Architecture in Germany
Germany has a thriving architectural scene which includes big names on the German and international stage as well as up-and-coming German architectural firms. Following reunification, Berlin became one of the main centers for modern architecture but it has also undertaken great measures to restore and preserve its historical masterpieces, including the magnificent Museum Island.
Current trends include a leaning toward a multiplicity of forms, as seen in Daniel Liebeskind’s extension to the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Norman Foster’s Reichstag dome, and the Gehry buildings on the Düsseldorf waterfront, or toward Bauhaus-inspired minimalism such as Berlin’s new central railway station by Meinhard von Gerkan. It is in green building and ecological improvements, however, that German architecture really leads the way.
The Bauhaus is considered among the most influential schools of architecture, design, and media of the 20th century. The three cities where it operated between 1919-1933--Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin--each have major institutions presenting different facets of the school and its ongoing significance.
German Sustainable Building Council
The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V.) was founded in 2007 by 16 initiators from various subject areas within the construction and real-estate sectors. The aim was to promote sustainable and economically efficient building even more strongly in the future. Today the association has more than 1,100 members throughout the entire world. Its vision for 2050: a sustainably built and liveable future.German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)
With the development of HafenCity on the Elbe waterfront, Hamburg is setting new standards, in Europe at least. By 2025 a city brimming with life will have taken shape on a site covering 157 hectares. In contrast to other city areas dominated purely by offices and retail, it will blend maritime atmosphere with work, living, the arts, leisure, tourism and shopping.HafenCity Hamburg