Almost 25 years have gone by since the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt/Main was built according to the plans of Oswald Mathias Ungers. The building on the banks of the Main is of central importance both in the context of Ungers' oeuvre and in the overall history of post-war architecture in Germany. The transformation of a Wilhelminian villa into a never-before-seen type of museum building went down in architectural history as an incunabula of Postmodernism. The "house in a house" idea represents above all, however, a contribution to the theoretical architectural discourse and the design canon. This principle became a paradigm for modernizing an existing older building to create a kind of ars combinatoria.
This publication examines Ungers' museum building under three thematic focuses: the "house in a house" paradigm, the place the building takes up in architectural practice, and the history of how the building has been received and used.
Authors: Andres Lepik, Arne Winkelmann, Carsten Ruhl, Jasper Cepl, Jörg Gleiter, O. M. Ungers, Peter Cachola Schmal, Roland Burgard, Volker Fischer
17 x 23 cm
30 color- and 85 b/w ills.