Architecture firm Barkow Leibinger are putting the finishing touches on the Fellow Pavilion, an elegant and modern study pavilion designed for resident fellows at the American Academy in Berlin. Topped by an angular steel roof, the structure is wrapped in a glass facade that gives the pavilion a lightweight appearance and opens the interior up to natural light and lakeside views. The building also boasts an energy-efficient design that features triple-pane glass, wall heating via a heat pump, and high-quality insulation.
Barkow Leibinger designed the Fellow Pavilion to sit lightly on the land so as to preserve the picturesque, late 19th century landscape. Built to replace a disused bathhouse, the steel and glass structure is topped by a folded roof of steel beams that alludes to the gable roof shape of the site’s historic villa. Four I-beam columns that double as rainwater drains support the angular roof.
The transparent pavilion is outfitted with glass sliding doors on all four sides, which open up to six 75-square-foot study spaces, a larger group study area, and a kitchen space. The glazed facade sits above a raised oak and steel platform that creates a continuous porch around the pavilion. LED lighting is installed at the top of the study space dividing walls.
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