Edited by Craig Kellogg -- Interior Design, 10/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
Despite his macho name, Augustus the Strong, Prince Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, built splendiferous baroque palaces and churches and collected Chinese and Japanese porcelain, which he planned to house in a building by Zacharias Longuelune. Flash forward three centuries, and Germany's Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden has hired Peter Marino Architect to take those 1735 plans and superimpose them on the prince elector's orangery—now part of the museum—to transform it into a gallery for his 20,000 pieces. K'ang Hsi vases and Imari dishes are being displayed among stone mantels and gilded consoles. Opening October 15; 49-3-51-4-91-42-000; skd-dresden.de.