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Research and Restoration Centre, Potsdam

2009 – 2017

The foundation ‘Preußische Schlösser und Gärten’ is consolidating its collections and workshops on the site of the former ‘Hans-Otto-Theater’ on the edge of the UNESCO world cultural heritage ‘Park Sanssouci’. Integrating the large building volume in its context, respecting the protected views and the historic building, posed a significant challenge.
Referencing historic horticultural structures the motif of a greenhouse was transformed into a distinct shape. The displacement of the individual volumes, which are parallel to the historic building, creates diverse in-between spaces that merge with the northern garden. Staggered heights and gabled roofs mediate between the park and the existing buildings.
A greenhouse façade was used on the north side, bringing natural light to the workshops, whereas the southern façade has typical window openings for office spaces. The historic building plays a significant role in its context and is opened to the neighborhood as the entrance to the research center and as a canteen.

Brandenburgischer Baukulturpreis 2017 – Special prize

Negotiated procedure Top rank 2009

Client Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

Start of planning – completion 2009 – 2017

For performance phases 2 – 9

Total costs €31.1m

Usable floor area 5,800 sqm

Design team Birgit Hübner, Birgit Decker (project management), Henriette Siegert, Sonja Hehemann, Thomas Müller, Sabine Zoske, Florian Nusser, Marion Rehn, Eriona Zeneli-Schott, Antje Bittorf, Dirk Brändlin, Nicole Lochocki, Roberto Zitelli, Carolin Kuhn, Peter Tycho Axelsen, Johan Jensen, Lutz Bahle, Daniel Unterberg, Sylvio Heuer, Manuela Jochheim

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