Situated in one half of an early 20th-century town house next to the main building of the Städelschule, SAC provides a near domestic setting for the social and academic life of its members. The house offers ample space for each student and sees three to ten students share an atmospheric studio space. The administrative and faculty office, the model workshops and seminar rooms are housed on the floors below the studios. The studios provide space for work, deskcrits and informal and social gatherings. They are equipped with basic furniture and internet access. In 2013 SAC moved into additional studios in the neighbourhood, only a five minutes walk away. Currently the Master Thesis Group is occupying the new address whereas students in first year inhabit the town house. 

The daily life of SAC consists bustling studio activities interspersed with numerous events taking place on a weekly basis. Work typically runs late into the evenings and meetings as well as seminars sometimes take place on weekends. Visiting lecturers and other guests frequently drop in on the studios, and some of the most memorable visits have included planned or improvised discussion about the ongoing work with these guests. 

On the ground floor are two seminar rooms, one small and one large. In these meetings, seminars, internal lectures and reviews take place. SAC's hospitality frequently sees alumni and other guests take part in seminars and events.


The Städelschule library is a research library whose collection focuses on fine arts, architecture, art theory and philosophy. With about 30.000 media and 50 art and architecture journals, it serves the information needs of students, teachers and researchers. The library holds a large collection of architect monographs and writings about classical and contemporary architectural and aesthetic theory. The collection contains specialist literature with a focus on the following architectural subject areas: history, techniques (planning, design, drawing, construction…), building materials, atmospheric details, urban development, etc. The journal collection includes amongst other series: AA files, a+u, AD Architectural Design, Log, El Croquis and Volume.

In addition to the Städelschule library, the library of the German Architecture Museum is within a short walking distance from the Städelschule campus. As part of its vast collection, this library hosts a large catalogue of architectural journals.

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Opening hours during semester:
Monday to Wednsday: 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 17:00. 
Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00 , 13:00 - 19:00.
Friday: 10:00 - 12:00 , 13:00 - 18:00.

Opening hours during semester break:
Tuesday to Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 16:00. 


Städelschule's main in-house model-making facilities are offered by the school's print workshop. In addition, SAC has studio style rapid prototype machines (two Ultimaker 3D printers) and a basic modelling workshop, supervised by Sebastian Stöhrer. The main print workshop is serviced by a team run by Christian Zickler. It offers students the possibility of service-based digital printing, 3D printing and laser cutting, and also provides a portable 3-D digitiser. Additionally, the printshop is equipped to do relief print, intaglio, lithography and serigraphy. In order to use these technics, students must attend workshops. For SAC, the most significant services are the 3D printing and laser cutting. The service features Envisiontec's Perfactory model with a photo-polymerisation process based on Mask Projection, using DLPTM (Digital Light Processing) and similar Formlabs Form 2 model using SLA (Stereolithography) Technology. The workshop's laser cutting machine is Eurolaser M-1200, a flatbed machine with a work area of 1200 x 1300 mm.

Digital print:

Inkjet/LFP: Epson professional 9880 / 111 cm, 44“ and 7880 / 61 cm, 24“
Laser copy machine: Canon imagePress C600i / A3 plus booklet finisher and Canon imageRunner ADV C3325i / A3


Eurolaser M-1200 / 70 Watt / 1200 x 1300 mm

3D Printer

Envisiontec Perfactory 3 Standard SXGA+ / direct light projection / photo reactive resin / 190 x 140 x 230 mm
​Ultimaker 2 / fused filament fabrication / PLA / 223 x 223 x 205 mm
Ultimaker 2 extended / fused filament fabrication / PLA / 223 x 223 x 305 mm
Formlabs Form 2 / stereolithography / photo reactive resin / 145 × 145 × 175 mm

3-D digitiSer:

Immersion MicroScribe G2 / 50“


The Mensa, Städelschule’s canteen, is in every sense "the heart" of the academy, not only in a physical sense since is situated in the middle of the school's main building, but also and foremost because it is the social focal point of the Städelschule. In addition, the school offers a cooking lab, where Städelschule's cook, Hocine Bouhlou, is giving regularly workshops.

Städelschule has a long and unique tradition of including food as part of the art and architecture education. Legendary professor Peter Kubelka was groundbreaking when introducing food and cooking as part of his teaching already in the 1970’s. This tradition is carried on in a variety of forms by the art classes as well as SAC. For more details on activities at SAC during the academic year 2015-16, see The Feast.

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Portikus is an institution for contemporary art in Frankfurt am Main. Since its foundation in 1987 and as a fundamental part of the renowned art academy Städelschule, Portikus is dedicated to exhibit, publish and discuss young and emerging as well as established artists and their work. It is located on a small island on the river Main at the very center of the city.

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