Behnisch Architekten

Stuttgart | Since 1989

Rotebühlstrasse 163A, 70197 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone +49 711 607720
Fax +49 711 6077299


Behnisch Architekten
David Cook, Dipl. Arch (Dist.), B.A. (Hons.), RIBA

He's born 1966 in Manchester, studied architecture in Manchester and London. He worked with Koski Solomon Ruthven in London before joining Behnisch Architekten in 1993. In 2006 he became a partner in Behnisch Architekten where he has been responsible for spa baths, sports facilities, residential and university buildings in Germany and abroad, as well as for a concert hall in Latvia . David Cook is a frequent lecturer at universities, conferences and symposia in all parts of the world and is Belluschi Visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon. He was also involved in the preparation of the firm’s joint touring exhibition with Transsolar, “Ecology.Design.Synergy”, which has, until now, been presented in Europe, the USA, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and many other contries.

Stefan Behnisch, Hon. FAIA

He's born 1957 in Stuttgart, studied philosophy, economics and architecture. He worked in his father’s practice Behnisch Architekten before founding his own practice in 1989, which became independent in 1991. This practice, since 2005 called Behnisch Architekten, became mainly renowned for various innovative sustainable buildings. As the firm expanded, further offices were founded in Los Angeles, in Boston, MA, and in Munich. Stefan Behnisch was the Eero Saarinen Chair visiting professor at Yale University School of Architecture in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009, is Miller Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and also Harry W. Porter Jr. Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. In 2007 he received a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, and in 2009 a Good Design Award in the category “People” presented by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.


The Stuttgart-based practice Behnisch Architekten was founded in 1989 under the leadership of Stefan Behnisch. Originally established as a branch office of Günter Behnisch’s practice Behnisch & Partner, which existed from 1952 to 2008, it became independent in 1991 and has subsequently developed into an international practice with offices in Stuttgart, Munich, Los Angeles/California, and Boston/Massachusetts. Behnisch Architekten is directed by Stefan Behnisch and his partners David Cook and Martin Haas, with Robert Hösle as partner for the Munich office. The practice in Los Angeles, Behnisch Architects LLP, is directed by Stefan Behnisch and Christof Jantzen, and Behnisch Architekten, Boston by Stefan Behnisch and Robert Matthew Noblett.

Since the foundation of the firm, the social dimension of architecture has been a fundamental aspect of its design philosophy. The search for innovative and sustainable design solutions making optimum use of natural resources has produced a variety of buildings, each of which responds to specific user requirements and site conditions.

Behnisch Architekten’s work is widely acclaimed for its innovative sustainable solutions and high architectural quality, and most of the firm’s projects received international awards.

The firm is currently working on several projects both in Germany and abroad: the UB Law School for the University of Baltimore, the National Centre for Tumour Diseases in Heidelberg, Germany, five research buildings near Paris, France, the WIPO headquarter building and a conference centre for the WIPO in Geneva, as well as several residential projects in Germany and the US ranging from social housing to upmarket apartment buildings like the Marco Polo Tower in Hamburg’s HafenCity.

Among the projects realised in the past are the Institute for Forestry and Nature Research in Wageningen, the Netherlands (1998), a EU pilot project for ecological construction; the Norddeutsche Landesbank in Hannover (2002), the LEED Platinum-rated Genzyme Center in Cambridge, MA; the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research for the University of Toronto (together with architectsAlliance, 2005); The 'Haus im Haus' for the Chamber of Commerce, Hamburg, Germany; the Thermal Spas in Bad Aibling, Germany, and in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria – the latter three all completed in 2007. The oceanographic museum “OZEANEUM” in the Unesco heritage port of Stralsund, Germany, opened in July 2008, the Unilever Germany Headquarter Building in Hamburg’s HafenCity in September 2009. In 2009 Behnisch Architekten finalized the planning for Harvard’s Allston Science Complex in Boston. The firm’s project portfolio also comprises several small schools, designs for a health centre, a concert hall, and many more.

Completed Projects

Unilever Headquarters Germany, Austria, Switzerland 2009 Hamburg, Germany
Gross 38,000 m²
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Untere und Obere Königstraße Stuttgart 2008
Renewal, refurbishment and streetscape design
Stuttgart, Germany
Total area 40,000 m²
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Ozeaneum 2008
German oceanographic museum
Stralsund, Germany
Gross 17,400 m²
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Kovner Residence 2008
Sebastopol, CA, USA
Gross 270 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Los Angeles

Thermal Römerbad 2007
Spa Baths
Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria
Gross 6,408m²
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Therme Bad Aibling 2007
Spa Baths
Bad Aibling, Germany
Gross 19,983 m² incl. parking
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“Haus im Haus“ Handelskammer Hamburg 2007
Renovation and addition in historical context
Hamburg, Germany
Gross 1,000 m²
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Hilde-Domin-Schule 2007
Extension building to existing school complex
Herrenberg, Germany
Gross 1,200 m²
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Werner-von-Linde Halle 2007
Sports Hall
Renovation and extension to a landmark building
Munich, Germany
Gross 12,500m²
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Wilhelm-Busch-Schule 2006
School for children with special learning needs
Illertissen, Germany
Gross 1,540 m²
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Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research 2005
Toronto, ON, Canada
Gross 20,630 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart with architectsAlliance

Pistorius-Schule 2004
School for physically and mentally challenged children
Herbrechtingen, Germany
Gross 4,420 m²
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Genzyme Center 2004
Headquarter administration building
Cambridge, MA, USA
Gross 32,500 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Los Angeles

entory home 2003
Office building
Ettlingen, Germany
Gross 10,845 m²
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Norddeutsche Landesbank 2002
Headquarter administration building
Hannover, Germany
Gross 75,000 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart

Technology Building for the 2002
University of Ilmenau
Clean room, laboratories, research facility
Ilmenau, Germany
Gross 6,000 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart

Museum der Phantasie (Buchheim Collection) 2001
Bernried, Germany
Gross 6,600 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart

Grünauer Welle 1999
Sports- and leisure public pool complex
Leipzig, Germany
Gross 5,160 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart

Institute for Forestry and Nature Research 1998
Research facility
Wageningen, The Netherlands
Gross 11,800 m²
Stefan Behnisch

VS Vereinigte Spezialmöbelfabriken 1998
Headquarter and administration building
Tauberbischofsheim, Germany
Gross 8,250 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart

Central administration building for 1997
the Landesgirokasse “Am Bollwerk”
Stuttgart, Germany
Gross 48,000 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart

LVA State Insurance Agency Schleswig-Holstein 1997
Headquarter administration building
Lübeck, Germany
Gross 37,109 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart

St. Benno Gymnasium 1996
Dresden, Germany
Gross 10,771 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart

Bayerische Vereinsbank 1996
Refit and re-use of existing buiding
Stuttgart, Germany
Gross 1,358 m²
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart