8,000 Illuminated Balloons to Mark 9-Mile Stretch of Berlin Wall

00:00 - 16 October, 2014
Lichtgrenze (rendering) via the Chicago Tribune
Lichtgrenze (rendering) via the Chicago Tribune

25 years ago on November 9, East German protesters torn down the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this moment, the German capital plans to line the wall’s original 9-mile stretch with 8,000 illuminated, white balloons. The installation, named lichtgrenze or “light frontier,” will be open November 7. On the 9th, the balloons will be simultaneously released into the air to music provided by the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra. 

MVRDV Selected to Design "Hafenspitze" Office Towers in Mainz

00:00 - 15 October, 2014
© MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV, together with Munich-based morePlatz, have been selected among seven teams in an international competition to design two office buildings in Mainz, Germany. The five- and eleven-story “Hafenspitze” structures are expected to spearhead the transformation of the former Zollhafen industrial harbor, which plans to become a new mixed-use city quarter over the coming decades. 

More about the towers' design, after the break.

Video: Jan Wurm and Lukas Verlage Discuss Arup’s “Solarleaf”

00:00 - 15 October, 2014

In this video from Zumtobel Group, Jan Wurm of Arup Deutschland GmbH and Lukas Verlage, CEO of Colt International GmbH, discuss the unique technological developments in “Solarleaf,” which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Applied Innovations category. In addition to functioning as an effective shading system, this façade system uses solar panels to produce energy from algae to provide a new source of sustainable energy.

Kleinerdrei / PARAT

01:00 - 11 October, 2014
© mfruscella & dmanduzio
© mfruscella & dmanduzio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 Hamburg, Germany
  • Corporate Identity

    Carolin Rauen
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    mfruscella & dmanduzio

© mfruscella & dmanduzio © mfruscella & dmanduzio © mfruscella & dmanduzio © mfruscella & dmanduzio +14

ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +30

House Krailling / Unterlandstättner Architekten

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten
Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten

Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten +29

Black Forest / Stocker Dewes Architekten

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
© Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun
  • Architects

    Stocker Dewes Architekten
  • Location

    Freiburg, Germany
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Yohan Zerdoun

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +13

Apartments Charlotte / Michels Architekturbüro

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
© Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +15

Rock on a Slope / Unterlandstättner Architekten

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
© Michael Heinrich
© Michael Heinrich

© Michael Heinrich © Michael Heinrich © Michael Heinrich © Michael Heinrich +19

Kindergarten and Day Care Center “Kunterbunt” / Ecker Architekten

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
© Brigida González
© Brigida González

© Brigida González © Brigida González © Brigida González © Brigida González +46

UNStudio Brings Interactive Exhibit to Munich: Motion Matters 4.0

00:00 - 29 September, 2014
Courtesy of UNstudio
Courtesy of UNstudio

The evening of October 6th marks the grand opening of UNStudio's new exhibit, Motion Matters 4.0 at the Architektur Galerie in Munich. The opening ceremonies will coincide with the first day of the Expo Real International Trade Fair for Property and Investment and include a welcome speech by the Dutch Consul General Peter Vermeij, followed by an introductory talk about the exhibit from UNStudio co-founder and principal Ben van Berkel.

Loft ESN / Ippolito Fleitz Group

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
© Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +25

New Trianel Headquarters / gmp architekten

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
Courtesy of gmp architekten
Courtesy of gmp architekten
  • Architects

  • Location

    Aachen, Germany
  • Design

    Volkwin Marg and Christian Hoffmann with Marek Nowak
  • Project management – competition

    Marek Nowak with Olaf Peters
  • Competition team

    Sebastian Möller, Christoph Salentin, Tobias Unterberg
  • Project management – detailed design

    Tobias Unterberg
  • Detailed design team

    Clemens Dost, Irina Stoyanova, Sarah Coenes, Christoph Salentin
  • Client

    Trianel GmbH
  • Area

    6300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of gmp architekten

Courtesy of gmp architekten Courtesy of gmp architekten Courtesy of gmp architekten Courtesy of gmp architekten +13

Elemental, Arup, and Studio Tamassociati Win Zumtobel Awards for Innovation

00:00 - 23 September, 2014
Courtesy of Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency ngo
Courtesy of Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency ngo

Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group Awards. With a goal to promote innovations for sustainability and humanity in the built environment, the awards represent three categories: Applied Innovations, Buildings and Urban Developments & Initiatives. This year’s winners were selected from 15 nominees, shortlisted from a competitive pool of 356 submissions. 

The winning projects are marked by their innovative and ground-breaking character: “The voting to find the number one project was very close in all three categories, because in each case we were able to choose from among a large number of heterogeneous projects of high quality," Described Maas. "One key criterion for the jury this year was the innovation factor, both in a technical sense and with a view to planning and participation processes as well as ecological and social challenges.”

See the winning projects, after the break.

Rheinfelden Office Building / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
© Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti +8

Stadthaus M1 / Barkow Leibinger

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
© Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Ina Reinecke © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +19

Office Building 200 / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
© Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti +16

Great Ape House / Hascher Jehle Architektur

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
© Svenja Bockhop
© Svenja Bockhop

Integretation of the grounds into the Rosensteinpark. Image © Hugo Jehle © Hugo Jehle © Svenja Bockhop The Gorilla and the Bonobo enclosure are situated in opposite to another. Image © Svenja Bockhop +21