edited by Sheila Kim -- Interior Design, 1/1/2003 12:00:00 AM
Germany's Lower Saxony has bestowed its State Prize for Architecture to Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner—a firm in Stuttgart and Los Angeles—for the Norddeutsche Landesbank headquarters in Hannover. The 23-story multiuse tower's stepped-glass profile and giant cantilevers pierce the skyline of the city's Friedrichswall district. In addition to an intriguing appearance, the building features an environmentally innovative design. A soil-heat exchanger in the foundation distributes cool air to upper levels, and a daylight-redirection system is integrated into a glare-eliminating sunshade.
The Norddeutsch Landesbank in Hannover, Germany, by Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner.