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Fellow's Pavilion at the American Academy Berlin, 2014, Architects: Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger // Team: Tobias Wenz (project architect), Gustav Düsing, Ulrich Fuchs, Annette Wagner //Photos © Stefan Müller © Simon Menges The American Academy in Berlin, founded in 1994 by Richard C. Holbrooke, Henry A. Kissinger and Richard von Weizsäcker, is a vibrant and growing research and cultural institution offering Berlin scholarships to scholars, writers and artists such as Arthur Miller, Jonathan Franzen, Jenny Holzer, Jeffrey Eugenides, Hal Foster and Jonathan Safran Foer. Its base is the Hans Arnhold Center, a late 19th century built, picturesque villa on a large, located on the Wannsee property. The sculpture Verkündigung (1937) by Georg Kolbe, which stands in the garden, points towards the new pavilion and recalls Kolbe's The Morning (1925) in Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion. Inspired by the history of the pavilion in the 20th century and from its own earlier prototypes, such as the "Loom Hyperbolic" installation for the Marrakech Biennale 2012, a light glass and steel construction was designed for the garden of the villa. The main element of the building, which offers space for seven study rooms and a small kitchen, is a double-curved roof made of steel beams that seems to float above the rooms. The shape of the roof follows a regular geometry that produces four hyperbolic paraboloids from two-dimensionally offset and twisted straight lines. It is both abstract and, at least in the view, tangibly related to the carved hipped roofs of the historic villa. The roof is supported by four columns, which at the same time serve to drain off the rainwater. They connect the roof with the pedestal-raised, steel floor construction. A continuous deck of oak planks creates smooth transitions between the interiors and the surrounding porch, which is formed by the far-reaching, maximum transparency glass facade. The approximately 7sqm large study rooms are separated by partitions made of steel / glass and oak. The manageable, unpretentious rooms refer to the study of scholars, who were often situated in the garden.