The Osteiner Hof with 3 avants-corps

An avant-corps[1][2] (German: Risalit, Italian: risalto) refers to a part of a building, such as a porch or pavilion, that juts out from the corps de logis, usually over the full height of the building. It is common in façades in the Baroque period.

A corner risalit is where two wings meet at right-angles. Baroque three-winged constructions are often incorporated as a median risalit in a main hall or a stairwell, such as in Weißenstein Palace and the Roßleben Convent School.


Much of the text of this article comes from the equivalent German-language WorldHeritage article retrieved on 18 March 2006.

  1. ^ Gérard Fontaine, Charles Garnier's Opéra (Paris, 2000), p. 88.
  2. ^ Curl, James Stevens (2006). Oxford Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 2nd ed., OUP, Oxford and New York, p. 52. ISBN 978-0-19-860678-9.