Architects: Alexander Poetzsch Architekten
- Area: 3027 m²
- Year: 2021
Manufacturers: AGROB BUCHTAL, Brunner, Schörghuber
- Project Leader: Alexander Poetzsch, Ina Greifenhagen, Burkhard Schoebl
- Project Architect: Fabian Tschoek, Elias Betka, Jana Laepple, Matthias Opitz, Thorsten Boelle
- Building Services: Ingenieurbüro Dr. Scheffler + Partner GmbH
- Kitchen Planning: Ingenieurbüro Katerbaum
- City: Dresden
- Country: Germany
Text description provided by the architects. The House of the Cathedral refers to the former chancery house in the city center of Dresden Old Town. It is in the immediate vicinity of the tourist magnets Stallhof (Stable Yard) and Residenzschloss (former Royal Palace). In World War II the Old Town of Dresden was largely destroyed and had not been reconstructed during the period of the former GDR. In 1997, shortly after the German reunification, the building located in the now listed “cultural-historical center” had been reconstructed – as one of the first buildings.
The House of the Cathedral combines various uses such as the bishop's residence and the administration of the Bishopric of Dresden-Meissen, apartments and guest residences, and parish and youth rooms of the Cathedral as well as various rooms for public events. In seven partial construction measures, the uses were reorganized and expanded during ongoing operations in favor of a hybrid coexistence of public, semi-public, and private units.
In addition to this reorganization, the room layouts of the event spaces were redesigned, a chapel was located in the core of the building as the new center and a dark hallway was upgraded as the new library and informal meeting place. The courtyard was redesigned as a semi-public, urban distribution and event space with all ground-level usages opening up to its walkway. The former vehicle access now serves as the new main entrance and thus aligns the House of the Cathedral with the public of the bustling Schlossstrasse.
In its orientation and the juxtaposition of different functions, the House of the Cathedral is a unifying locus. The implementation of the building task, the reorganization and unrestricted simultaneity of the uses, the opening, and orientation of the house towards the City Center as well as the creation of barrier-free access strengthen this togetherness - which was also a central theme for the building owners from the beginning.
The coexistence of the hybrid uses and the different age groups in the house were addressed, as was the coexistence of existing and new elements. Thus, the building was not completely overhauled, but rather, in the spirit of sustainability and resource conservation, the existing structure was reused and continued to be used, while new elements were implemented selectively, thereby enhancing the existing structure.