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OMA Tops BIG, Büro Ole Scheeren to Design Axel Springer Campus in Berlin

After deliberating over the stellar proposals of three renowned firmsBIG, Büro Ole Scheeren, and OMA, Berlin-based media company AXEL SPRINGER SE has just announced that Rem Koolhaas' design is the winning proposal for their new office building.

The task of the competition was to create additional space for the media company, particularly its digital offers, and thus design a workplace fit for the future of online media. Koolhaas' design, which features a large 30-meter high atrium or "open valley" with interconnected terraces and public workspaces for both individual, collaborative, and mobile work, won favor with the jury for its forward-thinking concept. As Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer SE, commented: “[Koolhaas] presented the conceptually and esthetically most radical model. The fundamental innovation of working environments will support the cultural transformation towards a digital publishing house."

For his part, Koolhaas had this to say: “It is a wonderful occasion to build in Berlin again, on this historical site of all places, for a client who has mobilized architecture to help perform a radical change…a workplace in all its dimensions.”

See more of OMA's winning proposal, after the break...

J. Mayer H. Designs Interactive Playscape for Children

An expansion to their permanent Level Green exhibition at Volkswagen Autostadt visitor’s center in Wolfsburg, J. MAYER H. has completed a “playful learning landscape”  of inhabitable solid wood sculptures that allow children to explore various aspects of sustainability. From the “issue of mobility” to cooking courses, the “MobiVersum” is designed to challenge children’s motor skills and imagination. 

Neubau Parkhaus SMA / HHS Planer + Architekten AG

© Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer

Consolidated Urbanism by Labor4plus Wins Lake Zwenkau Planning Competition

The winning entry of the Northern Shore Lake Zwenkau competition, which challenged select firms to introduce "holiday villages" and recreational activities to a small lake twenty minutes outside of LeipzigGermanywas proposed by Labor4plus. Dubbed "Yearning Spaces," the proposal envisions a Western harbor village that concentrates recreational activity along the northern coast of Lake Zenkau and connects to eastwardly located "hermit huts" via hiking trails paralleling the shore.

Community Centre Lohfelden / HHS Planer + Architekten AG

© Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer

House I / Stephan Maria Lang

  • Architects: Stephan Maria Lang
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Hans Kreye

© Hans Kreye © Hans Kreye © Hans Kreye © Hans Kreye

Bahnhofplatz Aachen / HH+F Architekten Hentrup Heyes + Fuhrmann

© Jörg Hempel Photodesign © Kai Kasugai © Kai Kasugai © Kai Kasugai

House K / Stephan Maria Lang

  • Architects: Stephan Maria Lang
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hans Kreye, Sebastian Kolm

© Sebastian Kolm © Hans Kreye © Sebastian Kolm © Hans Kreye

Psychiatric Centre Friedrichshafen / Huber Staudt Architekten

  • Architects: Huber Staudt Architekten
  • Location: Röntgenstraße 8, 88048 Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • Design Team: Julian Arons, Magdalena Falska, António Henriques, Christian Huber, Leander Moons, Jördis Petzold, Joachim Staudt, Sofia Theodorou
  • Area: 3274.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt / Huber Staudt Architekten

  • Architects: Huber Staudt Architekten
  • Location: Abbestraße 2, 10587 Berlin, Germany
  • Design Team: Julian Arons , Alexandra Barre, Magdalena Falska , António Henriques , Christian Huber, Sebastian Kroeker , Leander Moons , Anna Naumann, Natalia Novoa Vidal, Jördis Petzold, Tobias Shepherd , the Wolfgang Staudt, Joachim Staudt, Jörg weighting
  • Area: 1759.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Werner Hutmacher

© Werner Hutmacher © Werner Hutmacher © Werner Hutmacher © Werner Hutmacher

Berlin Wall Memorials Prove Controversial, Fall Behind Schedule

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this autumn, Germany planned two memorials, one in Berlin and one in Leipzig. However, as Der Spiegel reports, not only are they almost certainly not going to be complete in time for the anniversary, they have both proven highly controversial with the local people. Will these designs turn out to be monuments to German reunification, or just monumental failures? Read the article on Der Spiegel to find out more.

Generator Berlin Mitte / Ester Bruzkus + DesignAgency

© Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig

Barkow Leibinger Win Competition For Berlin's Tallest High-Rise

Berlin's Barkow Leibinger has won an invited competition to design a new hotel tower and conference centre as part of Berlin's largest hotel complex, the Estrel. Establishing a new gateway to the center of Berlin from Schönefeld International Airport, the tower will stand at 175 meters (578 feet) making it the tallest high-rise in Berlin to date. Located on the Sonnenalle at the intersection of the Ship Canal, S-Bahn and Autobahn, the site acts as a threshold between the heterogeneous industrial and residential periphery of the city and the historical neighborhoods of Neukölln

GRAFT Wins Competition to Restore and Extend Youth Hostel in Munich

GRAFT Architects have won an invited competition to restore and extend one of Germany's oldest youth hostels in central Munich, Germany. Their proposal, which was judged alongside designs by haascookzemmrich (Stuttgart), Snøhetta (Oslo), and YES Architecture (Munich), centers around the idea of "experiencing community." Their proposal enables exchange and communication whilst also alluding to the "established traditions of simple traveling, youthful curiosity and the thirst for encounter." Connecting the historic quality of the building with the challenges of modern habits and traveling practices, their design "builds a bridge between origins and departure."

J. Mayer H. Chosen to Design Karlsruhe's Anniversary Pavilion

In a design competition hosted by the German city of Jubilee, J. Mayer H. Architects and Rubner Holzbau have won the commission for a temporary event pavilion which will be erected in Castle Park in March of 2015 to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe.

Water Sports Centre / Oliver Mang Architekten

© Kai Bienert © Kai Bienert © Thomas Birk Courtesy of Oliver Mang

Haus Neufert / Gatermann + Schossig

© Jens Willebrand Courtesy of Gatermann + Schossig Courtesy of Gatermann + Schossig Courtesy of Gatermann + Schossig