Behnisch Architekten provides standard and additional Architectural Services according to several international regulations. We are members of the Architektenkammer and BDA in Germany, the SIA in Switzerland, AIA and NCARB (USA), RIBA (GB), and can deliver our services according to these standards as well as to French and Italian regulations. We are licensed Architects in the above mentioned countries. When working abroad, we usually prefer English as project language, but are also able to deliver our projects in the French language.
Behnisch Architekten provides Urban Design, Public Realm Design and Campus Design either in-house or together with partners, depending on the location and type of project.
The analysis of client requirements is a potentially complex issue. However, providing assistance to our clients in choosing a site; selecting an appropriate program; testing local conditions; establishing relevant financial criteria; investigating procurement options; identifying the need for specialists; and undertaking preliminary discussions with local authorities, can result in a highly refined design brief, providing a reliable basis for future project development.
Briefing / Programming
The success of any project is dependent 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 organizational demands and should promote efficiency through the optimization 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 organization. From leading discussions with user groups to making detailed observations and analysis of user activities, we believe that a careful study of behavioral and organizational patterns is essential. Behnisch Architekten is familiar in working with high profile institutions, and in responding to evolving organizational 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.
Industrial and Furniture Design
Behnisch Architekten has worked with several industrial partners on the design of lamps and lighting objects, on chairs, office desks, meeting tables as well as tableware and other everyday objects. Mostly motivated to design these objects for one of our projects or clients, we occasionally have designs also on the request of our industrial partners.
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.
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.
Some 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 25 years of building experience ensures that the appropriate scope of services is 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. As general planners we can provide the services to our clients, either through our own resources or with engineering partners we are fortunate to have a strong standing relationship with.
Building Information Modeling BIM
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