Ladies and Gentlemen,

here you have Issue III/11 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.




The ADAC Hessen Thüringen e.V. has commissioned Franken Architekten with the general planning for a townhouse in Frankfurt's Westend district.

In order to meet the growing demand for living space and greater efficiency, the existing office building will be demolished and a new building erected featuring 16 top-grade apartments of a high ecological standard. That said, the charm and character of the typical Westend development from the so-called Gründerzeit is to be retained, and will be reflected in the design through striking features and re-interpreted in a contemporary architectural language.


The plan foresees six stories in massive construction. Diverse apartment types make for considerable individuality and harmonize with the residential nature of the Westend district. The four basic types, townhouse, single-floor apartment, marionette and penthouse, occupy areas between about 90 and 200 square meters. Each of the townhouses will have a separate entrance, while the remaining apartments will be accessed via a spacious two-story entrance lobby. There is barrier-free, elevator access to all stories.


The building will encompass two structures and as such references the standing façade forms typical of the Westend district. A fresh interpretation of the bay window, as a link between roof and façade, makes the latter less severe. Projection and recess serve to break up the frontage line. The ridge takes up the reference axes of the "Villa Clara" hotel development also planned by Franken Architekten, while the eaves line mediates between the differing heights of the neighboring buildings. The typology of the townhouse can be read in the change of the organizational structure on the ground and first floors. Balconies facing West and East provide every apartment with a link to the outdoors. The penthouse apartments will have spacious roof terraces. Building is scheduled to start in mid-2012.



Almost all apartments in the Sao Mai Residence high-rise sold.

Sao Mai Residence

A 16-story residential high-rise with mixed usage is being built in Ho Chi Minh City in the emergent south of Vietnam. The façade is parametrically controlled and arranges the variably sized windows across overlapping gradients. Sliding sun protection elements reinforce this effect; they both adorn the façade and protect it from the tropical sun. The pile driving and foundation work have been completed, and work has already begun on the basement story. Following the successful sale of the apartments the four-story model house will be transformed into an apartment building.

Sao Mai Residence Sao Mai Residence





First theme hotel by Franken Architekten opens in Frankfurt.

At the headquarters of the Deutscher Turnerbund in the immediate vicinity of the Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena, the Lindner Hotel & Sports Academy was built on the GYMAKADEMIE complex. After the key was handed over to DTB on June 24, 2011, September 19 saw the official opening by Lindner Hotels & Resorts.


left image: (from l. to r.) Dr. Michael Ilgner - Chairman Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe, Carolina Cordes - Director Lindner Hotel & Sports Academy and Prof. Bernhard Franken at the official opening 19.09.2011

right image: (from l. to r.) Otto Lindner - Chairman Lindner Hotels AG, Carolina Cordes - Director Lindner Hotel & Sports Academy and Hans-Peter Wullenweber - secretary general Deutscher Turnerbund

Franken Architekten was commissioned by DTB with planning the interior decorations for this three-star theme hotel with restaurant and bar facilities.


"As someone once involved in competitive sport myself I was fascinated by the task of designing the architecture for the human aspects of sport - challenge and fulfillment, self perception and community," says Prof. Bernhard Franken explaining the design concept, which is a homage to motion in the world of sport.




MoschMosch mobile bar is touring Germany

Since mid-July the MoschMosch Mobil mobile bar has been touring Germany and visiting all cities with MoschMosch restaurants. By the end of August Germany's first ever mobile noodle bar had attracted 10,000 visitors. The MoschMosch Mobil was designed by Franken Architekten for the catering brand MoschMosch - as a fusion of high-tech and Japanese tradition, kitsch and culture.


The exact dates and locations will be announced to fans on Facebook.



Not one, but two projects by Franken Architekten were declared winners by the jury of the 2011 Automotive Brand Award in the category Architecture & Events, namely the legendary BMW Bubble Project, first presented at the IAA in 1999, and the 2009 IAA fair presentation "MINI What a Birthday". The latter was created in collaboration with Meiré und Meiré and Expolab.


11.10.2011 - Wiesbaden


On October 11, Franken Architekten will hold the seminar "Messebau: Ex und hopp oder nachhaltig?". It will be run by Prof. Bernhard Franken and Cathrin Loose (Design Director of Brandspace). The venue is the Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen.


06.10.2011 - Munich


One event at this year's Hotel Forum is the ULI@hotelforum panel discussion: "Umnutzung und Revitalisierung von Hotelimmobilien - aus alt mach neu". The discussion will be moderated by the director of the ULI Leader Circle Hotel, Prof. Franken. His guests on the panel are: Prof. Andreas-Norbert Fay, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Fay Projects GmbH, Andreas Löcher, Group Manager of Asset Management Hotel Union Investment, Michael Mücke, Senior Vice President of Operations Accor Hospitality Germany GmbH, and Micky Rosen, Managing Director of Gekko Management GmbH.

05.10.2011 - Munich

Expo Real

From 2 p.m. until 2.50 p.m. on October 5, 2011 there will be a panel discussion on the topic "Stadtentwicklung and Stadtplanung: Widerspruch or Ergänzung?". The venue is Hall A2, booth 040 at Expo Real. The following will be participating: Prof. Bernhard Franken, Sándor Fegyverneky, the Hungarian Minister of the Interior and Manfred Schrenk, Managing Director of CEIT Alanova - Central European Institute of Technology, an institute for urbanism, transport, environment and information society. The discussion will be moderated by Andreas Schiller, Editor-in-Chief of SPH Newsletter Schiller Publishing House.

21.09.2011 - Berlin


In the context of the film series urbanoFILMS, films will be shown at various locations that address urban planning, urban and architectural topics. The film showings will be complemented by a subsequent discussion with experts. "BDA Rollout Guerilla Aktion" by Franken Architekten will be shown on the topic "The temporary and long term in public space". The film was made as part of the first Darmstadt Architektursommer in 2008.

15.-16.09.2011 - Karlsruhe


On September 15, Cathrin Loose participated in the Branded Spaces 2011 Conference, where she spoke on "Management & Process" at Karlshochschule International University.


22.11.2011 - Detmold

FH Detmold

On November 22, 2011 Frank Brammer will give a talk on "Der neue Klang in der Architektur" as part of the Tuesday lectures by the Detmolder Schule für Architektur und Innenarchitektur.




11.08.-27.10.2011 Cologne, AIT - ArchitekturSalon

In the exhibition "Generation Reißbrett: Die Ü40-Architekten - was sie werden wollten und was Sie wurden", Prof. Bernhard Franken's 1996 dissertation project "Hypertraffic" - Deutsches Verkehrsmuseum München - which in 2000 was incorporated into the design of the BMW project "The Wave", is currently on show in Cologne. After its stint in Cologne, the exhibition will travel to Rotterdam, Stuttgart and, as a "new edition", Hamburg.




26.-29.10.2011 Berlin

From October 26 to 29, 2011 the Voronoi Chair designed by Franken Architekten will be on show at the Qubique furniture fair. For the first time a selection of international furniture brands will also be presented in what was previously Berlin Tempelhof airport. The Voronoi Chair came about as part of the global:local project, under the patronage of DDC and Asahikawa Furniture Industry. The initiators and curators of the project are Wolf Udo Wagner (designer, DDC Board Member International) and Minoru Naghara (designer, Chairman).




Automotive Brand Contest

In the Automotive Brand Contest Edition 2011 organized by Rat for Formgebung Service GmbH, the two winning projects are BMW Bubble and Mini - What a Birthday by Franken Architekten.


Hotel & Technik 04/2011


The issue 04/2011 featured a five-page report entitled "Frisch fromm fröhlich frei" about the Lindner Hotel & Sports Academy. With its property in Frankfurt's Stadtwald, Lindner Hotels AG takes up the topic of sport and consistently realizes it in the everyday hotel world. Franken Architekten planned the interior design of the themed hotel.

Taiwan Architect 07/2011

In the article "Digital Processes in Architectural Design" the author referred to the Franken Architekten projects Dynaform and Take Off. The magazine is published by the National Association of Architects, Taiwan.



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