‘cafe pavilion’ by amunt in düren, germany all images courtesy amunt image © brigida gonzález

german architectural studio amunt (björn martenson, sonja nagel, jan theissen) has sent us images of ‘cafe pavilion’, a small, single-storey structure in the town cemetery of düren, germany. recently having taken on the role of a public park, the design provides the cemetery with a new, public shelter that visitors can utilize for funeral ceremonies, a meeting point, or a space for reflection.

amunt: cafe pavilion exterior viewimage © brigida gonzález

featuring a multifacted ceiling landscape, the design inserts three closed volumes that accommodate the service facilities of the pavilion. the interstitial space around these additions divide the floor plan into three areas which are sculpted and defined by different, archetypical ceiling shapes: barrel vault, pitched, and tented roof. the roof forms can be read on the facade as a solid volume floating above the glazed faces.

amunt: cafe pavilion elevationimage © brigida gonzález

providing expansive and diverse views into the surrounding park, the landscape is projected into the interior and reflected back during the day to establish a direct dialogue between site and architecture. the wall and ceiling surfaces are finished in light, pre-produced timber to lend the space a monolithic aesthetic. the reinforced concrete floor slab is mixed with dolomite stone from the alps to result in a terrazzo-like appearance.

amunt: cafe pavilion approachimage © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilion interior viewimage © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilion timber elements in the wall surfaceimage © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilion vaulted ceiling formimage © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilionimage © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilion (left) roof light (right) tented roofimages © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilionimage © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilionimage © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilionnight viewimage © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilionimage © brigida gonzález

amunt: cafe pavilionschematic diagram

amunt: cafe pavilionexploded axonometric

amunt: cafe pavilion site map

amunt: cafe pavilionfloor plan