Restoration trials

Analyses and trials

Trial restoration of the concrete grid facade with sample windows

© Robert Metsch.

The Grossmarkthalle needs to be restored and renovated to ensure that the building is structurally sound for the next few decades. With a view to drawing up a renovation concept, building restorers and structural engineers carried out thorough analyses and restoration trials on the Grossmarkthalle during the period 2005–07. Engineers assessed the structural soundness of the building and thus its suitability for further use, while building restorers searched for original surfaces and evaluated their condition. This produced a number of damage patterns that will need to be treated using a range of different measures.

Original materials

Trial restoration of the concrete grid facade with sample windows

© Robert Metsch.

Inside the wing buildings, only a few surfaces have been preserved in their original state. For example, parts of the staircases and the checkout area are still in their original state; in the foyer of the western wing building the original decorative brick pattern still exists under the plaster. These surfaces will be uncovered and restored. In the event that they need to be added to, this will be done using neutral, subtle materials that are in keeping with the original materials.