Bachelorthesis - The Green, Guest House

A Blogpost for those who are interested in my bachelor thesis in interior architecture.

My topic was an old, listed gymnasium in Trier, which I transformed into a boutique hotel.


The gym at Grüneberg 27 is located in the Trier-Kürenz district outside the closed development, at the foot of the Grüneberg, and was commissioned by the Jahn gymnastics club in 1926.

Before 1960 the gymnastics club Jahn donated the hall to the city of Trier hoping that the city would take care of the maintenance of the hall. The hall, built in the neoclassical style, is also a listed building.

The place in front of the hall served as an ash area for the football club FSV Kürenz until 1946. Until 1975, they played on the court at the listed gymnasium before it was closed for championship games.

Now there is a large lawn in front of the entrance to the gym. There is a wooded area behind the hall.

In 2014 the hall was finally closed by the city of Trier due to mold growth.

Concept: Retreat

A second home without stress

The worries, the stress, the children, the household, the work - all these are factors that many people often have to cope with on a daily basis in today's fast and, above all, digital age. Many simply want a little break, just for a few days. Something quiet, very exclusive and maybe also the connection to nature, in order to get away from the digital world and the daily grind. Anything can cause stress in today's world, which can often lead to burnouts.

To put all of that behind you, there is #TheGreen. Not located in the Black Forest or the idyllic Alps, but in the oldest city in Germany and a well-known wine-growing region; Trier in the Moselle valley.

The small privately run guest house is located outside the city center on the Grüneberg, which takes its name from the diabase (green stone) that occurs there, a marble-like greenish volcanic rock. Despite its location, it is easy to get to by car and public transport. It has nine spacious rooms in the mirrored new building, a lobby bar with an unmistakable ambience that picks up on elements from the Art Deco era, and a small restaurant for breakfast and dinner. The bar and restaurant are also open to outside guests on certain days and times, but reservations must be made in advance. In the restaurant, regional and seasonal products are processed as far as possible to support the farmers from the region. Where was once a was a former sports field now a large lawn invites the guests in front of the inn . This is now partly used for growing fruit and vegetables. Guests can help if they are interested or, depending on the season, put together a basket of fruit and vegetables and purchase them. On the remaining part of the forecourt there are parking spaces and a small pond with a terrace.

Due to the proximity to the Moselle wine-growing regions, tours of the vineyards or tastings by local winegrowers are also offered, which either take place as a private event in the inn or in which guests or external parties can take part on certain dates.

The surrounding area allows you to visit the city of Trier with all its sights, as well as to take walks and excursions in the #Mosel region and in the surrounding vineyards. The nearby Kürenzer Schlosspark or the Bethanien Monastery are also a nice and close excursion destination. A wafer bakery is operated in the Kürenz monastery today; In addition, until a few decades ago, the sisters ran extensive agriculture.

The name “The Green” is not only derived from the location, but everything revolves around the green and about experiencing “nature” with all your senses.

The lobby not only serves as an entrance area, but also represents a place to stay and a kind of living room. Art on the walls and spacious sofas, but also the pleasant lighting, make it possible for guests to read a book or have a cup of coffee or to have a tea on one of the sofas. Just like you would do at home. Just without everyday life. Due to the small number of rooms, the hotel offers a place of rest, as there can be no hustle and bustle, as is often the case in the large hotels in the city.

All nine rooms are located in the mirrored, three-story extension. They offer floor-to-ceiling windows that open up a view of the green surroundings and thus bring nature into the room. The extension picks up on the neoclassical style through the recesses in the facade. The asymmetrically arranged windows stand in contrast to this. Due to its mirroring, the annex almost disappears into its surroundings.

Material analysis & reference to Art Deco

The old structure that surrounds "The Green", which once housed the gym on the Grüneberg, dates from 1926.

In order to present this relationship in a new context, I decided to use materials from the Art Deco period. The furniture, some of which was designed in-house, alludes to the 1920s with its retro charm.

The materials used at the time included: marble, velvet, copper, chrome, ivory, silver, brass / gold and fine woods such as ebony, walnut or oak.

The dominant colors in the design are a dark gray-green, pale dark petrol and carmine red. Gray and beige tones form the basic mood of the rooms.

The white seamlessly laid marble in the reception and bar area meets dark petrol green walls. Despite their metallic nature, brass elements radiate warmth due to their color.

The combination of cool blue and green tones with cold elements such as marble, glass, lacquer and metal meets warm colors such as carmine red and beige, as well as atmospheric fabrics: velvet and satin cotton with plant patterns. Bright, flowing linen-like fabrics are used for curtains and roller blinds to let in light and create lightness.

The pattern of the dividing and parapet elements can occasionally be found in a different form. Christian Fischbacher's wallpaper on the 1st floor hallway has a similar pattern. The fabric panels on the stairs also match the curves of the pattern.

Due to the large height and area of ​​the room, acoustic measures cannot be bypassed. For this reason, there is a large choice of sound-absorbing materials for almost all materials.

The carpet areas in the lobby and restaurant are equipped with #PureWool 2600 from #ObjectCarpet. This carpet has both a commercial wear resistance according to EN1307 and a sound absorption level according to ISO354. It is also slip-resistant according to EN14041 and its fire behavior according to EN13 501 corresponds to Bfl -s1. The stairs and corridors are equipped with commercially tough Eden Roc carpet from Object Carpet and #MatheoThun. This also shows very good fire behavior (Cfl -S1) and also has an evaluated sound absorption level.

The cushions on the stairs are filled with acoustic foam and absorb up to 88% of the sound at 315 Hz, for example.

Two large curtain scarves to the left and right of the reception desk are made of the linen-like fabric ALEX by #CréationBaumann, which is additionally lined. Without lining, it has a sound absorption coefficient of αw 0.80 and is also flame-retardant.

A regular curtain, on the other hand, has a sound absorption coefficient of αw 0.40. All cover, decorative and curtain fabrics from Création Baumann and #Casamance are extremely abrasion-resistant (from 60,000 to 80,000 rubs) and are therefore suitable for public use.

BDIA Ausgezeichnet - Bund Deutscher Innenarchitekten

For my bachelor thesis I was awarded by the Association of German Interior Architects and published in the architecture magazine AIT (April 2019 edition). The reasons for my award were:

  • Coherent overall concept

  • Careful, very harmonious choice of materials

  • Sensual ambience

  • In good dialogue with the existing


9 views0 comments