The Mettlach 2.0 project

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Mettlach 2.0

Information on the renovation of Villeroy & Boch AG's headquarters: This page provides information on the changes being made to our company headquarters, the Old Abbey in Mettlach. (Copyright Image: Freiraumplanung MESS  Laport, Architektur architekten und Villeroy & Boch, Illustration KULLE Art Direction)

The project

The Old Abbey in Mettlach has been Villeroy & Boch's headquarters for over 200 years. Jean-François Boch purchased the former Benedictine monastery in 1809 and set about restoring the building, which had sustained severe damage during the War of the First Coalition from 1792 onwards. This marked the start of a very close relationship between the company and the town of Mettlach. The firm's growing success drove demand for more production facilities, leading to dense construction within the grounds. The renovation of the company's headquarters is an important component of "Mettlach 2.0", a local development project initiated by

the Mettlach community and Villeroy & Boch. The objective of the project is to update the town's image to make Mettlach an even more attractive shopping and industrial heritage tourist destination, while at the same time creating a modern working environment for Villeroy & Boch employees. The project encompasses the renovation and conversion of buildings within the grounds of the Old Abbey, dismantling of old production facilities to free up more space, redesign of outside areas and greater emphasis for the historic character of the Abbey.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will there be any new buildings?
    No, there are no plans to construct new buildings. We will simply modernise and renovate existing ones.
  • Are there plans to modernise the remaining Old Abbey buildings?
    Renovation work on the facade and windows will continue – in compliance with requirements for listed monuments – as well as the ongoing restoration of roofing on the Old Abbey buildings. Existing offices will also be progressively modernised during regular maintenance work.
  • Are the exhibitions and the Old Abbey area fully accessible?
    You will be informed about any changes concerning opening hours or restrictions in the area Visitor Information.
  • Will there be new parking areas?
    Sufficient parking spaces will be provided for tourists, visitors and employees. Outdoor car parks are planned. A parking garage has also been available to employees since 2018.
  • What impact does the listed monument status have?
    We take the listed monument status very seriously. Its purpose is to protect a cultural asset, and therefore a piece of our own identity as well.
  • I can't find the answer to my question. Who should I contact?
    Please send your question to us by email.