For a new museum use in the Dresden Zwinger, the French Pavilion and the Arched Gallery L were renovated in accordance with the preservation order, supplemented by a daytime café and an elevator that also makes the exhibition accessible to the disabled.

Processing: 2017 – 2021
Client: Freistaat Sachsen represented by SIB Dresden NL I
Services: Building planning, furniture planning, lighting planning
Project team: Martin Gebauer, Max Tuchscheerer, Jana Läpple, Felix Degenhardt, Thorsten Bölle, Michael Buck, Alexander Pötzsch

Zwinder Dresden – French Pavalion & Arched Gallery L by Alexander Poetzsch Architekten - Sheet2
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The Pirnasaal was restored to its original form, and the floor plan of the French Pavilion was clarified by removing partition walls and creating new large-format openings in the existing partition walls. The new openings are decorated with plaster and flaps that enter into a dialogue with the plasticity of the baroque inventory.

Zwinder Dresden – French Pavalion & Arched Gallery L by Alexander Poetzsch Architekten - Sheet4
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In the exhibition area, in addition to the historical room setting, new exhibition lighting was also created, which on the one hand picks up on the motif of the tension rods established in the galleries of the Zwinger and develops it further. The ticketing and café counters are set as dark contrasting elements in the bright, light-flooded rooms.

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The elevator lobby adjoining the foyer connects the various exhibition areas with its cross-shaped floor plan. With its low ceiling height, dark wall cladding and indirectly illuminated dome, the room forms a transition between the opulent, colorful Semper rooms and the light, unobtrusively colored Pöppelmann building.


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