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.


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.

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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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


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.


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.


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.

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.