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e Der aus einem Wettbewerb des Jahres 2003 siegreich ... - arkhd

In der schmalen Mittelhallestehen sich dunkler Natursteinund Wellblechgegenüber. Ein immerwährendesSpiel aus Lichtund Schatten belebt senkundwaagrechte Flächen.Dark natural stone and corrugatedsheet metal arecontrasted in the narrowcentral hall. The verticaland horizontal surfaces areenlivened by an unceasingplay of light and shade. The design, which resulted from acompetition held in 2003, pursues aclear objective: to produce a twostoreybuilding that serves a dual purposewithout revealing that it consistsof two sections. In addition to a privateapartment for the Icelandic ambassadorto Germany, the residencein the Berlin district of Grunewaldmainly consists of reception and serviceareas dedicated to ceremonialand official business requirements.Thanks to a brilliantly simple concept,however, the two separate functionsare revealed as a dramatic interactionof two blocks of different sizes butwith the same alignment, joined by ahigh, narrow hall with a glass roof.This intermediate zone acquires thecharacter of a rock crevasse, formedby the angled, sloping wall of the privatesection and the gentle, yieldingcurve of the reception area towardthe garden – though it is clear that thecurved wall only has a supportingfunction on the ground floor and createsan open spatial structure.Parallel to this on the ground plan, thesides of the hall extend for only a fewmetres directly behind the entrance.One can then reach the private roomsof the ambassador’s family by turningto the right, or a cloakroom with WCon the left, followed by a large kitchenand other services.Above this are a staff apartment anda guest room. Looking upward fromthe entrance, the lengthy air spaceformed by the hall is crossed by anarrow passage that links both blockstogether on the upper floor or theupper part of the reception area withthe ambassador’s living quarters.After one has passed under thisbridge, the hall curves to the left andbegins to open out slightly as one

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