Buch & Schudrowitz, Dipl. Restorer. Coptic Church Berlin: exposure and retouching of murals. Andreas Schudrowitz, Christian Böttcher, Yerma Schreiber. Photo: Alexandra Sell, 18.12.2017 next

Preservation of historic monuments — collectively working in the here and now.

Restoration, preservation and conservation of structures and works of art require expert knowledge, skilled hands — and lots of love. Because, in order to extend the lifespan of a given object and preserve it in all its glory for coming generations, it is not enough to merely see their present state.

One needs to find their essence, understand what they once were and how they came into being. The surest way of achieving this is to work as a team — because many eyes (and hearts) see many more things. And that is precisely how we do it at Buch & Schudrowitz.

Restoration of original exterior coatings/finishes, wall paintings and stone.

We restore exterior coatings according to the historic original. However, we are concerned with the full range of exterior and interior elements. This includes walls, ceilings, molding, windows, doors, floors, technical details, and the like. Because of this range of tasks, we are on familiar terms with any kind of surface, subsurface and carriers. Our portfolio covers every type of structure — from gazebo to palace.

Consequently, we offer a wide range of services, ranging from simple design and re-design of interior and facades to restoring intricate and opulent wall and ceiling paintings and decorations. In addition to restoration work we offer professional conservation and re-construction of architectural surfaces.

Restoration exploratory analysis

An exploratory analysis is a crucial element for the development of a restoration and/or conservation plan. Authorities charged with the protection and preservation of monuments often require such preliminary reports.

The procedures for explorations of this kind are subject to stringent regulation, with technical aspects closely overseen by state authorities. We offer comprehensive consulting services to guide you through the preliminary stages and, of course, gladly take on the actual exploration itself.

Should you require more detailed information, you’ll find it in the Leitfaden zur Erstellung von restauratorischen Dokumentationen in der Baudenkmalpflege (PDF) which is an official guide to the proper documentation of building restoration. (Unfortunately, this official document is available in German language only. However, we would help in obtaining translations.)

Buch & Schudrowitz, Restoration, Conservation, Historic Preservation. Coptic Church Berlin, Apsis: construction conference on scaffolding with Martina Abri, Andreas Schudrowitz and others. Photo: Alexandra Sell, 18.12.2017

Construction management and support

Want to save time and avoid hassle?

If yes, simply delegate to us the tasks that may be relevant to compliance with preservation/conservation regulations. Planning, coordination of works, audit/assessment, supervisory and accounting is in good hands with us. As a one-stop shop we guarantee full compliance with any and all preservation/conservation regulations.

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Buch & Schudrowitz, Restoration, Conservation, Historic Preservation. Own products: color production by hand. Andreas Schudrowitz and Luise Krause in the book & Schudrowitz Farblabor in the Remise. Photo: Alexandra Sell

Own products

Thanks to decades of hands-on experience and far-reaching expertise we have the ability to manufacture, customize and refine several products and materials ourselves. Paints, colors, auxiliary substances (e.g. paint stripper) as well as mortars and felts are among the materials we have developed.

For example, in order to revive ancient but proven formulas and recipes we delve deeply into all available information on the subject, precisely determining the chemical and physical properties and reactions of a given material. The resulting manufacturing process foregoes—if at all possible—the use of any industrial products.

If necessary, we omit the use of certain materials components, substitute no longer allowed or no longer available ingredients, using new ones in their stead. In fact, sometimes we even invent entirely novel products that we then fuse with the historical materials in order to attain optimum results.

Buch & Schudrowitz, Restoration, Conservation, Historic Preservation. Kaserne Krampnitz: Jan-Marek Buch and Annett Baack in front of the team building. Photo: Alexandra Sell, 05.03.2018

A building under preservation order. Now what do I do? We have the answers!

Your building is in need of restoration but was placed under preservation order? Don’t fret! Simply get in touch with us and we provide you with all the professional know-how needed to make your project a success.

We’ll guide you step by step and explain the necessary measures, helping you with planning these necessary measures—and gaining an entirely new perspective on your project.

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Buch & Schudrowitz, Restoration, Conservation, Historic Preservation. Construction site tour for laymen: Andreas Schudrotitz explains the restoration work in the Sophienkirche in Berlin Mitte. Photo: Alexandra Sell, 17.11.2018

Construction site tours for non-professionals

We gladly satisfy the curiosity of the public about our restoration and conservation projects. We do this by offering guided tours to our sites. We also aim to foster interest in our fascinating field in general, by offering guided tours as part of official events such as the “Monuments Open House Day”. It is our aim to make people understand our love and respect for the treasures of times gone by.

Our guided tours are never just concerned with outside aspects of a given object but endeavor to provide insights into the underlying conservation concepts and measures. We aim at sharing with the public the wide and various applications of conservation work. This way, visitors may attain an understanding of the possibilities and various strategies of dealing with ancient materials, substances and structures.

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Buch & Schudrowitz, Dipl. Restorer. Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Foyer: Dipl. Restorer Jan-Marek Buch documents the final state of the stucco marble addition in the context of the preliminary states. Photo: Alexandra Sell, 29.11.2017
Buch & Schudrowitz, Dipl. Restorer. Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Foyer: Dipl. Restorer Jan-Marek Buch carries out photographic documentation of the final state in the context of the preliminary states. Photo: Alexandra Sell, 29.11.2017

Credentials (selection)

Public/state-sponsored

Schadowhaus (historic office building)
Schadowstraße 10 - 11, 10177 Berlin
2012 - 2013
Examination, implementation

East Side Gallery (vestiges of the former Berlin Wall)
Mühlenstraße 3-100, 10243 Berlin
2016 - 2018
Implementation, graffiti removal and maintenance

Kapelle Friedhof Heerstraße (church)
Trakehner Allee 1, 14053 Berlin
2008 - 2011
Examination, concept, implementation

Schloss Babelsberg (palace)
Park Babelsberg 10, 14482 Babelsberg
2013 - 2014
Implementation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
10115 Berlin
2011 - 2018
Examination

Tieranatomisches Theater (academical building)
Philippstraße 12/13, 10115 Berlin
2006 - 2009
Examination, implementation

Alte Nationalgalerie / Geyerscher Fries (mural in a museum)
Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin
2001
Concept, implementation

Rotes Wallwachhaus im Wörlitzer Park
Alter Wall 99, 06786 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz
2004 - 2005
Examination, concept, implementation

Deutsches Historisches Museum
Am Zeughaus 1 - 2, 10117 Berlin
2014 - 2015
Examination, implementation

Das ehemalige Lehrgebäude der
Tierarzneischule (former academical building)

Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin
2009
Examination, implementation

Privately funded

Villa Rumpf Client: Wunderkind Couture / Wolfgang Joop
Ludwig-Richter Str. 17, 14467 Potsdam
2004
Examination, concept, implementation

Kino International (movie theatre)
Client: York Kinogruppe
Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin
2016
Examination, concept, implementation

Haus Friedrichshuld in Philippstal (villa)
Client: Dr. Hans Christian Meyer
Philippsthaler Dorfstraße 11, 14559 Nuthetal
1999 - 2002
Concept, implementation

Kaserne Potsdam – Krampnitz (former military facility)
Client: Deutsche Wohnen SE
Potsdamer Chaussee 1 / 1A, 14476 Potsdam
2018
Examination

Schloß Tegel / Antikensaal (exhibition hall in a palace)
Client: Schloss Tegel Verwaltungs GmbH
Adelheidallee 19, 13507 Berlin
2006
Implementation

Gasthaus Figl (restaurant)
Builder: Figl & Sage GmbH
Urbanstr. 47, 10967 Berlin
2018
Concept, implementation

Building complex Operncarree
present-day „Hotel de Rome“

Builder: HOCHTIEF Projektentwicklung GmbH
10117 Berlin
2004, 2006
Examination, concept, implementation

Private dwelling Wilhelmian era
Frauenthal 4, 20149 Hamburg
Builder: Iris von Arnim
2003 - 2004
Examination, concept, implementation

Foreign projects

Cupola of the Great Bazar „Chahar suq bozorg“
Iran, Teheran
2017
Examination, concept, implementation

Private dwelling „Sinan Road No. 65”
China, Shanghai
2003
Examination

University of Oslo
Norway, Oslo
2012
Examination

Contact

Buch & Schudrowitz GbR

Zellestrasse 2A

10247 Berlin, Germany