A link between old and new construction methods
The existing structure is composed of the solid-masonry ‘Zeitspeicher’ building and its open wooden beam ceilings. This historically listed building – which had to be preserved – is predominantly characterized by the use of old construction methods. At the same time, it features a link to the wooden construction of the ships and the exhibition theme of the 1st floor. On the other hand, modern steel and glass combinations stand for new construction technologies, which are superimposed on the listed clinker brick building. Here, we also have a discernible link to the modern, steel-based construction of ships and hence, to the exhibition theme on the second floor.
Technical and organic elements in an exciting contrast
The link to shipbuilding, which is associated with separate, successive work steps and represents a central element of Papenburg’s history, is transposed into the architectural design in the form of ‘lines’ and ‘axes’. In the Zeitspeicher building itself, a slatted structure leads to the centerpiece of the exhibition – analogously, the slats of the building entrance lead the visitor into the museum interior and in this way serve as a connection between the exterior and the interior.