Discover Germany, Issue 33, December 2015

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Back to the roots Frankfurt-based architecture firm STEFAN FORSTER ARCHITEKTEN successfully unites the building achievements of the golden ‘20s with the needs of today’s city residents. In our interview, lead architect Stefan Forster explains how. TEXT: SONJA IRANI | PHOTOS: STEFAN FORSTER ARCHITEKTEN

“One of today’s most important trends when it comes to residential living is the renaissance of the city, also known as reurbanisation,”illustrates Forster.“Cities are growing globally. People move from the country back to the city and make the conscious decision to live in an urban environment. Urban living solutions therefore become increasingly important focal points.” The questions that come up are how to create affordable living spaces for all city residents including student halls and subsidised social housing, how to make ef-

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ficient use of limited space in prospering cities and how to ‘build green’. After all, modern cities are increasingly affected by climate change, global environmental damage and the limitation of natural resources. Trust in tradition With 26 years of experience, the expert team at STEFAN FORSTER ARCHITEKTEN know how to tackle the challenges of today’s city residents by looking back at the achievements of yesterday’s architects. First of all, the team specialises in residential

housing construction within large cities. “We work on all kinds of residential lodging: from the student residence hall to luxury apartments, from subsidised housing to a boarding house,”says Forster. For inspiration, Stefan Forster and his team of 45