Bauhaus Masters' Houses Restored, Now Open to Public

00:00 - 23 May, 2014
Bauhaus Masters' Houses Restored, Now Open to Public, The newly renovated Gropius House. Image courtesy of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Image © Christoph Rokitta
The newly renovated Gropius House. Image courtesy of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Image © Christoph Rokitta

The Bauhaus school of design has made an indelible mark on the world of architecture, one that is still felt almost seventy years after its closing. After moving the school from Weimar to Dessau in 1925 to avoid confrontation with the Nazis, founder Walter Gropius designed a series of semi-detached homes for the design masters teaching at the Bauhaus. This small neighborhood, nestled in a pine forest near the school building itself, was an idyllic home for the likes of Lyonel Feininger, Oskar Schlemmer, and Gropius himself. They were abandoned in the 1930s as Germany plunged into war, and suffered years of damage from military conflict and neglect. Renovations to the houses began in 1990, and now, 24 years later, the Bauhaus meisterhäuser have been completely reopened.

GRAFT + Kleihues+Kleihues Design Work/Live Housing in Berlin

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
GRAFT + Kleihues+Kleihues Design Work/Live Housing in Berlin, Courtesy of GRAFT
Courtesy of GRAFT

GRAFT and Kleihues+Kleihues has teamed up with Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität (Cooperative for urban Creativity) to realize a complex of five towers centered around working and living in Berlin, Germany. Titled “Eckwerk,” the new complex is set to rise within the confines of an existing viaduct, whose shape and materiality served as the project’s main source of inspiration. 

Documentation Center of Bergen-Belsen Memorial / KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Documentation Center of Bergen-Belsen Memorial / KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten, © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk
© Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk

A 200-meter-long edifice made entirely of concrete houses the Documentation and Information Center at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial. Its extraordinary volume, the radical restriction to the use of just a few key materials and the physical presence of the large structure are condensed into powerful architecture. The exhibition building in the middle of the ‘Heidewald’ forest on the edge of the former concentration camp traces the original course of the country road from Celle to Hörste, which was altered with the construction of the camp.

J. Mayer H. Wins Competition to Design Berlin "Experience Center"

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
J. Mayer H. Wins Competition to Design Berlin "Experience Center", © J. Mayer H.
© J. Mayer H.

J. Mayer H. has won an invited competition to design “Volt Berlin,” a new “shopping and urban experience” center near Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. The winning scheme offers a variety of experiential offerings, including multi-brand shopping, an indoor skydiving and event space, and a 7,500 square meter hotel, all within a single cubed complex whose organization is based off an uneven grid. 

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alexanderplatz, 10178 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Jürgen Mayer H.
  • Competition Team

    Christoph Emenlauer, Simon Kassner, Bart van den Hoven, Mehrdad Mashaie, Mael Kang, Paul Angelier, Julien Sarale
  • Area

    29500.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Burkhardt Leitner constructiv exhibition / Ippolito Fleitz Group

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Burkhardt Leitner constructiv exhibition  / Ippolito Fleitz Group , © Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +23

Parking Garage / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Parking Garage / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Ernsting's family is branch enterprise of the textile industry based in the Coesfeld Lette (Westphalia). Continuous growing of the enterprise led to new buildings, which supplement the existing distribution centre of Santiago Calatrava and Bruno Reichlin from the early 1980s. Architect Johannes Schilling added another distribution centre in 1999. The company’s new service centre designed by David Chipperfield was completed in 2001. All buildings are situated in a green campus, for which the Belgian landscape architect Peter Wirtz is responsible.

Lentpark / Schulitz Architekten

01:00 - 6 May, 2014
Lentpark / Schulitz Architekten, Courtesy of Schulitz Architects
Courtesy of Schulitz Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lentstraße 30, 50668 Cologne, Germany
  • Building Services

    Ingenieurbüro Möller, Meyer GmbH
  • Owner

    KölnBäder GmbH
  • Desing Team

    Philipp Heitger, Gustavo Oettinger, Rafael Wiglenda, Sebastian Moll, Jasmine Behzadi, Matthias Rätzel, Christian Laviola, Stefanie Blume, Roland Pabel
  • Area

    12900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Schulitz Architects

Courtesy of Schulitz Architects Courtesy of Schulitz Architects Courtesy of Schulitz Architects Courtesy of Schulitz Architects +12

Cafeteria at the University Aalen / MGF Architekten

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Cafeteria at the University Aalen / MGF Architekten, © Michael Schnell
© Michael Schnell
  • Architects

  • Location

    Aalen, Germany
  • Project Leadership

    Josef Hämmerl
  • Design Team

    Maria Knott, Karin Schmid-Arnoldt
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell +14

Winners of the Berlin Natural Science Museum Competition Revealed

00:00 - 3 May, 2014
Winners of the Berlin Natural Science Museum Competition Revealed, First Place. Image Courtesy of AWR Competitions
First Place. Image Courtesy of AWR Competitions

The winners of the international competition to design Berlin's new Natural Science Museum have been announced. The brief, which called for a large scale iconic building in the heart of the German capital, offered the opportunity for architects and students to design in a city founded in the 13th century.

Understanding that natural science museums are often simply seen as places for public spectacle, the organization behind the competition wanted to ensure that the "importance of the museum's specimen collections for documenting historical and present-day patterns of biological diversity cannot be overstated."

See the winning entry, along with the runners up, after the break.

SU House / Alexander Brenner Architects

00:00 - 2 May, 2014
© Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +22

Chemiepraktikum Aachen / Ksg Architekten

01:00 - 29 April, 2014
Chemiepraktikum Aachen / Ksg Architekten, © Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun
  • Architects

  • Location

    Turmstraße, Aachen, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    kister scheithauer gross architekten, stadtplaner GmbH, Köln
  • Responsible Partner

    Johannes Kister
  • Project Managers

    Klaus Küppers, Gabriel Mörsch
  • Occupant Architects

    RWTH Aachen
  • Area

    3720.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +19

Farmhouse Renovation / Buero Philipp Moeller

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Farmhouse Renovation / Buero Philipp Moeller , © Benjamin A. Monn
© Benjamin A. Monn
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moorenweis, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Philipp Moeller, Spandri / Wiedemann, Elia Spandri
  • Area

    388.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Benjamin A. Monn © Benjamin A. Monn © Benjamin A. Monn © Benjamin A. Monn +39

Exhibition: 2D:3D Barkow Leibinger

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Exhibition: 2D:3D Barkow Leibinger, © Gustav Düsing / Barkow Leibinger
© Gustav Düsing / Barkow Leibinger

Only 5 more days on the exhibition 2D:3D, an installation by Barkow Leibinger at the BDA Berlin Gallery. Covering the wall surfaces of the small gallery space with “tapete” or wallpaper the façade of the storefront gallery frames what Leon Battista Alberti described as a fenestra aperta. In this configuration the space of the gallery is a projection/ extension of the streetscape in the bourgeois residential historical Mommsenstrasse neighborhood.

VIDEO: Light Installation Transforms Cylindrical Tower

00:00 - 22 April, 2014

The bowels of a Gasometer may be an unlikely place to stage a light installation, however, URBANSCREEN, a German projection company, has done just that. 320 Licht is a spectacle of light and sound within a cylindrical volume over 300 feet high. With the help of Epson Germany, URBANSCREEN was able to sync 21 separate projectors for a 22 minute loop, documenting the process in the amazing high-definition video above. Enjoy!

House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten, © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart
© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart +16

House A / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
House A  / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten, © Valentin Wormbs
© Valentin Wormbs

© Valentin Wormbs © Valentin Wormbs © Valentin Wormbs © Valentin Wormbs +12

Exhibition: New Moscow - Новая Москва, Urban Development by International Competitions 2012-2014

00:00 - 18 April, 2014
Exhibition: New Moscow - Новая Москва, Urban Development by International Competitions 2012-2014, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) / © Heneghan Peng, Dublin
National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) / © Heneghan Peng, Dublin

A new series of international architecture competitions are characterizing a clear change in the current urban planning strategy of Moscow. The initiator of these developments is the incumbent chief architect of the Russian capital, Sergey Kuznetsov. Together with his team, he has breathed new life into Moscow’s urban development since taking office in mid 2012. The exhibition New Moscow – Новая Москва presents two international competitions – from the fields of landscape planning (1st prize Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York) and cultural building (1st prize Heneghan Peng, Dublin) – and through these demonstrates the great gains for the city’s urban planning that are being drawn from this open, global approach.

Youth-Club Extension / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 14 April, 2014