Heidelberg Castle Includes Now a Restaurant Design by Max Dudler
Swiss architect Max Dudler converted a former room at the Heidleberg Castle into a simple restaurant design using cherry wood, stone and terrazzo.
Swiss architect Max Dudler is known for his architecture that combines minimalism and classical rationalism. He conveys a mystical combination between historical and contemporary design trying to showcase the best of these approaches into his work.
The greatest examples of his dedication are by far the Sunrise Tower and Deutsche Börse yet Dudler‘s newest project has also a pretty interesting concept.
The Swiss architect converted a former saddle room at the Heidelberg Castle in Germany into a unique restaurant using a simple palette of cherry wood, stone and terrazzo.
The Sattelkammer building is located close to the entrance of the ruined Renaissance castle and was built in the early 17th century. The original features like the tick sandstone walls and arched window openings were definitely a concern that Dudler‘s studio had in mind, and they couldn’t have been more careful in its renovation.
To enhance the depth of the walls and the height of the arched openings, the studio opt to use simple black window frames and pendant lighting.
The architect removed all interventions made in recent decades and used a restrained palette of untreated materials to complement the ancient exposed stone walls.
The limited variety of used materials provides the space a dignified simplicity. Only sandstone mansory, wood and terrazzo can be found within its design.
An additional tower at one end of the building features a kitchen, storage space and technical services that include toilets and a ventilation system.
The timber-clad surface extends the full height of the space and is made from strips of cherry wood. Together with the black ceiling panels, it helps to improve acoustics within the room and introduces a distinctly contemporary detail.
The tables, chairs and bar were designed exclusively by Dudler for the restaurant, which also incorporates a kiosk next to one of the existing window openings so visitors can be served during summer.
Landscaping by TDB Landschaftsarchitektur creates space for outdoor tables and chairs, as well as enhancing the connection between the Sattelkammer and the adjacent visitor centre.
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