Behnisch Architekten Magazin 03


The third magazine issued by Behnisch Architekten is dedicated to the theme “Education and Research”. If we follow our calling, our profession as architects, it seems only natural to structure this magazine around our work. After all, we think first and foremost in architectural constructs.
Education is a valuable asset and in today’s age forms the basis of a successful partnership agreement. We have designed this magazine based on that principle. Colleagues, friends, acquaintances, constructors, the users of our buildings all with specialist knowledge, have all kindly supported our efforts with text contributions.

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Geneva, Switzerland

In the year 2000 plans were already well underway to set up the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an international organization responsible for protecting intellectual property, based in Geneva. The competition for one building in the end resulted in three new buildings linked together, the WIPO Campus, which is presented in this booklet: an administration building, completed in 2011, a conference hall and a smaller reception building, both opened in 2014.

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Toronto, Canada

The University of Toronto and its affiliated institutions are world leaders in the quest to link genes to disease. This booklet describes the new CCBR building, which provides the sophisticated laboratories and tools to enable the university to build on its strengths in biomolecular research.
The Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research has been designed, planned and realized through a collaboration between Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart/Germany and architectsAlliance, Toronto/Canada.

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Behnisch Architekten Magazin 02


We have researched and summarized our professional development, the progress of our office, for ourselves and for everyone with whom we have had the pleasure to work with over the past 25 years. And we have supplemented our perspective with external voices, from people who have accompanied us for part of our journey. Finally our four partners, Stefan Behnisch, Robert Hösle, Robert Matthew Noblett and Stefan Rappold, gave their own personal insight into what brought them to Behnisch Architekten.
With the second issue of the Behnisch Architekten Magazine we present all the projects that have been realized since 1989 together for the first time, in the chronological order of their completion.

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Behnisch Architekten Magazin 01


A central focus of this first issue is the investigation of very different forms of living. This includes a look at luxury living in Hamburg’s harbor, middle-class housing in Karlsruhe, and public, social housing in Ingolstadt, as well as private residences in and around the park in Kolbermoor. Roland Pawlitschko, an architectural journalist from Munich, has compiled many thoughts on these very different forms of housing for us and shares the results of a recent discussion he conducted with the partners.
This Magazine is a summary, an overview, of what has motivated us during the past two years; what we have achieved, accomplished, and completed.

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Ergolding, Germany

70 km north-east from Munich, the Ergolding Secondary School provides the much needed capacities to the region around the Bavarian town of Ergolding, close to Landshut. This booklet presents the school’s simple, technically optimized structure that establishes a warm, colorful and inviting interior for learning, one that reacts to and reinforces the qualities of the School's pedagogical vision.

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Baltimore, MD, USA

The new home of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center unites classrooms, faculty offices, administrative space, and the law library under a single roof. The building, to be located at the prominent intersection of Mount Royal Avenue and Charles Street, functionally and symbolically defines the Law School as an academic and social nexus, offering state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities while fostering an interactive, communicative environment for collaboration between students, faculty, and administrators. The John and Frances Angelos Law Center is the first large-scale opportunity for the University to demonstrate its intent to pursue strategies that eliminate global warming emissions and achieve climate neutrality. More detailed information about the building and the ambitious energy concept can be found in our brochure.

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behnisch architekten

by Gianluigi Mondaini and Matteo Zambelli

The book by Gianluigi Mondaini and Matteo Zambelli analyzes the architecture of Behnisch Architekten through five paradigms to explain the approach to the project and the spatial research.
“The book contextualizes Behnisch Architekten’s position in the contemporary architecture’s scenario, with reference to the great realism and the organic functionalism. Great realism refers to the approach that starts from a data landscape (datascape) – meaning functions, needs, and client’s requests, context, climatic conditions, way of usage of the building, etc. – where Behnisch Architekten starts from, reaching a solution which is strictly (and brightly) functional, however also represents a captivating and correct invention, with a keen spectacular, and not tiresome and distasteful, as some of other current situations”.
Gianluigi Mondaini and Matteo Zambelli


Inzell, Germany

In summer 2009 the municipality of Inzell decided to construct a roof over the existing ice rink. In record time of just one and a half years for the planning and construction, a hall has been created that responds to the historical development and the surrounding landscape and which aspires to be the most modern hall in the world. With its architecture that is perceptible from afar, the hall has become a new landmark for Inzell. The booklet describes the history and the initial design concept and shows the Max Aicher Arena in the uniquely beautiful situation at the foot of the Falkenstein mountain.

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Sanierung Modernisierung Umbau Erweiterung / Refurbishment Modernization Transformation Extension

This booklet is concerned with the increasing number of building commissions we have been awarded in recent years. These projects also represent a large part of the construction tasks and challenges that will confront us as architects in the future. Involved here are aspects such as modernization and refurbishment, the reinstatement of the characteristic features of listed buildings, and the conversion and extension of historical or simply older structures.

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Hamburg, Germany

Directly on the Elbe, commanding a prominent position in the HafenCity in Hamburg, stands the Marco Polo Tower right beside the new Unilever headquarters. The 55-m-high tower highlights the end of the route from the inner city out to the new attractions: the Elbphilharmonie, the Cruise Ship Terminal and the Promenade am Strandkai. In its form and arrangement, it is a unique and remarkably sculptured building, adding to Hamburg’s silhouette on the Elbe. Its 17 above-ground levels, each turned a few degrees on their axis, allow all 58 apartments spectacular views over the harbor and the city. The booklet shows the design concept as well as sustainability aspects.

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Heidelberg, Germany

The manifold requirements for interdisciplinary medical care and clinic-related cancer research are provided by the new building for the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg. These close links allow scientific findings to be quickly put into practice and monitored in the clinic. The booklet shows the form and organization of the new building which promotes the interdisciplinary concept and which is intended to serve as a model for similar facilities in the future. The heart of the new complex is the central atrium. Extending over four stories and flooded with daylight, the atrium is a place of encounter/exchange between medical staff, scientists, patients, and visitors.

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New Haven, CT, USA

Nationally recognized for its commitment to research and teaching, the Park Street Building is a major clinical laboratory extension to the Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. The site is located in the center of the city, at the threshold between the University and the Hospital including the School of Medicine.
Within the confines of the rectilinear laboratory building the architects have created a large five-story atrium which serves as a public winter garden; affording researchers, medical staff, patients and visitors an inviting place for all to enjoy in a collective and friendly atmosphere. The winter garden also provides a clear point of orientation on a busy city corner. The brochure provides detailed information about the architectural and technical building concept.

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Hamburg, Germany

The new Unilever headquarter building for Germany, Austria and Switzerland is located right by the river Elbe, prominently positioned in Hamburg's HafenCity. It marks the end of the route out of the town center to Hamburg's new attractions: the Cruise Ship Terminal and the Promenade am Strandkai. At this special location, the building opens itself up to the city and its inhabitants.
The central element and heart of the design is the generous atrium, flooded by daylight, which, on the ground floor, gives passers-by the opportunity to get to know the company better while browsing in the shop stocked with Unilever products, sitting in the café, or relaxing in the spa.
Thus, a building evolves that not only intends to serve the company but also enriches the urban space. More about its design concept, the principles of its holistic, sustainable architecture you will find in this booklet.

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by Falk Jaeger

The renowned author Falk Jaeger presents a selection of the firm’s projects from 1996 to 2009 and portrays its partners in the Stuttgart, Munich, Boston and Los Angeles offices. An interview with the architects provides additional insight into the firm’s philosophy and working method.


Bauten für die Bildung / Buildings for education

The booklet is designed to illustrate the development from the schools of Günter Behnisch / Behnisch & Partner in the fifties and sixties to the Behnisch Architekten buildings for education and research today.
This long history generated many discussions about the educational system of our day and also, inevitably, comparisons between the types of educational systems in different countries. These are extremely interesting, gratifying tasks, which represent an important learning curve for our office, too, and profoundly influence our architectural work.


Selected Projects

The buildings designed by our practice are described as beeing responsive to a distinct social agenda. The emphasis on the social dimension is fundamental to our design philosophy, which takes as its starting point the acknowledgement that architecture is generated by the needs of the people, intellectual, spiritual, and material. In the case of each project we recognize the importance of fostering a climate in which an ongoing dialogue between client and user community can prosper. This both enriches the architectural developement and allows all parties involved to properly acknowledge the diverse range of demands inherent to each project. This small booklet shows some of our current projects.


Stralsund, Germany

The German Oceanographic Museum, already the largest natural history museum on Germany’s Baltic Coast, extended its program with the opening of the Ozeaneum. The booklet presents the architectural concept as an open house that is “flooded” from all sides by daylight and visitors, in a manner akin to that of water swirling about stones on the seabed.
Whether viewed from the beach or from the historic city center, the museum complex is an attractive, distinctive landmark on Stralsund’s cityscape and skyline that relates to the sea and creates a contrast with the buildings of the old town. In addition, the exhibition planning, the technical implementation as well as the energy concept are extensively illustrated and explained.

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Cambridge, MA, USA

Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company, required new headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a range of public amenities on the ground floor. As a pilot project for the application of “green” design concepts in corporate architecture in the USA, the building provided the planning and construction industry with valuable feedback regarding not only the cost analysis of environmentally responsible architecture but also new design options available to clients, architects, and the construction industry.
The design solutions described in this booklet implemented here testify to a holistic approach that encompasses the building envelope, airspace, the atrium void, decentralized technical systems, daylight enhancement systems, gardens, recycled rainwater systems and even the waste heat generated by a nearby power station, which is used for cooling and heating.

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Herrenberg, Germany

The original school complex for domestic economics and agriculture designed by Behnisch & Partner (Günter Behnisch, Manfred Sabatke) was completed in 1983. In 2004 Behnisch Architekten were commissioned to design a new, independently accessible annexe that was to function autonomously. The booklet introduces the new building that respects the style and character of its larger neighbor without reverting to simply copying.


Wageningen, The Netherlands

The laboratory and administration building, now called Lumen, for the former Institute for Forestry and Nature Research in Wageningen, The Netherlands, completed in 1998, was a European Union pilot project for ecological investigation into building. In a cooperative venture between the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Fishery and the Ministry for Housing, Planning, and Environment, the project analyzed planning, construction, and subsequent occupation and followed the motto of “human and environmentally friendly building for the future”, in the spirit of the Rio de Janeiro Summit.

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Bernried, Germany

The artist and author Lothar-Günther Buchheim collected art his whole life long. The Museum der Phantasie’s (Museum of Fantasy’s) remit was to present his collection with important Expressionist works as well as folk art from Africa under one roof and make them accessible to the general public. The booklet shows the development of the museum in which many types of art and Buchheim’s work could stand side by side on an equal footing, embedded within and interwoven with the wonderful landscape around Lake Starnberg.

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Hannover, Germany

Located in the city center of Hannover, the building of the Norddeutsche Landesbank occupies an entire city block and acts as an intermediate or transitional zone, mediating between various city activities: retail, commercial, residential, cultural, sports, and leisure. Protected from the noise of the surrounding streets lies an “oasis” —a generous public courtyard with various uses. A distinctive, 70-m-high building rises from this patio, detaching itself through a series of twists and turns from the formal order of the lower, perimeter building, and establishing formal and visual links to the city beyond. Environmental approach, climate concept and more is described in this booklet.

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Dresden, Germany

The Bishopric of Dresden-Meissen successfully found a centrally located site in Dresden, the ownership of which—unusual for former East Germany in the early 1990s—had been clarified. However, various constraints made the site initially appear to be wholly ill suited for a school. The building ultimately created for the St. Benno secondary school traces the longer roadside axis of the narrow site, yet an extensive, blue painted facade shields classrooms from traffic noise and visually impacts.


Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria

Opened in 1979 as one of the first so-called “event spas”, the Römerbad Thermal Spa at the time represented an innovative departure in thermal spa architecture. The singularity of an architectural style that distinctly cites ancient bathing culture and the spa’s sculptural, multi-storied main hall—somewhat reminiscent of an amphitheater—both shaped the profile of this “Roman Bath”. The booklet presents the new building locating all the newly foreseen facilities in a freshly designed landscape with curved, greened terraces around the original building.

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Hamburg, Germany

For more than 340 years, Hamburg’s Chamber of Commerce has not only been a stock exchange center and focus of economic city life but also of great social importance. In consideration of both the structural condition of the listed ‘Börsenhalle’ building (stock exchange hall) and the mandatory preservation of its historical features, a new five-storey structure was inserted into it: a “house in a house” that comprises circa 1,000sq.m. for new usages: a center for entrepreneurs, conference rooms, presentation areas for the world’s oldest economics library, as well as a restaurant and a club with sophisticated catering on the upper levels. It also reflects in a contemporary style the building’s long history as a focal meeting point of Hamburg’s financial and business communities. The complete design concept is described in this booklet.

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Bad Aibling, Germany

Bad Aibling, a small town some 60 km south-east of Munich, and the oldest “moor” spa in Bavaria, wanted to complement its existing health and leisure amenities with a new thermal spa bath including extensive wellness areas and outdoor swimming pools. The new baths are to provide an attractive health-oriented focus for both the local community and the region, very much in the tradition of the town.
From the beginning of the project, the client based the concept on the special characteristics of the “cabinet”. The idea was not to create a loud, large bathing hall but rather a bath with different sections that would allow for a range of moods, spatial impressions and bathing experiences. The characteristics of a bath stressing the amusement factor were to be avoided in favor of a more contemplative atmosphere. The new facilities are characterized by the archaic, monolithic shapes of the various domes, which house the individual pools and treatment areas and which provide a prominent visual presence. Further, extensive information is provided in this brochure.

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Behnisch Architekten + Transsolar CimateEngineering

Given the realization that supplies of available raw materials are finite, it is becoming increasingly evident that only innovative solutions - and this is equally true for architecture and urban planning - can achieve urgently needed reductions in energy and resource.
This joint exhibition by Behnisch Architekten and Transsolar ClimateEngineering, together with its accompanying catalogue, features pioneering developements in these areas. Designed with a broad international public in mind, it will hopefully be through-provoking while raising awareness of these pressing issues. The exhibition is a cooperation with the ifa -Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen relations and the forum of architecture Aedes. The curator Frank Ockert illustrates that a sensitive and responsible approach to the built environment is not only a matter for experts, but for each individual person.


Stuttgart | Los Angeles

In the course of their fifty-year history, the Behnisch offices have shown a continued commitment to formal audacity in the service of a progressive social agenda. In the last fifteen years, the office has developed a distinct sensibility towards environmental design, avoiding both the sentimentality and the technical fetishism that so often characterizes "sustainable architecture". Recent projects have been hailed as among the most innovative and advanced sustainable projects in Europe and North America.


Project Brochure

The LEED Platinum rated Genzyme Center which opened in 2004 is the firm’s first project in the United States. The book describes the development of the building and its environmental features.

Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner

Günter Behnisch, Stefan Behnisch, Günther Schaller

Ecology is more than saving energy. Man takes a lot from nature, and should treat it with due respect. In architectural terms this can mean that buildings are set in landscape in such a manner that adverse visual impacts are avoided as far as possible. Huge buildungs can be broken down into a variety small units, located in depressions, or have planted roofs which intermingle with the surroundings.
The examples presented in this booklet illustrate how our approach to ecological architecture and our knowledge have evolved over the years, how initial ideas have been developed further and adapted ti specific circumstances.

entory home

Project Brochure

The client of „entory home“, LVM Lebensversicherungs-AG, assumed the function of an editor of a small book presenting an office building in South-West German Ettlingen realised for him by Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner in 2003.

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Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner

In the course of its fifty-year history, Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner has shown a continued commitment to formal audacity in the service of a progressive social agenda. In the last fifteen years, the office has developed a distinct sensibility towards environmental design, avoiding both the sentimentality and the technical fetishism that so often characterizes "sustainable architecture". Recent projects have been hailed as among the most innovative and advanced sustainable projects in Europe and North America.

NORD/LB Hannover

Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner

NORD/LB Hannover describes the development of the Norddeutsche Landesbank’s administratrion building in Hannover from first design proposals through to completion in 2002. The building is the firm’s first high-rise and reflects a new approach to workplace design.