T+L Design Awards 2013
Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Designed by Till Schneider, Michael Schumacher, and Kai Otto for Schneider & Schumacher
This spectacular extension of the Städel in Frankfurt inserts huge new galleries for contemporary art beneath the 19th-century museum’s courtyard garden, lit by 195 large round windows embedded in the lawn. The windows are designed to be walked on, and also double as LED lights, laid out in a grid and glowing at night. But it is the subtle, swelling hill at the center of the lawn (and the corresponding dome in the gallery below) that is the project’s otherworldly masterstroke, imparting a dash of Spielbergian drama in the heart of the city. 63 Schaumainkai; staedelmuseum.de.