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Seminar SoSe 19
B.Sc / M.Sc. Elective module
Lecturer: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Speidel


Historical half-timbered houses in the LVR open-air museum in Kommern


Event together with the Department of Architectural Theory, RWTH Aachen University, Prof. Axel Sowa, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Speidel


The LVR open-air museum in Kommern, approx. 40 km south of Düren, houses buildings and farms from the Eifel, Westerwald, Lower Rhine and Bergisches Land. In order to preserve the half-timbered buildings, defective compartments are rebuilt with clay in the traditional construction method: hazel branches are woven around oak sticks and then pelted with clay; finally the surfaces are compacted.

The practical handling of historical buildings and historical building methods is interesting for architects as well as for preservationists.

Architecture students can take part in the work under the guidance of the museum's carpenters and bricklayers.

The seminar takes place as an event in the field of architectural theory, but students from other faculties or universities as well as non-students are also welcome.


Introduction date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5 p.m .: Location: site in Seffent, RWTH Aachen shock wave laboratory, Schurzelterstr. 35, behind the railway viaduct. Bus no.24 to the Viadukt stop.

Scope: 10 days, from July 29th to August 9th.

The plan is to continue building a half-timbered barn.


Accommodation: is provided free of charge in the (youth) hostel in the open-air museum: Bring bed linen and (warm) sleeping bags, as well as rubber and construction site boots, as well as food. Cooking is possible in the shared accommodation. Lunch can also be taken in the restaurant of one of the village groups.


Directions: The best way is by car. Form car pools. There is probably a bus from Düren to Mechernich. The train only runs from Cologne via Euskirchen to Mechernich. A car from the open-air museum can meet you at Mechernich train station by prior arrangement.


Number of participants: 15 people


Service: Documentation of the work and the results with text, drawings and photos by August 26, 2019.
Submission: Monday, August 26th, 2019, 2-4 p.m., Secretariat Architectural Theory



Address and address:
Dr. Josef Mangold, museum director
Dr. Carsten Vorwig, deputy, Volker Kirsch, architect
LVR open-air museum Kommern, Auf dem Kahlenbusch
53894 Mechernich-Kommern / Rhineland
Tel: 02443-99800