Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Architects: schneider+schumacher Planungsgesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt am Main

With an additional building for the presentation of contemporary art, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt has received the largest content-related and architectural extension in its history of almost 200 years. The Frankfurt-based architects schneider+schumacher have created about 3,000 sqm of new exhibition space below the Städel garden.

195 circular skylights with diameters ranging from 1,5m to 2,7 metres perforate the slighty vaulted ceiling of the underground exhibition space. The skylights are equipped with a complex system of horizontal, movable screens. Various daylight reduction layers up to a complete black-out are controlled according to the desired daylight amounts by an intelligent control technology.

LEDs of two colour temperatures mounted in the perimeter of the skylights are activated as daylight fades and provide for general illumination of the space at night time. Facing the interior, the skylights are covered with a fabric material that is diaphanous and allows the visitor to sense the sky conditions.

Additionally, projectors can be applied in the skylights supplying an accentuating illumination. The monitoring of sky conditions is achieved by exterior sensors that communicate with sensors in the interior space and is readjusted via nominal values according to the use of the space.


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