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Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we've rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: glass. Check out the projects after the break...

ip company / cp architektur

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Hamburg's Plan to Eliminate Cars in 20 Years

About 40% of the area of Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, is made up of green areas, cemeteries, sports facilities, gardens, parks and squares. For the first time ever, the city has decided to unite them together via pedestrian and cycle routes. It's all part of the "Green Network Plan," which aims to eliminate the need for vehicles in Hamburg over the next 20 years.

According to city spokeswoman Angelika Fritsch, the project will help to turn the city into a one-of-a-kind, integrated system: "Other cities, including London, have green rings, but the green network will be unique in covering an area from the outskirts to the city centre. In 15 to 20 years you'll be able to explore the city exclusively on bike and foot."

More details, after the break.

Photographer Victor Enrich Reshapes an Existing Hotel, 88 Times

Architectural photographer Victor Enrich has shared with ArchDaily a series of 88 images — one for every key in the classical piano —  exploring the various formal possibilities of the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, Germany. "I found it beautiful," says Enrich, "to connect two distinct artistic disciplines such as photography and computer graphics with the piano." See further illustrations and read a full description of his thought process following the break.

International Youth Center in Oberschleißheim / ATELIER 30

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Institute buildings University Kassel / ATELIER 30

© Thomas Fischer © Thomas Fischer © Thomas Fischer © Thomas Fischer

Production Hall Hettingen / Barkow Leibinger, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger

© Ina Reinecke © Ina Reinecke © Ina Reinecke © Ina Reinecke

Christmas Lights Berlin 2013 / Brut Deluxe by Miguel de Guzmán

Spanish architecture photographer Miguel de Guzmán has released a new video, just in time for Christmas. The video covers three light installations in Berlin designed by Brut Deluxe: the first, a huge light dome, the second consisting of five big three-dimensional light cubes, and the third, an artificial landscape built of 50 light shrubs. All of the installations are designed to create atmospheric spaces that can be entered and experienced. Check out more of his videos here, and some great pictures of the installations after the break...

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Training Centre for Apprentice Butchers / Wulf Architekten

  • Architects: Wulf Architekten
  • Location: Proviantbachstraße 7, 86153 Augsburg, Germany
  • Design Team: Albrecht Krepp, Birgit Wohlfart, Alexander zur Brügge
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun

BIG, OMA, Büro-OS To Compete for New Media Campus in Berlin

UPDATE: OMA has provided more information and images of their proposal, see them after the break.

BIG, Büro Ole Scheeren, and OMA have been announced as the three finalists in the competition to design the new Media Campus for AXEL SPRINGER SE in Berlin, Germany, beating out Kuehn Malvezzi and SANAA. The final ranking will be released in January.

The new campus will be located on the historic site of the former Berlin Wall, what was once a no-man’s land. All three proposals address this contentious history as well as the demands of a 21st century workplace. President of the jury, Prof. Dr. Friedrich von Borries, proclaimed that: "All three projects show how fascinating architecture can be today. No matter which of the three proposals will be realised: The competition is already an enrichment of Berlin's building culture." See all three proposals, after the break...

Proposal from Büro-OS. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Proposal from BIG. Image © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Proposal from OMA. Image Courtesy of Axel Springer SE Proposal from OMA. Image Courtesy of Axel Springer SE

Schorndorf Town Hall / Ippolito Fleitz Group

© Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun
  • Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
  • Location: Marktplatz 1, 73614 Schorndorf, Germany
  • Design Team: Peter Ippolito, Gunter Fleitz, Christian Kirschenmann, Tim Lessmann, Markus Schmidt, Roger Gasperlin
  • Lightning Design: Lichtwerke GmbH, Köln
  • Area: 654.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun

DMAA Wins Competition for Mixed-Use, Cultural Complex in Munich

Vienna-based Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA) has been announced as winner of a competition to design a mixed-use, cultural complex in Munich. Dubbed Hanns Seidel Platz, the 40,500-square-meter scheme will provide a 160-unit “living tower,” office space, a civic center, concert hall and large public plaza for the district of Neuperlach. 

This winning concept was developed in collaboration with the architecture firm Wimmer un Partner. It is expected for completion in 2019.

Daniel Libeskind Designs Apartment Building for Berlin

Studio Daniel Libeskind has released images of his latest project: a 10,000 square meter residential building planned for the center of Berlin. Occupying a half-acre corner site in the neighborhood of Chausseestrasse, “Chausseestrasse 43” will be encased by a metallic-coated ceramic facade shaped to maximize exposure to natural light. 

Wilhelm-leuschner-Platz station / Max Dudler

  • Architects: Max Dudler
  • Location: Martin-Luther-Ring, 04107 Leipzig, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Max Dudler
  • Developers: Deutsche Bahn AG
together, Free State of Saxony
  • Area: 5678.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller

Centre for Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy / Henn

  • Architects: Henn
  • Location: Russische-Orthodoxe Diözese des orthodoxen Bischofs von Berlin und Deutschland, Hofbauernstraße 26, 81247 Munich, Germany
  • Area: 12420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: HG Esch

© HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch

Lukas Church Conversion / Heinrich Böll Architekt

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