Old buildings – new uses: indoor swimming pool, (straw bale) brewery and water tower

Written by esba

Unusual living in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: in a luxuriously converted water tower, in a modern, extended railway caretaker’s cottage or in a swimming hall that had been misused. The latter fell into disrepair in the Lankow district of Schwerin and was to be demolished. Architect Ulrich Bunnemann, whose sons still had swimming lessons there, could not stand by and watch this happen. He takes care of buildings that no one wants any more and gives the people who live in his houses with history a special feeling of living.

His current construction site: the former brewery site in Schwerin, which was an eyesore for years. Now Bunnemann and his colleagues are building and renovating the largest eco-district here. New tenants are already living in the former brewhouse and the old brickworks. A residential building is currently growing out of a production hall: in ecological timber construction with straw bale insulation. Climate-friendly building is also something Bunnemann attaches great importance to. Whether in the renovation of a Renaissance house in Güstrow or his latest idea, the kit houses.

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The European Straw Building Association is an independent European association, devoid of any profit making motive. The object of the Association is to promote and develop the use of straw, as a sustainable way of building in all the senses of the term “sustainable”: renewable, ecological, healthy, energy and climate efficient, social and economic.
The Association is a federation composed of organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.