Renovation of the ceiling of the Asamsaal theatre in Freising, Bavaria
The theater hall protected as a monument has ceiling frescos dating from the 17th century. Parts of the stucco frescos had become detached, marring the frescos’ appearance and posing a safety risk. Initially a platform was considered for restoration, but this would have reduced the number of seats in the auditorium and had a detrimental effect on the view and acoustics. We developed a solution that left the hall almost unchanged.
It was designed for loads up to 100 tons – i.e. more than sufficient for manpower, materials, and tools. To implement the project, we transported all the materials – including heavy duty parts weighing up to 1.7 tons – through a 2nd-floor window. With the aid of a skidding system, we then brought it to its final height in the right position in the auditorium. On completion, not a single prop or girder was visible.
All the seating was retained. The intermediate level was covered with a photo canvas of the ceiling fresco. The room looked exactly as it did beforehand – but just a little lower. The customer was particularly happy with the fact that we were able to complete the project and hand over the auditorium ahead of time.