Schulz und Schulz
Lakeside atelier at cape Zwenkau
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Leipzig / Germany
The former lignite mining areas south of Leipzig have now been converted into an artificial lake district that offers ideal conditions for retreat and concentrated work. The Lakeside Atelier was designed as a think tank that would form an antipode to day-to-day business in the Leipzig city office. The new lake country with which the town of Zwenkau opens itself up to the post-mining landscape and Lake Zwenkau promised to provide the perfect setting. Situated right on the lakeside, the new building with its open ground floor for restaurant use anticipates the idea of a maritime location while also disconnecting the studio from the everyday hustle and bustle. The contemplative atmosphere in the central workroom is generated by precise light control inspired by the light wall in Alvar Aalto’s studio in Helsinki. The studio extends via a gallery up to the rooftop terrace, which affords sweeping views over the lakeside and the lake-dotted scenery beyond.