09/2023 Guided tours on the Open Monument Day
On the weekend of 08 to 10 September, the Open Monument Day will take place in Hamburg. As part of this event, DFZ will provide insights into the conversion, renovation and restoration work of two educational buildings. On Saturday, 9 September, there will be guided tours at the University of Applied Sciences at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., on Sunday, 10 September, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the University of Hamburg. Registration is not required for either event. Detailed information on the venue and programme here.


06/2023 Photo safari in Speicher Block V in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt warehouse district
On the Architecture and Engineering Day, children and parents were given an insight into the renovation and conversion work of our current project in the Speicherstadt, which is in keeping with its status as a listed building. The children were able to choose their favourite photo, print it on site and then present it in the “small exhibition” at the construction fence. read more


06/2023 Guided tour of the Karl Schneider House
On 14 June at 4 p.m., DFZ office founder Peter Dinse will give a guided tour of the recently completed renovation project together with Eberhard Taube from the Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments. The Karl Schneider House is an exemplary example of programmatic housing reform oriented towards modern architecture.


05/2023 Awarded in the VGV School Schleemer Park Hamburg
“Learning through movement” is incorporated as a central component in the design and made spatially tangible through the linking of indoor and outdoor spaces and the combination of instructional areas, movement areas, and quiet zones. read more


01/2023 1st prize in the restricted, single-phase, expert urban planning procedure in the Königswiesen sub-area

A total of seven participating offices took on the task of developing innovative and sustainable solution concepts for the Königswiesen planning area, which is located on the southern edge of the new residential area of Neugraben-Fischbek.


12/2022 3rd prize for the non-open, single-phase, structural engineering workshop procedure with seven participants
In the heart of Bergedorf’s old town, a new ensemble of buildings is being constructed with a wide variety of residential, commercial and gastronomic uses.


11/2022 3rd prize for the restricted, single-phase realization competition Tanzhaus Donauwörth with 25 participants
The subject of the competition was the renovation of the listed Tanzhaus.


11/2022 Tea Time Lectures at the HCU
In the “Tea Time Lectures” series, HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) will once again present work reports by innovative architects, structural engineers and landscape architects in 2022. The focus of the lectures is on the built work and the approach of the offices and is intended to provide an insight into the working world of young, innovative architectural offices. Stephen Kausch, partner of DFZ Architekten, will provide insights into the work of the office on 9 November 2022 and present the recently completed building project “Hafentor 7” in Hamburg.


06/2022 1st prize for the open, two-phase realization competition FH Kiel
With the new building for the architecture and civil engineering courses, DFZ envisages a sustainable building concept that fits in between the heterogeneous built-up campus area and the industrial areas in the transition to the harbor edge. read more


12/2021 DFZ receives an award for a solitary building in the Stuhlrohr Quarter in Hamburg
Based on the historic industrial architecture, DFZ is developing two differentiated loft houses with flexible floor plan typologies. read more


11/2021 DFZ receives the 3rd prize in competition for Paul-Nevermann-Platz in Hamburg

The new development in the Altona-Altstadt district corresponds to the forthcoming changes and new urban development brought about by the relocation of the long-distance and regional train station and forsees a new urban plan. Simultaneously, new areas for offices and surgeries, as well as for health and age-related special forms of housing are created. read more


11/2021 Official opening of the Center for Studies and Doctoral Studies in Hamburg-Harburg
On November 25, the Technical University of Hamburg officially opened the new Center for Studies and Doctoral Studies on the campus in Harburg. The new building will provide versatile premises for professors and students as well as an integrative contact and meeting point on the campus. read more


11/2021 3rd prize in urban and open space planning competition Holtenau Ost in Kiel
A total of 15 teams of architects, urban planners and landscape architects qualified to take part in the competition. Together with Atelier Loidl and the Dutch city planning office Posad Maxwan, DFZ developed an urban, sustainable district that was awarded third prize by the jury. read more


10/2021 Award for the Townhouses Finkenau
t the award ceremony for the best residential buildings, offered by the Callwey publishing house, the townhouses received an award and were thus chosen as one of the 5 best residential buildings from the German-speaking region. Zum Projekt


10/2021 Heinze ArchitektenAWARD 2021 Shortlist
The Center for Studies and Doctoral Studies on the university campus in Hamburg-Harburg, which will be completed in 2020, has made it onto the shortlist. Heinze’s award ceremony will take place at the end of November, where the final shortlist winners will be announced. read more


10/2021 Special mention for the competition entry for Sandinostrasse School.
A total of 18 offices were selected to work on the second phase of the competition in which the design by DFZ received recognition for its extension design for Sandinostrasse school site. read more


10/2021 The single-family house Blankenese belongs to the 50 best single-family houses
For the 11th time, the Callwey publishing house announced the “Houses of the Year 2021” competition. The Blankenese single-family house in Hamburg was placed on the longlist and is thus one of the 50 best single-family houses. read more


09/2021 Award ceremony WohnbauPreis Hamburg – DFZ receives 1st prize for the Pergolenviertel and 2nd prize for the Finkenau townhouses
Above the rooftops of the city of Hamburg, the Architektur Centrum Hamburg honored the winners of the housing award on September 16. DFZ and the developers were delighted to accept the 1st prize for the Pergolenviertel Buafeld 2b and a 2nd prize for the Stadthäuser Finkenau.
Photo credits: @Architektur Centrum, Hamburg; Photo: Uwe Aufderheide, Hamburg.


09/2021 The garden of DFZ becomes an exhibition space
On September 21, DFZ’s garden was transformed into an exhibition. “How we learned to walk…” is the name of the throughout Germany traveling exhibition that is currently being organized by AIT in various cities. Despite the bad weather in Hamburg, there was a colorful exhibition with a wide variety of drawings from the childhood and youth of about 100 architects.


09/2021 Hamburg’s first mayor opens the Desy Innovation Center
After two years of construction, the Desy Innovation Center in Hamburg´s West was officially opened on Monday, September 20. On a total of 2.700 square meters, laboratories and workshops, offices and meeting rooms have been created for young companies and start-ups from the physical and biophysical fields. More information about the opening here. read more


09/2021 The garden of DFZ becomes an exhibition space
On September 21, the exhibition “How we learned to walk…” will be shown in the garden of DFZ. will be shown. The whole thing is organized by the AIT, which shows drawings from the childhood and youth of about 100 architects* with the Germany-wide touring exhibition. To the registration


09/2021 Open-air exhibition on Überseeboulevard in HafenCity Hamburg
On September 14, the BDA will open the open-air exhibition “Ausgezeichnet! Over a period of six months, projects that have won first prize at the BDA Hamburg Architecture Awards over the past 25 years will be on display on Überseeboulevard in HafenCity. Among others, the reconstruction measures in the main building of the University of Hamburg, which received the first prize in 2005. read more


05/2021 1st prize for the Pergolenviertel at the WohnbauPreis Hamburg 2020
With the WohnbauPreis Hamburg, the Architektur Centrum awards design qualities and sustainable solutions in current residential construction. The residential development in the Pergolenviertel with its differentiated brick facade was able to convince the jury and received a first prize. read more


04/2021 DFZ is awarded the contract for district-defining structures in the Stuhlrohr quarter of Hamburg-Bergedorf
In the course of a structural design study, five neighborhood-defining corner buildings will be developed, providing for various housing types ranging from subsidized housing to condominiums. read more


04/2021 DFZ receives 3rd prize for the expansion of Bucerius Law School
A total of 12 offices took part in the competition for the realization of the structural engineering project with an open space planning component. Together with Atelier Loidl, DFZ took on the task of adding two new buildings to the existing ensemble at the Planten un Blomen green spaces and redefining the open spaces. read more


04/2021 DFZ receives 2nd prize for Emils Quartier in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld
The task was addressed to ten participants who developed solutions for a mixed-use urban quarter in the course of a structural and open space planning workshop procedure. read more


01/2021 Three awards at the BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize 2020
At the BDA awards ceremony, three DFZ projects were honored: The residential development Pergolenviertel Baufeld 2b received a 2nd prize as did the Stadthäuser Finkenau. The new building of the Opera Fundus of the Hamburg State Opera received an appreciation. Instead of the usual award ceremony, the BDA produced an award ceremony film. The Film


12/2020 Completion of the Center for Studies and Promotion in Hamburg
The Center for Studies and Doctoral Studies has been completed on the university campus in Hamburg-Harburg. The three-story building responds with its cubature to the topography and the tree population worth preserving. It offers students new work facilities, doctoral examination and seminar areas, office spaces as well as a café on the first floor. read more


10/2020 School center at Goldbach in Flecken Langwedel handed over to teachers and students
Just in time for the new school year, the 360 students of the Langwedel High School have moved into the new building. In 2014, the design was awarded first prize and created a structure with three wings that zoned the extensive school grounds. read more


09/2020 2nd prize in building design competition for new administration building in Wandsbek Hamburg
Together with Paris office Ferrier Marchetti and G2 Landschaft of Hamburg, a sustainable design concept was developed for an office and administration building on the “Wandsbeker Zollinsel”. read more


09/2020 2nd prize in invited building design competition with ten participants for hotel at Gothaer Platz in Erfurt.
Rising from a common base, three independent structures emerge to convey both a sense of uniformity and individuality in equal measure. read more


06/2020 2nd Prize in restricted, single-stage, design workshop, Amsinckstraße 45, Hamburg
Hotel, office and commercial space is to be created on the west side of City Süd. The design envisages a simple but simultaneously defining structure, which creates an apt focus point in the city centre. read more


05/2020 3rd prize in urban development competition with eight participants for the new Wilhelmsburg district sports centre in Hamburg
In the north of the IBA project area Wilhelmsburger Rathausviertel, DFZ Architects create a coherent quarter with clearly differentiated buildings. read more


05/2020 Pergola quarter construction field 2b completed
Already at the end of last year the first residents moved into their new home in the Pergolenviertel. Now the outdoor facilities on construction lot 2b are also largely completed. read more


02/2020 Freie Akademie Hamburg – Lecture Peter Dinse
On 25 February, Peter Dinse and Peter Andres will be giving a lecture on the subject of “Baukunst aus Hamburg” (Architecture from Hamburg), providing insights into their work. In mid-2019 Peter Dinse was appointed member of the architecture section of the Freie Akademie Hamburg.


01/2020 Topping out ceremony on the university campus TU Hamburg-Harburg
On 23 January the Centre for Studies and Doctorates in Harburg celebrated its topping out ceremony. The new building will provide additional working areas for students of the TU Hamburg-Harburg as well as a café on the ground floor. read more


11/2019 1st prize for Baufeld 84, HafenCity
DFZ Architects won this urban planning design competition with convincing designs for townhouses, the Loki Schmidt Foundation and social housing at Braakenhafen. read more


11/2019 Gleis 4a celebrates topping-out ceremony
After three years of planning and construction, the Gleis 4a construction joint venture is celebrating the topping-out ceremony for the seven-storey new building in Altona Mitte. read more


11/2019 Architektur in Hamburg Jahrbuch 2019/20
The presentation of the new Jahrbuch Architektur in Hamburg took place at the Hotel Fraser Suites on 06 November. DFZ is represented with the House of World Cultures in Berlin and the new building of the Opera Fundus of the Hamburg State Opera.


10/2019 DFZ wins 1st prize in competition for design of The Fizz Masters, Holstenwall with seven participants
With its design for this building ensemble, DFZ references the very different styles of the existing surrounding buildings, interpreting them in a contemporary manner with a clear design more


09/2019 Exhibition on the History of the University
On Tuesday, 24 September, the University of Hamburg opened not only its new permanent exhibition “Stories from 100 Years of Research, Teaching and Education”, but also its new premises. The former office and storage areas in the main building were expanded by DFZ and supplemented by sanitary facilities and barrier-free access in addition to the exhibition space. read more


09/2019 Inauguration of the one-field gymnasium in Ingolstadt
On 18 September, the keys for the one-field gymnasium of the Reuchlin-Gymnasium in Ingolstadt were handed over. With its anodised aluminium façade and small above-ground volume, the new building blends unobtrusively into the pavilion-like, open structure of the “Auf der Schanz” school grounds. read more


09/2019 Office trip to Copenhagen
The DFZ team had four interesting, eventful and funny days in Copenhagen.


08/2019 2nd prize in design competition for Kiel Höfe involving seven participants
With its open square structure, DFZ’s design aims to attract new user groups and visitors and breathe new life into this location near the city centre of Kiel. read more


08/2019 Internationales Bauforum 2019 – Magistralen
From 19 to 24 August, DFZ Architekten took part in the International Building Forum and, together with PosadMaxwan (Den Haag), Teleinternetcafe Architektur & Urbanismus (Berlin), Fehlig Moshfeghi Architekten (Hamburg), studio amore (Berlin) and the District Office HH Nord, developed new perspectives for Magistrale 3 (Grindelallee – Langenhorner Chaussee).


08/2019 Laying of the foundation stone for the Center for Studies and Doctoral Studies
On 20 August, the foundation stone for the Centre for Studies and Doctorate was laid on the university campus of the TU Hamburg-Harburg. The long-awaited official go-ahead has now been given for the three-storey new building, which is intended to optimise the students’ working opportunities and improve the conditions for doctoral funding. read more


06/2019 1st prize in two-phase competition for the development of Halbinsel Kesselstraße in Düsseldorf’s harbour district
The urban design by DFZ Architects and Atelier Loidl envisages the development of qualitative open spaces with a strong relationship to water as well as a new combination of typological building components discovered at the adjacent media and business harbours. read more


06/2019 Award best architects 20
The new building of the Opera Fundus of the Hamburg State Opera is awarded with the best architects 20. read more


06/2019 Award of contract for the refurbishment and conversion of the storage building V
DFZ has been awarded the contract in the award procedure for the refurbishment and conversion of Storage V in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt and has started planning. read more


05/2019 Construction site tours through the Pergola district
The first of three construction site tours through the pergola district took place on 27 May as part of the Architecture Summer. Hans-Peter Boltres, head of the city and landscape planning department in the Hamburg-Nord district, gave an introduction to the district’s design guidelines. The residential building on construction site 2b will be completed at the end of the year. read more


05/2019 opping-out ceremony Neue Mitte Altona Block 02
On 23 May, the residents of the Villekulla building group and those involved in the construction celebrated the topping-out ceremony. The project is part of the development of the first phase of the “Masterplan Mitte Altona”, which was approved by the Hamburg Parliament in 2012. read more


04/2019 Realisation of a further BAUHAUS-Fachcentrum branch office
DFZ receives the order for the realization of the BAUHAUS-Fachcentrum in Düsseldorf-Rath. read more


03/2019 2nd prize in the restricted realisation competition with 16 participants
On 29 March, the results of the restricted competition “New construction of a teaching and learning centre for the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences at the Kurt-Schumacher-Ring campus in Wiesbaden” will be announced at the press conference in Wiesbaden. DFZ Architects receive the second prize. read more


12/2018 Topping-out ceremony in Pergolenviertel
After just under a year of construction, the topping-out ceremony will take place on 12 December in the Pergolenviertel on construction site 2b. The design by DFZ Architekten creates 64 condominiums with underground parking in the northern part of the Pergolenviertel. read more


11/2018 Opening of the Opera Workshops and Fundi of the Hamburg State Opera
On 14 November, Mayor Peter Tschentscher and Senator for Culture Carsten Brosda officially inaugurated the new premises of the State Opera in Rothenburgsort. read more


08/2018 1st prize in urban design competition for the Pergolenviertel in Hamburg
DFZ Architects has won first prize for its design of an up to eight-storey high building which marks the beginning of the new ‘Pergolenviertel’ in Hamburg. read more


08/2018 2nd prize in the open competition for the realisation of the House of Statistics in Berlin
In a 2-phase realization competition with 81 participants, DFZ Architekten was awarded second prize for the design of the façade and the urbanistic rounding off. read more


04/2018 1st prize in the invited urban planning and building construction appraisal procedure in the Jenfelder Au
DFZ Architekten is awarded first prize for the residential building design on the central square of the Jenfelder Au. read more


03/2018 2nd prize in open competition for the new Buddenbrookhaus Museum in Lübeck
In an open single-phase realization competition with 20 participants, DFZ Architekten receives second prize for the new Buddenbrookhaus Museum in Lübeck. read more


Foto © Alessa Grigull

09/2017 A new fan of the Gutenberg Museum
Angela Merkel during the election campaign at the market place in Mainz, together with the regional chairwoman Julia Klöckner and the CDU constituency candidate Ursula Groden-Kranich. Read more


09/2017 Topping out ceremony vocational school centre Dratelnstraße Hamburg
The completion of the new school building on the grounds of the vocational school centre in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg is approaching: the topping-out ceremony is on 29 September. read more



06/2017 Laying of the foundation stone for the residential and office building Lindenhof Ahrensburg
The foundation stone for the Lindenhof residential and commercial building in Ahrensburg was laid on 27 June. The centrally located new building with 62 residential units as well as office and commercial space will in future connect the Ahrensburg train station with the southern city centre. read more


06/2017 The Goldbach school centre celebrates its topping-out ceremony.
Work on the shell will be completed by the end of the month. read more


05/2017 2nd prize in the non-open architectural competition for the realisation of the historical riding hall Eutin with 13 participants
On the edge of the old town, in direct proximity to the Eutin Lake, lies the listed riding hall, the former Marstall of Eutin Castle. It is to be renovated, converted and extended for future use for events. read more


04/2017 Tina Saaby Madsen in conversation with DFZ Architekten
On 6 April, the responsible city architect of Copenhagen, Tina Saaby Madsen – known as a pioneer in climate protection with plans to create a CO2-neutral city by 2025 – meets DFZ Architekten. The theme of the event with the Danish delegation is cooperation, planning and building for assemblies, a grouping of building owners for the execution of a construction project that is still quite unknown in Denmark. The venue is the common room of the Dock 71 construction project in HafenCity Hamburg, which was completed by DFZ Architekten for a building group represented by Conplan at the end of 2016.


11/2016 Idea screening at Weissenberge: DFZ wins the contract
Within the scope of an idea screening by SAGA, the new residential quarter Am Weißenberge in the north of Hamburg is to be expanded. read more


10/2016 2nd prize in the non-open two-phase planning competition “Wohnen am Hartenbergpark” with 16 participants
A new residential quarter is being built on the site of a former school campus in the immediate vicinity of Hartenbergpark. DFZ receives second prize for its design. read more


07/2016 2nd prize in the non-open facade competition for the Ikea furniture store in Karlsruhe
The planning envisages a façade interplay of metal panels arranged in varying densities, which is derived from a bar code. Depending on the location and the different shadows cast by the slightly offset surfaces, the appearance changes over the course of the day. read more


06/2016 Inauguration of the new residential quarter Oxpark by mayor Olaf Scholz
On 27 June, Mayor Olaf Scholz will open the new residential quarter for people with mental illness in Hamburg-Langenhorn. A total of three residential buildings will be built on the site – two by the Protestant foundation “Rauhe Haus” and one by the association “Freundeskreis Ochsenzoll” – as well as a pavilion which will serve as a neighbourhood meeting place for the residents. read more


05/2016 3rd prize in the non-open two-phase realization competition “Living at Kurt-Schumacher-Ring” in Wolfsburg-Detmerode
The task of the competition, in which the DFZ design was awarded third prize, was to develop a replacement for Paul Baumgarten’s stepped high-rise. read more


05/2016 2nd prize in the restricted ideas competition “Priwall Waterfront” Travemünde Lübeck
DFZ was awarded second prize for its three special buildings directly adjacent to the promenade in Travemünde. The sculptural-looking solitaires house a brewery, holiday apartments and tourist-oriented shops. read more


03/2016 1st prize in the invited structural workshop procedure in Mitte Altona Block Ib. 3, Building Field 1
DFZ Architekten receives first prize for the design of a seven-storey residential building on the Mitte Altona site in Hamburg. read more


02/2016 1st prize in the restricted planning competition for the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
At the end of a Europe-wide, two-stage competition with 27 participants, DFZ is awarded first prize for the rearrangement of the exhibition and functional areas and an extension of the Gutenberg Museum, centrally located in the old town of Mainz. read more


11/2015 1st prize in the Hamburg-Kirchwerder urban development and open space planning workshop procedure
The urban design of a new residential quarter and a district school in the outer district of Kirchwerder mediates with its conceptual contents between the openness of the landscape structure and the village character of Kirchwerder. read more


08/2015 Fieldsoccer Tour 2015
After a sweaty effort, DFZ Architekten can be celebrated as the winner at the established Kleinfeld football tournament between architects and companies in the industry.


08/2015 2nd prize for the new construction of a community center and a day care center for children in Hamburg Wilhelmsburg
DFZ Architekten is awarded 2nd prize in a restricted competition for the construction of a community centre and a day-care centre for children at the Ev.-luth. Emmauskirche in Hamburg Wilhelmsburg. read more


04/2015 1st prize in the invited workshop procedure for Mitte Altona Block 02
At the end of the workshop procedure, the design by DFZ Architekten is awarded first prize. The five-storey residential building is part of a perimeter block development in Mitte Altona. read more


03/2015 Award in the VOF procedure of the vocational schools at Dratelnstraße in Wilhelmsburg
With its design, DFZ Architekten is awarded the contract for the conversion and extension of the vocational schools G2 and G17 in Dratelnstrasse in the direct vicinity of Wilhelmsburg railway station. read more


02/2015 2nd prize in the building construction competition for the restructuring and expansion of the Goethe School Harburg
The design by DFZ Architekten convinces by the careful integration of the new building into the existing structure and the close interlocking with the existing building. At the same time, the design creates identity and is highly recognisable. read more


12/2014 Completion of the Rumond-Walther-Haus in Hamburg-Ottensen
The construction work of the nursing home is completed and the first residents move into their rooms. read more


11/2014 1st prize in a restricted competition for the new construction of a 3-stage secondary school
DFZ Architekten receives first prize for the design of a new building on the Goldbach school site in Langwedel. read more


09/2014 1st prize in the non-open, urban planning and building construction competition Lindenhof Ahrensburg
DFZ Architekten wins first prize for the design of a new building with apartments, service and commercial units on the edge of Ahrensburg city centre. read more


07/2014 1st prize in the restricted competition for the new opera house of the Hamburg State Opera
With its clear, self-confident architectural language and the reduced choice of colour, form and structure, the design by DFZ Architekten was awarded first prize in a restricted competition with seven participants. read more


06/2014 Completion Ikea Altona Hamburg
After a construction period of 18 months, construction work in the Grosse Bergstrasse in the direct vicinity of the Altona train station is completed and the first inner-city Ikea specialty store celebrates its opening. read more


06/2014 Award best architects 15
The project Bauhaus-Fachcentrum in Bremen is awarded the prize best architects 15. read more


05/2014 1st prize urban development expert procedure “Mitten in Bergedorf, Wohnen am Mohnhof”, Hamburg-Bergedorf
DFZ Architekten wins first prize in the appraisal procedure with structural consolidation. read more


05/2014 Laying of the foundation stone residential development Ifflandstraße
On 15 May, the foundation stone was laid for the Ifflandstraße residential development in Hamburg. In the future, a residential building with 19 differently sized residential units will be presented here. read more


04/2014 1st prize restricted competition Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
DFZ Architekten prevails over four other architectural firms in a competitive process and wins the competition for the restoration and modernisation of the House of World Cultures in Berlin, popularly known as the “pregnant oyster”. read more


04/2014 Topping out ceremony Rumond-Walther-Haus
As a result of a structural design competition with eight participants, the new building of a nursing home for the elderly in Hamburg-Ottensen is being constructed. The topping-out ceremony was celebrated on 01 April. read more


03/2014 New website online
After the foundation of DFZ Architekten GmbH at the beginning of 2013 with the partners Peter Dinse, Johann Zurl, Nicolas Britsch and Stephen Kausch, our company now presents itself with a new image.