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© Marcus Ebener
© Marcus Ebener
© Marcus Ebener

The building ensemble next to the rapid-transit station of Kronberg is surrounded by the green of Viktoriapark. The steep slope and the challenge to bring the new buildings into unison with the scale of the surrounding buildings lead to a topographic design approach. The chamber music hall and the hotel will have a base made of natural stone that emerges from the terrain, whereas the music academy is pushed into the slope and appears merely as a stone wall. The stone walls create an exciting alternation of open and enclosed exterior spaces on the way from the train station forecourt to the interior of the quarter. The hotel at the train station marks the beginning of the ensemble with a finely articulated wooden facade. The chamber music hall at the apex of the site concludes the ensemble with a far cantilevering roof. A large interstice made of glass separates the concert hall's roof from its stone foundation, the tiers embedded in it. The glass interstice lets the surrounding landscape become part of the clad-in-wood music hall and emanates its warm light to the outside.


​​Otto-Borst-Prize for Urban Renewal 2024
State Prize Hesse 2023 – Recognition
BDA Hesse – Johann-Wilhelm-Lehr-Plakette 2023

Competition 1st Prize, 2014
Client Kronberg Academy Stiftung (Chamber music-hall and music academy)
Contraco GmbH (Hotel)
Planning started 2014
Building started 2017
Completion 2022
Total floor area 16,500 sqm

Project Management: Petra Wäldle
Team: Sandra Herzog, Roberto Zitelli, Simon Banakar, Karl Naraghi

Planning and Realization
Project Coordination: Hanns Ziegler, Noah Grunwald
Project Management: Dominik Weigel, Ove Jacobsen, Lukas Oelmüller
Team: Karin Hübner, Simon Erik Lehmann, Florian Hauß, Till Zihlmann, Sandra Herzog, Senta Mittermaier, Noah Grunwald, Jens Achtermann, Jamie Queisser, Firat-Delil Ertegi, Marienne Wissmann, Carthage Murphy, Alexander Braunsdorf, Olga Koch, Melinda Vadász, Sylvio Heuer, Manuela Jochheim, Sabine Zoske, Laura-Isabell Luy, Doris Eckert, Sophie Hartmann, Felix Scholl, Raphael Schmid, Gabriel Stark
Construction Management Coordination: Dirk Richter

General planning
Local Construction Management: Schütt Ingenieurbau, Münster
Landscape architecture: Levin Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin
Structural engineering: ifb, Berlin
Building acoustics: Peutz, Molenhoek
Marcus Ebener