space ship II

The "space ship II" is a further development of the art object that was on view in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne in 2016. It has been created as a floating living space and future architecture in times of global warming. As an exhibition of the Buchheim Museum, this installation floated on Lake Starnberg for three months near the bank in front of the museum and was inhabited by Markus Heinsdorff for several days in August 2018. 


Octagonal, 8,5 m high tower object that has been realised for the Hello Wood Architecture Festifal in Csórompuszta, Ungarn. An extremely open structure with minimal use of material provides the visitor with a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The platform of 6 m diameter and 25 sqm can be used for exhibitions and research. The concept of an open structure and the connection between inside and outside space has been explored within multiple former works. 

space ship

Exhibition of a temporary light weight object in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne. The extremely light weight and modular construction is the object's foremost characteristic. It allows for a variety of construction and combination methods and can be used as an international deployable building kit. The art/architecture installation refers directly to contemporary challenges concerning low cost building and living space, in Germany as well as abroad. 

wind- watertower

Reconstruction of a water station combined with a 10 m high cooling tower as central village object. The 28 sqm former cistern room has been remodelled into a naturally air-conditioned, shaded, and water providing space by using the traditional technique of cooling towers. The debris has been put into 7 gabiones that form a “recycling-bench-installation” in front of the tower.


Space object in front of the castle Domaine de Boisbuchet. The extremely light-weight building kit construction consists of 0,6mm sheet holms with wire tension. Galvanized U-profiles from industrial production have been modified for the free standing square building. The permanent art installation is also a prototype for mobile and permanent living- and space modules, that can be used in different climatic regions. 

Cape Institute of Architecture

Exhibition with works to the topic pavilions, low cost houses and recycling in the gallery of the Chamber of Architects in Cape Town, South Africa

Experimental possibilities on the basis of realized projects or such under construction by Markus Heinsdorff in China, Germany, Ecuador, India and South Africa, in form of photo documentation, models, sketches, exhibits and video.

creative engagement between different cultures

Germany - Literaturhaus Stuttgart, talk with Klaus-Dieter Lehmann and Markus Heinsdorff

Moderated by Frank Kaltenbach, editor of the international architecture magazine DETAIL, the talk between Prof. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, president of the Goethe-Institute and Markus Heinsdorff, internationally working installation artist, is shedding light on the exchange between the areas of culture, art and architecture.


Wertstoff (resource) is the title of Markus Heinsdorff's series of art campaign in Munich with the subtitle "About the good and bad lack of collecting"

How do we treat the things that surround us? When they are broken, do we repair them, keep them, dispose of them or recycle them? Which objects are especially important to us? How do we imagine the world in the future?

ocean dome

recycling art installation made of plastic waste at Green Point Park, Cape Town, South Africa

An object made of gabions (metal baskets) that are stacked to a tower and completely filled with plastic waste from the beaches around Western Cape (Atlantic Ocean). 50 square meters facade filled with 10000 bottles, fishing nets and lines and other plastic material in the sea and at the coast.


installation at the Isar-Weideninsel, Munich, Germany

On the occasion of the UN World Water Day 2014 themed "Water and Energy" the installation 'Isarleuchten' illuminated the river Isar for the first time between Wittelsbacher- und Reichenbachbrücke (bridges) in Munich, Germany. Energy source was the river itself.

Folding and Upcycling House

experimental Folding House and an Upcycling Gabion House

In 2013 a Folding House was built in cooperation with the chair for wood construction of the TU München, Prof. Kaufmann, to illustrate the possibilities of mobile low-cost architecture and to be the basis for future development.
Another project shown is the construction of an Upcycling Gabion House in cooperation with the Faculty for Landscape Architecture, Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Prof. Schegk, in 2013.

Air rings in water


Dolphins are able to blow such air rings and play with them. Within this art project these rings are generated artificially in a static water column. These rings with a reflecting surface float from the bottom to the surface.

Rotor – mobile hydropower station

test run of a prototype in the river Loisach close to Beuerberg, Bavaria

A water wheel with a vertical axis is placed in the center of an inner tube. The water stream of a river makes the turbine rotate and electricity can be generated with a dynamo which supplies a bulb. In this way the “rotor” visualizes the flow energy at day and night. At the same time the object animates to think about new developments of innovative renewable energy systems.

wasser formen – water forms

water portrait – workshop Hans Grohe Water symposium, Black Forest

For many years Markus Heinsdorff dedicates himself to water and its sensuous-aesthetic impressions. All different kinds of works, installations, objects and photographs or combinations of these media have been created. The intensive examination is emanates from the awareness that water is one of the most urgent topics of our times – therefore the goal of his works is the achievement of an intensive “contact” of people with water.

Germany and India - Mobile Space

pavilion-buildings on tour through five megacities

Development of 16 different pavilion-buildings for the presentation of Germany in India. Commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office under the supervision of the Goethe-Institut and BDI. Temporary set-up of pavilions in the five cities Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Pune as “Urban Mela – mobile space” in 2012/13. For this project new pavilion designs as textile buildings with membranes and steel constructions were developed.

Expo Shanghai

German-Chinese pavilion at the Expo in Shanghai 2010

two-storey bamboo and membrane building with a 330 square meters walkable exhibition area for the world exhibition in Shanghai. The innovative art building as the second German pavilion at the EXPO exists with 8 m height, 25 m width and 10 m depth to a great extent of bamboo canes and bamboo laminates. The building is constructed with new developed connecting and procedure technologies for bamboo. Principals are the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institute. It represents the events series „Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together", which was realised from 2007 to 2010 in five megacities of China and also devoted itself to the topic „sustained urbanization".

German-Chinese Esplanade – the bamboo buildings

bamboo pavilions on tour through six megacities

Design of six central city squares and parks with 17 different pavilions as object buildings made of bamboo for the presentation of Germany in China - a three-years-project in 2007 until 2010 of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the six megacities Nanjing, Chonggquing, Guandong, Shenjang, Wuhan and Shanghai (Expo 2010). The idea behind the temporary design and alteration of the city squares in those megacities is the examination of the urban and living spaces according to the issues and the city visions of the Germany Esplanade.

Laboratory for Entrepreneurship

Talk with Prof. Günther Faltin, freie Universität Berlin about sustainable furniture architecture

For the world exhibition in Shanghai 2010 Markus Heinsdorff designed the German pavilion and developed modern bamboo furniture for the lounge. Bamboo is the material of the future to him. The furniture is multifunctional, comfortable and art objects. Low demand of resources, recyclable and the use of environmental friendly materials in futuristic design were the self-made preconditions.