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On Pragmatic Poetries and Concise Buildings

By 30. September 2019 No Comments

The Frankfurt-based architectural office schneider + schumacher stands for striking buildings that become landmarks. They brought the extension of the Städel Museum underground and created a uniquely inspiring and light-flooded “art cellar.” Their Siegerland Autobahn Church is counted among the 1,000 best contemporary buildings in the world. These are just two of the best-known examples of the diverse work of the designers, planners and project managers from the past thirty years.

On nearly 400 pages, the anniversary volume schneider + schumacher: 30 presents a selection of these “pragmatic poetries,” as the founders of the office themselves call their architecture. The interested reader/viewer sees and learns what influences and inspires the architects, how they think and design, what they have achieved, and what lies ahead for them. Expertly commented on by renowned authors, this survey becomes a stimulating examination of the attitude, self-image, and social significance of contemporary architecture.

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