House of Elements
© Christa Lachenmaier
The Cologne-based firm JSWD Architekten was founded in 2000. The four partners Jürgen Steffens, Olaf Drehsen and the brothers Konstantin and Frederik Jaspert are leading an office with more than 150 employees from 30 nations. The partners started on their architectural careers as RWTH students in Aachen. Günter Behnisch, Schuster Architects as well as Volkwin Marg (gmp) influenced their further professional development, followed by teaching posts and the establishment of the firm. In the last several years, JSWD has realized many projects in Germany and increasingly in other European countries, for the most part following successfully entered competitions.
JSWD finds further architectural, technical and intellectual inspiration in cooperative ventures with other architectural firms in France and Luxembourg, in the USA and in China while maintaining a collaborative exchange in the realization of joint construction projects.