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Online Exhibition

Architecture for an Open Society

The exhibition’s six chapters cover the most important hypotheses in Günter Behnisch's oeuvre. In his first years in the profession, Günter Behnisch devoted himself mainly to school architecture. It is a field in which we can also see his development from crafts practices via modular buildings to more differentiated structures. With the structures built for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and the plenary buildings for the German Bundestag in Bonn, he opened his work up to include new content and demonstrated exactly what he considered to be democratic architecture for an open society. A key objective for Günter Behnisch was also to create space in his buildings for the needs of both people and society. He never shied away from taking a clear stance in the case of controversial topics and in relation to backward-looking trends in architecture. The exhibition accompanies his oeuvre, which over time led him to dissolve formal and structural orders, and places his overall project in the context of his day. 

From Crafts to Modular
Elements and from there to “Differentiated” Construction
Site-Specific Architecture
Architecture as a Process
Building for Society
and Individuals
Points of Conflict and
Deconstruction of Order