Monastery, clinic and piano

Rheinau – the island that carries the river in its name, which surrounds it – is awakening from its slumber. The music island Rheinau opened its doors on May 26 with timpani and trumpets. In future, concert halls, rehearsal rooms and guest rooms will invite musicians of all styles and from all over the world to devote themselves to their sounding art in the seclusion of the Island.

The eventful history of the more than 300-year-old walls ranges from the former Benedictine monastery and its use as a psychiatric clinic to vacancy and creeping neglect. Now a new chapter is being written in the carefully but comprehensively renovated premises.


In order to meet the strict requirements of the preservation of historical monuments, it was decided to intervene only marginally in the course of the renovation. Interventions in the existing supporting structures were planned by Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer, who accompanied the unusual conversion project alongside Bembé Dellinger Architects.