Discover Germany | Issue 16 | July 2014

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Discover Germany | Architect of the Month | Germany

Main image, left: Columbia Twins, Große Elbstraße, Hamburg-Neumühlen. ©

throughout Germany, their activities are still concentrated in the North where about 80 per cent of their designs are to be found. From the Science Park in Kiel to the promenades of Rostock, Schwerin, and Weißenhäuser Beach, or on the island of Föhr, one can experience the thoughtful environments created by BHF. Despite spanning an incredibly wide spectrum, the projects of BHF all have one thing in common: client care. Projects are initiated by assessing a client’s needs and desires and designing from this perspective. “We listen to our customers and then develop a custom solution for the project,” explains Jens Bendfeldt. The firm has created spaces for leisure, living, recreation and tourism with their designs for plazas, waterfronts, countrysides, and gardens. Urban renewal and energy projects are also on their roster of talents. Mr. Bendfeldt sums up their design philosophy as being arced by a sense of “trying to make understated, beautiful things that are simple in the best sense.” The firm's many years of experience are not to be underestimated. BHF's decades of experience working in landscape architecture allow them to quickly assess and fully inform clients of necessary environmental planning issues and challenges that might arise during design implementation. “We take the stated goals for nature conservation and landscape management set by both the Federal and Provincial nature conservation departments very seriously,” explains Jens Bendfeldt. Choosing to work with BHF means working time efficiently, which naturally helps projects to stay on budget. Partner Uwe Hermann oversees the firm's environmental planning department focusing on large-scale landscape planning. Recent projects have been the six lane expansion of the A7 Bordesholm to Hamburg federal motorway and the widening of the eastern section of the North Sea-Baltic Canal. Currently, BHF is also involved in constructing approximately an 800-kilometre route of power lines in Northern

Germany. These power lines are necessary in order to eventually feed the electricity generated by wind power to the German and wider European power grid. BHF is also busy with its involvement in Kiel's “Projekt Bäckergang”, which will transform the underused industrial area of the city's Walkerdamm/Bäckergang area. Located in the centre of downtown Kiel, this area will now be home to thirty condominiums and forty-two senior-friendly apartments with balconies and underground parking spaces. The landscape architects of BHF will be responsible for creating a pleasant and inviting space in the public areas between the housing complexes. This once underused and under appreciated eyesore of the city will now become a space for strolling, lingering and connecting. Larger than usual by German standards, the thirty employees that make up the BHF team all share an immense enthusiasm for their work. When speaking about the team, Mr. Bendfeldt has nothing but praise.“We are proud of our employees. They are the ones directing the success of our projects by their day-to-day hard work, demonstrating their strong dedication and commitment.” This team effort is how BHF tackles the challenges presented by each new design. “The planning processes are becoming increasingly more complex yet are expected to be handled faster. To succeed, you need motivated partners who go the extra mile,” says Mr. Bendfeldt. “For us landscape architecture is not just a job but a passion. A passion we intend to maintain far into the future.”Through their noted talent and ardour BHF landscape architects connect people and place by the beauty and subtle power of their designs. Right, from top to bottom: Transformation project Lange Straße, Rostock. © BHF Living in the HafenCity Hamburg, Am Kaiserkai 23. © BHF Wasserplatz Am Germaniahafen, Kiel. © BHF Henning Stoldt NRoCK Nordeuropäisches Radioonkologisches Centrum Kiel, Feldstraße 21. © BHF

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