Rüthnick Architects

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Rüthnick Architects
legal form GmbH
founding 1989
Seat Berlin , Germany
management Elisabeth Rüthnick, Wolfgang Planitzer
Number of employees approx. 20
Branch architecture office
Website www.ruethnick.com

The GIZ house on Reichpietschufer
Belgian Embassy in Jägerstrasse, Berlin
View of today's imperial courts
Place of silence in the forest of memory

Rüthnick Architects is a German architecture firm based in Berlin .


Rüthnick Architects developed from Elisabeth Rüthnick's architectural office, which she founded in Berlin in May 1989 before the fall of the Berlin Wall . Elisabeth Rüthnick has been running the office together with Wolfgang Planitzer since 1995. In its 30-year history, the office has planned numerous projects in Berlin and Brandenburg as well as abroad. New buildings and existing construction measures are carried out for public and private clients in the areas of residential and commercial buildings, cultural, administrative and government buildings as well as construction for the German armed forces, with high security requirements. Planning and construction tasks for the conversion, expansion and modernization of existing buildings under monument protection also form an essential part of the work of the office. An interdisciplinary team develops concepts and drafts, processes implementation plans and accompanies all projects through to completion.


The spectrum of work ranges from architecture and urban planning to many years of experience in monument protection . The style of the office is characterized by a compact construction that playfully deals with the architecture but still conveys a clarity and makes a consistent concept visible. Today's architect should be creative, have visions, question conventions, abstract and be able to process the environment intellectually. The user comes first: first the social contacts, then the urban spaces and then the individual buildings.

Project selection

  • 1999–2001: German Society for Technical Cooperation, GIZ House
  • 2000–2004: SpreeKarree Berlin, new office and commercial building
  • 2001: Office building for the Belgian Embassy in Germany, Berlin-Mitte
  • 2008: Residential, commercial and office building Unter den Linden, Kaiserhöfe Berlin-Mitte
  • 2007–2011: Residential, commercial and university buildings on Museum Island , Pergamon Palais, Berlin-Mitte
  • 2011: Humboldt University Lichthöfe in the main building Unter den Linden, Berlin-Mitte
  • 2010–2012: New condominium building at Bruno-Wille-Strasse Berlin
  • 2011–2013: Visitor center for the New Palace in Sanssouci Palace Park, Potsdam
  • 2014: Memorial for deceased members of the Bundeswehr in the Henning-von-Tresckow barracks Forest of Remembrance
  • 2015: High-rise office building from the 1960s, Berlin-Wedding, renovation and energetic upgrading, job center Berlin-Mitte
  • 2016–2017: Student club of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam , Casino, House 1

Awards (selection)

  • 2017: German Brick Prize
  • 2015: German Design Award - Special Mention
  • 2015: Iconic Awards
  • 2015: DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany 2015
  • 2013: Silver Certificate for Sustainable Building from the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development
  • 1999: Belgian Embassy Berlin, 1st prize

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.baunetz.de/mektiven/Mommunikations-Richtfest_fuer_SpreeKarree_in_Berlin_14085.html / https://www.baunetz.de/mektiven/Mommunikations-Spreekarree_in_Berlin-Mitte_vollendet_18197.html
  2. https://www.baunetz.de/mektiven/Mommunikations_Belgische_Botschaft_in_Berlin_zie_in_DDR-Bau_8951.html / https://www.baunetz.de/mektiven/M nearly-competition_fuer_die_Belgische_Botschaft_in_Berlin_entschieden_4933.html
  3. https://www.baunetz.de/mektiven/Mommunikations-Wohnhaus_von_Ruethnick_in_Berlin_haben_3062773.html
  4. https://www.baunetz.de/meldungen/Meldungen-Gedenkstaette_der_Bundeswehr_in_Potsdam_eingeweiht_4123981.html / https://www.baunetz.de/meldungen/Meldungen-Baubeginn_fuer_Bundeswehr-Gedenkstaette_bei_Potsdam_3497801.html / https://www.baunetzwissen.de/mauerwerk / objects / culture / memorial-of-the-bundeswehr-in-gelow-4271439
  5. ^ Memorial "Forest of Remembrance": German Brick Prize 2017, recognition: https://deutscher-ziegelpreis.de/preise/preis-2017/page:17
  6. ^ Memorial "Forest of Remembrance": German Design Award 2015, Special Mention Excellent Communications Design - Architecture and Urban Space: https://www.competitionline.com/de/results/169486
  7. ^ Memorial "Forest of Remembrance": Iconic Awards 2015, Winner Architecture I Public: https://www.competitionline.com/de/results/191003
  8. Memorial "Forest of Remembrance": DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany 2015, FINALIST: https://www.competitionline.com/de/results/221776