Biburg Monastery

a conversion concept for listed vacancies in rural areas

Influencing factors such as demographic change and economic and social developments in the world of work in recent decades have increasingly driven people away from small towns and villages to large conurbations.

Besides, the relocation of production steps abroad means that not only flats and apartment buildings but also an increasing number of large commercial buildings in our rural areas are vacant. Due to changes in the economy, population structure and technical progress, these buildings have increasingly lost their use and thus their raison d’être. These buildings are then often left to decay, and some have been empty for decades.

This valuable building stock from former times decays unused before our eyes. Existing buildings have to be revalued and, with the help of appropriate use, reintegrated into today’s modern society.

Content of the thesis

The master’s thesis with the topic “Kloster Biburg – a conversion concept for listed vacant buildings in rural areas” therefore deals with vacant buildings in rural areas and shows economic factors and changes in the population structure of Germany. On the basis of a vacant monastery in Lower Bavaria, a possible alternative use for this type of building was developed and presented in a target group-oriented manner after an analysis of the locality, architecture and existing infrastructure.

Conversion of the floors

Different conversion possibilities were designed for the building divided into different floors. For example, the ground floor could accommodate a restaurant and a spa area.