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202009_Meixner Schlüter Wendt_Das Präsidium

09/2020

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!

Meixner Schlüter Wendt_Wettbewerb_Hafenpark Quartier Offices_Frankfurt

06/2020

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!

Meixner Schlüter Wendt_News_best architects 20_Henninger Turm

12/2019

best architects 20

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

Häuser 06/2019_Haus F

11/2019

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

Häuser-Magazine 06/2019, p. 109

Award Deutscher Wohnungsbau_Axis

10/2019

Award Deutscher Wohnungsbau 2019

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

Wettbewerb Main Gate East in Offenbach_1. Preis

07/2019

Competition Main Gate East

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

Ausstellungsarchitektur Big Orchestra_Schirn Kunsthalle

06/2019

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

06/2019

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.

9. Immobilienforum Frankfurt 2019_Vortrag Claudia Meixner

06/2019

Tendenzen in der globalen Hochhausentwicklung

Lecture by Claudia Meixner at the 9th Immobilienforum Frankfurt

Baumeister 05/2019_Henninger Turm

05/2019

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

03/2019

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

02/2019

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!

Martin-Elsaesser-Plakette_Evangelische Akademie

02/2019

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

Ausstellung Große Häuser, kleine Häuser_Evangelische Akademie

01/2019

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

Domus 034_Deutsche Ausgabe_Henninger Turm

12/2018

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

11/2018

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

11/2018

Zusammenspiel

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

Toulouse 2030_Axis

10/2018

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

DBZ 10/2018_VIP-Eingang SAP Arena

10/2018

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

10/2018

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

09/2018

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

Baumeister nach8 bei Meixner Schlüter Wendt

08/2018

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

07/2018

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

FIABCI_Prix d Excellence Award World Silver, Axis

04/2018

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

Wohnen weiterdenken_Paneldiskussion mit Claudia Meixner

04/2018

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

Martin-Elsaesser-Plakette_Evangelische Akademie

03/2018

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

Baumeister 03/2018_Axis

03/2018

Axis - Neues Tor für Frankfurts Europaviertel

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

Domus 030, Deutsche Ausgabe_Freunde Feinde

03/2018

Unsere Freunde / Unsere Feinde

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

Baukultur Salon Schön und Gut_Claudia Meixner

02/2018

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

01/2018

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

12/2017

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

12/2017

Kontexthochhäuser

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

FIABCI Prix d Excellence Germany_Axis

11/2017

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

11/2017

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

Ausstellung KIT Karlsruhe_ Bauaufsicht Frankfurt

10/2017

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

09/2017

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

Einfamilienhaus Kongress_Vortrag Claudia Meixner

09/2017

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

08/2017

Grand opening of the Evangelischen Akademie in Frankfurt am Main

Sunday, 20 January 2018, 12:30 pm

Bauwelt 16/2017_Evangelische Akademie

08/2017

Evangelische Akademie

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

Mastervorträge Architektur 2017_Vortrag Claudia Meixner

06/2017

Weiterbauen

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

05/2017

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

Bauwelt 10/2017_Interview_Axis

06/2017

Die Hochhausdebatte

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

MARK No. 67_Axis

05/2017

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

Atrium 03/2017_Axis

05/2017

Blick auf Achse, das Wohnhochhaus Axis...

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

Domus 025, Deutsche Ausgabe_Axis_Henninger Turm

05/2017

In luftiger Höhe

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

architektur.aktuell 445 04/2017_Axis

10/2017

Axis Wohnhochhaus in Frankfurt am Main - Das Blockrandhochhaus

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

AIT 03/2017_Axis

03/2017

DREI...Wohntürme

AIT 3/2017, pp. 44-47

Wettberwerb Deutsche Bank Areal_ARGE mit Snøhetta - 3. Preis

02/2017

Competition Deutsche Bank Areal, Frankfurt am Main

ARGE mit Snøhetta, 3rd Prize

db Wettbewerb Respekt und Perspektive_Lessing-Gymnasium

12/2016

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

Competition Nr. 17_Okt-Dez 2016_Interview_Axis

10/2016

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

JUNG Architekturgespräche in Wien_Claudia Meixner

10/2016

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

06/2016

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

03/2016

Roofing ceremony of the Henninger Turm

Friday, 18 March 2016

CONCEPTS | METHODS | STRATEGIES

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.

Transformation
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

Artemide
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.