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We’ve selected what we feel are the major examples of German Architecture. We cover completed buildings and new building designs across Germany. The focus is on contemporary German buildings.

We have 6 pages of German Architecture selections with links to numerous individual project pages.

German Architecture : news + key projects (this page)

German Architecture Designs : A-D

German Building Designs : E-J

German Building Developments : K-Z

German Buildings : Projects outwith major cities – A-J

German Architecture Developments : Projects outwith major cities – K-Z

German Architecture

German Architecture Designs, alphabetical:

We’ve selected what we feel are the key German Buildings, in chronological order:

Altes Museum, Berlin (1833)
Berlin Turbine building – AEG Turbine Factory (1909)
Einstein Tower, Potsdam (1924)
Chilehaus, Hamburg (1924)
National Gallery Berlin (1968)
Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt (1985)
Jewish Museum Berlin (1995)
BMW Central Building, Leipzig (2005)
Phaeno Science Centre Buildings, Wolfsburg (2006)
Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach (2006) – Stirling Prize
BMW Welt – Event + Delivery, Munich (2007)
Mercedes-Benz Museum Building, Stuttgart (2008) – Hugo-Haring Prize
Porsche Museum Building, Stuttgart (2009)

Comments on the German buildings selection welcome. These buildings are not selected due to their fame – we’ve left out the Berlin Olympic Stadium, Neues Museum, Commerzbank Tower and the Dutch Embassy Berlin – but because each design in its way achieved a milestone and signified strong creative achievement.

German Architecture Tours

Architecture Tours in Germany arranged chronologically:

Stuttgart Architecture Walking Tours, south west Germany – Architectural Walks by e-architect
Stuttgart Architecture Tour
photo © Hertha Hurnaus
The capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg is the sixth-largest city in the country. Key buildings include Mercedes-Benz Museum by UNStudio, Neue Staatsgalerie by Jim Stirling & Partner; Jim Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates and the Porsche Museum (pictured above) by Delugan Meissl. Key recent buildings include the Centre for Virtual Engineering by UNStudio, completed in 2013.

Munich Architecture Walking Tours, southern Germany – Architectural Walks by e-architect
Munich Architectural Tours
photo : Ulrich Rossmann-Arup
Munich is the capital of the German state of Bavaria. It is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. Munich has a wide range of contemporary architecture. Key buildings include BMW Welt – Event and Delivery Center by Coop Himmelb(l)au and the Olympic Stadium by Frei Otto – Architect / Engineer with Günter Behnisch. Key recent buildings include Allianz Arena (pictured above) by Herzog & de Meuron Architects with ArupSport and the revitalised Lenbachhaus Museum building by Foster + Partners.

Frankfurt Architecture Walking Tours, western Germany – Architectural Walks by e-architect

Hamburg Architecture Tours, north Germany – Architectural Walks by e-architect

Cologne Architecture Walking Tours, western Germany – Architectural Walks by e-architect

German Architecture News

German Architecture News – latest additions, arranged chronologically:

Müllheim Office Building, north west Germany – 4 Oct 2013
Design: wurm + wurm architekten
Müllheim Office Building Germany
photo : Andreas Pauly

The task of this project was the revitalization of an empty precast concrete office from the 1980`s. After the purchase of the building by the firm DORNER Health IT Solutions the ground floor was to be turned into the firm’s headquarter, whereas the first floor was to contain rentable office space. With an average budget, the client expected to achieve an exceptional level of architecture. After having played with several variations and solutions, we settled for a dark paint finish and reflective panels, giving the building an exclusive look.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria, Nuremberg, southern Germany – 20 Sep 2013
Design: gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria Germany
photo © Heiner Leiskat

The Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Bavaria is inaugurating its new archive in Nuremberg with a special ceremony. The new building, which was designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), took three years to build and is located on a former factory site in the direct vicinity of the existing main building. With 34 kilometres of shelving, the State Church archive now has more than twice the storage space compared to previously and, in addition, accommodates a restoration workshop and enough space for visitor rooms.

Darmstadt University Redevelopment, Hesse, central-west Germany – 20 Sep 2013
Design: Staab Architekten
Darmstadt University Building
photo from architect

The C10 highrise at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, built in the mid-1960s, required architectural and technical refurbishment in order to reinforce its iconic status as sole highrise in the area announcing the campus throughout the city. The building is used as a teaching and research centre for the departments of mathematics and natural science and also houses the university’s central administration. The 16-storey rectangular structure was dismantled down to its reinforced concrete shell and cleared of hazardous materials.

House Philipp, Waldenburg, southern Germany – 6 Sep 2013
Design: Philipp Architekten
House Philipp Waldenburg
photo : Victor Brigola

This is a pure-styled residence located on a mountain ridge in Southern Germany, with strong horizontal styling.

Zoofenster, Berlin – 3 Sep 2013
Design: Prof. Christoph Mäckler Architekten
Zoofenster Building
photograph : Hans-Georg Esch

This is one of Berlin’s tallest buildings at 119m high. The building consists of a 22-storey block and 32-storey tower.

Hans-Sachs-Haus Conversion, Gelsenkirchen, north west Germany – 30 Aug 2013
Design: von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)
Hans-Sachs-Haus Town Hall Gelsenkirchen
photo from architect

After a construction period of four years, the city of Gelsenkirchen is this weekend celebrating the opening of its new town hall, which was converted to plans by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). In addition to speeches, tours of the premises and other festivities, gmp founding partner Volkwin Marg, town planner Kuni¬bert Wachten and architectural critic Dieter Bartetzko will be talking about this new building on old foundations in a round-table discussion.

Drehmo Building, Wenden, western Germany – 27 Aug 2013
Design: wurm+wurm architekten ingenieure GmbH
Drehmo Building
photo : Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel

The basic arrangement consists of the assembly hall with the affiliated areas of the loading bay and an automatic shelf storage. The two-story administrative wing situated in front of the assembly hall forms with this an entrance situation. The basement accommodates staff rooms and the canteen, which is naturally lit via a courtyard and expands into this free area with glazing from floor to ceiling.

Hanomag U-Boat Hall Conversion – RS+Yellow Furniture Outlet, Hannover, north Germany
RS+Yellow Furniture Building Germany
photo : Olaf Mahlstedt, Hannover, Germany © BOLLES+WILSON

RS+Yellow Furniture Outlet Germany – 22 Aug 2013
There is today an enormous potential in the re-scripting of grand industrial spaces, survivors from an epoch that had less trouble expressing itself and its mechanical or technical potency than our current mean and exploitative ‘global shopping-centre-culture’. One thinks of São Paulo’s Fábrica da Pompéia by Lina Bo Bardi, London’s Tate Bankside, or the Zollverein Coal Mine in Essen, Germany.

Kindergarten in Münster, north Germany – 24 Jul 2013
Kindergarten in Münster building

The elegant form of the elliptical nave physically anchors its surrounding neighbourhood. Now deconsecrated the logical investment driven choice would have been for St. Sebastian to disappear. Bravely the 2009 competition jury awarded the first prize to the BOLLES+WILSON scheme which envisaged the characteristic form given a new life and function – a kindergarten framed and shielded by site perimeter housing (2nd construction phase).

DHWB University Building, Stuttgart, south west Germany
Design: 3XN
DHWB University Building Stuttgart
image from architect

The architects’ proposal here is to create an open, inspiring and social learning environment. This new building is for the technical faculty of the German university Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW). The design beat 24 other entries in an architecture competition.

PALÄON Research and Experience Centre, Schöningen, near Wolfsburg – 9 Jul 2013
Design: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
PALÄON Research and Experience Centre Germany
photo : Jan Bitter

The PALÄON pushes itself out of the slightly hilly topography and cuts into the forested meadows. The volume of the three-story building and the paths emanating from it form lines of sight that divide the landscape into vectors. A second winding path system forms synapses that connect to the surroundings. The building is a camouflage – a hyperrealistic abstraction of the landscape.

Bavarian Museum Building Design, Regensburg, southern German architecture competition
Museum Bayerische Geschichte
image from architect
Museum Bayerische Geschichte – 27 May 2013
The building does not have a clearly defined and easy readable form. This is as a direct response of the diversity in content being exhibited. History is too alive and cannot therefore be placed inside a box. To emphasize the form of the museum volume the administration facilities were handled in a more reserved manner.

German Building – Recent Designs

Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany – Architecture Competition
Architect: von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)
Kunsthalle Mannheim Building
image © gmp

Kunsthalle Mannheim – 7 Dec 2012
gmp wins first prize after negotiated procedure
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been awarded the contract to design the new Kunsthalle Mannheim. This was the decision made by the Kunsthalle‘s jury in Mannheim on Monday 3 December 2012. After three architect’s practices were awarded first place in a closed, anonymous competition back in July 2012, these practices were asked to revise their designs. The practices were gmp, Staab Architects and Peter Pütz Architects.

Kaffee Partner Headquarters, Osnabrück, northern Germany
Kaffee Partner Germany
photo from architects

Kaffee Partner
The 100-metre tripartite building complex with 9,800 sqm of floor space was implemented in a very cost-efficient way. The project shows that our preference for expressive design must not be contrary to economical construction. Within a design, planning and construction period of barely 20 months, a friendly and modern working environment could be realised for the about 300 employees of the medium-sized company.

Sumatrakontor, Hafencity, Hamburg
Erick van Egeraat
Sumatrakontor Building
photo : J Collingridge

Sumatrakontor Hamburg
At Hamburg Hafencity the brand new ‘ Sumatrakontor ‘ by Dutch Architect Erick van Egeraat was officially opened. The 37.000 sqm, ten storey – multifunctional building houses a variety of inner-urban functions such as; a five-star Hotel, Offices and Conference rooms, retail, high-end housing and an underground parking garage.

Key Contemporary German Buildings

German Buildings, alphabetical:

Berlin Turbine building
Peter Behrens, Architect
Berlin Turbine Building
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

Berlin Building
BMW Welt Building, Munich
Design: Coop Himmelb(l)au
BMW Building Germany
picture from Ketchum

BMW Building
Dresden railway station project
Foster + Partners
German Railway Station Building
photo © Nigel Young

German station building
Elbphilharmonie, HafenCity, Hamburg
Herzog and de Meuron
Elbphilharmonie Building
image © Herzog & de Meuron

Elbphilharmonie Building
Einstein Tower, Potsdam
Erich Medelsohn
Potsdam building
image © Isabelle Lomholt

Potsdam Buildings
Folkwang Museum, Essen
David Chipperfield Architects
Museum Folkwang Essen
picture : Christian Richters

German museum building
Hamburg Science Centre Building
Hamburg Science Centre Building
picture from architect

Hamburg Science Centre Building
Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind, Architect
Jewish Museum Building
photograph © Bitter Bredt

Jewish Museum Building
Leipzig Railway Station – Redevelopment
Ian Ritchie Architects
Leipzig Glass Hall Building
picture from architects

Leipzig Glass Hall
Literaturmuseum der Moderne, Marbach
David Chipperfield
Literaturmuseum der Moderne
photograph © Christian Richters

Museum of Modern Literature
Mercedes-Benz Museum Building
UN Studio Architects
Mercedes Museum Building Stuttgart
photo : Christian Richters

Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart
Militärhistorisches Museum, Dresden
Daniel Libeskind, Architect
Military History Museum Dresden
photo © Hufton+Crow Photography

Dresden Military History Museum
Museum für Kunsthandwerk
Architect: Richard Meier
Frankfurt Museum Building
image © Adrian Welch

Frankfurt Museum Building
National Gallery Berlin
Mies van der Rohe
National Gallery Building Berlin
picture © Adrian Welch

National Gallery Berlin
Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
Jim Stirling & Partner ; JSMW&A
Neue Staatsgalerie Building
image © Rebecca Breun

Neue Staatsgalerie
Neues Museum Building, Berlin
David Chipperfield Architects
Neues Museum Building
image : David Chipperfield Architects

Neues Museum Building
Phaeno Science Centre Building
Zaha Hadid Architects
Wolfsburg architecture
image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Wolfsburg architecture
Porsche Museum Building, Stuttgart
Delugan Meissl
Porsche Museum Building
image © Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Porsche Museum

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German Architecture by City

Berlin Architecture
Jewish Museum Building
photograph © Bitter Bredt
Bonn Architecture
Green Climate Fund Building
image : MIR
Cologne Architecture
Museum Ludwig
photograph © webbaviation
Dresden Buildings
Military History Museum Dresden
photo © Hufton+Crow Photography
Duisburg Architecture
Future Hotel architecture
image from architect
Düsseldorf Architecture
Neue Zollhof
photo © webbaviation
Essen Architecture
Zollverein School Essen
photo from architect
Frankfurt Architecture
Commerzbank Tower
photo © Adrian Welch
Hamburg Architecture
Hamburg Science Centre
picture from architect
Leipzig Architecture
Leipzig Glass Hall
picture from architects
Munich Architecture
BMW building Germany
picture from Ketchum
Ruhrgebeit Developments
Museum Ludwig Cologne
photo © webbaviation
Stuttgart Architecture
Mercedes Museum Stuttgart
photo : Christian Richters

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