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The Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten has once again become the ideal venue for cultural life.

David Chipperfield Architects, London

Since autumn 2012, the Gesellschaftshaus at the Frankfurt Palmengarten is once again resplendent in its original glory dating back to Wilhelminian times, after ten years of vacancy and an overall history spanning 141 eventful years. The imposing building, designed by Wilhelm Kayser and inaugurated in 1871, is the centrepiece of one of the largest botanical gardens in Germany. Its direct neighbour: the splendid steel and glass construction of the palm house. For the restoration of the great ball­ room and the adjoining rooms, David Chipperfield Architects (UK) oriented themselves at historism, the original building style. Now, golden­based columns carry the surrounding gallery. Historical fabrics were restored, and the decorative elements were rebuilt in just as much original detail as the two chandeliers which did not survive the war. Now the ceiling floods the room with light once more, and even the view from the windows to the palm house is unobstructed again. The South wing, built by architects Martin Elsaesser and Ernst May in 1928/29 in classic modernist style, sets a white and distinct counterpoint. The South wing, too, was renovated and thus revitalised.

The rooms in the Gesellschaftshaus are now ready for celebrations, speeches or exhibitions, while the Brunner chair first place provides adequate seating comfort. It is deployed in a variety of ways in the ballroom and the gallery room, both equipped with historical parquet floors. It can also be found in the plain white rooms of the South wing. The chair’s classic shape fits both worlds. The folding table sleight is also versatile and adaptable, it is easy to transport and to put up, which makes it perfect for a great variety of deployment situations.

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