Democracy Center Frankfurt: Speaking Architecture

In the debate about the proposed democracy center in the vicinity of St. Paul's Church by the architect Johannes Peter Hölzinger calls for the Paul's place as

Democracy Center Frankfurt: Speaking Architecture

In the debate about the proposed democracy center in the vicinity of St. Paul's Church by the architect Johannes Peter Hölzinger calls for the Paul's place as a location. Hölzinger, Professor Emeritus of architecture at the Academy of fine arts in Nuremberg, Germany, considers it to have been reasons of urban development, is imperative to cultivate the larger part of Paul's square. It was necessary to Paul's Church to give to those in a building ensemble to the one you have had up to the destruction of the old town in 1944, and the subsequent, the old city structure be negated reconstruction, says Hölzinger, of the multi came with proposals to the city of Frankfurt figure out. Moreover, such a construction would make the historically important street of New spas, the today is different from Paul's place, back to life, and the Roman mountain would receive much-needed contour on its North side.

Matthias Alexander

editor in the features section.

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For Hölzinger the democracy center consists of two Parts – the St. Paul's Church and the new building, in the premises for meetings, discussion, events, exhibitions and training courses, but also for the dining space could be found. St. Paul's Church is for him the place of the "set" representation, in which the democratic Public of their fundamental constitutional principles of self-insured, the new building is intended to serve as a "house of Dialogue", in which those things are negotiated socially and politically, in the balance.

This close relation of the two buildings to each other should also be to find an architectural expression, by the cubature of the new building responds to Hölzingers ideas to those of St. Paul's Church. The convex curvature of the former house of God should reflect the democracy of the centre by a concave shape, such as speech and counter-speech. Both buildings are right close to each other, only about ten meters, should you separate from each other. The height of the house to the Dialogue of Paul's Church-subordinate would, it would be enough rows in about up to the belt cornice between the two Windows. The outline of the St. Paul's Church could be highlighted by a band of light in the ground.

as an impetus to the debate

In the specific shape of the four-storey new building Hölzinger those who are in favour of a preservation of the current appearance of the tree-lined Paul square, a piece of meet far. Hölzinger proposes to divide the house of Dialogue in a Northern and a southern buildings. Between them is a large hall with a glass roof, in the space for trees would be would be. This hall would be a kind of Agora that could be used for discussion of events. In everyday life it could be there, but also gastronomic offers.

A final architecture has designed Hölzinger, it's the spatial effect of the ensemble. He understands his proposal as an impetus to the debate about the democracy center.

in Order to make the urban enclosure of the St. Paul's Church complete, the architect for the development of the present car-Park on its Western side in addition to the combing, where the new building should respond to his opinion with a concave rounding on the Church. For the form and use of this new building, he has developed, but as yet no concrete proposals.

Updated Date: 26 July 2020, 14:19

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