Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Back to work Category: Facades, Metal design Halle an der Saale

Kulturstiftung des Bundes  Institution for cultural development

The Federal Cultural Foundation has its headquarters in Halle an der Saale on the site of the Francke Foundations, an outstanding cultural heritage ensemble that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The new building for the headquarters of the Federal Cultural Foundation was constructed on the site of the Francke Foundations according to the plans of the Munich architects Dannheimer & Joos.

This institution promotes art and culture within the scope of federal responsibility. One focus is on the promotion of innovative programmes and projects in an international context. It also develops artistic and interdisciplinary knowledge potential for the discussion of social issues.

Technical information

The task for this demanding project was to give the Federal Cultural Foundation an architectural face with our mounted facade elements. At the same time, the façade had to fit into the existing historic row of houses of the Francke Foundations. We achieved this with movable facade grids made of powder-coated stainless steel. The transparent metal shell was hung in front of the glass façade and thus offers optimal visual protection to the inside without appearing closed.

The materiality and homogeneous colouring of the façade, as well as the elimination of the separation of sloping roof and wall, gives the building its contemporary appearance. Towards the square, the mesh symbolizes the unity of the neighboring plaster facades. Thus the building, despite its otherness, is in dialogue with the place.


Halle an der Saale

Material: Stainless Steel

Category: Facades, Metal design


Auszeichnung beim Deutschen Architekturpreis 2013



System Lattice facade
Service Development, Production, Assembly
Material Stainless Steel

Project data

Location Halle an der Saale
Typology Culture
Construction period 2011-2012

Poject team

Architect Dannheimer & Joos Architekten BDA München
Client Bundesrepublik Deutschland


Falk Wenzel