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.
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.