Günter Günschel

Architect (1928 - 2008)

Günter Günschel’s work reflects his research on the innovation of architectural forms. Throughout his career dedicated to experimentation, the designer’s predilection for pure and rigorous geometry blended with his boundless imagination and expressiveness. From the 1950 and up until his death in 2008, Günschel drew countless sketches infused with an emotional and expressionist charge, transposing many of them to the geometric volumes studied in his models and architectonic studies of wild landscapes. His compact and megalithic structures explore the universality of morphology while subjecting mass to experiments with incision, torsion or crystallization. Graduating in 1955, Günschel began his thinking about the innovation of materials and techniques and undertook studies on the construction of vaults, placing his research within the tradition of architect-engineers. Like D-G Emmerich, Robert Le Ricolais and Buckminster Fuller, Günschel pursued a dream of light and mobile architecture freed of reality’s constraints. His system of concrete shells, which he began to experiment with in the 1950, were patented in 1957. That same year with Frei Otto, he designed and built the structure of the City of Tomorrow pavilion for the Interbau international exhibition in Berlin. In 1958, Günschel joined Yona Friedman and the Groupe d’Etude d’Architecture Mobile (GEAM) where he conducted research on geodesic cupolas. In 1960, for the GEAM exhibition in Amsterdam, he designed a machine for manufacturing inflatable houses. Fascinated by mechanical processes for the production of art, Günschel was also a pioneer in the field of digital architecture. He was an early adopter of the computer in the 1980s as an experimental tool. His research on fractal geometry, a harbinger of computational architecture, places him close to the Deconstruction movement.

German architect, Günter Günschel studied architecture at the Giebichenstein School in Halle (1947-1949) then at the School of Architecture in Berlin. Author of numerous articles and books (notably Große Konstrukteure in 1966), in 1968 he was appointed to the chair of experimental architecture School of Fine Arts in Brunswick. He built several university housing complexes between the 1970s (Wolfsburg) and 1990s. His architectonic and artistic work has been presented in several exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland and Poland.

Cornelia Escher

Sans titre
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Stühle, Studentenarbeiten 1949-1950
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Recreation centre 1950-1957
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Studentenarbeit Struktur 1950
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Konstruktion aus Tetraeder-Steinen 1951-1953
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Modell für ein tonnenförmiges Bauwerk 1951
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Pappkuppel 1951-1954
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Gebäudestudie mit geometrischen Körpern 1952-1970
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Kristallwucherungen 1953-1988
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Wasserspiel aus geodätischen Systemen 1953
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Geodätische Hallen 1955-1978
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Fermi Gedenkhalle 1956
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Interbau, Berlin 1956-1957
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MERO - Stand Industriemesse Berlin 1957
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Glaskörper aus 120 gleichseitigen Dreiecken 1958
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Entwurf für einen Ausstellungspavillon 1959
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Studie für ein mehrgeschossiges Haus 1960
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Liederhalle für Wolfsburg 1961
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Sans titre 1962
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Zeichenbesetzte Architekturen 1962-1987
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Hallenentwürfe aus zusammengesetzten geodätischen Systemen 1963-1969
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Hörsaal und Forschungsgebäude aus hyperbolischen Paraboloiden 1963
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Innen und aussen bespielbarer Pavillon aus Kunststoffelementen für elektronische Medien 1963
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Kugelgliederturm aus Kunststoff 1963
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Lichtturm für Essen 1963
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Büro-Grossraum Gebäude 1964
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Modell für Hallenkonstruktion aus zusammengesetzten geodätischen Systemen 1968-1969
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Windmaschinen 1968-1987
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Studentenheim Göttingen 1969
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Pilz Haus 1971
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Zukunftsorientiertes Modelldenken 1973-1997
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Fjord-Überbauungen 1974-1999
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Stuhl-Menschen 1976-1990
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Stadtquartiere 1977-1988
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Bebauung der Weserinsel Teerhof, Bremen 1978
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Häuser der "Rue de Léger" 1980
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Architektonische Computerzeichnungen 1987-1991
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Küsten-Bebauung 1995-1998
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Stühle, Computergrafiken 1998
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