Moritz Waldhelm // Das Caesia Reha-Hotel – Health in the Ruhr area



"Health is not everything, but without health everything is nothing". Arthur Schopenhauer On a Glade, on the Bredeneyer Berg, extends the former private property of Berthold Beitz. Berthold Beitz, who was called a "figure of the century" by former German President Joachim Gauck, because he saved the lives of several hundred Jewish factory workers during World War 2, thereby saving them from deportation to concentration camps. "Berthold Beitz was a figure of the century, in a time without morals he proved to be a moral role model." After his death in 2013, his private villa on Bredeneyer Berg stood empty for about 7 years. The 22,000-square-meter park with an impressive far-reaching view of Lake Baldeney and Villa Hügel, which is also visible from there, became overgrown into a forest glade. Inspired by the great social commitment of Berthold Beitz and the relevance of physical and mental health within society, which has become visible through the Corona, I was interested in the extent to which architecture can help us humans to lead healthier lives. The design of Caesia is defined by its hybridity, the idea of being a rehabilitation clinic but with the design aspirations of a hotel. Patients and guests simultaneously spend their stay at Caesia with the goal of health regeneration. Based on architectural design theories, such as biophilic design and evidence-based design, the design pursues the intention of creating spaces, not only through the architecture itself, but also through the interior design and landscape architecture, which are intended to help the patients and guests achieve physical and mental regeneration through their atmosphere and their impression. The architecture, which is integrated into the hillside, is influenced by nature and is based on natural factors.


Examiner: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Axel Sowa
Co-Examiner: Univ.- Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt

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