1. Place Canteen École Voltaire

Location Berlin
Year 2012
Client AEFE – École Voltaire Berlin
Project management Dienstleistung Denkmal
Arne Semmler & Friedrich v. Waldthausen GbR
Team Moritz Klimburg, Marc Heinzel, Frithjof Meissner
General contractor Kastor HolzBauWerk GmbH
With this design, we won the 1st prize in the architectural competition for the construction of a cafeteria for the École Voltaire in Berlin. Subsequently, we were commissioned with the realisation and construction management of the cafeteria.

The term ‘pavilion’ comes from papillon – the French word for butterfly – and traces back to the Latin word papilio, which also means butterfly or tent. The image of the butterfly represents lightness and light-heartedness – associations that the design takes up and translates into the stipulated spatial programme. The roof that folds along the building line and the larch wood panelling of the façade give the building vitality and integrate the pavilion harmoniously into the green environment.

The spatial programme is housed in four juxtaposed, differently dimensioned building volumes. The different heights and widths of the building volume are due to the internal organisation of the respective functions. The size of the individual sections is determined by the dining area and the kitchen layout, and the entrance area with toilet and reception. The offset and differently high mono-pitched roofs rhythmise the interior.

In the continuous, column-free dining area, the juxtaposed mono-pitched roofs and slightly bent façade create a variety of lighting situations and visual relationships, in the interplay with the different window openings. The entrance and reception area opens through a generous glass façade and is equipped with cloakroom elements.