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Restaurant at the New Palace in Sanssouci Royal Park, Potsdam

The architectural gesture defines not so much a building as a roofed rest area. The simple rectangular volume is set at the edge of the Royal Park at Sanssouci. Courtyards cut into the building create not only an interior quality but also the visual dissolution of the volume. Light floods in through the interior gardens, reinforcing the gossamer translucency of the outer skin. With the park reflected back across the exterior and the building’s own transparency, it begins to dissolve into its surroundings, lending it a singular quality.
The guest area, which dictates the look of the building, is oriented toward the open fields to the north, east and west, while the functional areas are housed in the south section, facing thick forests. This creates a solid rear portion to hold the infrastructure facilities.
The facades are made up of glass expanses framed in dark metal. In the summer, the windows can be flung open wide to create an attractive, shaded interior area open to the fresh air.

Limited realisation competition 1st prize 2011
Team Christian Stöckert, Petra Wäldle, Ivan Kaleov, Claudia Trott, Matthias Tscheuschler

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