Architecture tour in Darmstadt

Here and there are also Bergsträßer wine and Sprizz on the tables to see, on sunny days Darmstadt downtown seems to be a single coffee terrace. This in contrast to the sober atmosphere of the 1970s and 80s, which corresponded to the sober 50s rebuilding architecture.

The centers of modern architecture lie just beyond the coffee terrace, with one exception:

The 'Staatstheater' - A model building for the architecture of the sixties, has now been upgraded architecturally, in addition to other measures, a fun underworld was created. From the forecourt, a former privet desert, became a chill place.

Mathildenhöhe Paulusviertel Heimatstil

Art Nouveau

Model buildings from the early 20th century were built on the Mathildenhöhe. Initiated by the art-loving Ernst-Ludwig, a grand ducal stroke of luck for Hesse-Darmstadt, the Art Nouveau settlement is now seen as the first German building exhibition.

Quite different was to build in the spaciously planned Paulusviertel. Today, the difference is somewhat relative. The architects there followed the home style and were inspired by romantic farmhouse ideas or medieval castle architecture. This area has survived the World War largely undestroyed, in contrast to the Mathildenhöhe, where some bombs fell.

However, those who mourn the ruined group of tenants can now console themselves with the well-rehabilitated Department of Design at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

Darmstadt masterpieces

After the war, the city wanted to resume the thread of exemplary buildings and commissioned 1951 eleven renowned architects with public construction projects. Five projects were carried out: the women's club of Otto Bartning, the Ludwig Georgs Gymnasium by Max Taut, the Georg Büchner School by Hans Schwippert, the children's world of Franz Schuster and the single dormitory by Ernst Neufert

TU downtown

At the site of the former Grand Ducal vegetable garden, the old TH buildings were built at the end of the 19th century (renamed TU in 1997). The ensemble is now complemented by the university library and institute building. Previously set in the war desert green, the event center Darmstadtium emerged as a notable urban development accent.

publisher quarter

A green commercial campus with a uniform architecture, in view of special waste architecture in today's business parks, would have liked to be able to serve as a role model for the Darmstadt publisher quarter that emerged in the fifties. Settled with printing companies that had fled from East Germany, the change in the printing industry has become noticeable there. The companies have disappeared and the state building school, once located as a gap filler, has now become the 'Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da)' or 'Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences' and has developed the area into a campus.

TU Campus Lichtwiese

The new campus of the TU is located on the outskirts, where Matthias Claudius, in the 18th century, wrote the in Germany very much known poetry 'Der Mond ist aufgegangen' (The moon has risen). The first development took place in concrete and prefabricated parts according to the example of the University Campus Marburg. Since 2000, a number of new institute buildings have sprung up, which often incorporate the horizontal structure of existing buildings, but otherwise formally dissociate themselves. Noteworthy are the ETA factory and the Decathlons pavilions as examples of particularly future-oriented energy-saving construction.

project selection


State Theater (Rudolf Prange, renovation of Lederer Ragnarsdottir Oei)


Ernst Ludwig House, Exhibition Hall, 'Hochzeitsturm' (Wedding tower), Haus Glückert (Joseph Maria Olbrich)

Residential house (Peter Behrens)

Faculty of Design Hochschule Darmstadt (Cornelsen & Seelinger)


St. Paul's Church (Friedrich Pützer)

TU downtown

University Library (Bär Stadelmann Stöcker Architekten BSS)

Darmstadtium (Talik Chalabi - FS Architects)

Wasserbauhalle (Ernst Neufert, renovation Ramona Buxbaum)

publisher quarter

Hochhaus Hochschule Darmstadt (renovation Staab Architekten)

Media Center Central Library (renovation Ramona Buxbaum)

'Wella Headquarters' (Dierks Blume Nasedy)

Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SEHW)

House of Economy South Hesse (grid square)

TU Lichtwiese

Lecture Hall and Media Center TU Darmstadt (Ferdinand Heide)

ETA factory (FG design and construction Prof Johann Eisele + Dietz Joppien Architekten AG)

M³ - Magnets, Molecules, Materials (mtp architekten gmbH)

Decathlon Pavillions (Department of Design and Energy Efficient Building Prof. Manfred Hegger)