undjurekbrüggen is an architectural practice that considers architecture as an immanent part of a common Earth shared with all people, animals, plants and things. Instead of placing individual, human objects in a natural world in crisis, undjurekbrüggen intends to connect the world you live in and the world you live from in one space.

With the aim of not only protecting the Earth, but also caring for it and actively shaping it in a positive way, undjurekbrüggen initiates ecological projects in cooperation with other actors.

These projects can have different formats (building, furniture, text, film, campaign, neighbourhood or landscape), but always deal with the existing in terms of building, ecology, economy, politics, climate and comfort.  


Gotzkowskystraße 33
10555 Berlin

future office
Kirchplatz 6
39615 Werben (Elbe)

+49 157 50971179

_undjurekbrüggen is co-founding member of the architecture collective OFEA Office for Ecological Architecture

Christian Cotting
Joana von Essen
Seida Feldheim
Patrick Holzer 
Jakob Wolters 
Jurek Brüggen

Furniture that Moves, ETH Zürich,
17.11.2021, Querformat  

und Architektur, TU Darmstadt, 27.10.2022, ENB Fachgebiet Entwerfen und Nachhaltiges Bauen

_selected awads
KFW Award Bauen 2020,

DAM Preis 2020
DeutschesArchitekturmuseum, Nominierung

Best Architects 20 Award,
Gold Winner

Häuser des Jahres 2019,
Callwey Verlag, Anerkennung

Contributor, Jahreszeitenhaus, Häuser des Jahres 2020, DAM Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, 2020

Contributor, Eine Stehlampe, Vitra House, Weil am Rhein, 2022

Contributor, Eine Stehlampe 3daysofdesign Copenhagen, Vitra Showroom

_selected publications (books)
Jahrbuch der Architektur, 2020
ISBN 978-3-946154-51-8

best architects 20,
ISBN 978-3-946021-04-9

Architekturführer Deutschland 2020,
ISBN 978-3-86922-749-8

Urlaubsarchitektur Selection 2019, cover project,
ISBN 978-3-9817367-5-5

Häuser des Jahres 2019,
ISBN 978-3-7667-2425-0

_selected publications (magazines)
trans magazin,
36 Spannung 


Cube Select,

If you are interested in our practice and would like to join us, we are looking forward to your application. Please send a specific motivation letter and portfolio by mail to collaborate@undjb.eu, or as hard-copy via post. We will contact you, when we have open positions.

If you have a general request, are interested to collaborate on a project with us or just wanna reach out, please send your inquiry to team@undjb.eu.

Furniture designs by undjurekbrüggen are available at einsundviele.de

Anh Hoffmann, Diana Fügener, Nina Lehrum, Lena Feit, Annemarie Niehaus, Yola Fahdt, Marcus Friede  

undjurekbrüggen baugewerbliche Architektengesellschaft mbH, Register court: Amtsgericht Charlottenburg
HRB 220318 B, Architektenkammer Berlin, AL Nr. KG474

© 2022 undjurekbrüggen



029 Grüner Berg

Anh Hoffmann, Aimée Michelfelder und Jurek Brüggen

The project Grüner Berg is a school building that does more good for planet Earth, not just less harm. That is why its footprint and surface is maximum. It covers the contaminated soil which can therefore remain on site.

In this school the children learn not only about, but in cohabitation with the planet Earth. On each floor they are surrounded by a living environment. The building is part of the ecosystem of humans, flora and fauna. The covered ground surface has been fully replaced by continuous green areas on all floors. Two inclined elevators serve as mountain railroads for the primary school students, staff and visitors. The assembly hall next to the public square, offers a glimpse into the lively inside of the green hill with its sports hall. Two large incisions enable natural cross-ventilation and night cooling in every room of the building. The building Grüner Berg is a lively, walkable centre of the neighbourhood. All rooms are accessible from the outside and can be used independently at any time.

Before construction the seeds of the existing, documented flora will be collected, preserved and planted on the building after completion - to create a local, low-maintenance habitat structure. Soil layers decrease with the height of the building from 15 cm up to local accumulations of 60 cm. When it rains heavily, the building functions like a sponge - the staggered levels form a cascade of extensive retention fields.

Classrooms are located in the middle of a climatic intermediate zone. They form a learning village in green surroundings. The intermediate zone enables collaborative learning across classes. 

The floors of compacted clay dampen the sound, store the cold in summer and the heat in winter due to its thermal mass. Using exterior curtains with photovoltaics, the building produces electricity, when shade is desired. The irregular shape of the planes is curved like a cell wall in order to maximise the length of the electricity-producing curtains. Small wind turbines on the roof ensure complete renewable electricity production. The roof overhang varies depending on the sun direction and provides shaded outdoor spaces.

The supporting structure is made of wood and clay. Large laminated timber beams above the sports hall rest on solid clay walls. Round wooden columns support clay-covered wooden ceilings. The tight grid of columns divides spaces into a childlike scale and supports the heavy weight of earth and clay.

in collaboration with Aimée Michelfelder, Studio Amea

_undjurekbrüggen Architekt:innen, team@undjb.eu, +49 157 50971179‬  Gotzkowskystraße 33, D-10555 Berlin und Kirchplatz 6, D-39615 Werben (Elbe), @undjurekbrueggen

undjurekbrüggen Architektengesellschaft 
+49 157 50971179‬ 
Gotzkowskystraße 33, D-10555 Berlin
Kirchplatz 6, D-39615 Werben (Elbe) @undjurekbrueggen