With supergreen®, Christoph Ingenhoven sums up his approach to green building – a holistic system of insights and demands for future-oriented construction that is constantly evolving and exceeds the highest applicable standards wherever possible.
What is the “right” way to build under today’s conditions? For over 30 years, this simple yet complex question has driven him and his team. Globally, we currently consume 170 percent of the earth’s resources. Construction represents about 60 per cent of this resource consumption. In view of the figures and a still growing world population: if not radical renunciation – what are our alternatives?
With supergreen®, Christoph Ingenhoven has defined central parameters to which he aligns his work. In addition to climate neutrality for the operation and construction of buildings, these include replacement, giving back to the earth the biocapacity that is initially taken away by construction through buildings. An essential concern is the creation of public spaces as well as extracurricular, i.e. also creating added value for society beyond this, or using resilient buildings to absorb the consequences of global warming that is already being felt today.
On the basis of selected projects, including Marina One, Singapore, Stuttgart 21 and Kö-Bogen II, Düsseldorf, Christoph Ingenhoven explains his design approach – from the global perspective to attention to detail.
Lecture in German
Christoph Ingenhoven is one of the leading international architects committed to sustainable and ecological architecture. He studied architecture and art history at RWTH Aachen University (1978-84) and at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Hans Hollein (1980-83). In 1985 he founded ingenhoven architects.
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Christoph Ingenhoven and his team develop and realise projects of all sizes and typologies in almost all regions of the world in accordance with the respective highest green building standards such as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB and CASBEE. He first received international recognition in 1997 with the RWE Tower in Essen, one of the first ecological high-rise buildings in the world. Since 1997, the office has been planning Stuttgart’s underground central station as the core of the Stuttgart 21 transport and urban development project. With the Kö-Bogen II in Düsseldorf, Europe’s largest green façade was completed in 2020. Several high-rise projects were created a.o. in Osaka, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney. His work has won numerous awards, including several RIBA Awards, AR Awards, the Global Holcim Award Gold, the International Highrise Award, and the Gottfried Semper Prize.
The headquarters of ingenhoven architects are located in the Düsseldorfer Hafen. They are also represented internationally in Sydney, Singapore and St. Moritz.