Kleine Rittergasse 11, ROTHENBERGER 4XS GMBH, Frankfurt a.M., Deutschland - FRANKEN\ARCHITEKTEN

Kleine Rittergasse 11

Franken Architects was commissioned by a private owner, to create a new impulse in the core of the old town Sachsenhausen by building a new home and studio in the Kleine Rittergasse. In contrast to many tourist locations in the environment there will be revitalization of the Alt-Sachsenhausen´s traditional connection between working and living by setting a mixed use of photo studio, office and apartments to a creative cell. The design draws on the original construction of the three-part structure with a gabled roof in reduced form. The base is covered with natural stone. The plaster facade of the upper floors allows the half-timbered facade of the original building as “after-image” resurrected by a milling machine, which only becomes apparent in the light of a silhouette. A digital algorithm produces a parametric jitter underscore to the points where once sat truss. This reminiscence represents a subtle and contemporary treatment of the genius loci and with reconstruction.

Location Frankfurt a.M., Deutschland
Project-Team Prof. Bernhard Franken, Frank Brammer, Robin Heather, Natascha Baier, Kai Heyd, Felix Schneider, Isabel Strelow

TSB Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

Status Realised 2014
Dimension 600 m²

Narrative Spaces


"Parametric design, often linking the contextual with the meta-
phorical, is a
transparent and formal approach to the creation of a narrative archi-tecture."






  • Heinze Architekten Award 2015
  • materialPREIS 2015
  • Nominiert für Archmarathon Award 2016


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