Stephan Braunfels

Intro German architect
Known for Pinakothek der Moderne
Is Architect Professor Educator
From Germany
Type Academia Engineering
Gender male
Birth 1 August 1950, Überlingen, Germany
Star sign Leo

Professor Stephan Braunfels (born August 1, 1950) is a German architect.


Stephan Braunfels was born on August 1, 1950. He completed his studies at the Technical University of Munich in 1975 and established his office in Munich in 1978. He is a grandson of the composer Walter Braunfels.

Early career

Braunfels' first competition success along with his plans and critiques on urban design concepts for Munich formed the basis for the exhibition "Designs for Munich" shown in 1987 at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt am Main. As an advisor to the City of Dresden in 1991-1993, Braunfels designed a master plan for the reconstruction of the historic city centre of Dresden. Braunfels opened his Berlin office in 1996.

Major projects

Rotunda of the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Pinakothek der Moderne

After the completion of his first projects in Munich and Dresden, Braunfels won several competitions. The first major competition he won was for Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne in 1992. This project took ten years to come to fruition and opened in late 2002 as one of the largest new museums in Germany. Braunfels garnered some prizes and lauding reviews for this building. Peter Schjeldahl, reviewing the Pinakothek der Moderne in the New Yorker (January 13, 2003), wrote: "it is a big but self-effacing, "invisible" building: on the outside, a bland concrete-steel-and-glass shoebox; on the inside, a dream of subtly proportioned, shadowless, sugar-white galleries that branch off from an airy, three-story rotunda. In the effulgent atmosphere, you may know where the walls are only by where the pictures hang. I gratefully watched colors combust in Kirchners and Noldes under translucent, all-skylight ceilings. (I'll never again think of Expressionist color as generally sour and arbitrary.) On an ordinary rainy Tuesday in November, the place was thronged with people in festive spirits. The Moderne is a great success.

German parliament buildings

In 1994, Braunfels' design for the 81,000 square meter German Parliament office building — Paul Löbe Haus—was awarded first prize. The home of German Parliament's offices and committee chambers opened in 2001 and is one of the most prominent structures in Berlin. In 1996 he was awarded first prize for another parliament building design, the 65,000 square meter Marie Elisabeth Lüders Haus, which houses the German Parliament's offices, library and repository. This second building opened to critical acclaim in 2003. These three projects are considered to be some of the largest scale projects in post-Cold War Germany and have established Braunfels as an architectural force in Germany.

Buildings and projects


Ulm Department Store, Münstertor, Ulm (2007) Ulm Headquarters Sparkasse, Ulm (2007) Lohengrin (Opera Production), Baden-Baden, Germany (2006) Restaurant Tantris, Munich, Germany (2005) Marie Elisabeth Lüders Haus, Berlin, Germany (2003) Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2002) Paul Löbe Haus, Berlin, Germany (2001) Museum Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel, Germany (2000) Atrium Rosegardens, Dresden, Germany (1997) Richard Strauss Straße, Munich, Germany (1994) Edlinger Platz, Munich, Germany (1994) Bürocenter Georg Brauchle Ring, München Office Center Georg Brauchle Ring, Munich, Germany (1993) Bürokomplex Halbergmoos, München Office Center Halbergmoos, Munich, Germany (1993) Auenstraße, München Auenstraße, Munich, Germany (1993) Berliner Straße, München Berliner Straße, Munich, Germany (1993) Balanstraße, München Balanstraße, Munich, Germany (1993) Georgplatz, Dresden, Germany (1993) Masterplan Altstadtring, Dresden, Germany (1992) Ares Wall Light, ClassiCon (1992) Redesign Marienhof, Munich, Germany (1987) Hofgartenareal, Munich, Germany (1984)

In progress

Extension German Parliament, Berlin, Germany Federal Archives, Berlin, Germany Glacis Terraces, Neu Ulm, Germany Ulenspiegel (Opera, Stage design), Gera, Germany (2010)

Awards and honors

2008 – DA! Architecture made in Berlin Prize for Exhibition of Komische Oper Berlin 2007 – DA! Architecture made in Berlin for Exhibition of New Ulm Projects 2007 – Bauherrenpreis Baden-Württemberg Award for the New Ulm Projects 2006 – German Urban Design Award for the Ulm Urban Design Plan 2006 – International Prize Dedalo Minosse for the Marie Elisabeth Lüders Haus, Berlin 2004 – BDA Prize Bavaria for the Pinakothek der Moderne 2004 – AIT Architecture Prize Colour-Texture-Surface for the Pinakothek der Moderne 2003 – Deutscher Architekturpreis Award for the Pinakothek der Moderne 2003 – Gold Medal "München Leuchtet" 2003 – Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award for Pinakothek der Moderne and Paul-Löbe-Haus 2002 – AZ Star of the Year for the Pinakothek der Moderne 1994 – Deutscher Kritikerpreis 1992 – AZ Star of the Year for Architecture

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