Grüntuch Ernst Architects was founded in Berlin in 1991 by Armand Grüntuch and Almut Grüntuch-Ernst. With more than 50 members in the team, the office covers projects ranging in scale and programme from urban planning to the realization of many prizewinning buildings. Openness and a holistic method are characteristic of our design approach. The tailor-made solutions combine the traditional values of architecture with innovations for the future. The questioning and reinterpretation of the design assignment, an inquisitive and experimental spirit, and the quest for alternative functional, formal, technical, artistic and cultural prospects lead to innovative and individual solutions.
The work of Grüntuch Ernst Architects includes residential and office buildings, transport buildings, hotels and educational institutions in addition to special commissions such as the conception and design of the German contribution to the 10th Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2006. The buildings contribute to the transformation and mixture of functions, diversity and densification of urban space. The high quality of their realized projects, i.e. in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Chemnitz and Madrid, has led to numerous national and international awards.
The new head office of the Medical Association in Hanover combines the functions of an efficient office building for approximately 400 employees with a modern training centre at its traditional location. Two oppositely aligned inclinations grow upwards to ten-storeys at the site’s busy crossroads. The green roof areas provide a direct connection to nature at the workplace and contribute to the microclimatic improvement in urban space as well as to an ecologically sustainable building operation.
The generous hall construction of the office and development building in the heart of the Balluff headquarters near Stuttgart Airport combines workplaces for office and innovation, research and development. It is structurally composed of cascading levels of the individual units, a wide central ramp and islandlike glass patios as green spaces that can be used in in a variety of ways. The central ramp as a communication zone forms a key meeting place for the entire campus.
At the Olof-Palme-Platz in Berlin's City West, a contemporary office tower with an extensive urban presence is nearing completion. The new sculptural structure marks the exposed street corner. Due to its polygonal, faceted shape, the building creates a different impression depending on the viewing angle. The irregular octagon fits perfectly into the unusual layout of the site. It crowns a Berlin block, emerging as a striking high point.