German Film Museum

More Room For The Film
By an ideal room plan there are new development opportunities for the German film museum. After the alteration, clearly structured floors and visual connections are characterising the Wilhelminian-style villa. Reality versus illusory world: The window to the city, that opens up to the bank of the Main river is thereby standing in dialogue with the black box.

Stuttgart/Frankfurt More room for the film on this principle you could shorten the requirements that were phrased by the builder for the competitive process in 2007. Thus, Blocher Blocher Partners concentrated in its design on optimizing useful areas and infrastructure as part of the given cubage. The historic external envelope was not only seen as a limiting frame for a new inner life by the Stuttgart architectural office; it should also come up itself in undisguised form. With the reopening, the Wilhelminian-style villa at the Schaumainkai has now found its way back to former glory. At the same time the building offers the public significantly extended programming areas and furthermore, conveys a totally new room experience.

Functionality As A Creative Performance
To give the building a new face inside, one of the most important planning tasks was to enable and make use of hidden potentials. The users of the building, visitors and employees, do now experience architecture as series of rooms which first and foremost communicates by optically comprehensible parameters, so dimensioning, visual connections and surface qualities. However, the structural logic of architecture can be understood as a creative performance which first and foremost serves functionality. It now results from the users perspective with natural casualness. For such an ideal result, the organisation of the layout is also in times of virtual model simulation of decisive importance for the architectural design.

Complex Constructive Requirements
Functionality does not least include the coordination of complex technical requirements which moreover requires the compliance with safety standards for a publicly used building. It has only been possible with a revision of the structure of the building that did not go entire but analogue to the financial possibilities to gain the necessary freedom of disposition. Partially new ceiling constructions allow spacious interior solutions in the principal floors requirement for innovative exhibition and mediation concepts of the museum. The extensive foyer with the planned media library, shop and caf welcomes the visitor. He will find exhibition rooms spread over three floors. In addition, there are museum-educational offers on the fourth floor and administration rooms on the fifth floor.

Better Orientation And New Room For Development
The contemporary vertical development facilitates orientation. In the principal floors, there are foyers in front of the exhibition rooms that, with their free view over the Main river, develop a relaxed charm of a lounge as it is pretty rare to find in a museum. The building ground plan seems here like a monumental camera, pointed at the Frankfurt skyline. Also the in-house cinema in the basement presents itself completely redesigned. All in shades of red, the room evokes not only tradition of this most important place of film reception but also guarantees highest film enjoyment thanks to its innovative technical equipment. Viewed as a whole, more room for the film also means: new room for development for the museum.


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Schaumainkai 41, Frankfurt,