IKGN in main customs office, Lüneburg

IKGN in main costums ofiice


Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Northeast Europe (IKGN) - conversion and renovation of the former main customs office.

The building from the late 1960s was carefully converted from a customs office to a research institute with a special library. The energetic and adaptation of the building services and fire protection to today's requirements was cleverly integrated into the existing building. q:arc planned LP 1-8.

1.620 m²
2 Mio €
Time Period
2016 - 2019
The reading room offers the best conditions for studying precious works

on highest

More than 170,000 media units are available to an international team of researchers and the public in the special library. Centrally located in Lüneburg, the institute offers researchers optimal working space in a bright, friendly atmosphere. Reading room, library and conference rooms invite to exchange and own research. Timeless modern interior harmoniously meets the charm of a 60s building.

New special library with technical appeal: Here a treasure is stored on more than 4000 m of rolling shelves

A voyage of discovery with substance

Working with the inventory, exposing it, discovering its character, its weaknesses, injuries and over-formations is always a particularly beautiful work, done with great care and consideration. In this way, the soul of the house, the golden energy, can be brought out. Careful interventions and the preservation of building fabric are an important step towards economic efficiency and CO₂ savings.


From here, halfway around the world: the research area of the Northeast Institute proves to be a design element, location markers become coat racks

Photography: Thosten Scherz Fotografie - www.thorstenscherz.de

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