The Madkulturhus, is a project involving the creation of a new venue in Stege to celebrate the culture of food. The client for this project recently acquired the former town hall, and is restoring the building according to strict historical preservation guidelines in order to open a restaurant. Behind this soon-to-be restored building, is the old city jail and a walled courtyard. Our task was to design the restaurant’s new restroom facilities and a cafe serving station within the courtyard. Also, because the back buildings are not protected monuments, the jailhouse can be converted into the main kitchen, offices, and a private area that could host cooking classes, dinners, exhibitions, parties, and other food related events.
The jailhouse is a two storey brick building with the old cells on the upper level. Most of the building will be hollowed out to accomodate the new kitchen at the bottom level and new circulation, but the cells in the upper level will remain as office space. The new interior surfaces extend past the existing roofplane, and create a completely new building, containing the restrooms and the cafe serving station, is placed between the city hall and the jail. This allows restaurant patrons easy access from both the courtyard and the main dining area, but it also creates a direct link between the kitchen in the former jailhouse and the city hall building.