December 9, 2002
German architect Oswald Mathias Ungers designed this modern building housing the museum in 1984. He actually adapted an existing 19th century villa and inserted a four-level "house within a house" and a series of "courtyards" into the new design for the museum. The newer rationalist elements involve mostly white shapes, pure and pristine. The result is a successful and low-key conversion. A renovation of the museum in 2001 was captained by local architect Ingo Schrader.
This institution specializes in temporary exhibitions of contemporary German and European architecture. It was not meant to serve as a history of architecture time capsule, so the average passerby may not be too interested in a visit here. Architectural historians will appreciate its archives of drawings, sketches, models, and blueprints. There is an emphasis on material from the 20th century, but items from the 18th and 19th centuries are also here.
There is a cozy cafe fronting the museum, a good spot to stare at the skyline of Frankfurt. There are a few outdoor tables during nice weather. The small shop has a decent selection of architecture books available for purchase. As usual with Frankfurt museums, the Deutsches Architektur Museum is closed on Mondays. The late day is Wednesdays, when it is open until 8pm.
From journal Bill in Germany - FRANKFURT