aac Autumn Workshop 2019

Interim Opera Frankfurt

The aac Autumn Workshop 2019 addresses the topic of an interim building for the period of the planned redesign of the Städtische Bühnen in Frankfurt, especially as an interim solution for the continuation of opera performances.
The workshop will take place from 04.9.-27.9.2019 and will be conducted by Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz.

Many of the major German stages, theatres, concert halls and opera houses are now aging. To a large extent they are in need of renovation or no longer meet the technical standards of today. The state cultural institutions are thus confronted with the issue of the conversion and new construction of these cultural sites.
At the same time, while maintaining the original location, the question arises as to the continuity of cultural operations and the preservation of the often high-ranking ensembles and programmes of the institutions.
The solution here could be an interim building, which would give the ensemble and the staff the opportunity to maintain the quality of the cultural programme for a transitional period.
This is a particular challenge for concert halls and opera houses in particular, as they continue to make high demands on the quality of the performance space, especially with regard to acoustics. A further challenge is to consider the subsequent use or the possible conversion or dismantling of the interim building from the outset.

The aac Autumn Workshop 2019 will address this emerging trend using the existing example of the Frankfurt Opera. The brief will be developed by aac in cooperation with the city of Frankfurt.