Christoph Ingenhoven, Principal and Founder of ingenhoven architects
Christoph Ingenhoven studied architecture and art history at Aachen Technical University (1978–1984) and, under Hans Hollein, at Düsseldorf Arts Academy (1980–1983). In 1985 he founded ingenhoven architects. In 1997, the practice achieved international recognition with the RWE tower in Essen, one of the world’s first ecological high-rise buildings.
The most important completed buildings include the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg, the Lufthansa Aviation Centre at Frankfurt Airport, the head office of the Daniel Swarovski Corporation at Lake Zurich, the Oeconomicum in Düsseldorf, the Breezé Tower in Osaka, and the high-rise development at 1 Bligh in Sydney, which is the first high-rise building in Sydney to be awarded a Six-Star World Leadership certificate under the Australian ecological Green Star rating system. With a total gross floor area of 400,000 square meters, the hitherto largest project by ingenhoven architects is the Marina One project in Singapore—a high-rise complex with two office towers and two residential towers that enclose a large public garden—which was completed in 2017. A number of projects are currently under construction, such as the underground main railway station in Stuttgart, the Toranomon project in Tokyo, and the Lanserhof health resort on Sylt.
Christoph Ingenhoven is one of the leading international architects promoting sustainable and ecological architecture. The head office of ingenhoven architects is located in the Düsseldorf Media Harbour precinct. In addition, the firm is represented internationally at Zurich, Sydney, Singapore, and Santa Clara in California, USA.
Christoph Ingenhoven is a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and of the Federal Foundation for Building Culture; he is a member of the North Rhine-Westphalia Academy of Sciences and Arts.