Buildings and projects
Numerous buildings have been added to the oeuvre of Hilmer & Sattler and Albrecht since the year 2000, when the first book about the architects' work was published by Edition Axel Menges. But the practice which has had Thomas Albrecht as a partner since 1991, alongside Heinz Hilmer and Christoph Sattler, has not changed its approach in relation to previous years. Inventing something new is still not central to the symbiotic work carried out by the three co-operating partners. They are concerned with treating accumulated architectural memories and typologies dialectically. This is not achieved by associatively assembling quotations from historical or modern architecture that are more or less justified in terms of content, but by sticking rigidly to the rule that "a building is a building", and nothing more. The Berlin practice has tied itself more closely to historical models with its buildings in Potsdamer and Leipziger Platz and also at the Lenne-Dreicck with the Beisheim-Center, now rearranged in urban-development terms, while the Munich buildings in Karl-Scharnagl-Ring or on the Theresienhohe keep to a formal language more closely related to Modernism. With the latest residential buildings in Berlin and Munich, which reveal new urban-development and design ideas, Hilmer & Sattler und Albrecht are continuing one of the practice's important fields of activity. One particular item is the little museum to house a reconstruction of the famous Gottorf Globe in the Baroque garden of Schloss Gottorf near Schleswig. In this small building, as also in the Picasso Museum in Munster, the architects set off a display of ideas and references from European architectural history, making it possible to speak of an intellectual game with the history of architecture Hilmer & Sattler and Albrecht present a building culture oscillating between relating to the present and understanding tradition properly.
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