DOTermination 3: STÄDEL MUSEUM Extension by Schneider + Schumacher
We now go into polka dot in architectural design. When a building design is not only beautiful to the eyes but is also practical and energy efficient then it becomes a real eco model to emulate. Such is the case of Frankfurt’s STÄDEL MUSEUM Extension, designed by Schneider + Schumacher. The museum extension from the ground level appears like a trendy polka dot lawn, but there’s more to this polka dot design than meets the eye.
The natural light outside shines within at day and the artificial light inside shines outside at night. It’s sort of like a symbiotic relationship which we often see in nature. Congratulations and big thanks to Schneider + Schumacher for this lovely addition to the world of green design!
Schneider + Schumacher’s STÄDEL MUSEUM Extension Design
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- The extension to the museum is placed along the central axis reinstating the historic spatial arrangement.
- The central foyer and all vertical access are remodelled in order to make the whole building wheelchair accessible.
- The spaces for special exhibitions are located on the ground floor linked directly with the foyer and the new extension.
- Administration, the Metzler auditorium and the library are relocated to the west wing.
- The new space below the garden houses the 20th century art collection. This space is dominated by a gently domed, airy ceiling with circular roof lights.
- The domed ceiling is a prominent feature in the topography of the garden above and resembles a land art object.
- Due to its compact underground building volume, the type of heating and cooling and the large heat storage capacity create an optimal room climate with minimal energy consumption.
“Frankfurt is given not only a distinctive and unique exhibition space, but a state of the art green building too.” (Excerpt from the jury protocol)
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STÄDEL MUSEUM Extension
At night: the lawn is lit by artifiicial lighting from the exhibition space underneath
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The new space below the garden is dominated by a gently domed, airy ceiling with circular roof lights. The domed ceiling is a prominent feature in the topography of the garden above and resembles a land art object.
Info via Schneider + Schumacher
- Typology: Cultural buildings
- Procurement documentation: Competition Service phases (HOAI): 1-9
- Client: Städelsches Kunstinstitut
- Project architect: Kai Otto, Till Schneider, Michael Schumacher
- Project manager: Miriam Baake
- Construction management: schneider+schumacher Bau- und Projektmanagement GmbH
- Lead construction manager: Hans Eschmann
- Gross floor area: Extension 4,151 m2 / Total 24,726 m2
Schneider +Schumacher Architectural Approach
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So do… get inspired by the beautiful and energy efficient POLKA DOT green design of Schneider + Schumacher.