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Old April 12th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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New UB Law Center: Designed in Germany, born in Baltimore

I am looking forward to a great piece of German Architecture being opened this month in Baltimore: The University of Baltimore's new Peter Angelos Law Center. LEED Platinum, double glass facades, light and bright, innovative and creative: no lederhosen or broodiness as far as the eye can see.

Stefan Behnisch of Stuttgart is the architect, son and heir of Guenter Behnisch who changed the face of German postwar architecture with his own type of modernism that took the Bauhaus to new levels. Behnisch, the elder came to international fame with his light and airy tent structures for the Munich Olympics in 1972. Behnisch who as a young man had become a U-boat commander at the end of WW II, became soon a devout critic of all the elements that had been the ingredients of Nazi Germany. He countered pomposity, heaviness, authoritarian structures with his own brand of the "lightness of being", namely making buildings as light as possible by reducing materials to their absolute minimums. Transparency was one of his favorite words along with light and sun. He didn't see a building as a sculpture or as an art object but as a shell that needs to show what is going on inside. His energy went initially to making local and regional schools around his Stuttgart office less institutional and more joyous. From there he went on to museums, the Olympics and eventually a new Parliament building in Bonn which was unfortunately obsolete as soon as it was finished when Germany relocated its capital back to Berlin into the old Reichstag, of all places (although nicely refreshed by Norman Foster).

I was taught the Behnisch canon of architecture in my formative years as a professional: In architecture school where Behnisch gave guest lectures and then on the first floor of his offices in Stuttgart Sillenbuch. More
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So....is it finished or is it supposed to look like that?
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