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INFORMATION 8 December 2011 Frankfurt/Main


On the construction site of the extension of the Städel museum, 2011 © Kirsten Bucher

10 December 2011 – 29 April 2012

Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM, 1st Floor

Schaumaninkai 43, Frankfurt am Main

Fri, 9 December 2011, 19.00


Thu, 8 December 2011, 11.00


On Saturdays and Sundays, 14.00


Tues., Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Wed. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; closed Mondays











The DAM presents the work of schneider+schumacher architectural studio will present its work to mark the completion of the Städel Museum and the conversion of the Dresdner Bank Silver Tower into the Deutsche Bahn administration building. 14 selected projects from Germany and Austria, which were completed since the establishment of the studio in 1988, are shown in the exhibition. The projects will be shown as large-scale projections in an installation conceived exclusively for DAM by MESO Digital Interiors. The big frameless projection with 11.000 pixels allows the guests to go close to the images. Three computers in a network and 17 beamers project the medial display on the three walls of the box in the middle of the room. The projection was especially composed for the 14 selected projects and adjusted to the special local conditions of the “Haus-im-Haus”. New photographs by Kirsten Bucher, who presents an authentic snapshot of the buildings both inside and out, are combined with archived images and interviews to produce an atmospheric spatial choreography which illustrates the studio’s work and intention.

Foreword of the exhibition by Peter Cachola Schmal:

The “schneider+schumacher” exhibition marks the start of a new series of shows at the DAM. Taking the form of a monographic tribute, these annual events will present the work of the most important architects in the Rhine-Main region.

What does schneider+schumacher’s architecture stand for? Clarity, angularity and directness are qualities we can detect throughout their work, be it new-build or conversion, a decidedly contemporary mode of expression that welcomes technological progress, yet remains intrinsically distinctive, self-confident and sculptural. Their tendency towards reductive detailing stems not from some contrived purist intention, but from a clear and functional response to the brief, in which construction is constantly informed by design. Within the building industry this painstaking approach to detailing and execution has earned schneider+schumacher immense respect. Rooted in the architectural heritage of the 1980s, trained first at the University of Kaiserslautern, and the Technische Hochschule in Darmstadt and later on at the Städelschule, led at that time by the charismatic Peter Cook. Michael Schumacher‘s interlude in Norman Foster’s office at the end of the 1980s led to an awareness for structure, quality and innovation.

Till Schneider‘s and Michael Schumacher’s sensitive and complex architectural conversions and extensions are currently shaping Frankfurt’s built landscape in a particularly special way. During the course of this exhibition, in close proximity to the DAM, the Städel Museum will open first their renovated existing building and then the new underground extension. The Städel extension can be seen as an example of a paradigm shift in museum architecture, away from the representative solitary edifice to something below ground that from the outside, at first glance, appears to be simply a selfeffacing annex. On closer inspection though, with its innovative porthole windows radiating light outwards, this gently curving grass mound reveals its hidden strength in a spectacular interior space. Likewise, early in 2012, the Deutsche Bahn will be moving into the skyscraper known as the “Silvertower” (ABB Architects, 1978), following a programme of total refurbishment commissioned by the Commerzbank. Radical changes to this high-rise – formerly owned by the Dresdner Bank – will be barely noticeable, since the architects have adopted a conservationist approach to the renovation work, almost as if they were working on a traditional historic building. “Durable and beautiful” is how the architects describe the building, in keeping with schneider+schumacher’s “simple definition of sustainability”. The architects’ first skyscraper, the cylindrical Westhafen Tower with its “apple-wine glass” façade, located on the north embankment of the river Main, hails the New Städel from the other side of the river and offers a striking entrée to the city from the west.

schneider+schumacher’s most famous structure to date, the legendary red steel Info-Box that stood in Berlin from 1995 until 2001, could also be regarded as a paradigm shift similar to that which has occurred at the New Städel. In this case however, it was a pavilion building that set the stage for a prominent building site. Reinterpreting construction work in terms of an event, it prompted both curiosity and acceptance from the public, rather than the usual antagonism, and reworked copies of the Info-Box were subsequently erected next to building sites all over the world, in the hope that they too would act as a similar panacea.

In preparing this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue, we were particularly interested in the everyday practicability of schneider+schumacher’s architecture, in how clients and visitors make use of the existing architecture. Is there much wear and tear? Are the buildings accepted? Has anything been changed, reorganised, or possibly even converted? In short, does the architecture pass the only true stress test? This is why we approached Kirsten Bucher, a Frankfurt photographer, and asked her to visit the architects’ major works and to portray these in everyday use, just as they are. In contrast to the more familiar images taken by professional architectural photographers – buildings devoid of human presence photographed just after completion – her highly personaland emotional pictures offer us an alternative interpretation. Together with interviews by the architectural theorist Manuel Cuadra, what ultimately emerges is a fresh and up-to-date review of schneider+schumacher’s built portfolio.
Projects shown in the exhibition:

Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main, 2012

Autobahn Church, Siegerland, 2012

Silvertower, Frankfurt/Main, 2011

Fronius Research and Development Centre, A-Thalheim, 2011

Hager, Blieskastel, 2005–2010

Instituto Cervantes/Amerika Haus, Frankfurt/Main, 2008

Westhafen, Frankfurt/Main, 2003–2004

Erco Automated Warehouse, Lüdenscheid, 2001

Soviet Special Camp Museum, Sachsenhausen, 2001

Innside Hotel and Cubus Office Building, Düsseldorf, 2001

Braun Office Building, Kronberg, 2000

KPMG, Leipzig, 1998

Info-Box, Berlin, 1995

J. Walter Thompson, Frankfurt/Main, 1995


schneider+schumacher Till Schneider and Michael Schumacher established schneider+schumacher in Frankfurt a. M. in 1988. One of the office’s first projects, the red Info-Box situated in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, quickly became a legend in its own right. schneider+schumacher translate complex client requirements into built form with a remarkable and characteristic simplicity of approach, ensuring each building is integrated into its context through economic, ecologically sound design that meets the demands of the specific brief. Over recent years, the office has created in-house departments focusing on architecture, building and project management, design, kinetics and town planning – areas of expertise that can be called upon during any project phase. The office’s portfolio ranges from museums to industrial buildings, from tree houses to skyscrapers. In 2010 schneider+schumacher set up an office in Vienna.

Till Schneider

Born 1959 in Koblenz, studied architecture at Kaiserslautern University, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, and Städelschule Frankfurt/Main with Peter Cook, freelance work with Eisele+Fritz and Prof. Mürb, co- owner of schneider+schumacher with Michael Schumacher since 1988, in 2005 Acting

Professor at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Chair of Frankfurt chapter of Bund Deutscher Architekten since 2010, lives in Frankfurt/Main.
Michael Schumacher

Born 1957 in Krefeld, studied architecture at Kaiserslautern University and Städelschule Frankfurt/Main with Peter Cook, freelance work with Norman Foster, co-owner of schneider+schumacher with Till Schneider since 1988, Visiting Professor at Städelschule Frankfurt/Main in 2000, Chairman of Bund

Deutscher Architekten Hessen from 2004 until 2009, Professor for Design and Construction at Leibniz University Hannover since 2007, lives in Frankfurt/Main.


Peter Cachola Schmal/Till Schneider/Michael Schumacher (Ed.)

Prestel Verlag, Munich / 2011

German / English, Photographs by Kirsten Bucher, 240 pages, 137 coloured images, 90 black/white images

24 x 30 cm, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-3-7913-5147-6

Bookstore prize 49,95 EUR, museum shop prize 39 EUR.


10 December 2011 - 29 April 2012 at the DAM

An exhibition of Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM, Frankfurt am Main
Concept and Implementation Anna Scheuermann, Peter Cachola Schmal, Till Schneider, Michael

Schumacher, Ragunath Vasudevan, Jessica Witan

Media Technology MESO Digital Interiors, Frankfurt

Interviews Till Schneider, Michael Schumacher in conversation with Manuel Cuadra

Translation Hester Robinson, Frankfurt

Photographies Kirsten Bucher, Frankfurt

Mock-up Photographies Jörg Hempel, Aachen

schneider+schumacher Film G+K Film, Frankfurt

Woodwork Schreinerei Hein, Waldbüttelbrunn

Lease and Mounting Sound for Friends, Frankfurt

Crossbeam Mounting Inditec, Bad Camberg

Paintwork Paolo Brunino, Ulrich Diekmann, Enrico Hirsekorn, Eike Laeuen,

Michael Reiter, Beate Voigt, Gerhard Winkler

Facility Management Joachim Müller-Rahn

Loans Wolfgang Welker

Administration Yvonne Künstler, Inka Plechaty (DAM); Sabine Bigos, Elke Fritzsche, Inge Marx-Jansen, Magdalena Niedzwiecka (s+s)

Press and Public Relations Brita Köhler, Stefanie Lampe (DAM); Inga Pothen, Anna Scheuermann, Jessica Witan (s+s)

Graphic design printmedia Gardeners, Frankfurt am Main

Catalogue Heine/Lenz/Zizka, Frankfurt/Berlin; Prestel Verlag, Munich · London · New York

Kindly supported by:

To coincide with the exhibition there will be a symposium at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main in spring. For further information see
LECTURE schneider+schumacher 14 March 2012, 19:00, DAM

Press images for announcements and reports during the exhibition period at

28 January – 29 April 2012

DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany 2011
25 May – 19 September 2012

The Architectural Model. Tool, Fetish, small Utopia


Press & Public Relations

Schaumainkai 43, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany,

Brita Köhler, Dipl.-Ing. (FH)

T +49 (0)69 212 36318 \ F +49 (0)69 212 36386
Stefanie Lampe, B.A. / Assistence

T +49 (0)69 212 31326 \ F +49 (0)69 212 36386


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