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First base: corporate-headquarter design

Even a former 17-century Capuchin monastery – in this case, located in the medieval town centre of Paderborn, Germany – can become an unusual and evocative corporate location. David Chipperfield Architects converted this historic building, used as a hospital from 1841 onwards, for Jacoby Studios, a family-run company. The main parts of the monastery were restored, thus maintaining historical continuity. New rational volumes, ranging from two to three-storeys, incorporate the existing ensemble, through a sensitive approach that preserves the morphology of the former monastery, and makes the ancient cloister the heart of the new complex.

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