Berge by Nils Holger Moormann, Germany

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German designer Nils Holger Moormann designed this self-catering lodge in Aschau im Chiemgau, Germany. The hotel called Berge,  is located in a seventeenth century bakery next to the Nils Holger Moormann headquarters. The interior is furnished with Moorman’s designs and offcourse, largely made of timber sheet material.

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02Text from the architect:

We hadn’t actually planned a Moorman lodge. However after the Moormann company acquired a plot of land adjacent to our base with the intention of building a warehouse, a dilapidated, listed historical building came as part and parcel. The construction – dating back to 1671 as home to the ‘Village bakery’, later became the Court bakery for the castle residents and delivered to the neighbouring castle on the mountain, and later still became a guest house and following that a youth hostel– was so in need of repair that it wouldn’t have survived the imminent, mountainous winter conditions without emergency roof repairs.

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This promised to be the start of a new project: a new roof only makes sense when the attic is in sound condition. An attic requires storeys, which can support its weight and so on and so on. Firstly the historical structure had to be ascertained and exposed, while ensuring that as much of the original substance of the building as possible remains intact. The rebuilding unearthed numerous container loads of building rubble. Light is a major factor, proportions and materials.

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In berge we worked with clay panelling, insulation of hemp, untreated wood. This materials and the panel heating of geothermal energy take care of the natural climate in the house. We fiddled and worked on every detail and it was not out of the question that a wall was rebuilt three times just for a difference of a few centimetres.

The tight cooperation with regional workmen, the support of different partners, and the work-in-progress, made berge a special project and a special house. The first guests slept in berge for special conditions in between the construction site! So this was only for enthusiasts and the ambiance in berge still it is! It is simple, like a lodge with ‘a few knocks’.

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There is no service, you have to support yourself. With the number of books on offer – no TV – there is plenty of chance to lose oneself in the ‘near silence’ .

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