Stefan Forster Architekten

Housing 1989–2019

Strategies for urban housing: This first comprehensive monograph explores twenty years of work in residential architecture by Frankfurt-based firm Stefan Forster Architekten


Title Information

Edited and with a foreword by Stefan Forster. With an essay by Michael Mönninger and texts by Benjamin Pfeifer. Photographs by Lisa Farkas and Jean-Luc Valentin

1st edition

, 2020

Text in English and German


342 pages, 256 color and 108 b/w illustrations, sections, and floor and site plans

23 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-180-7


The Frankfurt-based architecture firm Stefan Forster Architekten (SFA) has from its founding in 1989 maintained a special focus on housing. They made their name in the years following Germany’s reunification, when dozens of prefabricated plattenbauten in the former GDR needed refurbishment and modernization. Rather than demolishing and rebuilding housing structures, SFA carefully adjusted existing buildings to the new needs of fewer people and more humanness in the shrinking cities of the newly formed federal states in the reunited country’s east.

Since then, SFA have moved on, exploring the topic of housing in increasingly dense metropolitan environments and creating a remarkable and manifold body of work in this field. Their designs comprise large-scale public multiunit blocs, townhouses, at times by way of transforming former office and public administration buildings. Stefan Forster Architekten: Housing 1989–2019, the firm’s first-ever monograph, features thirty designs that exemplify SFA’s approach and philosophy and highlights how the firm has continuously worked on raising the standards of residential architecture.


Stefan Forster founded his own architecture firm in 1989 in Darmstadt, today located in Frankfurt, after having worked in Berlin and Mannheim.

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The new series with images from the book consists of six photographs, which we are happy to provide upon request.

Schwedler-Carrè 01. Building entrance on Wim-Duisenberg-Platz © Lisa Farkas

Schwedler-Carrè 01. Façade along Ferdinand-Happ-Strasse (to the right, the section by Ortner & Ortner Baukunst) © Lisa Farkas

Voltastrasse residential development. Façade elevation at the junction of Galvanistrasse / Voltastrasse © Jean-Luc Valentin

Oskar Residence. View towards the south, junction of Oskar-von-Miller-Strasse / Flösserbrücke (in the background, the Mainplaza high-rise by Hans Kollhoff) © Lisa Farkas

Campus Bockenheim. South side of the building on Gabriel-Riesser-Weg © Lisa Farkas

Leinefelde Haus 03. View from the southeast of House 02 (left) and House 04 (right) © Jean-Luc Valentin


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