Building the meta house of culture

Currently the new headquarters for the German Federal Cultural Foundation are getting constructed on the grounds of the Franckesche Stiftungen – a stunning architectural ensemble of buildings, situated in the quaint town of Halle an der Saale.

Equipped by The Federal Ministry for Culture with 35 million euros each year, the foundation supports programmes and projects of art, hence representing one of the leading grant-giving bodies for culture and art in Germany. Following a call for architects, neither the shortlisted nor winning proposals seem to give hints to the fact that this is Germany’s META HOUSE of Culture – the financial and political core of cultural politics in this country.  With most cultural institutions benefiting the support of the Federal Cultural Foundation this architectural competition technically should have constituted the most important call for architects in decades.

Irrespective of the quality of their proposal the winning architects have now cemented their role as “leading cultural architects” amongst their German colleagues as, at nearly any inauguration ceremony of a new state funded museum, theatre or other cultural institution they will be able to say: I built the house which built your house.


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