The roof of the old inn has been stylishly refurbished in a mediaeval ambience.

Project details

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Renovation of the inn "Gasthaus zum Riesen", Miltenberg am Main, Germany


Staib und Wiener, Würzburg


Cilly und Werner Jöst, Miltenberg


Andreas Hofmann, Eibelstadt

Clay roof tile used

Beaver tiles from the beaver gallery, size 18 x 38 cm, 16 mm, thick, special order

Art on the roof, Miltenberg am Main, Germany

Art on the roof, Miltenberg am Main © Wienerberger AG

Art on the roof, Miltenberg am Main, Germany

Art on the roof, Miltenberg am Main © Wienerberger AG

Art on the roof, Miltenberg am Main, Germany

Art on the roof, Miltenberg am Main © Wienerberger AG

Choosing the Manufaktur range from Koramic

The “Gasthaus Zum Riesen” in Miltenberg am Main is one of the oldest inns in Germany. First mentioned in 1158, it has played host to emperors and kings. Now, one of the roofs has been refurbished using very special beaver tiles from the Manufaktur range. When the severely run-down “Zum Riesen” inn was approved for demolition in 1970, architect Werner Jost and his wife “rescued” the famous building and subjected it to a programme of extensive refurbishment. Today, the former carriage hall houses an inn, while the Josts live on the upper floors. However, most of the historic hotel is still to be found on this site. The lively roof landscape of this complex, which dates back to 1590, and its different roofing materials, small canopies, oriels and little towers demand very special solutions that are especially suited for listed buildings. As not enough historic tiles were available for the new roof, Friedrich Staib from architect‘s office Staib und Wiener in Wurzburg ultimately chose the Manufaktur range from Koramic while searching for an adequate roofing material.

Interview with architect Freidrich Staib

For 30 years, the office of Staib und Wiener has mainly been involved with looking after listed buildings. Architect Alfred Wiener was heavily involved in Bavaria with the development of methods for investigative and analytical processes for listed buildings.
The roofing of the “Zum Riesen” inn is made up of many different roofs. How do you go about tackling a job like this?
The inn is roofed with various materials of differing ages. After a thorough analysis of the roof landscape, we developed a schedule of measures which showed the client what, when and where things had to be done.
So why was one of the old tiled roofs completely retiled?
We try to keep the old roofing or supplement what’s there with comparable materials. However, old historic roof material is increasingly hard to come by, of uncertain quality and also expensive. Moreover, the inn is in Miltenberg’s pedestrian zone, surrounded by pedestrian traffic, with all the consequences of safety, transporting materials, scaffolding and building time. The decision in this case fell in favour of a completely new roof.
And how did you come across Koramic?
We researched which roof tile manufacturers could reconstruct a roof tile that matched what we wanted to have there as closely as possible. The interplay of colours and surface finish were particularly important to the client. After extensive testing, only clay beaver tiles from Koramic’s Manufaktur range were considered in the end.
What experiences have you gained with the Manufaktur range?
We worked with Koramic for the first time on this project. But I think that in the future we will probably make full use of the wide range of colour and surface technologies of this range, especially their fine adjustment, for the purpose of listed building maintenance.

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