New designs − Architectural highlights

From Coop Himmelb(l)au to Herzog & de Meuron – some of the world’s best-known architects based here in Bavaria are today’s trendsetters in this rich cultural landscape of ours.

Exciting and innovate constructions in steel, stone, glass and wood blend effortlessly into their surroundings opening new and exciting perspectives. New trends are also being set with such striking innovative designs for museum buildings as the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich designed by Stephan Braunfels.


Germanisches Nationalmuseum

The Germanische Nationalmuseum (GNM) was founded in 1852. The GNM is not only the largest museum of cultural history in Germany but also the National Museum of the whole of the Federal Republic of Germany. The architectural core is formed by a former Carthusian monastery complete with cloister, church and former monastic cells. The design of the exterior was influenced by buildings by Sep Ruf from the 50s and 60s, the 1993 Museumsforum and Dani Karavan’s “Way of Human Rights”.

Further Informations: Germanisches Nationalmuseum; 90402 Nürnberg; Phone: +49 911/13310; E-Mail:;


The Neues Museum in Nuremberg

Designed by Volker Staab and opened in 2000 the Neues Museum in the historic centre of Nuremberg is just a stone’s throw from the main railway station and is a real eye-catcher. The 100m-long curved glass façade provides clarity, transparency and tantalizing glimpses into the interior of the museum whilst at night it is transformed into the most stunning backdrop for a whole range of events on Klarissenplatz. 

Further Informations: Neues Museum - Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design; Klarissenplatz; 90402 Nürnberg; Phone: +49 911/240200; E-Mail:; (German only)


Kurkapelle (spa chapel) Bad Gögging

The creation of the Bad Gögging spa chapel had two main aims: firstly it is an attempt to create a building dedicated to introspection, meditation and contemplation and secondly it is a self-expression of the spiritual pathway to a symbolic centre. 

Further Informations: Stadt Neustadt an der Donau; Tourist-Information Bad Gögging; 93333 Bad Gögging; Phone: +49 9445/9575-0; E-Mail:;  (German only)


Museum Lothar Fischer

In a fortunate and rare opportunity to work closely together the architects and artist were able to fulfill a dream of creating the artist’s very own museum of art. The sculptures of Lothar Fischer as well as a range of temporary exhibitions can now be showcased in this perfect setting – a homogeneous backdrop provided by a structure comprising austere cuboids and a sparse use of materials. 

Further Informations: Lothar & Christel Fischer Stiftung; Rathausplatz 1; 92318 Neumarkt; Phone: +49 9181/255-128;
E-Mail:;  (english summary)


The "Oberstdorf-Haus"

Interior design, communication and design, concept and realization.
The new "Oberstdorf-Haus" is a 21st century information centre and meeting place for the local community and visitors alike. The underlying philosophy is that the "Oberstdorf-Haus" should stand out and be unparalleled. A new self-image is conveyed through the innovative interior design concept drawing principally on echoing allusions to the world of nature.

Further Informations: Tourismus & Sport Oberstdorf; Prinzregenten-Platz 1; 87561 Oberstdorf; Phone: +49 8322/700-0; E-Mail:;


Feuchtwangen Casino

Avant-garde architecture, superb access to the motorway and 4,800 m² of space. Opened in March 2000 this is a type of Drive-in-Casino whose concept is equally as impressive as its future-oriented design. The state-of-the-art nature of the exterior is echoed inside the casino with clarity of line and form predominating.

Further Informations: Spielbank Feuchtwangen; Am Casino 1; 91555 Feuchtwangen; Phone: +49 9852/9006-0; Fax: +49 9852/9006-40 (German only)


Bad Steben Casino

Noted for its elegant ambiance and its impressive architecture the Bad Steben Casino offers the opportunity to play every conceivable game of fortune.
The design of the casino is spacious and harmonizes skillfully with the picturesque setting. Enjoy the stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Further Informations: Spielbank Bad Steben; Casinoplatz 1; 95138 Bad Steben; Phone: +49 9288/9251-0; Fax: +49 9288/9251-40;  (German only)


Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Konkrete Kunst, Museum Würzburg

Once one of the most progressive warehouses of the Bavarian state port today provides 3,500 m² of art exhibition space remodeled by the Tirschenreuth based architects Brückner & Brückner from 1996 to 2001. Three floors, 128 m long, this former grain store now houses twelve exhibition rooms. The buildings rich history is reflected in the painstakingly restored façades, historic windows, the shape of the doors and the historic framework surrounding the 12m high glass-ceilinged foyer.

Further Informations: Veitshöchheimer Str. 5; 97080 Würzburg; Phone: +49 931/322250; Fax: +49 931/3222518;


Pinakothek der Moderne

Die Pinakothek der Moderne houses some 12,000 m² of exhibition space showcasing four leading art collections all under one roof.

Further Informations: PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE; Barer Straße 40; 80799 München; Phone: + 49 89/23805360; E-Mail:;


Neue Pinakothek

The Neue Pinakothek spotlights outstanding works by European painters and sculptors from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century with the focus on German works o f art from the 19th century. Based on the private collection of King Ludwig I this is now one of the most comprehensive collections of all time.

Further Informations: NEUE PINAKOTHEK; Barer Straße 29; 80799 München; Phone: +49 89/23805195; E-Mail:;


Goetz collection

Themed exhibitions showcase a comprehensive private collection of international, contemporary art in an impressive building designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

Further Informations: Sammlung Goetz; Oberföhringer Straße 103; 81925 München; Phone: +49 89/9593969-0; E-Mail:;


BMW Welt

The fascinating architecture of the BMW Welt comprises a distinctive Double Cone and a floating cloud roof. Designed by the renowned Coop Himmelb(l)au srchitects BMW Welt is one of the first of a new generation of communication buildings for the 21st century providing the corporation with the setting to enter into dialogue with its customers, friends and visitors from all over the world – a place of meeting and a place of change.

Further Informations: BMW Welt; Am Olympiapark 1; 80809 München; Phone: +49 1802/118822;


Ohel Jakob Synagogue – Munich

Facing East the impressive synagogue with its solid lower section topped by a delicate construction of steel stands alone in the square. Whilst the architrave block is a metaphoric reminder of Solomon’s Temple standing symbolically for the perpetuity of the protective mantle surrounding the prayer room the upper level comprising a light source surrounded by a multi-layered filigree mesh alludes to the fragile and portable tabernacle and gives the impression of the building evanescing into the transcendency of light.

Further Informations: Israelitische Kultusgemeinde für München und Oberbayern; St.-Jakobs-Platz 18, 80331 München; Phone: +49 89/202400-100; E-Mail:; (German only)


Herz-Jesu Kirche – Munich

The aim was to create an open, light and lively place of worship with a flexible transition flowing from outside through the foyer in to the area of worship inside. A place of worship not restricted by the symbolic confines of solid boundaries but rather indicating an ambiguity rather than unambiguity in its daily and nightly manifestation.

Further Informations: Herz-Jesu Kirche; Romanstraße 6, 80639 München; Phone: +49 89/130675-0; Fax: +49 89/130675-26; (German only) 


Allianz Arena - Munich-Fröttmaning

Once one of the most disputed construction projects in the whole of Munich ... now it is considered one of Munich’s most monumental and publicity potent architectural highlights. The Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron won the contract and began to develop the concept of a stadium with a transparent covering of ETFE foil cushions capable of self-cleaning which could be illuminated from within.

Further Informations: Allianz Arena München Stadion GmbH; Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25; 80939 München; Phone: +49 89/2005-0;  


Haus der Architektur - Munich

With this new building in Waisenhausstraße the Architectural Association of Bavaria (Bayerische Architektenkammer) has created an event and seminar venue and meeting place for all those involved in construction or planning.

Further Informations: Bayerische Architektenkammer; Waisenhausstr. 4; 80637 München; Phone: +49 89/139880-76; Fax: +49 89/139880-33;  


Fünf Höfe - Munich

The ultimate in contemporary architecture à la Herzog & de Meuron right in the heart of the historic centre of Munich.
Whilst preserving the majority of the building and its historic facade Herzog & de Meuron completely remodeled the interior of this huge block. Once hollowed out the building was transformed into an elegant ensemble of courtyards and alleyways interspersed with surprising glimpses and vistas. Every little open area and every alleyway has its own very distinctive character.
Location: Historic city centre between Theatinerstrasse and Kardinal-Faulhaberstrasse, 80333 Munich.


Extension to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

The task was to create an extension for the Academy of Fine Arts which had outgrown its current premises. Constructed in 1876 the building needed a new extension that should also denote a modernization of the academy’s concept.
Built in a deconstructivist style the extension which was opened in 200 5 houses some of the administration departments, synthetics workshops, sculpting studios and workshops for the photographic, screen printing and multi-media arts.

Further Informations: Akademie der Bildenden Künste - München; Akademiestraße 2; 80799 München-Schwabing; Phone: +49 89/3852-0; 

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