Release schneider + schumacher Museu de Arquitetura em Frankfurt

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Release schneider + schumacher Museu de Arquitetura em Frankfurt

  1. 1. INFORMATION 8 December 2011 Frankfurt/Mainschneider+schumacher 10 December 2011 – 29 April 2012 Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM, 1st Floor Schaumaninkai 43, Frankfurt am Main OPENING: Fri, 9 December 2011, 19.00 PRESS CONFERENCE: Thu, 8 December 2011, 11.00 GUIDED TOURS: On Saturdays and Sundays, 14.00 OPEN: Tues., Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Wed. 11 a.m.On the construction site of the extension of the Städel museum, 2011 © Kirsten Bucher – 8 p.m. / Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; closed MondaysABOUT THE EXHIBITION 2SCHNEIDER+SCHUMACHER OFFICE PROFILE 4PUBLICATION 4IMPRINT 5COMING SOON / CONTACT 6PRESS INFORMATION page 1
  2. 2. schneider+schumacher Frankfurt / Main, 8/12/2011CONSTRUCTING THE PARADIGM SHIFTThe DAM presents the work of schneider+schumacher architectural studio will present its work to markthe completion of the Städel Museum and the conversion of the Dresdner Bank Silver Tower into theDeutsche Bahn administration building. 14 selected projects from Germany and Austria, which werecompleted since the establishment of the studio in 1988, are shown in the exhibition. The projects will beshown as large-scale projections in an installation conceived exclusively for DAM by MESO DigitalInteriors. 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 inthe middle of the room. The projection was especially composed for the 14 selected projects and adjustedto the special local conditions of the “Haus-im-Haus”. New photographs by Kirsten Bucher, who presentsan authentic snapshot of the buildings both inside and out, are combined with archived images andinterviews to produce an atmospheric spatial choreography which illustrates the studio’s work andintention.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 theform of a monographic tribute, these annual events will present the work of the most importantarchitects in the Rhine-Main region.What does schneider+schumacher’s architecture stand for? Clarity, angularity and directness arequalities we can detect throughout their work, be it new-build or conversion, a decidedly contemporarymode of expression that welcomes technological progress, yet remains intrinsically distinctive, self-confident and sculptural. Their tendency towards reductive detailing stems not from some contrivedpurist intention, but from a clear and functional response to the brief, in which construction isconstantly informed by design. Within the building industry this painstaking approach to detailing andexecution has earned schneider+schumacher immense respect. Rooted in the architectural heritage ofthe 1980s, trained first at the University of Kaiserslautern, and the Technische Hochschule in Darmstadtand later on at the Städelschule, led at that time by the charismatic Peter Cook. Michael Schumacher‘sinterlude in Norman Foster’s office at the end of the 1980s led to an awareness for structure, quality andinnovation.Till Schneider‘s and Michael Schumacher’s sensitive and complex architectural conversions andextensions are currently shaping Frankfurt’s built landscape in a particularly special way. During thecourse of this exhibition, in close proximity to the DAM, the Städel Museum will open first theirrenovated existing building and then the new underground extension. The Städel extension can be seenas an example of a paradigm shift in museum architecture, away from the representative solitaryedifice to something below ground that from the outside, at first glance, appears to be simply aselfeffacing annex. On closer inspection though, with its innovative porthole windows radiating lightoutwards, 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 byPRESS INFORMATION page 2
  3. 3. schneider+schumacher Frankfurt / Main, 8/12/2011the Commerzbank. Radical changes to this high-rise – formerly owned by the Dresdner Bank – will bebarely 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 thearchitects describe the building, in keeping with schneider+schumacher’s “simple definition ofsustainability”. The architects’ first skyscraper, the cylindrical Westhafen Tower with its “apple-wineglass” façade, located on the north embankment of the river Main, hails the New Städel from the otherside 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 inBerlin from 1995 until 2001, could also be regarded as a paradigm shift similar to that which hasoccurred at the New Städel. In this case however, it was a pavilion building that set the stage for aprominent building site. Reinterpreting construction work in terms of an event, it prompted bothcuriosity and acceptance from the public, rather than the usual antagonism, and reworked copies of theInfo-Box were subsequently erected next to building sites all over the world, in the hope that they toowould act as a similar panacea.In preparing this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue, we were particularly interested in theeveryday practicability of schneider+schumacher’s architecture, in how clients and visitors make use ofthe existing architecture. Is there much wear and tear? Are the buildings accepted? Has anything beenchanged, reorganised, or possibly even converted? In short, does the architecture pass the only truestress test? This is why we approached Kirsten Bucher, a Frankfurt photographer, and asked her to visitthe architects’ major works and to portray these in everyday use, just as they are. In contrast to themore familiar images taken by professional architectural photographers – buildings devoid of humanpresence photographed just after completion – her highly personaland emotional pictures offer us analternative interpretation. Together with interviews by the architectural theorist Manuel Cuadra, whatultimately emerges is a fresh and up-to-date review of schneider+schumacher’s built portfolio.Projects shown in the exhibition:Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main, 2012Autobahn Church, Siegerland, 2012Silvertower, Frankfurt/Main, 2011Fronius Research and Development Centre, A-Thalheim, 2011Hager, Blieskastel, 2005–2010Instituto Cervantes/Amerika Haus, Frankfurt/Main, 2008Westhafen, Frankfurt/Main, 2003–2004Erco Automated Warehouse, Lüdenscheid, 2001Soviet Special Camp Museum, Sachsenhausen, 2001Innside Hotel and Cubus Office Building, Düsseldorf, 2001Braun Office Building, Kronberg, 2000KPMG, Leipzig, 1998Info-Box, Berlin, 1995J. Walter Thompson, Frankfurt/Main, 1995PRESS INFORMATION page 3
  4. 4. schneider+schumacher Frankfurt / Main, 8/12/2011SCHNEIDER+SCHUMACHER OFFICE PROFILEschneider+schumacher Till Schneider and Michael Schumacher established schneider+schumacher inFrankfurt a. M. in 1988. One of the office’s first projects, the red Info-Box situated in Berlin’s PotsdamerPlatz, quickly became a legend in its own right. schneider+schumacher translate complex clientrequirements into built form with a remarkable and characteristic simplicity of approach, ensuring eachbuilding is integrated into its context through economic, ecologically sound design that meets thedemands of the specific brief. Over recent years, the office has created in-house departments focusing onarchitecture, building and project management, design, kinetics and town planning – areas of expertisethat can be called upon during any project phase. The office’s portfolio ranges from museums to industrialbuildings, from tree houses to skyscrapers. In 2010 schneider+schumacher set up an office in Vienna.Till SchneiderBorn 1959 in Koblenz, studied architecture at Kaiserslautern University, Technische HochschuleDarmstadt, 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 ActingProfessor at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Chair of Frankfurt chapter of Bund DeutscherArchitekten since 2010, lives in Frankfurt/Main.Michael SchumacherBorn 1957 in Krefeld, studied architecture at Kaiserslautern University and Städelschule Frankfurt/Mainwith Peter Cook, freelance work with Norman Foster, co-owner of schneider+schumacher with TillSchneider since 1988, Visiting Professor at Städelschule Frankfurt/Main in 2000, Chairman of BundDeutscher Architekten Hessen from 2004 until 2009, Professor for Design and Construction at LeibnizUniversity Hannover since 2007, lives in Frankfurt/Main.PUBLICATION Peter Cachola Schmal/Till Schneider/Michael Schumacher (Ed.) schneider+schumacher 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.PRESS INFORMATION page 4
  5. 5. schneider+schumacher Frankfurt / Main, 8/12/2011IMPRINTschneider+schumacher10 December 2011 - 29 April 2012 at the DAMAn exhibition of Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM, Frankfurt am MainConcept and Implementation Anna Scheuermann, Peter Cachola Schmal, Till Schneider, MichaelSchumacher, Ragunath Vasudevan, Jessica WitanMedia Technology MESO Digital Interiors, FrankfurtInterviews Till Schneider, Michael Schumacher in conversation with Manuel CuadraTranslation Hester Robinson, FrankfurtPhotographies Kirsten Bucher, FrankfurtMock-up Photographies Jörg Hempel, Aachenschneider+schumacher Film G+K Film, FrankfurtWoodwork Schreinerei Hein, WaldbüttelbrunnLease and Mounting Sound for Friends, FrankfurtCrossbeam Mounting Inditec, Bad CambergPaintwork Paolo Brunino, Ulrich Diekmann, Enrico Hirsekorn, Eike Laeuen,Michael Reiter, Beate Voigt, Gerhard WinklerFacility Management Joachim Müller-RahnLoans Wolfgang WelkerAdministration 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 MainCatalogue Heine/Lenz/Zizka, Frankfurt/Berlin; Prestel Verlag, Munich · London · New YorkKindly supported by:PRESS INFORMATION page 5
  6. 6. schneider+schumacher Frankfurt / Main, 8/12/2011To coincide with the exhibition there will be a symposium at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main inspring. For further information see www.dam-online.de.LECTURE schneider+schumacher 14 March 2012, 19:00, DAM Press images for announcements and reports during the exhibition period at www.dam-online.de28 January – 29 April 2012DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany 201125 May – 19 September 2012The Architectural Model. Tool, Fetish, small UtopiaDEUTSCHES ARCHITEKTURMUSEUMPress & Public RelationsSchaumainkai 43, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, www.dam-online.deBrita Köhler, Dipl.-Ing. (FH)T +49 (0)69 212 36318 F +49 (0)69 212 36386brita.koehler@stadt-frankfurt.deStefanie Lampe, B.A. / AssistenceT +49 (0)69 212 31326 F +49 (0)69 212 36386stefanie.lampe@stadt-frankfurt.dePRESS INFORMATION page 6

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