12 Things You Didn't Know About Pritzker Laureate Frei Otto

15:07 - 11 March, 2015
Hall at the International Garden Exhibition, 1963, Hamburg, Germany © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn
Hall at the International Garden Exhibition, 1963, Hamburg, Germany © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn

Frei Otto passed away this past Monday, a day before being internationally celebrated as the Pritzker Prize’s 40th laureate. The first architect to ever receive the Prize posthumously, Otto was a brilliant inventor, architect and engineer who pioneered some of history’s most ambitious tensile structures

In honor of his legacy, we’ve complied 12 fascinating facts about Otto’s life that influenced his career and shaped the profession. Read them all, after the break.

2015 Pritzker Prize Winner Frei Otto’s Work in 10 Images

12:00 - 11 March, 2015
2015 Pritzker Prize Winner Frei Otto’s Work in 10 Images, Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn
Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn

On Tuesday evening the Pritzker Prize jury named Frei Otto as the 40th recipient of the award, making him the second German to receive the award and the first winner to receive it posthumously. Otto was both an architect and a structural engineer, perhaps best known for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium

With regards to their decision the jury highlighted Otto’s “visionary ideas, inquiring mind, belief in freely sharing knowledge and inventions, his collaborative spirit and concern for the careful use of resources.”  

Enjoy 10 photos of Otto’s projects after the break. 

Aviary at the Munich Zoo. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn The 1967 International and Universal Exposition. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Diplomatic Club Heart Tent. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Institute for Lightweight Structures. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn +10

Video: Frei Otto's German Pavilion at Expo 67

06:00 - 11 March, 2015

Last night German architect Frei Otto was selected as the 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate, the second German to win the award and the first to receive the award posthumously. The video above shows the impressive construction process of Otto’s German Pavilion at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in Montreal (although unfortunately without sound).

Covering an area of 8,000 square meters, the pavilion featured a large, steel mesh web suspended over eight steel masts, which were located at irregular intervals and supported by anchored cables located outside of the structure.  A transparent polyester fabric was then placed over the mesh roof, creating a tent.  The whole construction took only six weeks. 

Mei and Felixx Propose Housing for Postwar Residential Area in Munich

16:00 - 10 March, 2015
Mei and Felixx Propose Housing for Postwar Residential Area in Munich , © Team Mei and Felixx
© Team Mei and Felixx

The largest housing association in Munich, GEWOFAG has awarded Mei Architects & Planners and Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners one of three prizes for their proposal to redevelop of a residential area of 340 dwellings around the Ludlstrasse in Munich.

"It is refreshing to see how the Dutch have dealt with this design task," says the jury in regards to the team's community-centric, winning scheme. "The Dutch are one step further in thinking about how neighborhoods should function."

More about their winning entry "Neue Nachbarschaften," after the break.

ADEPT Wins Competition to Design "Small Piece" of Flensburg

14:00 - 10 March, 2015
ADEPT Wins Competition to Design "Small Piece" of Flensburg , The green interior courtyard. Image Courtesy of ADEPT
The green interior courtyard. Image Courtesy of ADEPT

ADEPT has won a competition to design a new city gate in the German city of Flensburg along Bahnhofstrasse - a central urban axis leading to the city’s main station. Designed as a “small piece of the city,” the winning proposal adapts itself to the existing typology by combining different types of “facade expressions” that creates a “playful synergy between new and old.”

“The proposal gives us a unique chance to transform and influence our future city at a very high level of quality and creativity - Bahnhofstrasse can really become a real and vibrant piece of city,” says the client.  

Hallenhaus / Observatorium

06:00 - 5 March, 2015
Hallenhaus / Observatorium, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Halde Norddeutschland, 47506 Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +28

Explore Alexander Brodsky's Architectural Fantasy at Berlin's Tchoban Foundation

06:00 - 1 March, 2015
Explore Alexander Brodsky's Architectural Fantasy at Berlin's Tchoban Foundation , "Place of Overall Prosperity", Alexander Brodsky (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing
"Place of Overall Prosperity", Alexander Brodsky (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing

From March 13, Berlin's Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing will showcase the work of acclaimed Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky in the eponymous exhibition "Alexander Brodsky. Works." 

Curated by Daria Paramonova, architect and co-curator of the Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, the exhibition will feature a collection of Brodsky's new and old work and run until June 5.

Learn more about the exhibition and view selected works on display after the break.

"Architect", Alexander Brodsky (1984). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Untitled", Alexander Brodsky (1993). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Untitled", Alexander Brodsky (2014). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Vanishing Points", Alexander Brodsky (1997). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing +10

Architects to be Given Chance to Design New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau

17:00 - 25 February, 2015
Architects to be Given Chance to Design New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, © GeoBasis-DE / LVermGeo LSA, 2015, Aktenzeichen C22-7000520-2015
© GeoBasis-DE / LVermGeo LSA, 2015, Aktenzeichen C22-7000520-2015

In celebration of the 100th Bauhaus anniversary, the Foundation Bauhaus Dessau has announced plans to construct a new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau. As part of a competition “preannouncement” published on the museum’s site, an open two-phased international competition will challenge architects to design a museum for the foundation’s “outstanding collection” under the “best possible conservation conditions.” 

Co-promoter of the competition, the City of Dessau-Roßlau is currently searching for possible sites that will allow the Bauhaus Museum Dessau to be integrated into the city's central City Park. It is hoped that the museum and park will “strengthen and complement each other and enrich the location as a cultural centre.”

A breakdown of key competition dates, after the break. 

Bazar Noir / Hidden Fortress

01:00 - 20 February, 2015
Bazar Noir / Hidden Fortress, Courtesy of Hidden Fortress
Courtesy of Hidden Fortress
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kreuzbergstraße 78, 10965 Berlin, Germany
  • Area

    85.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Hidden Fortress

Courtesy of Hidden Fortress Courtesy of Hidden Fortress Courtesy of Hidden Fortress Courtesy of Hidden Fortress +23

St. Gallus Community Centre / netzwerkarchitekten

01:00 - 20 February, 2015
St. Gallus Community Centre / netzwerkarchitekten , © Jörg Hempel
© Jörg Hempel

© Jörg Hempel © Jörg Hempel © Jörg Hempel © Jörg Hempel +14

House B10 / Werner Sobek Group

01:00 - 19 February, 2015
House B10 / Werner Sobek Group, © Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +26

Fichte-Gymnasium Grammar School / netzwerkarchitekten

01:00 - 17 February, 2015
Fichte-Gymnasium Grammar School  / netzwerkarchitekten, © Jörg Hempel
© Jörg Hempel

© Jörg Hempel © Jörg Hempel © Jörg Hempel © Jörg Hempel +18

Architecture of Independence - African Modernism

00:00 - 15 February, 2015
Architecture of Independence - African Modernism, FIDAK - Foire Internationale de Dakar, Dakar (Senegal), by Jean Francois Lamoureux & Jean-Louis Marin, 1974. Image © Iwan Baan
FIDAK - Foire Internationale de Dakar, Dakar (Senegal), by Jean Francois Lamoureux & Jean-Louis Marin, 1974. Image © Iwan Baan

From February 20 the Vitra Design Museum will host "Architecture of Independence - African Modernism," an exhibition curated by architect and author Manuel Herz. Featuring numerous photographic contributions by Iwan Baan, "Architecture of Independence" explores the experimental and futuristic architecture produced in 1960s Central and Sub-Saharan Africa during the region's period of newfound independence.

Autobahn Church Siegerland / Schneider+Schumacher

01:00 - 10 February, 2015
Autobahn Church Siegerland  / Schneider+Schumacher, © Helen Schiffer
© Helen Schiffer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wilnsdorf, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Michael Schumacher, Hans Eschmann
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Helen Schiffer © Helen Schiffer © Helen Schiffer © Helen Schiffer +26

R50 – Cohousing / ifau und Jesko Fezer + HEIDE & VON BECKERATH

01:00 - 8 February, 2015
R50 – Cohousing / ifau und Jesko Fezer + HEIDE & VON BECKERATH, © Andrew Alberts
© Andrew Alberts

R50 – cohousing is a joint building venture project in Berlin-Kreuzberg. It was initiated by the architects during the course of a concept-based award procedure for building plots and implemented in close cooperation with the clients. The building proposal is founded on a clear urban design position, robust and precisely detailed architectural design, and both a collective and individual process of occupancy.

Office Building / Blocher Blocher Partners

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Office Building / Blocher Blocher Partners, Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners
Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Herdweg 19, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Area

    3300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners

Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners +26

Office Mindmatters / PARAT

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Office Mindmatters  / PARAT, © Andreas Meichsner
© Andreas Meichsner

© Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner +11

O25's "Future Logistics Building" Wins Second in Prologis 2030 Competition

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
O25's "Future Logistics Building" Wins Second in Prologis 2030 Competition , Perspective, outside. Image Courtesy of O25
Perspective, outside. Image Courtesy of O25

OFFICETWENTYFIVEARCHITECTS (O25) has won second prize the Prologis' 2030 Design competition, which challenged participating firms from seven European countries to redefine what logistics buildings may look like in the future. 

O25's proposal utilizes a site similar to characteristic distribution sites, under the assumption that future demands will be closely aligned with current one. With this mentality, the design utilizes a greenfield site within close proximity to major transportation systems, but is not directly in the heart of the urban environment. Due to its semi-rural locality, the goal of the design was to create a functional and efficient distribution system that would not compete with, but rather complement, its surroundings, so unsightly features (storage areas) are located underground. Additional nods to the landscape are made by the integration of green space atop the loading bays.

Exterior view into the loading bay. Image Courtesy of O25 Elevation of the office building. Image Courtesy of O25 Interior view of the loading bay. Image Courtesy of O25 Interior view of the office building. Image Courtesy of O25 +6