Bureau Baubotanik aims at raising public awareness regarding the value, functionality and cultural practice of »Baubotanik« for the development of green infrastructures in cities and metropolitan areas. Baubotanically-built structures not only raise the living standards of their environments, but are embedded within their socio-cultural contexts and co-dependencies. Bureau Baubotanik’s practice focuses on conceptualizing green infrastructures as performative spaces of imagination. Baubotanik is a type of plant-based architecture, their design organic. Each baubotanically-developed project is the result of an ongoing process which merges ecological, social, cultural, technological and political demands.
Oliver Storz, grad. engineer, studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and the TU Delft, Netherlands, and has been one of the founding members of the research group Baubotanik at the Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory) at the University of Stuttgart since 2006. He is also a fellow at Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU). He has co-directed Bureau Baubotanik with Hannes Schwertfeger since 2010.
Hannes Schwertfeger, grad. engineer, studied architecture in Kassel, Delft, Mexico City and Stuttgart. He is a research fellow at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (fgv) in Brazil and an alumnus of Ev. Studienwerk Villigst/Germany. He is a research assistant and founding member of the research group Baubotanik at the Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory) at the University of Stuttgart and has co-directed Bureau Baubotanik with Oliver Storz since 2010.
Bureau Baubotanik are fellows at Akademie Schloss Solitude from November 2021 until March 2022 within the framework of Under Utopia, a collaborative project with Akademie Schloss Solitude and the artist duo Maren Geers und Thomas Drescher. The fellowship is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden Wuerttemberg.