Photo Jens Gerber
Photo: Jens Gerber

The Frankfurt Prototype

The Frankfurt Prototype is a pilot project that aims for the first time to combine the teaching of architecture and art to combine the potentials of both disciplines: for a more contemporary teaching and research at the Städelschule.

For the same cost of a house for 4 people, build a house for up to 15 people. Building construction according to circular building economics (reducing CO2 emissions, hybrid construction using recycled building elements from the steel industry, challenging conventional insulation by e.g. using sustainable curtain materials that also function as walls). The Frankfurt Prototype will be open to the public for viewing, as a building exhibition, as well as serving as a showcase for new ecological building technologies and materials.


Arup, Barkow Leibinger (Consultancy and Planning), Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, Senckenberg Museum Frankfurt (Research and Location), and Tischlerei Voigt.


The Frankfurt Prototype is made possible by the generous support of the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art, LOEWE-Exploration 5. Significant support is provided by Heinz und Gisela Friederichs Stiftung, Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Schöpflin Stiftung, and Crespo Foudation.


Prof. Daniel Birnbaum, Dr. Niklas Maak and Yara von Lindequist

Larry Adorkor, Raul Itamar Lima Aguilar, Kathrin Bernard, Aayush Bhaskar, Elisaveta Braslavskaja, Shivam Chaudhary, Olena Chumachenko, Jiyoon Chung, Gabriele Ciulli, Nathaniel Frempong, Uma Nerea Kim Gomez, Aerin Hong, Louise Dvr, Sophiko Kashakashvili, Golnaz Khosrawani, Stuti Maaheshmati Mohapatra, Rosa Elisa Nitzsche, Miyuki Oka, Aline Rainer, Laila Zaidi Touis, Siyu Tian, Gintare Sokelyte, Simon Sutcliffe, Hormazd Vakharia, Jacek Vasina, Su Xia, Lukas Weder, Nicolai Jasper (Barkow Leibinger), Professor Heinrich Lessing and students of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.


Yara Lindequist
Project Coordinator