The Offices What we do
The long, rich and versatile experience of Behnisch Architekten allows us to tailor our services to suit the exact needs of each of our Clients, in a process that respects both local conditions and protocol. Although the nature of our engagement may differ from project to project, we are committed to assisting our Clients in the pursuit of design excellence in the built environment, whilst carefully respecting both user needs and available resources as well as cultural responsibility.
Briefing / Programming
The success of any project is dependant upon well defined project goals. Our practice is experienced in formulating detailed briefing documents through attentive analysis of Client objectives and regulations.
Programming should reflect the inherent organisational demands and should promote efficiency through the optimisation of layouts, quality of working / living environment, and other similar aspects. All specific programmatic requirements should be clearly identified together with their respective standards and operational / working processes, and necessary levels of flexibility.
Space / Layout Planning
A successful project requires thoughtful space planning and organisation. From leading discussions with user groups to making detailed observations of user activities, we believe that a careful study of behavioural and organizational patterns is essential. Behnisch Architekten is familiar in working with high profile institutions, and in responding to evolving organisational and operational management ideas. Through extensive consultation, tools such as functional / operational diagrams are developed into layouts tailored to suit each Client’s particular demands.
The analysis of Client requirements is a potentially complex issue. However, providing assistance to our Clients in choosing a site; selecting an appropriate programme; testing local conditions; establishing relevant financial criteria; investigating procurement options; identifying the need for specialists; and undertaking preliminary discussions with the authorities, can result in a highly refined design brief, providing a reliable basis for future project development.
Given our experience in managing large, international design teams on complex projects, we are increasingly asked to provide our Clients with extended advisory services, arranging for the appointment of consultants, and providing a single point of contact for the coordination of planning, programming, design, scheduling, costing and supervision of the project.
Many of our Clients value the advantages of a single contractual partner. As General Planners we are in a natural position, at the head of the Design Team, to ensure that there is a fully integrated response to the unique demands of the project at hand. This is a role we have successfully performed on both sides of the Atlantic.
Over 20 years of building experience ensures that the appropriate scope of services are offered and the contracts of the assembled consultants / advisors are well defined and managed. We have developed a group of preferred consultants who continue to support us in Europe and North America.
Traditional practice in Germany requires architects to undertake full cost consultancy services. Evolving databases, benchmarking and excellent contacts with a broad range of contracting companies ensure that the cost control mechanisms we use are constantly reviewed in light of industry developments. If so required, this valuable experience affords us to perform such a task on all our projects, bringing added value and cost awareness throughout the design process.