The baroque, listed Dagstuhl Castle complex, now home to the Leibniz Center for Informatics, was extended in 2011 to include a new guest house. The challenge with this design was to develop an architecturally appealing, harmonious relationship between the new structure and the historic building, which had been extended several times in the post-war period.

The guest house, clad with a wooden slatted façade, appears to rest like an elegant cuboid on the surrounding wall at the end of the castle garden and at the same time extends beyond it with a wide cantilevered terrace. With this open, yet sheltered area, the house creates a new connection between the castle grounds and the surrounding meadow landscape.

The project received the Saarland Building Owner Award in 2014. From the jury's commentary: "The fine art of solving a challenging task in a supposedly simple way is not only evident in a virtually self-explanatory building design, but also in every recognizable detail. The consistency of the implementation from the design to the construction planning to the execution is impressive".

Schloss Dagstuhl, 66687 Wadern
Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH
Veauthier Meyer Architekten
Architectural design phases 1-8
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Veauthier Meyer Architekten
Award of the Saarland Chamber of Architects 2014