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202406_Meixner Schlueter Wendt_News_Midstad


Midstad Frankfurt

Our entry was awarded second place in the competion for the redesign of the Peek & Cloppenburg department store on Frankfurt's Zeil.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?

The way we construct our environment has a direct impact not only on global greenhouse gas emissions and consequently global warming but also on the loss of biodiversity through habitat destruction. The question of the necessity and feasibility of changing the construction industry is at the center of the panel discussion ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? On new, old, and completely different construction’.

Frankfurter Kunstverein,
Markt 44, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
13 February 2024, 6 pm

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Große Häuser, kleine Häuser

In the exhibition "Große Häuser, kleine Häuser", the Association of German Architects-Hesse presents award-winning architecture in Hesse from 2018-2023.

09 February 2024, 6 pm
10 February 2024, Wed-Sun, 11 am-5 pm

Kunsthalle Darmstadt,
Steubenplatz 1, 64293 Darmstadt

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Ich war zwei Kirchen

Enrico Santifaller writes in the feature section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about the new churches for the Lukas + Matthäusgemeinde in Offenbach Tempelsee.
"...The new spaces thus represent a soft transition. They react to transformation and are ready to transform themselves further..."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 25 November 2023, p. 13

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Competition Baufeld Rheinwiesen I, Zollhafen Mainz

In the competition carried out by Landmarken AG for an office building in the customs port of Mainz, we were able to achieve 3rd place with our design.

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Competition Baufeld Gaßnerallee, Zollhafen Mainz

In the competition for a kindergarten, a gymnasium and various sports fat Zollhafen Mainz, carried out by MAG Mainzer Aufbaugesellschaft mbh, with our design we were able to achieve 2nd place .

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Inauguration of the new ensemble for Lukas- and Matthäus parish in Offenbach

With a festive service, the Lutheran parish of Lukas- and Matthäus in Offenbach celebrates the inauguration of its new ensemble consisting of church square, parish hall and outdoor church.

28 May 2023, 10:30 am

Evangelische Lukas- und Matthäusgemeinde,
Brunnenweg 104, 63071 Offenbach

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Eigenständiger Weiterbau

Text on the won competion for the burial church St. Michael in Frankfurter's Nordend district by Enrico Santifaller,
Bauwelt 11.2023, pp. 16-18

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Best Workspaces 2023

Our office building The Docks received a recognition in the Best Workspaces 2023 Award in the office building category.
An accompanying book with all the award-winning projects has been published under the same title by Callwey-Verlag.

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Auszeichnung guter Architektur in Hessen: Courtyard within a Courtyard is awarded the Martin-Elsaesser-Plakette

Our project Courtyard within a Courtyard, which we realised for the AGB Frankfurt, was awarded the Martin-Elsaesser-Plakette by the Bund Deutscher Architekten Frankfurt.
All projects awarded throughout Hesse in 2023 will be shown together in an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Darmstadt in early 2024.

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Claudia Meixner is presenting our project at the event BDA trifft zirkuläres Bauen.
NEXT-Studio Frankfurt,
27 September 2022, 4 pm

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International Architecture Award 2022 for The Docks

awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

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International Architecture Award 2022 for the Kindergarten at Henninger Park

awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

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Dezeen Awards 2022

Our project Kindergarten at Henninger Park is longlisted for the Dezeen Awards 2022! The shortlist will be published in September and the winners will be announced in November.

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World Architecture Festival 2022

Our project The Docks is shortlisted in the category Completed Office Building at the World Architecture Festival Awards. Claudia Meixner and Florian Schlüter will present the building in Frankfurt's Osthafen to the jury live at the festival in Lisbon.

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Groundbreaking ceremony ATREEUM

Yesterday, the groundbreaking ceremony for our "ATREEUM" project, which we are currently realizing together with OFB Projektentwicklung, took place on Hanauer Landstraße in Frankfurt's Ostend district.

"Office buildings like the ATREEUM actively address the challenges of climate change and at the same time focus on human well-being," said City Councillor Rosemarie Heilig, Head of the Department for Climate, Environment and Women of the City of Frankfurt am Main, on the occasion.

Photo: Urban Media Project

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Blätterdach des Erinnerns

Text on the won competion for the Ettinghausenplatz
by Enrico Santifaller,
Bauwelt 14.2022, pp. 12-14

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Polis Award 2022

We are pleased about the Polis Award in the category Intelligent Redensification for our project Courtyard within a Courtyard, which we realized for ABG Frankfurt Holding in the Nordend district!

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Competition Ettinghausenplatz

We are delighted winning the competition for Ettinghausenplatz in Frankfurt-Höchst together with KuBuS Freiraumplanung and Bollinger + Grohmann.
The multi-layered design makes the eventful history of the square tangible. ⁠
A greened trellis forms the cubature of the synagogue, which was destroyed by the National Socialists in 1938, over its foundations, which are hidden in the ground. On the one hand, a sensual place of remembrance and loss is created and, at the same time, a green space with a high quality of stay. The Höchst synagogue can thus be re-entered and yet remains absent.⁠

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Rethinking The Future Awards 2022

Our project The Docks in Frankfurt's Osthafen was awarded second place in the office building category at the Rethinking The Future Awards 2022!

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Linkedin / Instagram

We can be found on Instagram and Linkedin, too and would be very pleased about your interest and a lively exchange!

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Work lecture

Claudia Meixner is a guest at the lecture series Architecture in Context of the BDA Münster-Münsterland at the LWL-Museum of Art and Culture.
07 February 2022, 7 pm
LWL-Museum of Art and Culture, Münster

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Space - Layer - Facade

Lecture by Claudia Meixner at ZAK - World of Facades
04 November 2021, starting at 9 am
Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt am Main
The event will also be livestreamed.

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Komplexe Ressourcen - Alles ist Umbau

At the Baukultur Dialog in Bad Aibling Claudia Meixner will be a guest
with the lecture "Komplexe Ressourcen - Alles ist Rekonstruktion".
B+O Parkhotel, Bad Aibling
09 August 2021, 11 am

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Urbane Ressourcen

Claudia Meixner is giving a lecture at the talk series "Die Stadt als Mobilé" at IBA Heidelberg.
Event: 17-18 June 2021
Lecture Claudia Meixner: 18 June 2021, 5 pm
The event will take place online.

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Stadtquartiere für morgen

At the NEXT Expertenforum, Claudia Meixner reports on her experiences in the planning of urban development projects such as the recently implemented "Stadtgärten am Henninger Turm" as well as other visionary ideas and approaches for the future from the competition "Stadtteil der Quartiere" in Frankfurt.
17 June 2021, 4 pm
The event will take place online.

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The result of our exiting collaboration with the editorial team of DBZ is the current issue “Wohnhochhäuser” featuring projects by OMA, Farshid Moussavi, architectesassoc, Baupiloten and our residential high-rise Axis.

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Claudia Meixner is guest speaker at the Rooftop Talks of the Dachkult Initiative
as part of the Heinze - virtuell ArchitekTOUR 2021.
28 April 2021, 4:30 pm

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Statt Polizei Stadt

In its current issue Bauwelt reports on our competition success for the old police headquarters in Frankfurt.
Text by Caroline Kraft
Bauwelt 04.2021, pp. 12-15

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Maßstabswechsel - Von der Skulptur zum Stadtquartier

At the Jung Architecture Talks Claudia Meixner and Florian Schlüter explain the office's design strategy as well as the work in different scales.

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Neu in Frankfurt a. M.

Short report on our project Courtyard within a Courtyard by Enrico Santifaller
db 1-2/2021, p. 50

Hoch Hinaus


Hoch Hinaus?

Claudia Meixner at the digital talk series Hoch Hinaus? on the platform München MitDenken
15 December 2020, 7 pm

The dialog is still available under the following link:

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Stadtteil der Quartiere

The urban development competition for the planned “Stadtteil der Quartiere” in the north-west of Frankfurt has been concluded. Together with bb22, LOLA landscape architects, Transsolar and W. Canzler / A. Meixner Schlüter Wendt formed the planning team 2.
All design proposals are exhibited in the planning department of the City of Frankfurt until 30 November 2020.

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Competition Das Präsidium

We are happy to receive the 1st price in the competition for the mixed-use high-rise combined with perimeter block development on the site of the former police headquarters!

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Competition Hafenpark Quartier Offices

We are happy to receive the 1st price in the competition for the office high-rise at the Hafenpark Quartier in Frankfurt!

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best architects 20

The Henninger Turm received the best architects 20 award in the category residential.

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House F is one of the best houses of 40 years of Häuser-Magazine

Häuser-Magazine 06/2019, p. 109

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Award Deutscher Wohnungsbau 2019

The residential high-rise Axis is awarded at the Award Deutscher Wohnungsbau in the category residential high-rise.

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Competition Main Gate East

We are happy to receive the 1st price in the competition for the office high-rise on the Hafeninsel Offenbach!

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Big Orchestra

Exhibition design for the show "Big Orchestra" at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main,
19 June - 08 Sptember 2019, exhibition opening: 18 June 2019, 7 pm

International Architecture Award 2019_Evangelische Akademie


International Architecture Award 2019 for the Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt

awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Baumeister 05/2019_Henninger Turm


Die gläserne Dame

Text about the new Henninger Turm by Alexander Russ ,
Baumeister 5/2019, pp. 32-43

Fachforum Zukunft Bauen 03_Vortrag Florian Schlüter


Polyvalenz - Perzeptuelle Strategien bei der Planung von Gebäudehüllen

Lecture by Florian Schlüter at the conference "Zukunft Bauen 03" by BASF and sto, BASF SE Konferenzzentrum, Ludwigshafen, 28 March 2019, 4.15 pm

Wettbewerb Georg Wilhelm Straße 121 - 1. Preis


Competition Georg-Wilhelm-Straße 121

We are happy to receive the 1st price in the competition for affordable housing at Georg-Wilhelm-Straße 121 in Hamburg!

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The Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt is nominated for the architectural award Nike of the Bund Deutscher Architekten

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Große Häuser, kleine Häuser

The Evangelische Akademie - Römer 9 is presented in the exhibition of the Bund Deutscher Architekten "Große Häuser, kleine Häuser - Ausgezeichnete Architektur in Hessen 2013-2018" at Deutsches Architekturmuseum, 17 January - 17 February 2019, exhibition opening: 16 January 2019, 7 pm

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Neuer Henninger Turm in Frankfurt am Main

Text by Enrico Santifaller,
Domus 034 (German issue), pp. 58-67

Podiumsdisskussion Kirchliches Bauen in der Gesellschaft von heute_Claudia Meixner


Glaubensorte. Lebensräume.

Panel "Kirchliches Bauen in der Gesellschaft von heute" with Claudia Meixner, Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg, Baukultur Baden-Württemberg, Stephanssaal, Karlsruhe, 26 November 2018, 7 pm

Ausstellung Zusammenspiel_Dornbuschkirche



The Dornbusch Church in the exhibition on art in sacral space,
DG Deutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst e.V., München,
23 November 2018 - 09 February 2019, exhibition opening: 22 November 2018, 6 pm

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Toulouse 2030

Exhibition on the future of the City of Toulouse kurated by Dominique Boudet
with the Axis residential high-rise as exemplary project,
Place du Capitole, Toulouse, 12 - 14 October 2018

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Buntes Glasleuchten

Text by Benedikt Kraft on the VIP entrance of the SAP Arena in Mannheim,
DBZ 10/2018, pp. 54-59

DBZ 10/2018_Interview Claudia Meixner und Florian Schlüter


In Frankfurt sind Hochhäuser eher mit positiven Attributen besetzt

Interview by Benedikt Kraft with Claudia Meixner and Florian Schlüter on the Henninger Turm, DBZ 10/2018, pp. 12-13

Architects not Architecture in Frankfurt, Claudia Meixner


Architects not Architecture

Lecture by Claudia Meixner at the event "Architects not Architecture" Frankfurt Edition, Kongresssaal der Nationalbibliothek, Frankfurt am Main, 18 September 2018, 7 pm

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Baumeister nach 8

Diskussion with Claudia Meixner, Florian Schlüter, Clemens Kuhlemann (Lebensraum Ziegel) and Alexander Russ (Baumeister)
Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten, 23 August 2018, 7 pm

Nominierung Internationaler Hochhaus Preis 2018_Henninger Turm


The residential high-rise Henninger Turm is nominated for the International Highrise Award 2018

FIABCI_Prix d Excellence Award World Silver, Axis


The residential high-rise Axis receives silver in der category Residential (High Rise) at the FIABCI World Prix d'Exellence Awards 2018

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Wohnen weiterdenken

Panel with Claudia Meixner on the occasion of the Ehrenpreises für guten Wohnungsbau, Hubert-Burda-Saal of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern, Munich, 26 April 2018, 7 pm

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Auszeichnung guter Architektur in Hessen: Evangelische Akademie is awarded with the Martin-Elsaesser-Plakette of the Bund Deutscher Architekten Frankfurt

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Axis - Neues Tor für Frankfurts Europaviertel

Text by Philipp Sturm, Baumeister 3/2018, pp. 20-29

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Unsere Freunde / Unsere Feinde

Section in the Domus-Magazine (German issue), Domus 030, pp. 116-117

Baukultur Salon Schön und Gut_Claudia Meixner


Räumliche Präsenz von Architektur

Lecture by Claudia Meixner, Baukultursalon Schön und Gut, Bar Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin, 15 February 2018, 6.30 pm

DAM Preis 2018_Axis


The Axis residential high-rise is shortlisted for the DAM Prize 2018

Prize ceremony and exhibition opening at the DAM: 26 January 2018, 7 pm
exhibition: 27 January - 06 May 2018
accompanying in the Deutsches Architektur Jahrbuch 2018, published by DOM-publishers, pp. 144-151

MARK No. 71_Evangelische Akademie


Contemporary Open Air Museum - Three projects in Frankfurt's city centre show three ways of dealing with history

Text by Florian Heilmeyer, MARK-Magazine 71, pp. 148-161

Bauweltkongress 2017_Vortrag Claudia Meixner



Lecture by Claudia Meixner at the Bauwelt Kongress 2017 - "Zukunft Wohnhochhaus", Kosmos Berlin, 07 - 08 December 2017

FIABCI Prix d Excellence Germany_Axis


The residential high-rise Axis is awarded with the Vattenfall-Sepecial Mention "Energie" at the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Germany 2017

FIABCI Prix d Excellence Germany_Axis


Gold for the residental high-rsie Axis in the category Residential at the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Germany 2017

Ausstellung KIT Karlsruhe_ Bauaufsicht Frankfurt


Experimentierfeld Danziger Platz Frankfurt am Main

Exhibition by students of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie supervised by the subsitute professors Claudia Meixner & Florian Schlüter
Stadtplanungsamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 06 October - 27 October 2017, exhibition opening: 05 October 2017, 6 pm

Der Henninger Turm - Bau eines Wahrzeichens_Film von Simone Jung


Der Henninger Turm - Bau eines Wahrzeichens

Film by Simone Jung on the reconstruction of the Henninger Turm, HR-Fernsehen, 30 September 2017, 6.45 pm

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Baurecht - Hindernis oder Chance?

Lecture by Claudia Meixner, Einfamilienhaus-Kongress of Callwey Verlag, Deutsches Architekturmusem, Frankfurt am Main, 28 - 29 September 2017

Eröffnung Evangelische Akademie


Grand opening of the Evangelischen Akademie in Frankfurt am Main

Sunday, 20 January 2018, 12:30 pm

Bauwelt 16/2017_Evangelische Akademie


Evangelische Akademie

Text by Doris Kleilein, Bauwelt 16/2017, pp. 38-41

Mastervorträge Architektur 2017_Vortrag Claudia Meixner



Lecture by Claudia Meixner, lecture series "Region Rhein-Main", Mastervorträge Architektur 17, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, 08 June 2017, 6.15 pm

Ausstellung Kirchengebauede und ihre Zukunft_Dornbuschkirche


Kirchengebäude und ihre Zukunft

The Dornbusch Church is presented in the exhibition "Kirchengebäude und ihre Zukunft" by the Wüstenrot Stiftung, Exerzierhalle, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, 27 May - 05 September 2017, exhibition opening: 26 May 2017, 5 pm, catalog of the same name: ISBN 978-3-933249-37-1

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Die Hochhausdebatte

Interview by Doris Kleilein with Claudia Meixner und Florian Schlüter, Bauwelt 10/2017, pp. 42-49

MARK No. 67_Axis


Slab Revamp - Meixner Schlüter Wendt’s vertical residential community combines apartments and terraced houses in an array of sizes, Text von Florian Heilmeyer.

Text by Florian Heilmeyer, MARK-Magazine 67, pp. 62-71

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Blick auf Achse, das Wohnhochhaus Axis...

Text by Anita Simeon Lutz, Atrium 3/2017, pp. 48-55

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In luftiger Höhe

Text by Michael Kasiske, Domus 025 (German issue), pp. 90-93

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Axis Wohnhochhaus in Frankfurt am Main - Das Blockrandhochhaus

Text by Matthias Boeckl, architektur.aktuell 445 4/2017, pp. 90-101

AIT 03/2017_Axis



AIT 3/2017, pp. 44-47

Wettberwerb Deutsche Bank Areal_ARGE mit Snøhetta - 3. Preis


Competition Deutsche Bank Areal, Frankfurt am Main

ARGE mit Snøhetta, 3rd Prize

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Recognition for the Lessing-Gymnasium at the db-competition "Respekt und Perspektive - Bauen im Bestand Preis 2016"

Lessing-Gymnasium (high school) in Frankfurt a. M., db-Metamorphose 12/2016, pp. 128-129

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Den autistischen Hochhaussolitär stellen wir infrage

Interview by Christina Gräwe with Claudia Meixner, Florian Schlüter and the sociologist Marianne Rodenstein, Competition 17, 10/2016, pp. 46-50 and "Das Hochreihenhaus - Axis-Hochhaus in Frankfurt am Main", text by Christina Gräwe, pp. 52-55

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11. JUNG Architekturgespräche - housing

Lectureby Claudia Meixner on the topic of living, Architekturzentrum Wien, 11 November 2016, 7 pm

Baumeister 06/2016_Interview Claudia Meixner


Smart Home - Eine Wissenschaft für sich

Interview by Christina Haberlik with Claudia Meixner, Giorgio Bottega, Henning Erhardt (Bottega + Erhardt) and Markus Fromm-Wittenberg (Gira), Baumeister 06/2016, pp. 80-82

Richtfest Henninger Turm


Roofing ceremony of the Henninger Turm

Friday, 18 March 2016


The architectural expression of the buildings we have designed varies immensely. Nonetheless, they are based on an explicit architectural stance and share the same design approach.

1. Conceptual

As we see it, an architect should pay close attention to the actual conditions and allow them to develop fully. The logic of what is real imposes limits on the architect’s ideas, and any subjective thrust to the architecture is reduced to a minimum. After all, finding is more important than inventing. At the same time, it is important to transcend the existing situation intellectually and this ultimately transform it into an architectural design. It follows that our fundamental concern is to bear with the ambivalence between the actual parameters and what they inevitably translate into and come up with something beneficial in the process. To do this you must be capable of seeing precisely what already exists, be fascinated by it, but also let it inspire you to go beyond it if necessary.
This is why our concept entails us working with perceptions, images and associations, combining them with the practical parameters of the respective brief.

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Association object: Jigsaw in case

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Sheath of the saw case

Design process
We begin each design process by researching and thoroughly analyzing the specific features of a place and the brief. This involves exploring historical, cultural and symbolic layers and teasing out their vibrancy. Based on these insights, we collect all the possible associations that occur to us. Typically, these thoughts are closely bound up with the particular features of the place, existing architecture and brief. They emerge from a precise observation of everyday things, their arrangement and significance. These features might be furnished interiors or the items that generally shape a space, but can equally be existing, urban situations, the historical layers of a building or the history of a place. We then translate these authentic spatial structures and constellations that have developed naturally into model studies with a view to revitalizing the space at our disposal as perceptual space, space for reflection and space for social interaction.

In our design process the analysis of the existing circumstances merges with the transformation of existing situations or buildings. Specifically, we rely on intellectual associations and the images derived from them. What at first sight might appear to be a kind of ready-made becomes the basis for a new reality, which neither ignores its position in a given context nor the conditions under which it evolved. This approach also emphatically draws on past building typologies and techniques.
As such, our approach to architecture is based on our essentially seeing everything we do as a transformation or a conversion of existing situations. This is why the buildings we design respond sensitively to their immediate surroundings and urban context. At the same time, they also develop a sculptural impact. We resolve the seeming contradiction this produces by applying specially developed methods that are established practice in the world of contemporary art.

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For the project Reading Room at the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt an abstract version of the study of an “intellectual compulsive hoarder” was created using multiple stacks of books.

2. Operative

Apart from realizing individual projects we also continually develop spatial studies that are not commissioned and in which spaces are played through on varying scales and explored in an exemplary manner.
Drawing on an idea from concept art we employ calculated experimentation with levels of perception and chains of association to kick off the design process; a method that produces solutions which might seem natural but are also surprising.

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A filled box as starting point for a steel sculpture

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Front view of the steel sculpture. The full box is easily recognizable.

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From behind, the steel sculpture reveals a totally different, abstract form.

Things suffused with human experiences, spatial and urban constellations are transformed graphically, sculpturally and architecturally.
Whether designing a new building or converting an existing one we place the focus firmly on perception – particularly regarding the ambivalence of mass and space, concreteness and abstraction. Existing buildings and constellations are infused with diverse social experiences that trigger specific associations. By identifying and analyzing their complex significance vibrant uses and means of social interaction in real space emerge. This creates a new view of places, buildings and things that in turn stimulates new ways of combining various images, atmospheres and uses.
We also engage in our own spatial studies – and have elaborated them over the years. They focus on examining and exploring examples of urban and urban planning concepts, spatial structures, building typology structures as well as artistic issues.

3. Exemplary

Spatial studies and projects
Over the years we have developed the following spatial concepts drawing on the methods described earlier. Through a series of sculptures, model studies and drawings we have examined how spatial concepts can be developed and realized not only considering the relationship between line, surface and space, but also between drawing and sculpture, representationalism and abstraction.

Steel sculptures
The steel sculptures by Florian Schlüter are conceived as walk-through drawings transposed into the realm of the three-dimensional. They revolve around the ambivalence between concepts such as mass and space, concreteness and abstraction and are aimed at exploring the authenticity of the everyday. These inconsistencies become integrated into later architecture projects as fundamental aspects of them.

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Steel sculpture "Room 01", sketch

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Steel sculpture "Room 01", front view

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Steel sculpture "Room 01", side view

Studies of urban space
In various studies of urban space, Claudia Meixner employs drawings, paintings and models to penetrate the relationship between mass and space, space as a complement of mass and space, mass and intervening space. Her starting points are both abstract but also specific urban constellations whose given sensual and material design become the point of departure for a transformation that can culminate in a new take on reality.

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Study of urban space 01

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Study of urban space 02

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Study of urban space 03

Building prototypes
Moreover, a series of model studies and installations are used to realize potential buildings. Complex spatial concepts are developed through addressing issues on the relationship between shell and core, the importance and function of interstices and elements in space.
Here furniture or furnishing elements in interiors are taken as the starting point. In this model study the constellations that have become usual in everyday life correspond with individual walk-through spaces in a large surrounding space. It is possible to experience the elements and their relationship to the overall space as well as the relationship between the intermediate space and the space as a whole.

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Various objects and arbitrarily stacked boxes as a starting point

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Model of accumulation/stacking

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Model intermediate space

In a first model study the starting point was the seemingly chance accumulation and stacking of things. The individual elements in the model represent interior spaces that can be walked through and form intermediate space.
The point of departure for another model study is the shaping and selective filling of intermediate spaces through a stacking and layering of various objects in the space. The relationship between positive and negative is reversed, while that of the volume and mass is redefined. The intermediate space becomes walk-through mass.

Exemplary projects
In addition to the afore-mentioned conceptual parameters, when realizing projects the practical parameters of relevance to the architecture also come into play and influence the substantive concept.
A whole raft of structural means contribute to the success of a sculptural edifice that expresses tranquility and agitation, gravity and lightness, stability and instability, depending on the overall concept.

Expo pavilion
In designing a pavilion for Expo 2000 the starting point was the geometry of a “simple house” with a saddle roof, a single interior space and several “items of furniture”. By enlarging it ten-fold the things morph into archetypal symbols. Perception per se is addressed and a new perception of the architectural space and the objects in it is created. Depending on the viewer’s angle the house, interior space and garden appear either symbolic, concrete or abstract.

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Rendering of the Expo 2000 pavilion

Wohlfahrt-Laymann House
The concept for transforming this residential building developed from the necessity to extend and structurally improve an archetypal house. A new sheath was created that encompasses the entire house. Diverse spatial constellations were produced within the cubic sheath architecture that experiment with the relationship between interior and exterior spaces and the intermediate spaces created as a result.

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View from the new living room of the old outer facade

As part of a project for Artemide, the shapes of several of the manufacturer’s luminaires were regarded as ready-mades, reduced to their essential components, merged with one another and cut out of a compact mass as a negative form. Through the play of light and shadow the resulting polyvalent volume produces a special spatial atmosphere and triggers diverse associations.

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Section of the 3d-printed form

Dornbusch Church
The special nature of the place and the reduction process is made evident in the partial dismantling and conversion of the Dornbusch Church. A new wall marked with indents and molds of the old church and elements that had been removed were used to form a sculpted structure. What is absent remains present in these molds. The perception of area and space is activated and the recollection of its earlier state reinforced.

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Ausgangspunkt Weinkarton

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The partly dismantled Dornbusch Church with relief wall and new plaza

In architecture as we understand it everything is basically transformation. We see our task as controlling the ambivalences that emerge during a transformation of an existing structure. This is not only easy on physical resources, but also revitalizes sensual, intellectual and ultimately cultural resources.