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German Building Designs : Architecture in Germany

Key Contemporary Architectural Developments in Germany – Neue Deutsche Architektur

post updated 17 February 2024


We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of German Building Designs. We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Germany. The focus is on contemporary German buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

We have 6 pages of German Architecture selections:

Building Designs in Germany

German Architecture : news + key projects

German Architecture Designs : A-C

German Building Designs : D-J (this page)

German Building Developments : K-Z

German Buildings : Projects outwith major cities – A-J

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

New German Building Designs

German Building Designs, alphabetical:

Dresden buildings

Principal German Architecture in Dresden:

Die Gläserne Manufaktur
Design: Henn Architekten
Dresden Volkswagen building
image : H.G.Esch
Dresden Volkswagen building
Gläserne Manufaktur is a place of transparency and dialogue and makes the experience of automotive production visible to the outside. In Gläserne Manufaktur, themes of and related to the automobile are presented – events range from art exhibitions and music concerts to television talk shows.

Dresden railway station project
Design: Foster + Partners
Dresden Railway Station - German Building Designs
photo © Nigel Young
German station building
Although not totally destroyed by allied bombing during the infamous Dresden Raids, the station was badly damaged and suffered further from unsympathetic repair and alterations. It is symbolically appropriate that the new work should have been designed by a British practice.

GFC Coswig
Design: wurm + wurm
GFC Coswig Building Dresden
photo : Ester Havlova
GFC Coswig
The support structure of the office block slanting in two directions and the facade along the railway line Dresden-Berlin creates a motion impelling model.

Militärhistorisches Museum
Design: Studio Daniel Libeskind Architects
Military History Museum Dresden - German Building Designs
photo © Hufton+Crow Photography
Dresden Military History Museum
In 1989, unsure how the museum would fit into a newly unified German state, the government decided to shut it down. By 2001 feelings had shifted and an architectural competition was held for an extension that would facilitate a reconsideration of the way we think about war.

Duisburg Architecture

Key Architecture:

Duisburg City Masterplan
Design: Foster + Partners
German Building Designs - Duisburg Masterplan
picture : Foster + Partners
Duisburg Masterplan
The largest inland harbour in the world, Duisburg Inner Harbour’s renewal provided the opportunity to test, at a large scale, ideas about mixed use and sustainability. The masterplan aims to draw the life of the city to the waterfront, establishing the harbour as an attractive place in which to live and work.

Future Hotel Building Design
Design: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Future Hotel architecture - German Building Designs
image from architect
Future Hotel architecture
As part of a research collaboration with the Fraunhofer IAO (Institute for Work Organisation) LAVA has designed the Future Hotel Showcase Room, a demonstration project that investigates the interfaces between architecture, technology and the human body.

Düsseldorf Architecture

Principal Buildings:

Der Neue Zollhof office complex
Design: Frank Gehry Architects
Neue Zollhof German Building Designs
photo © webbaviation

Essen Architecture

Main Architecture:

Zollverein School of Management & Design
Design: SANAA : Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa
Zollverein School Essen
photo from architect
Zollverein School Essen
The School of Management and Design is the first new building constructed by SANAA in Europe. The building was completed in summer 2006. In October 2007, when we came to Essen to film the video, the school has a year of “lived experience” behind it.

Folkwang Museum
Design: David Chipperfield Architects
Folkwang Museum building
image from architect office
German museum building
As a continuation of the existing 1950s building, the new museum is structured into six volumes and four courtyards. The public spaces are located on the ground floor, on the existing building’s exhibition level.

Frankfurt Building

Principal German Buildings in Frankfurt:

Commerzbank Tower
Design: Foster & Partners, Architects
Commerzbank Tower
photo © Adrian Welch
German tower
This 56-story, 259 m (850 ft) futurist skyscraper owned by Samsung of Korea since September 2016 in the banking district of Frankfurt, Germany. An antenna spire with a signal light on top gives the tower a total height of 300.1 m (985 ft).

Museum für Kunsthandwerk
Architect: Richard Meier
Frankfurt museum - German Building Designs
image © Adrian Welch
Frankfurt museum

Deutsches Architektur Museum
Design: Oswald Mathias Ungers
German Architecture Museum
picture © Adrian Welch
German Architecture Museum

Design: 3deluxe in/exterior
Zeilgalerie German Building Designs
photo from architects practice
Zeilgalerie shopping centre

Frankfurt building photos

Gelsenkirchen Architecture

Hamburg Architecture

Main German Buildings in Hamburg:

Elbphilharmonie, HafenCity
Herzog and de Meuron
Elbphilharmonie German Building Designs
image © Herzog & de Meuron

Empire Riverside Hotel
David Chipperfield Architects
Hamburg Hotel
image © Ralf Buscher
Hamburg Hotel

Hamburg Science Centre Building
Hamburg Science Centre
picture from architect
Hamburg Science Centre

S11 – Office Complex Steckelhörn 11
J. MAYER H. Architects
Hamburg Offices German Building Designs
picture from architect
Hamburg Offices

Spiegel Group headquarters building
Henning Larsen Architects
German HQ development
picture from architect
German HQ development

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

Hanover Architecture


Göpel Electronic Building, se Germany
wurm + wurm Architects
Göpel Electronic Germany
picture from architect
Göpel Electronic Building

Sonnehof Jena
J. MAYER H. Architects, Berlin
Sonnenhof Jena German Building Designs
image : J. MAYER H. Architects
Sonnehof Jena

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Location: Germany, Western Europe

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German School Buildings

German Concert Hall Buildings

German Hotel Buildings

German Houses

German Football Stadiums – Sports Arena architecture

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