"A GLEAMING JEWEL BY DAY, A CARPET OF LIGHT BY NIGHT – THE ARCHITECTS SCHNEIDER+SCHUMACHER HAVE ACHIEVED SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL WITH THEIR DESIGN FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE STÄDEL MUSEUM."
In September 2007, the Städel advertised a cooperative realization competition, inviting the following eight highly respected architects / architectural teams from Germany and abroad to participate:
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York; Gigon/Guyer Architekten, Zürich; Jabornegg & Pálffy, Architekten, Wien; Kühn Malvezzi Architekten GmbH, Berlin; Sanaa Ltd / Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa & Associates, Tokyo; schneider+schumacher Architekturgesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt am Main; UNStudio, Architekten, Amsterdam; Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch Müller, Frankfurt am Main.
In February 2008, the jury of eight awarded the design by the architectural firm schneider+schumacher of Frankfurt first place.
The plans provide for a spacious hall for the presentation of post-1945 art beneath the Städel garden, with ceiling openings that spread out through the garden in a pleasing pattern while also supplying the hall below with natural light. The architects will thus make a mark that is "subtle but at the same time striking, strong, sweeping, and that will self-confidently take its place in the urban-architectural context. It is precisely the restraint demonstrated by this architecture, its staging, that pays respect to the authenticity of the location and leaves the structural surroundings room to breathe. … Frankfurt is not only gaining a special, a unique new exhibition hall but, moreover one which – as a ‘green building’ – is on the cutting edge of the times”, the judges stated.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the year 2009.