Ladies and Gentlemen,

here you have Issue IV/10 of our Newsletter, informing you on current projects, interesting publications, awards, lectures and exhibitions on and by Franken Architekten. You can also see our Newsletter here.




Franken Architekten is designing the first Althoff Group boutique hotel in Frankfurt am Main

In an existing property dating from the late 19th century in Frankfurt's renowned Westend the first Althoff Group exclusive Ameron Edition Fine Boutique Hotel will be created in Frankfurt - the Villa Clara.


The boutique hotel is centrally located directly opposite the trade-fair complex and in the immediate proximity of the main railway station. Thanks to the combination of historical building and contemporary design characteristic of the brand, Villa Clara will be the flagship of the Ameron Edition Fine Boutique Hotels.

Villa Villa

The fine boutique hotel will have 34 rooms and suites spread across five stories, as well as a lobby and a bar. The top floor will be extended upwards with spectacular avant-garde architecture and ensures the building is highly visible from afar, with its combination of history and modernity. The design concept takes its narrative from the "Westend", a district shaped by the bourgeoisie in the first half of the 20th century and by squatters in the post-1968 period. In Prof. Bernhard Franken's concept, these contrasting temporal layers are combined by an web of architectural memories consisting of prismatic geometries and in this way contribute to the debate over the shape reconstruction should take. Contemporary design and architectural allusions to the contextual temporal layers of the genius loci, the bourgeoisie and the squatters meld to constitute a multi-temporal look.

Villa Villa

On Nov. 26, 2010, the press conference on the project was held Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt, attended by Markus Frank, City of Frankfurt Municipal Councilor for Business, HR and Sports.


(from l. to r.):
Elisabeth Schaller (STIWA Hotel Valuation & Consulting GmbH)
Peter Kania (Managing Director, Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt GmbH)
Markus Frank (City of Frankfurt Municipal Councilor for Business, HR and Sports)
Edgar Lichter (Vice President Ameron Hotels)
Professor Bernhard Franken (CEO Franken Group)
Nguyen Van Phuong (Director Business Development, representative of the investor from Vietnam)
Nicole Kirchhofer (Director Business Development Franken Group)




01.- 04.12.2010 Exhibition on Design Germany for the German Design Council at the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong

Franken Architekten was commissioned by the German Design Council to design the "Design Germany" exhibition for the GDC. It is the German contribution to the Business of Design Week, which, moreover, announced that Germany would be guest of honor in 2011. On show were products that won prizes for their outstanding design.


Germany as an industrial nation and export powerhouse presented the selection at its own stand. The exhibition architecture consisted of stacked standard palettes and set the right tone: industrial and improvised, rational and creative, appealing and encouraging exploration. And above all sparing resources: The palettes will be used for their original purpose afterwards, to transport goods.

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Franken Architekten won the red dot communication design Award for the trade-fair stand "MINI -What a Birthday" (IAA 2009).


Preview I/2011

27.01.2011 - Wiesbaden


In the framework of the Network Architecture Exports event on "Planning and Building World-Wide - Strategies and Best Practices from Hessen", Prof. Bernhard Franken will take part in a panel discussion on "Planning Tasks of Tomorrow".

02.02.2011 - Frankfurt/Main


The ULI is a multidisciplinary forum for property managers and experts. There are various leader circles destined to create an in-depth dialog and stimulate new ideas. Prof. Bernhard Franken will act as chairman of the Leader Circle Hotel.

09.02.2011 - Frankfurt/Mai


On the 9th of February Prof. Bernhard Franken will give his inaugural lecture at the Fachhochschule Frankfurt: "Digitale Architektur".


25.11.2010 - Frankfurt/Main

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Prof. Bernhard Franken was invited as a presenter to Pecha Kucha Night 016, where he outlined the narrative concept for the new Villa Clara hotel project.

28.10.2010 - Berlin


As part of the Helmholtz Lectures at Berlin's Humboldt University Prof. Bernhard Franken spoke to interested members of the public on "SPACE/STORY/SENSE -TRANSCENDENCE -Architecture and Narrative". Moreover, he also held an academic seminar on the subject of "Parametric Narratives".

04.10.2010 - München


Prof. Bernhard Franken was invited by the ULI (Urban Land Institute) to participate in a panel discussion on "Shop till you drop?!" in the context of the Expo Real trade fair in Munich.


Press reviews of the Ameron Edition Fine Boutique Hotel "Villa Clara"

Allgemeine Hotel- und Gastronomie-Zeitung vom 04.12.2010

F.A.Z. vom 27.11.2010

Frankfurter Neue Presse vom 27.11.2010


BUNTE 38/2010

Issue 38 of the magazine features in the "Style" section an article "So sexy wird's Oktoberfest" that refers to the Cosmogrill.

raum 1

In the magazine "raum 1 - Außergewöhnliche Innenarchitektur", which comes out once a year, there is once again an article by Franken Architekten on Kaldewei style icons. Franken Architekten took part in the joint project run by Deutsches Designer Club and Kaldewei - and designed a bath for style icon James Bond.


Issue 41/10 includes an article "Unsere Bankenstadt soll schöner warden" that, among others, reports on the contribution by Franken Architekten to the show "Wenn Architekten träumen dürfen".


Digitale Pozesse

The introductory chapter on "Die Evolution digitaler Prozesse" in the book, which is part of the DETAIL Praxis series by Moritz Hauschild and Rüdiger Karzel, addresses among other things the "Take Off" project. It is published by Institut für internationale Architektur-Dokumentation.

Kunststoffe in Architektur und Konstruktion

In the book by Stephan Engelsmann, Valerie Spalding and Stefan Peters, which offers a introduction to the structural and design potential of plastic, the chapter on "Kunststoff in hüllender Funktion" reports on the Bubble project. Published by Birkhäuser Verlag.

international yearbook communication design 2010/2011

In the current issue of the yearbook the red dot winner project "MINI - What a Birthday" is represented. Published by Peter Zec.

Hospitality Development


Hospitality Development book launch as part of Hotelforum 2010. Publisher Prof. Burkhard von Freyberg presented a copy to Nicole Kirchhofer, who teamed up with Prof. Bernhard Franken to contribute an article on themed experiences when planning hotels and hospitality outlets.



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