Stefan Forster Architekten

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



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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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