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Youth-Club Extension / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

Infographic: The Bauhaus, Where Form Follows Function

UPDATE: In honor of the 81st anniversary of the day the Bauhaus closed in 1933, we’re re-publishing this popular infographic, which was originally published April 16th, 2012.

From the “starchitect” to “architecture for the 99%,” we are witnessing a shift of focus in the field of architecture. However, it’s in the education system where these ideas really take root and grow. This sea change inspired us to explore past movements, influenced by economic shifts, war and the introduction of new technologies, and take a closer look at the bauhaus movement.

Often associated with being anti-industrial, the Arts and Crafts Movement had dominated the field before the start of the Bauhaus in 1919. The Bauhaus’ focus was to merge design with industry, providing well designed products for the many.

The Bauhaus not only impacted design and architecture on an international level, but also revolutionized the way design schools conceptualize education as a means of imparting an integrated design approach where form follows function.

Treehouse Solling / baumraum

  • Architects: baumraum
  • Location: Uslar, Germany
  • Area: 37.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Markus Bollen

© Markus Bollen © Markus Bollen © Markus Bollen © Markus Bollen

Lecture Series: Japanese Architecture at at Cologne University

The Faculty of Architecture at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences will host a lecture series on Japanese architecture. The program will start April 8 with Junya Ishigami and will continue until June 24 with lectures by Shin Takamatsu & Takeshi Katagiri, recent Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban, Ryusuke Kojio, Sou Fujimoto, Hitoshi Abe and Hiroaki Kimura. 

House P+G / Architekten Wannenmacher+ Möller GmbH

© Jose Campos © Jose Campos © Jose Campos © Jose Campos

AD Classics: Weissenhof-Siedlung Houses 14 and 15 / Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

The two-family structure known as Houses 14 and 15, designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in 1927, is one of the earliest built manifestations of the Five Points of a New Architecture.  Located on the outskirts of Stuttgart, the attached dwellings were part of the Weissenhof-Siedlung (Weissenhof Estate), an experimental housing development and exposition of Modern architecture.  A progressive precedent for the emerging International Style, Le Corbusier's work in Stuttgart serves as a critical prototype in the development and realization of the Swiss architect’s architectural identity, which would revolutionize 20th century architecture.

© Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com

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