Sächsischer Landtag, Dresden {state parliament}

Interior construction of reception area, coat closets, plenary assembly hall – Phase II: caucus halls, large meeting room

Completion 1994

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Compared to the Behnisch building in Bonn, the Saxon state parliament building is refreshingly straightforward and direct. Praised in architectural circles for its transparency and unobtrusive abstraction, its design, both inside and out, shows how architecture and interior design can supplement one another in perfect, hand-in-hand harmony. The DWH was responsible for the interior construction of the reception area, the coat closet area and the plenary assembly hall. The three-dimensional convexly-curved surface, which forms the rear wall of the plenary hall, functions as a room divider between hall and foyer and is highly sound-absorbent.
In the second phase of the project, designs from Dresden’s Kulka architectural firm called for acoustic panelling in the caucus halls made from perforated anodised aluminium sheets as well as panellings and doors of maple veneer. The large meeting room in the tower furthered the plenary hall model with a presidential table seating twelve and featuring steel legs, perforated aluminium sheet and a maple top. The table in the presidential meeting room is impressively coated with boldly structured walnut veneer. Even the sliding doors to the kitchenette are of maple veneer, the light maple affording a delightful contrast to the dark surface. The concierge’s desk in the reception area draws due attention by its simplicity and its economical, clear lines. The veneer ringing the furniture is precise to mitre, making the entirety appear as just one whole, and proved an exacting task for our craftsmen. Architect Peter Kulka transformed the former inner courtyard – obviously not a visual treat by any stretch of the imagination prior to the reconstruction – into the parliament’s dining hall. Members of parliament and their staff now sit on bright red chairs at bright red tables under a glass roof – a bold flourish of colour in an otherwise staid setting. The wall-high windows afford views of the two-storey parliament library and the entrance hall.

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Photo: Bernadette Grimmenstein