Freitag, 12. August 2016 | 10.00 Uhr
Staatspreis Baukultur Baden-Württemberg 2016
In 1815, King Fredrick I commissioned royal court master builder Nikolaus Friedrich to rebuild the Baroque ballroom in the centre of the New Main Building and make it contemporary. He replaced the existing ceiling vaults with just a slightly vaulted ceiling. The new fresco depicted a cloudy blue sky giving the illusion of opening the room up to the skies. The majestic chandeliers look as if they are being carried by a flying eagle and wild ducks.
The Marble Hall is characterized by understated elegance. The only thing that remains of the Baroque hall is the oval shape. In broad terms and in the detail, it is clear how strongly the art of antiquity was the forerunner to classicism: Flat pilasters made from light stucco marble divide the hall. Delicate stucco reliefs with garlands adorn the space between the capitals. The figures of maidens on the upper section of the wall are a throwback to priestesses in antiquity. They were designed by Johann Heinrich Dannecker, one of the most famous sculptors of the time.