Shaping the Future – Frei Otto’s Cultural Legacy

The pavilions on Wilkhahn’s premises, completed based on the design by Pritzker prize winner Frei Otto in 1988.

Wilkhahn is sending out invitations to an architecture symposium on its premises in Bad Münder to be held in German to mark the 30th anniversary of the only factory building worldwide to be designed and implemented by Pritzker prize winner Frei Otto. The symposium will be entitled Shaping the Future – Frei Otto’s Cultural Legacy and renowned speakers at the event will examine the way key aspects of his research, design, planning and construction processes will transform the future.


Shaping the Future – Frei Otto’s Cultural Legacy 
Date: 25 June 2018
Place: Wilkhahn premises in Bad Münder near Hanover


Agenda for the architecture symposium from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.
Welcome with a guided tour through the pavilions
10:00 a.m.
Welcome address and introduction by Wilkhahn
10:10 a.m.
The range and a look ahead by Dr Ursula Baus
10:15 a.m.
Keynote speech on the importance of Frei Otto by Prof. Georg Vrachliotis,
director of the SAAI at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)
10:45 a.m.
Keynote speech by Prof. Eike Roswag-Klinge,
Natural Building Lab at Technische Universität Berlin
11:05 a.m. Keynote speech by Prof. Ruth Berktold,
YES Architecture, Munich
11:25 a.m.
Keynote speech by Laura Fogarasi-Ludloff,
Ludloff Ludloff Architekten, Berlin
11:45 a.m.
12:05 p.m.
Keynote speech by Prof. Tobias Wallisser,
LAVA Architekten and ABK Stuttgart
12:25 p.m.
Keynote speech by Prof. Jan Knippers,
Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at Stuttgart University
12:45 p.m.
A round table with discussion chaired by a moderator and a look ahead
Moderators Dr Ursula Baus and Prof. Georg Vrachliotis
1:30 p.m.
Break for food and drink
2:30 p.m. Wrap-up/transfer to Hanover



Afternoon programme of events from 2.30 to 6.30 p.m.

Architecture tours in Hanover

From 2.30 p.m. there will be guided tours through the Sprengel Museum’s extension (Meili & Peter Architekten, Zurich) and the Hafven co-working and maker space (Mensing Timofticiuc Architects, Berlin) in Hanover. The architects themselves will be on the spot to guide people through their buildings.

3:30 p.m.
Tour of Hanover’s Sprengel Museum
4:30 p.m.
Tour of Hanover’s Hafven co-working and maker space
5:45 p.m.
Break for food and drink
6:30 p.m.
Wrap-up and transfer to the station
Construction of the factory pavilions on Wilkhahn’s premises.

Information on travel arrangements and transfer:

Wilkhahn’s premises in Bad Münder/Eimbeckhausen are unfortunately hard to reach by public transport. However, Hanover is easy to reach by train or plane. Which is why we’ll be organising a shuttle bus from the Crown Plaza Hotel on the morning of 25 June to get you from Hanover to Wilkhahn directly (see below).

Should you be arriving on the previous day already (24 June) you can pick one of the rooms we have block-booked at the Crown Plaza Hotel at special conditions (economy 99 EUR, standard 119 EUR, business 129 EUR, including breakfast in each case, or for + 22 Euro where two people are sharing a room). We’ll send you the relevant link with your registration confirmation.


8:30 a.m.: Departure from Hanover’s Crown Plaza Hotel, Hinüberstrasse 6 (approx. a seven-minute walk from the station – Hauptbahnhof).

2:30 p.m. Departure from Wilkhahn to the Sprengel Museum, Kurt-Schwitters-Platz, Hanover, which will be open exclusively to symposium attendees on the Monday. Architect Markus Peter will start the tour at 3.30 p.m.

4:30 p.m. Transfer from the Sprengel Museum to the Hafven co-working and maker space, Kopernikus-Strasse 14, Hanover. Approx. 4.45 p.m. tour by architect Anka Timofticiuc and presentation of the concept by the people running Hafven. Refreshments and wrap-up at Hafven.

6:30 p.m. Transfer to the station.

If you’re bringing your own car to the morning events at Wilkhahn and then going on to Hanover for the afternoon programme, we’d like to ask you to note this on the registration form so that we can plan better.



Please only register online for the symposium which will be held in German at:

The number of attendees is limited. Those registering first will have priority.

The fees commanded by the speakers and registration fees (45 euros including food, drink and transfers to and from Hanover) will be donated to the Verein Multihalle e.V. to support its activities and events in aid of preserving the Multihalle Mannheim functions space. This multipurpose space designed by Frei Otto is considered an important building and the largest freestyle gridshell construction worldwide.



Click here for more about the Verein Multihalle e.V.

You can download the full agenda here

Click here to register for the symposium

Hafven co-working and maker space (Mensing Timofticiuc Architects) in Hanover, Photo: Hélène Binet
The Sprengel Museum in Hanover (Meili & Peter Architekten) photo: Herling/Herling/Werner, The Sprengel Museum in Hanover

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