Lost roofs – a case study from Munich

The article presents the results of the author’s research on lost roofs in Munich. Together with the buildings significant roof structures were destroyed in the Second World War.
Munich always played a central role in Bavaria. The importance of the city grew continuously over the centuries. Talented master builders met demanding clients. This resulted in prestigious buildings that were also demanding in terms of construction technology. The study highlighted the most important objects. The aim was to reconstruct the destroyed roofs of these buildings on the basis of archival sources and building archaeological research on the remains. The results show a great variety, always reflecting the current developments in roof construction. Among them there are also quite experimental solutions. The results are presented as detailed scale models.
The models allow to get a lasting impression of the lost structures. They serve to illustrate this essay. Finally, special attention is given to some constructions that have a link to italian designs.