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English/German or English/German/French

PORTFOLIO presents carefully selected, innovative, national, and international architects along with their ideas and their constructed designs. The collection is not meant to embrace the creator’s whole life’s work, but it should present the general theoretical orientation of the architecture as well as the characteristic architectural statements, namely style, art of detail, choice of material, etc. This implies that architectural currents do not determine the collection: by presenting different positions we hope to reflect the diversity at large in international architectural discussions.

The similarity to an architecture magazine is deliberate: a clear visual design shapes the bilingual volumes of the collection, attracting not only professionals and journalists but also laymen, students, architects in training—all those who show interest for the actors of contemporary architecture and for their work. The PORTFOLIO collection has been conceived as a long-term project, so as to guarantee that each volume be available to the press and to the customers over a long period of time, thereby allowing the character of the collection to have a repercussion on each title.

Wulf & PartnerPortfolio


Independent of changes in fashion, the Stuttgart architectural practice of Wulf architekten (Tobias Wulf, Kai Bierich, Alexander Vohl) have made a name for themeselves with their own pragmatic yet playful brand of modern architecture. Always oriented towards the function and logical structure of a building task, the result of their work is intergral architecture at a high level. At the latest, with the Neue Messe Stuttgart, they have advanced to the premier league of German architects. This publication contains the first comprehensive overview of their most important buildings, which combine day-to-day adaptable, sustainable architecture with an expressive, contemporary presence.


LRO Lederer + Ragnarsdóttir + OeiPortfolio


The architectural practice of Lederer+Ragnarsdóttir+Oei Architekten are known especially for their uncompromising architectural language articulated in sweeping facades, memorable forms and clear collors. Many successful projects, among them Darmstadt's State Theatre, the EVS Central Administration in Stuttgart, and the Salem International College as well a numerous exhibits and achitecture prizes are the impressive result of their almost 30 years of experience. In this copiously illustrated cross-section of their works Falk Jaeger documents why they are justly considered to be one of the most interesting German architecture firms.


Behnisch ArchitektenPortfolio


Stefan Behnisch and partners have a current international reputation as one of the most successful architectural offices in Germany. Taking up the formal tradition of the “Stuttgart School” with its open, transparent and atmospherically convivial buildings, the office’s projects are characterised by a consistent ecological orientation. The aim is to create energy-efficient and sustainable architecture, no longer to be seen as a burden on future generations. This volume from the PORTFOLIO series presents all the important international projects by Behnisch Architects from 1996 to the present day. Lavish photo series and plans document their unique architectural language. A detailed text by Falk Jaeger and an interview with the architects provide additional insights into the office’s philosophy and working method.




Architects Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos from the Amsterdam office UNStudio are undeniable stars on the international architectural scene. In their interdisciplinary united net of experts they promote creative and integral design processes, aiming to further the progressive path of contemporary architecture. The outcome is dynamic buildings like the Magnet Resonance Institute at the University of Utrecht or the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart; buildings of extreme conceptual and technical complexity and conviction that also offer a rare level of architectural experience. Surely one of the office’s most outstanding qualities is the fact that a sense of atmosphere and beauty is never neglected in these buildings and objects designed with such artistic fervour.




Gert Wingårdh is already recognised as the most successful Swedish architect of all time, but he is not representative of a genuinely Swedish architecture. The outgoing architect’s work on the national and international stage is too cosmopolitan and his architectural solutions are too varied for that, demonstrating a wealth of ideas and frequent surprises. Because he is untrammelled by a predefined style or a fixed theoretical or conceptual orientation, with every new design he succeeds in finding the most suitable architectural language and the ideal expression for the task in hand. In the interests of its users, he places great emphasis not only on the functional but also on the aesthetic and atmospheric qualities of architecture—and regards the ecological sustainability of his buildings as quite indispensable.


CBA Christian BauerPortfolio


Luxembourg has in recent years turned itself into a mecca of contemporary architecture. Together with the works of prominent international architects, the œuvre of the Luxembourger firm christian bauer & associés architectes stands out. The professional scope of the office ranges from museums, schools, banks, residential and commercial buildings to urban planning projects, both in the Grand Duchy and beyond. As founder of the firm, Christian Bauer has developed a design philosophy based on both context and innovation. This volume is the first of its kind to introduce the extensive and varied work of the firm in a monograph.




Fritz Auer and Carlo Weber founded the practice Auer + Weber in 1980, after having worked as partners of Günter Behnisch, successfully continuing the work in the sense of an open, undogmatic architecture. The transition to a next generation of architects in their practice is now complete. Five partners and five associates in Stuttgart and Munich apply themselves to a whole spectrum of construction projects from monument protection to infrastructure, residential and office complexes in Germany, Europe, South America, and Asia. Attention to the idiosyncrasies of places is always a priority, appropriateness and sustainability remain top concerns. Falk Jaeger provides an insight into the mindscape of this multifaceted practice, primarily renowned for its high standards of quality.




ASTOC architects and planners from Cologne have “double expertise” in the fields of urban design and architecture. The practice’s urban design projects benefit from architectural experience in designing and realizing buildings as do its building designs from urban know-how. ASTOC’s unique working methods are informed by a combination of professional practice, research and teaching. This book provides a first-time comprehensive overview of the ASTOC practice’s projects at home and abroad, which have won numerous prizes and awards—urban design such as HafenCity in Hamburg, at present Europe’s largest inner-city redevelopment project; the master plan for the Emscher-Zukunft which is developing into a force of change for the whole Ruhr area as a result of its novel planning methodology; architecture projects, which range from publicly-funded residential developments to exclusive residential towers, from office buildings to urban supply and infrastructure.


Atsushi Kitagawara ArchitectsPortfolio


The Japanese architect Atsushi Kitagawara has been firmly established in the architecture scene of his homeland for 30 years. He is a protagonist of an artistically shaped and expressionistic architectural style, which celebrates the experience of space, without losing sight of the functional requirements. Through numerous award-winning projects, such as the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum, he is constantly exploring new means of construction, composition and usage of materials. He thereby creates complex spatial structures and façades, which challenge the conventional viewing patterns of the user, whilst never diminishing the human criteria. This volume from the PORTFOLIO series is the first monograph outside of Japan to present prominent current and older projects by Atsushi Kitagawara Architects by means of text and images.

With contributions by: Aaron Betsky, Marco Imperadori, Masato Kawamukai, Kathrin Sauerwein


Alexander BrennerPortfolio

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Classical Modernism is very much alive! It is more diversified, more atmospherically intense, more comfortable, and more technically perfect than ever before—as shown by the houses of the Stuttgart architect Alexander Brenner. Each individual one is a precious gem, customized for the owner and perfected right down to the last detail. They can be considered as research projects, brimming with ideas and surprises that are worth discovering and experiencing. This book demonstrates how a radical and consistent architectural approach and ideal conditions can lead to the creation of contemporary architecture of the highest standards, which embodies timeless architectonic principles and produces reference projects that serve as a benchmark for others.


JSWD ArchitektenPortfolio


The Cologne architecture firm JSWD demonstrates the long-term benefits of an international presence. JSWD Architekten are currently involved in major projects in Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria, in some cases with European partners. An understanding of building quality, urban design, and competence in the field of sustainable construction are always central aspects of these. JSWD are involved in a wide range of building projects—from a school to a research institute, from a residential building to a museum—and each project is conceived from scratch. “Architecture and urban development have to reflect diversity”—this credo underpins the designs by JSWD. They have shown on many occasions that they are not afraid of size, nor do they have any reserve about designing the smallest of details within their particular context. The common feature of all their work is the search for homogeneity with regard to the building volume, form, materials, and color. This harmonious architecture by JSWD is therefore multifaceted and coherent at the same time.


Norihiko Dan and AssociatesPortfolio


A concrete tree trunk growing in the middle of a commercial street in Tokyo, an airport terminal that looks almost like a bird’s wing. a skyscraper facade that seems to move like ocean waves, a visitors’ center perfectly integrated into the landscape of Taiwan’s largest lake – nature is everpresent in Japanese architect Norihiko Dan’s buildings. His architecture never stands alone, for Dan always seeks symbiosis; this appears in his combination of geometric-archetypical with organic forms, in his urban planning projects, which bring submerged historic and cultural identities back to light, as well as in the ecological orientation of his buildings. With dramatic contrasts in architectural language and choice of materials Norihiko Dan insistently calls for a relationship between human beings and their surroundings.

The complex and fascinating work of this architect, who has received many honors in Japan and Taiwan, is presented here to a Western audience for the first time. A knowledgeable essay by Aaron Betsky and a conversation between Norihiko Dan and Fumihiko Maki complete this volume.

Ortner & Ortner Baukunst


The architecture firm Ortner & Ortner Baukunst with branches in Vienna, Berlin, and Cologne was founded in 1987 by Laurids and Manfred Ortner and has its roots in the architecture group Haus-Rucker-Co, which was part of the vibrant Viennese architecture and art scene in the 1960s and 70s. An artistic approach is still a trademark of the internationally active firm now named O&O Baukunst.

A direct response to the setting and atmosphere of the surrounding urban environment is also one of the focal points of the architects. The book describes the development of the O&O world of ideas, focusing on the latest buildings and projects.