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E.On Avacon / Bof Architekten

© Hagen Stier
© Hagen Stier
  • Architects: Bof Architekten
  • Location: Joachim-Campe-Straße 13, 38226 Salzgitter, Germany
  • Design Team: Lutz Schneider, Frank Keikut, Leonie Willnauer, Katrin Becker Timo Eisele, Tim Kalka, Romain Taunais, Judith Overberg
  • Area: 8436.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hagen Stier, Thomas Lewandovski

© Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier ©  Thomas Lewandovski © Hagen Stier

Primary School in Karlsruhe / wulf architekten

  • Architects: wulf architekten
  • Location: Sengestraße, 76187 Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Colleagues: Ingmar Menzer (PL), Oliver Hasselbach, Larissa Schuster, Christopher Velz
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Brigida González

© Brigida González © Brigida González © Brigida González © Brigida González

Bildungszentrum Tor zur Welt / Bof Architekten

© Hagen Stier
© Hagen Stier
  • Architects: Bof Architekten
  • Location: Krieterstraße 7, 21109 Hamburg, Germany
  • Area: 22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hagen Stier

© Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / Irlenbusch von Hantelmann Architekten

Designed by Irlenbusch von Hantelmann Architekten, their proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History in Regensburg accentuates its significance through its single urban block concept. The aim of the urban layout is a sensitive implementation of the new building in the world heritage surrounding, without disregarding the importance of the museum. Therefore the historical layout with its unique alleys is continued with the new setting. More images and architects' description after the break.

PALÄON / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

  • Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
  • Location: Lange Trift 1, 38364 Schöningen, Germany
  • Area: 4090.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Halle A / Designliga

Courtesy of Designliga
Courtesy of Designliga
  • Architects: Designliga
  • Location: Emmy-Noether-Straße 2, 80992 Munich, Germany
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Designliga

Courtesy of Designliga Courtesy of Designliga Courtesy of Designliga Courtesy of Designliga

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio

Aiming to seamlessly integrate into the UNESCO World Heritage site, this proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History is derived from the existing roofscape the building references to history. Designed by Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio, their proposal develops a formal language which is triggered by the existing structures, overlaying the present and the future simultaneously. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Classics: The Einstein Tower / Erich Mendelsohn

The Einstein Tower, designed by the German architect Erich Mendelsohn, is one of the best-known examples of German expressionist architecture. Designed as an amorphic structure of reinforced concrete, Mendelsohn wanted the tower to represent as well as facilitate the study of  Einstein’s radical theory of relativity – a groundbreaking theorem of motion, light and space.

More on this expressionist monument after the break...

Photo by R. Arlt via via www.aip.de Photo by R. Arlt via via www.aip.de via www.aip.de © Gili Merin

University Building for Technical Faculty Winning Proposal / 3XN

3XN just won the first prize in the international competition for their design of the new building for the technical faculty of the German university Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW). With their vision to create an open, inspiring and social learning environment, the building is to be a lighthouse project for academic learning - an innovative and productive learning environment in which students, teachers and industry representatives can meet. More images and architects' description after the break.

Diogene / Renzo Piano

From the architect. Over the years, furniture company Vitra has made a name for itself as one of the most architecturally-enlightened companies in the world, with their renowned campus featuring buildings by Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.

Now, Vitra has announced a collaboration with Renzo Piano that will bridge the gap between their sought-after furniture and their bespoke campus. Diogene, a self contained minimal living space with a floor area of just 2.5 x 3.0 meters, is billed as "Vitra's smallest building - but largest product".

More about the design of Diogene after the break

© Renzo Piano Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra

Schwäbisch Media / Wiel Arets Architects

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Karlstraße 16, 88212 Ravensburg, Germany
  • Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Uta Böcker, Tobias Gehrke, Ramón Alvarez-Roa, Ole Hallier, Sjoerd Wilbers
  • Collaborators: Janosch Welzien, Jasper Stevens, Martin Tessarz, Tobias Bam- berg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin
  • Area: 13800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter

St. Sebastian Kindergarten / BOLLES+WILSON

  • Architects: BOLLES+WILSON
  • Location: Münster, Germany
  • Design Team: Anne Elshof, Christoph Lammers, Christoph Macholz
  • Construction Supervision: Klaus Kuchenbuch
  • Area: 1120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Markus Hauschild, Ahlbrand–Dornseif + Wakonigg, Christian Richters

© Markus Hauschild © Markus Hauschild © Markus Hauschild © Markus Hauschild

'In Orbit' Installation / Tomás Saraceno

A gigantic installation work by Tomás Saraceno, entitled “in orbit,” was just assembled last week in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany. At a height of more than 20 meters above the piazza of the K21 Ständehaus, Saraceno has suspended a net construction within which visitors can move, apparently weightlessly. Saraceno’s net construction, which is accessible on three levels, resembles a cloud landscape: those bold enough to clamber high into the web set beneath the glass cupola perceive the museum visitors far below them from the lofty heights as tiny figures in a model world. The installation will be up until September 7th. More images and architects' description after the break.

Gas and Steam Power Plant Winning Proposal / Henn

Henn recently won the architectural competition for the gas and steam power plant in Wedel, Germany. The new power station is positioned to the north of the river bank to allow the uninterrupted riverside promenade passage open to the public. While the majority of the existing station has been demolished, individually striking industrial relics and architecturally significant elements, such as the listed machine hall, are retained and put to cultural use. More images and architects' description after the break.

Kulturbau / Benthem Crouwel Architects

  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: Casinostraße 21, 56068 Koblenz, Germany
  • Project Team: Markus Sporer, Marcel Blom, Anna Gerlach, Noortje ter Heege, Tina Kortmann, Sascha Rullkötter, Cornelius Wens, Sander Vijgen, Benedikt Krienen, Anna Böll, Frank Deltrap
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Thomas Eicken

© Thomas Eicken © Thomas Eicken © Thomas Eicken © Thomas Eicken

Aachenmünchener Headquarters / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

© Jens Kirchner
© Jens Kirchner
  • Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
  • Location: Borngasse, 52064 Aachen, Germany
  • Project Manager: Stefan Haass, Jascha Klusen
  • Area: 29050.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jens Kirchner

© Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner

TOR 149 / Graft Architects

© Tobias Hein
© Tobias Hein
  • Architects: Graft Architects
  • Location: Ackerstraße, Berlin, Germany
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tobias Hein

© Tobias Hein © Tobias Hein © Tobias Hein © Tobias Hein

When Projects Go Sour: 3 Architects' Candid Interview

In a recent interview, Spiegel speaks candidly with three architects who have one thing in common: projects in Germany plagued by severe delays and spiralling costs. Christoph Ingenhoven is head of Ingenhoven Architects, designers of train station Stuttgart 21. Meinhard von Gerkan of Gerkan, Marg and Partners is responsible for the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, and finally Pierre de Meuron represents Herzog & de Meuron, designers of Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie.

These projects are well known in Germany as much for their designs as for their construction costs, and Spiegel is not shy about getting to the bottom of these controversies. Of course, the architects themselves have their own ideas about the bad press (namely that they're being unjustly blamed). Meinhard von Gerkan, for example, says:

"It's a big mistake to voluntarily serve as a figurehead, because then everyone knows whom to target. We are these figureheads, not the clients and not the construction companies. And we are liable for everything."

More of these gems from the architects, after the break....