Anne Hangebruch Mark Ammann Architekten: A townhouse in Lübeck’s founding quarter - best architects 23

Anne Hangebruch Mark Ammann Architekten

A townhouse in Lübeck’s founding quarter

best architects 23

multi-family homes


Lübeck, Germany


Maximilian Meisse


An international architectural competition was held in 2015 for the design of three standardised houses on the site of the oldest merchants’ quarter in Lübeck’s Old Town, which was heavily destroyed in the Second World War. The winner was the Fischstrasse 16 townhouse with two office and five residential units. The project combines the historical type of the Lübeck plank house with the demands and requirements of modern living. Each of the seven units is different: The ground floor has 4.2-metre-high rooms with a gallery level, the first floor develops across the side wing into the depth of the site, and the third-floor duplex opens onto the large roof space, from which the view extends to St. Mary’s Church. The theme of the stepped gable and the exploration of the possibilities offered by brick for a relief structure on the façade were particularly inspiring for the design of this urban house. The street façade is divided into a mural two-storey base with a fine brickwork relief above. The stepped gable reshapes the roof hidden behind it, enlarging the façade area and thus creating a stronger frame for the street space. Slender brick pilasters, formed from shaped bricks, emphasise the verticality. Bevelled moulded bricks are used for the profiles of the window jambs, sills and pilaster strips, reinforcing the plasticity of the brick relief.