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 Wikipedia 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.

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