German architect Stefan Behnisch pushes architectural form into new energy-efficient directions. Green strategies are almost inseparable from his human-centered emphasis on program and function. Functionalist logic and environmental specialization has led him to integrate engineers into the earliest stages of the conceptual process, usually bringing them in to collaborate on designs for architecture competitions. “We try to work with experts on different topics from the beginning,” says Martin Haas, a partner since 2005. “We have energy consultants on the team the whole time, and we sit together and develop the best possible approach in terms of programming, layout, lighting.” …

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