Student's Project Week of Textile Roofs 2013 - General Information


Lindow Abbey Membrane Roofing


Together with our partners

Architects of Gerkan, Mark and partner Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


we offer the following student's project.


During this year's workshop, the participants shall develop a light weight membrane roofing structure for the Convent Building of Lindow Abbey considering the following parameters:


Basic Parameters Deliveries:
Covering about three third of the building‘s surface (400 - 500 m²). Conceptual report / presentation
Allow for flexible outdoor event use.

Groundplan, sections elevations 1:100/ 1:50.

Do not create a climatically separated indoor area but a naturally ventilated and covered outdoor area.

Typical details 1:10 / 1:5


Minimize foundations and visual interference with historical structure.

Model construction 1:50 / 1:25 (model of the existing building will be provided by Textile Roofs).

The roof should not interfere or block the views at the building from the exterior.

Sketches, diagrams, pictos, 3D images, drawings, any sort of medium visualizing and explaining the design concept.

The roofing should be designed as a permanent structure without mechanical devices. Basic calculations (optional)

Find a harmonic dialogue between the new roof and the historical strucure without dominating it.

Provide efficient drainage / prevent snow sacks  
Avoid loads and especially bending moments to be applied onto the historic walls.  




Lindow is a town in the Ostprignitz-Ruppin district, in Brandenburg, Germany around 75 km north of Berlin with a rich historical background. Known as the „City of Three Lakes" and situated in a pittoresque landscape setting Lindow is described and praised in the works of the most important 19th-century German-language realist writer, Theodor Fontane.






Lindow Abbey


The ruin of the Lindow Abbey is a historic monument and the symbol of the city. Formed in 1230 as a Cistercian nunnery the then Lutheran convent was burned down during the Thirty Years War in 1638 by imperial troops. While the convent‘s library, church and cloister were destroyed by fire, the Cloister School and the ruins of the East Wing are reminiscent of the significance of the abbey, once regarded as one of the richest in the Havelberg bishopric.





Existing structure


The remaining structure of the Convent Building has recently been structurally secured and renovated in close coordination with the heritage preservation authorities. The complex blends harmonically and picturesquely with the surrounding nature.



Utilisation concept


A utilisation concept has been developed in order to provide a long term base for the preservation of the historic complex as well as to integrate the abbey as an active part into the social and cultural life of the community. The utilisation concept envisages the Convent Building to house a wide variety of small to mid-scale cultural and social events in the warmer seasons.


Light weight roofing


The use of a light translucent roof cladding opens a whole new range of possibilities for the venue. With the roofing clearly separated from the historical substance the Convent Building remains as an open and naturally ventilated outdoor space.





The design has to consider the independence of the historical structure and should interfere as less as possible with the existing building.


This project is supported by the following persons - Thanks to all of them!