Museums collect, store and process memories of our cultural heritage. They play a key role in society, especially in determining where culture is located and in generating associated structural growth. Accordingly, museum architecture should be both spectacular and unobtrusive. It should not aim to outdo the treasures of the collections and exhibitions it houses but deliver the best possible spatial answer for displaying works, while ensuring the visitor’s experience is as easy and pleasant as possible. For schneider+schumacher, museums are among the most fascinating building projects architects can tackle.

Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main

Staab Architekten
Construction management: schneider+schumacher Bau- und Projektleitungsmanagement GmbH

Städel Museum

We operate within the tradition of Modernism: our approach to architecture reflects the times we live in. For us, the point is not whether a building is spectacular or unspectacular, but how it reacts to its surroundings. It's all about finding the right balance.

Michael Schumacher

Exhibition Building Mathildenhöhe

The Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2021 – represents a globally unique synthesis of architecture and urban planning. The initial impulse that led to refurbishing the building was its out-dated technical plant and services. An interdisciplinary approach produced a sustainable energy concept that received funding from the German Federal Environmental Foundation. It capitalises on the specific site conditions, for example by incorporating the historic water reservoir below the exhibition building into the technical plant system, to serve as an energy store. The quality of the outer envelope has been significantly improved by applying a new type of very efficient mineral insulating render. Modern glazing allows a controlled and efficient use of daylight and minimises heat loss. In the course of the planning process, the original energy-use remit was extended to include a comprehensive refurbishment of the historic building, in keeping with its listed status.

Museum Reinhard Ernst

At Wilhelmstrasse 1 in Wiesbaden, the businessman Reinhard Ernst is currently creating a museum for abstract art. From late 2022 onwards, visitors will be able to view the founder's extensive collection of more than 800 paintings and sculptures in an exhibition area covering 2,000 square metres. Designed by Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki, the museum’s high ceilings and expansive walls offer ample space for displaying the works of art, some of which are huge. schneider+schumacher is responsible for the general planning of the museum building.

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