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The Government is an important

commissioner for the creative sector in the field of public design, architecture and visual communication. Public squares, bridges, parks, housing of governmental organizations, the police identity and the design of political campaigns are examples of projects 'Designed for the Government'. On this page we show projects designed for the German Government (the state, ministries, provinces and municipalities) and government services.

We invite designers and architects

to send in projects to which are commissioned by the German Government. Look here for the requirements.

Leipzig University, 2005-2012

Client: State of Saxony
Design: Designed by Erick van Egeraat, Rotterdam

The design for the new building for the University of Lepzig is situated on the site of the former Paulaner Church, the only church to remain undamaged in 1986 during the former GDR regime. The Aula is a contemporary interpretation of the former University Church.

Scarf Diamonds are forever

Client: The Minister for Economic Affairs, Medium-Sized Industry and Energy of North Rhine- Westphalia
Design: Claudia Moeller, Köln

The Ministry for Economic Affairs launched the ‘Ruhrdiamant’-design-competition to focus on design that is able to communicate the region; its industrial heritage ánd its future. The impressions are taken from the machinery-hall of the old charcoal-mine 'ZECHE ZOLLERN II/IV' in Dortmund. The scarf has been produced as limited edition in the CI-colours of the Land together with an image booklet explaining region, location, design.

Highway signs for the Federal State of Berlin, 2009

Client: Senate of Berlin
Design: Fuenfwerken Design AG

In June 2009, eight new highway signs with the traid claim »be city, be change, be berlin« have been installed along the borders of the Federal State of Berlin; they welcome the travellers and, when leaving the Capital city, say »good-bye« in the design of the Berlin image campaign.

'be Berlin' - Campaign for the City of Berlin, 2008

Client: Senate of Berlin
Design: Fuenfwerken Design AG
Typeface: Alessio Leonardi

In 2008, the Berlin Senate decided on a new brand positioning concluding in a three-category open competition which Fuenfwerken won in the category of design. Initially, the 'Berlin', campaign was internally focused, in order to strengthen the identification of citizens, businesses and institutions with the city. The second stage took an international approach and is still ongoing.

“be Berlin” - Logo and Corporate Design for the Senate of Berlin, 2008

Client: Senate of Berlin
Design: Fuenfwerken Design AG

The new Berlin logo combines the “be” element with the established word and figurative mark of the Berlin federal state (Design: Metadesign). New logo and a new typeface (BMF Change Sans) are incorporated in the official corporate identity of the Senate of Berlin.

Corporate identity for German Bundestag, 2009

Client: German Bundestag
Design: Büro Uebele

The graphic design studio Uebele won the pitch to redesign the corporate identity of the German Bundestag. Eversince the bundestagsadler is the symbol of the german parliament and can be found on all kind of print work. Until now all 2-dimensional illustrations of the bundestagsadler were abstractions of the 3-dimensional relief by Ludwig Gies in 1953. The new bundestagsadler is now simplified for easier printing.

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Deutsche Mark, 1989

Client: German Bundesbank
Design: Reinhold Gerstetter

The 4th edition of the German notes, the 'Deutsche Mark' was printed in 1989. The front side of the bills intentionally alternated between women and men. The back side displays the person’s work field (literature, music, science, humanities). The series was designed by Reinhold Gerstetter who was chief graphic designer at the German Printery (Bundesdruckerei).

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Din 1451, 1936

Client: Bundesregierung
Design: Ludwig Goller

In 1925 the Siemens engineer Ludwig Goller started with the design and norming of DIN 1451 which goes back to a design of 1906 to create a lettertype which is easily read and recognized. Now it is still used on official city, highway, railway and official public signs all over Germany.

Old police uniforms, 1973

Client: German provinces
Design: Heinz Oestergaard

The old bamboo-yellow and mud-green times are over: since 2005 the German provinces are changing their police uniforms. In 1973 Heinz Oestergaard designed the old uniforms consisting of yellow biscuit pants and mint green jackets. Not only because of the design but especially because of the unpractical fabrics, these uniforms are out of fashion and are beeing replaced by the new blue uniforms which are supposed to be europe-wide equal.

Ampelmännchen, 1961

Client: Bundesregierung
Design: Karl Peglau

In 1961 the traffic psychologist Karl Peglau designed the Ampelmännchen for the DDR. For educational purposes it gained an identity and was shown in short spots on tv. In this way it defended its place against the West Germany’s traffic signs. Nowadays the figure with the hat has become a mascot for East Germany.

Soziale Stadt, 2001

Client: Senate Department for Urban Development, Berlin
Designer: Fürcho GmbH

In 1999, the government of Berlin, in close co-operation with the concerned boroughs, has defined 15 'areas with special development needs'. In 2001, two more areas have been selected. In order to achieve a lasting improvement of the situation in those areas and to contribute to their stabilization, it was decided to implement a 'Neighborhood Management' in each area.

Administration Building and Master Plan for ZMS Schwandorf Incineration Plant, 2005-2009

Location: Schwandorf, Germany
Client: Zweckverband Müllverwertung Schwandorf
Design: archimedialab, Bernd Lederle MArch, BA (Hons)

The task to design a new administration building, reorganize the power station compound and create an acoustic barrier offers the chance to dissolve the dichotomy of landscape and building to realize the deconstruction of those categories into one designed environment, to be experienced in a dynamic and curious fashion.

Verhalten im Brandfall, 2005

Client: Senate Department for Urban Development, Berlin
Design: Fürcho GmbH

Non-Verbal (in Berlin many languages are spoken) information on how to act in case of fire. Posters are displayed in multi-storey buildings all over Berlin and free-postcards distributed citywide. The comic is used by fire departments, fire-insurance- and housing companys all over Germany.

Logo Deutsche Bahn, 1993

Client: Deutsche Bahn AG
Design: Kurt Weidemann

Deutsche Bahn type family, 2004-2005

Client: Deutsche Bahn AG
Design: United Designers (Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz)

Between 2003 and 2006, United Designers undertook a major rebranding of Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of Europe's largest companies. Print communication needed to be better coordinated, sub-brands needed to be better integrated, and a strategy for the future had to be mapped out, and a new type family was going to be a cornerstone of this. The complete family includes Serif and Sans for text and display, a special Headline Sans for tight tracking, a secondary serif News face for use in DB's internal newspaper, and an Office Sans for corporate communications.

Town hall, 2003

Location: Hennigsdorf
Client: Stadt Hennigsdorf
Design: Sauerbruch Hutton

The upper ring, with its contemporary glass facade, houses the offices. The Citizens' Forum on the ground floor responds to the traditional brick architecture of the area.

Fire and police station, 2004

Location: Berlin
Client: City Government Berlin
Design: Sauerbruch Hutton

In 1999 Sauerbruch Hutton won the first prize in the competition to design a new station housing the police and fire departments for the government district of Berlin. The new station is an extension to a free-standing 19th-century structure. The facade comprises large-scale glass shingles; the reds and greens refer to the heraldic colours of Germany's fire brigade and the police and to the colours of the existing brick structure and the trees.

Reichstag, New German Parliament, 1992-1999

Location: Berlin
Client: Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Design: Foster and Partners

In 1992 the English practice Foster and Partners won the competition to rebuild the Reichstag as one of fourteen non-German practices. They added amongst others a glass dome on the roof, as a gesture to the original 1894 cupola, which helped to make the German Bundestag the most visited parliament in the world. The building uses renewable bio-fuel refined vegetable oil and surplus heat is stored as hot water.

Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, 1998-2005

Location: Berlin
Client: Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas
Design: Peter Eisenman

In 1994 a design competition for a 'Denkmal für die ermordete Juden Europas' was held. The winning design though was rejected. Peter Eisenman's plan emerged as the winner of the second competition in November 1997. In 1999, a large majority of the Bundestag decided in favor of Eisenman's plan.
The monument consists of 2711 concrete blocks that vary in height from 0,2 m to 4,5 meter, placed in a firm grid.

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Bundesregierung logo

Client: Bundesregierung
Design: Jürgen Huber, Lisa Eidt and Metadesign

In 1996 a competition was launched for students to design an identity for the Bundesregierung. Two students from the Folkwang-school in Essen won. Together with Meta-Design they finalized the design during their internship which was part of the reward.

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Germany Esplanade, 2007

Location: Daxinggong Place, Nanjing, China
Client: German government
Design: Markus Heinsdorf

Arrangement of a place with different buildings and pavillons for the presentation of Germany in China - a 3-year-project of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany. In October 2007 the first Deutschlandpromenade started at the Daxinggong Place in Nanjing in the province of Jiangsu as a german-chinese cultural encounter. In the center of interest stands the public area which is experienced as an overall project because of the artistic-architectural design concept.