The Hofgarten Cafe is lowered compared to the adjacent park landscape by the height of a backrest. Guests are completely submerged within the surrounding greenery.
The buildings undulating footprint is defined by the root space of the existing surrounding trees. It visualizes the subterranean extension of the trees which typically remains concealed. The flat roof becomes an open space within the trees with excellent orientation and light conditions for flowering plants. The change of seasons results in a slow motion choreography of color visible from high vantage points on the nearby slopes.
Being in part submerged results in advantages regarding the thermal performance of the building. Little energy is needed the keep the interior climate at a constantly pleasant level throughout the year. In addition the large green roof contributes to the water storage capacity of the park and compensates the sealing of soil.
The bottom view of the guest rooms ceiling is designed by local artists on a yearly basis and changes accordingly.
In terms of size and geometry the building is a close reference to existing natural features of the park such as the pond while consciously forming an antithesis to the huge cubic volume beyond the parks boundary.