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Facade of the MdbK Museum of Fine Arts which exhibits wonderful collections and galleries, cultural institution
© Robin Kunz

High quality standards

Leipzig possesses not only the largest number of buildings from the Gründerzeit, but it also features remarkable contemporary architecture by internationally renowned architects. The rich history of the city has resulted in high quality standards. Building owners, architects and urban planners are working together to implement this concept in today's world.

Leipzig offers modern architectural solutions as well as the innovative transformation of former factory buildings into cultural centres. Since 1999, the City of Leipzig has awarded the Architecture Prize every two years to developers and architects for building services that set contemporary quality benchmarks. A catalogue documenting all submitted projects is published for the award ceremony. The project proposals are also documented in an exhibition.

Self-confident architecture

The most impressive examples of contemporary architecture can be found in the city's industrial buildings. Instead of creating temporary solutions, investors sought renowned architects and created sophisticated buildings that reflect the city's Zeitgeist. The Leipzig Trade Fair ranks among the highlights. Designed by Gerkan, Marg and Partner, it was conceived in April 1996 as a state-of-the-art exhibition and congress centre.

The production sites of Porsche and BMW, which were opened in 1999 and 2005, are architecturally unmatched. The new building of the Museum der bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts) has shown since 2005 that contemporary architecture can create exciting contrasts. But also the new buildings of the university, the German National Library and the MDR express the self-confidence of an up-and-coming city.

Contemporary Architecture in Leipzig

View of the modern red Bio City building, Architecture in Leipzig, Culture
Bio City Leipzig © Andreas Schmidt
Illuminated entrance to the modern BMW plant Leipzig, Architecture in Leipzig, Factory Tours, Culture
BMW factory © Dirk Brzoska
View of the glass façade of the main building of the University of Leipzig on Augustusplatz, which was designed to mirror the shape of the church that preceded it, Architecture, Studying in Leipzig, Sights, Culture
University of Leipzig © Andreas Schmidt
View of the modern German National Library building, Architecture in Leipzig, Exhibition, Museum, Literature, Book City, Culture
German National Library © Andreas Schmidt
Pictures taken with drones from the Glass Hall of the Leipzig Trade Fair with the Leipzig Congress Centre, Architecture in Leipzig, Trade Fair City, Culture
Leipzig Trade Fair © Leipziger Messe GmbH (Leipzig Trade Fair)
View of the glass façade of the Museum of Fine Arts, Architecture in Leipzig, Art, Cultural Facilities, Exhibition, Gallery
Museum of Fine Arts © Andreas Schmidt
View of the illuminated Leipzig/Halle airport in the night with an airplane in the foreground, Architecture in Leipzig, Transport, Arrival, LEJ
Leipzig/Halle Airport © Dirk Brzoska
View of the pointed administrative KPMG building on Münzgasse, Architecture in Leipzig, Culture
KPMG © Andreas Schmidt
View of the Technical Town Hall on Prager Straße, Architecture in Leipzig, Culture
Technical Town Hall © Andreas Schmidt
View of the modern Fraunhofer Institute in Deutscher Platz, Architecture in Leipzig, Culture
Fraunhofer Institute © Andreas Schmidt
View of the illuminated red façade of the Propsteikirche in the twilight, Architecture in Leipzig, Cultural Facilties
Catholic Propsteikirche © Andreas Schmidt

Modern architecture in Leipzig