The design for the new buildings of Haus Meedland, a conference and leisure facility of the Evangelical Church of Bremen, transforms traditional typologies and materials into one contemporary architectural language, which strengthens the identity and perception of the buildings as a cohesive entity. Similar to the traditional Frisian farmsteads, the elongated, gabled roofs structure and separate the segments of the building. Red clinker brickwork and red brick roofing contribute to the clear geometric impact of the gables and elongated walls. A horizontal structure in the masonry synthesises windows and openings and emphasises building corners. The massive effect of the masonry is enhanced by the impression of transparency created by the glass bay windows and the glazing.
The structural reorganisation of the facility is intended to expand its uses and enhance comfort to today’s standards and to enable economically efficient, year-round operation for use by different groups, with accessibility for wheelchair users and handicapped persons and their families.
The building project consists of three replacement buildings, which will be built in two stages: in the first phase of construction, the new main reception building was built where two accommodation buildings once stood. It consists of two segments, ‘Mirjam’ and ‘Jonah’.
Arriving visitors are greeted by the striking silhouette of Mirjam’s square facade, with the horizontal clinker bands and the chimney rising from it. As a fireplace, the chimney is an attractive meeting place for all visitors: in the cold season or in bad weather in the fireplace room, and on nice summer evenings, as an outdoor fireplace. The Mirjam wing contains the reception area with the lounge and the fireplace room, as well as the rooms for common activities, such as a creative space and conference room. Its ground floor also provides space for the administration and kitchen, with storage and staff areas, while the adjoining ground floor of ‘Jona’, connected by a glass corridor, contains a large, partitionable dining room, as well as other smaller dining and conference rooms. On the top floor of the two wings are 22 guest rooms and a sauna. In a second phase of construction, the part of the building that once contained the kitchen and dining rooms will be replaced by a new building with 20 guest rooms and a conference room.