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HENN Architects Wins Competition to Design New Zalando Headquarters in Berlin

HENN Architects has won the competition to design the new Zalando Headquarters in Berlin. The project will consist of two seven-story buildings, where up to 2,700 employees will occupy 42,000 square meters of office space.

With the new Headquarters, all of the Zalando offices will be brought together, rather than dispersed throughout the city.

Stories - Guillermo Srodek-Hart at Architekturgalerie München

The stunning images in this collection by Argentinian photographer Guillermo Srodek-Hart tell captivating stories of the country’s rural commercial establishments. Located in the rural areas outside of bustling Buenos Aires, the commercial establishments—butcheries, bakeries, bars, repair shops, garages, dry cleaners—depicted in this collection by photographer Guillermo Srodek-Hart appear steeped in history, and are packed with details dripping with color. Throughout the collection hangs an air of abandonment, of time passing, or perhaps stopping. Whether or not that is true, Srodek-Hart has memorialized a culture worlds apart from the city that lies a short distance away. TThe exhibit at Architekturgalerie Munich, supported by Prestel Verlag and Kuckei + Kuckei Galerie Berlin, shows a selction of his works recently published in his book “Stories”, Prestel Verlag, with a foreword by Anne Tucker.

Why NL Architects + BeL's Winning Proposal for Hamburg's St. Pauli Won't Win You Over With Glossy Renders

After the Bolsheviks secured power in Russia in the late 1910s and eventually created the Soviet Union in 1922, one of the first orders of business was a new campaign, Novyi bit (new everyday life), which sought to advance many of the most hallowed causes of their newly minted socialism. The initiative’s great success came from the bold designs of Constructivist artists such as Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Lyubov Popova. Using a high-contrast visual language and a combination of words and symbols, the graphics were arresting and comprehensible in a post-tsarist country that was largely illiterate, and became some of the most recognizable examples of twentieth century graphics and political propaganda.

It's hard not to see the connection between the styles of the Constructivists and the unusual graphics created by NL Architects in association with BeL (Bernhardt und Leeser) Sozietät für Architektur BDA for their competition-winning proposal for Hamburg’s St. Pauli neighborhood, consisting of an urban plan of housing and other amenities at the former site of Esso Häuser on the Spielbudenplatz. And, while this stylistic connection may not have been intentionally drawn by the architects - the inspiration for the graphics is not mentioned in the four-page project description - it is oddly appropriate for this particular development.

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Living Levels / nps tchoban voss

  • Architects: nps tchoban voss
  • Location: Mühlenstraße 60, 10243 Berlin, Germany
  • Chief Project Architect: Philipp Bauer; Karsten Waldschmidt (Project Management, building application)
  • Architects: Christoph Heimermann, Kenan Ozan, Anja Schroth, Stephan Luda-Scharping
  • Area: 8700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Roland Halbe

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Büro Ole Scheeren Expands with New Offices in Berlin and Bangkok

Hong Kong- and Beijing-based Büro Ole Scheeren is expanding with the opening of two new offices in Berlin and Bangkok. As its founder, German architect Ole Scheeren says, the expansion will extend the practice's range of work with projects in Europe and North America. "Büro Ole Scheeren’s Berlin studio will act as a European base for work across the western hemisphere, while Büro Ole Scheeren in Bangkok, together with its subsidiary HLS, is charged with the further design development and construction supervision of the MahaNakhon tower, soon to be completed as Thailand’s tallest skyscraper," says the practice. 


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AD Classics: New German Parliament, Reichstag / Foster + Partners

As Norman Foster describes in his firm’s monograph, Foster 40, “Our transformation of the Reichstag is rooted in four related issues: the Bundestag’s significance as a democratic forum, an understanding of history, a commitment to public accessibility and a vigorous environmental agenda.”[1] Foster’s description sounds straightforward enough, but the process of creating the New German Parliament at the Reichstag was only the latest entry in the long, complex, and contentious history of the building.

House in Wilhermsdorf / René Rissland + Peter Dürschinger

  • Architects: René Rissland, Peter Dürschinger
  • Location: Hohenlohestraße 24, 91452 Wilhermsdorf, Germany
  • Area: 290.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Simone Ottinger

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HENN Designs Clover-Shaped Innovation Center for Merck Headquarters in Germany

HENN has broken ground on the Innovation Center at pharmaceutical company Merck's corporate headquarters and factory in Darmstadt, Germany

The new Center follows the site’s pre-established master plan, also designed by HENN, placing the new building complex between two existing company buildings and at the end of what is to become a spacious public square.

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Pop Up Box: A Customizable Retail Space in Germany

DITTEL | ARCHITEKTEN GmbH has created Pop Up Box, a convertible retail space located in a shopping center in Stuttgart, Germany. With its cube design, the Box serves as a self-contained, customizable presentation area, where retailers can move three of the four pieces to create his or her own sales space.

Germany’s Karlsruhe Palace Becomes the Backdrop for this Stunning Video Mapping Project

The architectural collective has shared with us their latest video mapping project on the façade of the Karlsruhe Palace in Karlsruhe, Germany. Designed to celebrate the city’s 300-year anniversary, the projection illuminates all 300 meters of the building’s façade.

The Karlsruhe Palace is the architectural and urban center of the city, from which 32 streets stem out, structuring the urban design of Karlsruhe. This unique city design served as part of the inspiration behind the audiovisual work. The project was created in partnership with Sound Selektor, who composed the soundtrack using only noises recorded from inside the castle, including doors, switches, stairs and the sounds of specific exhibits. 

Grimmwelt / kadawittfeldarchitektur

  • Architects: kadawittfeldarchitektur
  • Location: GRIMMWELT Kassel, Weinbergstraße 21, 34117 Kassel, Germany
  • Architects in Charge: Gerhard Wittfeld, Kilian Kada, Klaus Kada, Stefan Haas
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter, AndreasWeber, Stadt Kassel

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Audi Motor Show 2015 / SCHMIDHUBER

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Shaping Research / KSG Architekten

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TBZ Cologne / SSP SchürmannSpannel

  • Architects: SSP SchürmannSpannel
  • Location: Hugo-Eckener-Straße 16, 50829 Köln, Germany
  • Project Team SSP: Thomas Schmidt, Heiner Blum, Marius, Scheffer, Marcel Behrens, Markus Fleißgarten, Christoph Nowakowski, Giuseppe Battaglia
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jörg Hempel Photodesign, Robert Mehl

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