ruins, both found and invented, form the picturesque and structural nucleus of the design,” he said.

“The new, tectonic volumes adopt the orthogonal geometric order of the ruinous cloister, creating a structure that appears as a complex three-dimensional composition within the urban surroundings, similar to a monastery,” he continued.

“It connects the historical traces and fabric of the old town with the typical post-war modernism idea of the urban landscape and forms a new architecture from it, in which both the sensual and structural aspects are immediately apparent.”



柏林工作室的負責人亞歷山大·施瓦茲(Alexander Schwarz)將其描述為“幾乎是雕塑拆除工作”的過程。




The new-build part of the project comprises a series of two- and three-storey volumes, arranged around the north, west and south sides of the existing structures.

These buildings feature modular concrete structure, which allows them to tonally match with the old stone. The glass facades are recessed within the frames, allowing a visual hierarchy while also creating balconies where staff can take a break from their work.

In some places, the stonework walls are now visible inside the building. In some areas, the stonework has been infilled with bricks, which further reveals the layers of history within the structure.

In total, the building contains 12,500 square metres of office space, which includes a staff canteen, a photography studio and a showroom.

Jacoby Studios was longlisted for Dezeen Awards 2020 in the rebirth category. The project that won this category was Party and Public Service Center, a community centre in Yuanheguan, China, by LUO Studio.

Photography is by Simon Menges.





Jacoby Studios入圍了2020年Dezeen獎重生類別。贏得這一獎項的項目是LUO Studio在中國元和關的社區中心-黨和公共服務中心。

攝影是西蒙·門格斯(Simon Menges)。



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