This project was awarded 4th place in a 2009 competition for a state reception building at the new airport currently under construction, beside the existing Schoenefeld Airport to the southwest of Berlin. Foreign dignitaries and heads of state will be received through this building, which as such, must operate as a self-contained airport in its own right.
The competition brief required a complex spatial organisation to provide for an extensive list of various grades of diplomatic protocol, each with onerous security and press management requirements. This design sets a glass pavilion in a woodland of pine trees. Under the pine canopy, a folded landscape of berms and sunken areas organises the processional cars and other carparks in a discreet way. The roof of the building cantilevers to create a portico on all four sides from a sequence of six solid boxes visible through the glazed curtain wall. This roof further folds down within the depth of the plan to generate clerestory light and some external patios and terraces.