Walter Brune
Architect and founder
Christopher Brune
The next generation of the real estate group
Karl-Heinz Wilting
Operational head of the real estate group

Continuing passionate and responsible growth

Founded as the architecture office of Walter Brune in 1950, Brune Immobilien Gruppe has since developed into one of the most renowned companies for urban planning, project development and asset management in the Düsseldorf conurbation. The group has seen decades of successful growth, primarily due to the strong passion and wire-spread competences of internationally renowned architect Walter Brune. The group of companies wants to continue to inspire its customers a new time and time again with sustainable management of commercial, residential and hotel properties and customised office solutions for companies of any size.

Walter Brune – Architect and urban planner of global renown

After two years of practising with Professor Munzer, the 24-year-old engineer laid the foundations for Brune Immobilien Gruppe in 1950. He spent two decades developing not only large projects for many well-known persons from business and industry, but also their representative personal homes. Publications of his spectacular designs in architects' journals quickly brought him to fame. Satellite offices in New York, Tehran, Kabul and Amsterdam were established to follow his international clients. In one exemplary project, he cooperated with Marcel Breuer in planning complex development projects for the World Bank.
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Walter Brune invested the capital he acquired and his comprehensive knowledge as an architect in his own properties as well. He started building on them and developing them as far back as in 1960, in parallel with growing his architect's office. Since the early 1980s, he eventually became known as an architect, development and operator of inner-city shopping centres. In addition to the Kö-Galerie and Schadow Arkaden in Düsseldorf, he also designed the Neumarkt Galerie in Cologne and the Heuvel Galerie in Eindhoven. At the moment, he is applying the same passion as a planner, builder and "urban warrior" for sustainable further development of our urban centres that are worth preserving.
Biography and awards
  • Born in Bremen in 1926
  • 1947 Diplom-Ingenieur Architekt, TH Bremen
  • 1948 Architect under Prof. G. A. Munzer
  • 1950 Founding of his own architecture office
  • 1951-1954 Large coal mine facility for Franz Haniel, Bottrop
  • 1956 Completion of Haus Horten, Düsseldorf
  • 1958-1959 Karstadt-Warenhaus, Bremerhaven
  • 1959-1962 Karstadt-Warenhaus, Hamburg-Harburg
  • 1959-1962 Karstadt-Warenhaus, Hamburg-Wandsbeck
  • 1960 1st prize from the Bund Deutscher Architekten
  • 1963-1964 Office building Uhlandstraße, Düsseldorf
  • 1964-1965 Karstadt-Warenhaus, Celle
  • 1964-1965 Investment casting plant Carp und Hones, Moers
  • 1965 Office building Heinrich-Heine-Allee, Düsseldorf
  • 1966 BDA-award of the Bund Deutscher Architekten for construction of an investment casting plants
  • 1967-1968 Main administration building of Karstadt, Essen
  • 1970-1975 Münsterpark, Düsseldorf
  • 1971-1973 Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum, Mühlheim a.d.R.
  • 1976-1978 Karstadt-Warenhaus, Goslar
  • 1977-1979 Bürocenter Nord 1. CP, Düsseldorf
  • 1980 Founding of a shared office with Marcel Breuer in New York
  • 1981 Completion of the residential park Mörsenbroich, Düsseldorf
  • 1984-1986 District centre Klemensviertel, Düsseldorf
  • 1983-1986 Kö-Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • 1987 Kö-Galerie becomes "Shopping Center of the Year 1986" at the ICSC in New York
  • 1987-1991 Completion of the Bürocenter Nord, Düsseldorf
  • 1989 Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande (Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany)
  • 1990-1992 Heuvel-Galerie, Eindhoven
  • 1990-1994 Schadow Arkaden, Düsseldorf
  • 1991 Heuvel Galerie receives an award from the Bowforum in the Netherlands
  • 1992 Project development of Heuvel Galerie receives the "commendation for excellence" at the ICSN in Eindhoven
  • 1993-1995 Königs-Galerie, Kassel
  • 1994 Re-design of the Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum receives the "European Shopping Center Award" at the ICSC
  • 1994-1999 Ruhr-Business Park, Essen
  • 1995 The Schadow Arkaden receive the "European Shopping-Center Award" at the ICSC
  • 1995 Kö-Karree, Düsseldorf
  • 1997-98 Neumarkt-Galerie, Köln
  • 1999-2000 Stadtgalerie, Langenfeld
  • 1999-2000 Re-design of the Opern Passagen, Cologne
  • 2000-2001 Expansion of the Kö-Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • 2000-2001 Post Galerie, Karlsruhe
  • 2001 Completion of the Prinzenpark, Düsseldorf
  • 2002-2004 Construction of the Arcadia Parc 1. CP, Düsseldorf
  • 2005 Urbanicom award for his life's work as an architect, planned, builder, ambassador of culture and media warrior for the city
  • 2006-2007 Take-Off 1. CP, Düsseldorf-Flughafen
  • 2008 Completion of Gut Klostermühle, Briesen/Alt Madlitz
  • 2008-2010 Office and business building Königsallee, Düsseldorf
  • 2017 Completion of Triangulum, Ratingen
  • 2018 Construction of the Arcadia Parc 2.+3. CP (Arcadia Stern) commences, Düsseldorf
  • 2019 Construction of the Arcadia Höfe commences, Düsseldorf

Christopher Brune – innovative power from the cradle

After his father successfully continued the family's tradition in the fifth generation, Christopher Brune also took the logical step to enter the real estate business. Infected by his famous father's passion, he studied architecture and business management in Zürich and Vienna. 
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After learning the ropes in several renowned project development companies and architecture offices, he took over Brune Real Estate Management AG at a young age and thus a great deal of responsibility in the family-owned company. Today, Christopher Brune is on the board of directors of the group. He represents the values of his famous father and at the same time develops his own plans for the future. In the meantime, a substantial part of the real estate group is based on innovations he introduced.
Biography
  • 2006 – Completion of the International School of Düsseldorf
  • 2006 – Internship at Ingenhoven Architects Düsseldorf
  • 2007 – Internship at GLL Real Estate Partners Munich
  • 2007-2009 Studies of International Business SBS Zürich
  • 2008 – Internship at HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt Düsseldorf
  • 2009 – 2012 Studies of architecture at the TU Vienna
  • 2012 – 2014 Studies of International Management at the Webster University Vienna
  • 2014 – Internship at Concepta Projektentwicklung Düsseldorf
  • Operative member of the board of Brune Real Estate AG & Co. KG since 2015

Karl-Heinz Wilting – CEO with 35 years of professional experience

The autodidactic lateral entrant has more than 35 years of professional experience. For 23 years, Karl-Heinz Wilting followed a career at Hochtief, rising to the position of senior site engineer (Oberbauleiter) and senior project developer, and was responsible for many large projects throughout Germany. In early 2006, he switched to Brune Immobilien Gruppe. Since then, he has been head project manager there, driving development of diverse projects in office, commercial and residential construction.
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For example, he was responsible for implementation of the business building Königsallee 88, the 5th construction phase in the Prinzenpark for Axa group, the Triangulum in Ratingen, the data centre for Vodafone, the 2nd and 3rd construction phase in the Arcadia Parc and many conversions for individual tenant requests. Karl-Heinz Wilting was Managing Director at Walter Brune Architektur from 2011 to 2020 alongside Walter Brune. Since March 2020 he has been CEO of Brune Bau GmbH.

Custom solutions increasingly inspire customers

All employees of Brune Immobilien Gruppe share the one goal to keep inspiring their customers with their tailor-made solutions. No matter if the projects comprise office areas, shops or flats: all rental areas are to be optimised to match the customers' needs. The experienced specialists ensure competent, straightforward service in all phases of tenant support. The building-technical implementation follows as reliably as it is efficient. The "property as a precisely fitting tailor-made suit" has thus become the unique trademark of Brune Immobilien Gruppe.
Portrait Karl-Heinz Wilting Managing Director Walter Brune Architektur
Karl-Heinz Wilting 
Brune Bau GmbH 
Managing Director
Victor Alexander Rink
Brune Immobilien GmbH 
Managing Director
Silke Jakowski
Brune Immobilien GmbH
Management's assistant
Robert Grunow
Brune Immobilien GmbH 
Head of Facility Management

Daniela Heidenheim
Brune Real Estate Management AG
Marketing

Gudrun Uflacker
Brune Bau GmbH
Management's assistant
Norbert Schmitz
Brune Immobilien GmbH 
Managing Director

Ursula Sahlfeld
Brune Immobilien GmbH 
Management's assistant

Portrait Bettina Preißner-Langemann Vermietung Brune Immobilien GmbH
Bettina Preißner-Langemann
Brune Immobilien GmbH
Letting
Bettina Meyn
Brune Real Estate Management AG
Legal Department

Thomas Breuer
Brune Bau GmbH
Project Management

Portrait Philip Pepperhoff Bauleitung Walter Brune Architektur
Philip Pepperhoff
Brune Bau GmbH
Construction Management
Portrait Kirsten von Lom Assistenz Empfang Brune Immobilien GmbH
Kirsten von Lom
Brune Immobilien GmbH
Reception assistant
Portrait Jasmin Owuso-Sarfo Vermietung Brune Immobilien GmbH
Jasmin Owusu-Sarfo
Brune Immobilien GmbH
Letting

Karsten Wilmes
Brune Real Estate Management AG
Controlling 
Portrait Robin Benecke Projektleitung Walter Brune Architektur
Robin Benecke
Brune Bau GmbH
Project Management

Oskar Zobel
Brune Real Estate Management AG
Project Management 
Portrait Friderike Lang-Hütig Assistenz Geschäftsleitung Walter Brune Architektur
Friderike Lang-Hütig
Secretary's office, Mr. Walter Brune
Management's assistant
Philipp Gensler
Brune Immobilien GmbH
Letting
Portrait Benjamin Fahning Conference Area Brune Immobilien GmbH
Benjamin Fahning
Brune Immobilien GmbH
Conference Area

Bundled competences, clear structures

Tasks are clearly divided among service and investment companies under the umbrella of an owner-managed public company. Brune Immobilien GmbH is an independent company responsible for operative management and marketing of all objects of Brune Real Estate AG & Co. KG. The Brune Bau GmbH is, in turn, responsible for all project developments and tenant developments.

Brune Bau GmbH

Managing Director: Frederic Brune, Karl-Heinz Wilting
General corporate Governance
Karl-Heinz Wilting
Project Management
Thomas Breuer
Robin Benecke
Construction Management
Philip Pepperhoff
Management's assistant
Gudrun Uflacker

Brune Real Estate Management AG

Board: Walter Brune, Jean-Pierre Troillet, Christopher Brune
Controlling
Karsten Wilmes
Project Management
Oskar Zobel
Marketing
Daniela Heidenheim
Legal department
Bettina Meyn

Brune Immobilien GmbH

Managing Director: Norbert Schmitz, Victor Alexander Rink
Letting
Victor Alexander Rink
Building Management
Norbert Schmitz
Facility Management
Robert Grunow
Management's assistant
Ursula Sahlfeld

Specialist literature from three decades

As an architect and urban planner, Walter Brune has always represented clear positions and stood in for them publicly. Not only his properties, districts and quarters reflect his outstanding ideas, but so do the remarkable works he has contributed to specialist literature.
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Die Stadtgalerie – Ein Beitrag zur Wiederbelebung der Innenstädte
published 1996, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main / New York
ISBN 3-593-35479-9

Angriff auf die City
published 2006, Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf
ISBN 3-7700-1264-X

Der erweiterte Lebensraum – Bungalows von Walter Brune
published 2008, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-86859-009-8

Centro Oberhausen – Die verschobene Stadtmitte
published 2009, 2015, IZ Immobilien Zeitung Verlagsgesellschaft, Wiesbaden
ISBN 978-3-94021-909-1

Vom Kaufhaus zur Stadtgalerie
published 2011, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-86859-093-7

From Department Store to 'Stadtgalerie' 
published 2011, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-86859-105-7

Arbeitswelten
published 2014, IZ Immobilien Zeitung Verlagsgesellschaft, Wiesbaden
ISBN 978-3-940219-22-0

Factory Outlet Center – Ein neuer Angriff auf die City
published 2014, IZ Immobilien Zeitung Verlagsgesellschaft, Wiesbaden
ISBN 978-3-940219-24-4

Wohnungsbauten
published 2017, IZ Immobilien Zeitung Verlagsgesellschaft, Wiesbaden
ISBN 978-3-940219-40-4

Stoppt die Verödung unserer Städte durch Shopping und Outlet Center vor den Stadtgrenzen
published 2018, IZ Immobilien Zeitung Verlagsgesellschaft, Wiesbaden
ISBN 978-3-940219-46-6

Do you have any questions about the real estate group?

Please contact me to request further information about Brune Immobilien Gruppe or if you want to make a personal appointment with a board member or employee.

Silke Jakowski
Brune Immobilien GmbH
Management's assistant
Tel. +49 211 90497-0
info@brune-gruppe.com