Sports hall Halstenbek, architects: André Poitiers Architekten, Hamburg, year of completion: 1998, © photo: Klemens Ortmeyer, Braunschweig
New synagogue Dresden, architects: Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch, Saarbrücken / Frankfurt am Main year of completion: 2001, © photo: Lukas Roth, Cologne
Office building Berliner Bogen, Hamburg, architects: BRT Architekten, Bothe Richter Teherani, Hamburg, year of completion: end of 2001, © photo: Jörg Hempel, Aachen / artur, Cologne
House R 128, Stuttgart, architect: Werner Sobek, Stuttgart, year of completion: 2000, © photo: Roland Halbe, Stuttgart
Neanderthal Museum about the history of humanity, Mettmann, architects: Zamp Kelp and Julius Krauss, Arno Brandlhuber, year of completion: 1996, © photo: Michael Reisch, Düsseldorf
Herz Jesu church, Munich, architects: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Munich, year of completion: 2001, © photo: Florian Holzherr, Munich

Exhibition: New German Architecture in Spain

The Museo de Bellas Artes in Coruña, Spain, presents the exhibition "New German Architecture – A reflexive Modernism" until September 12, 2004. It mainly sheds light on the architecture of the 1990s.


Both a national and an international jury selected 25 buildings of younger architectural offices that they considered trend setting. To clarify the profile of the work of this new generation of architects, works of the classics like Herzog & Partners and Daniel Libeskind are presented alongside the contemporary objects in order to distinguish the new developments from the traditional.

The view of German identity in architecture is disputed since the training and work of architects today have become global: there are international training courses, global architectural competitions, multi-national partnerships and international architectural offices. However, the exhibition reveals that the young architects are not bound by location but instead are influenced by the cultural and artistic environment of their centers of living. Related ideas and parallel interests can be defined. The new German architecture cannot be squeezed into formal or programmatic schemes or assigned to schools, trends and lines of traditions; but there is a catchphrase that characterizes the exhibit: extreme individualization rather than pluralism characterizes the current situation with regard to German architecture. Hybrid forms, overlapping and modifications dominate the picture. The new German architecture is moderate, self-confident, thoughtful and humble – an architecture of the self-critical, reflective modernism.

You can obtain further information from the Institute for Foreign Relations at and in Spanish at



New German Architecture.

A reflexive Modernism

Until September 12, 2004

Museo de Bellas Artes da Coruña

Rúa Zalaeta, s/n

15002 A Coruña