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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....

Torre David - Informal Vertical Communities Exhibition

Organized by ETH Zurich Department of Architecture and Urban Design, with Alfredo Billembroug & Hubert Klumpner of Urban-Think Tank, the 'Torre David - Informal Vertical Communities' exhibition is an adaptation and evolution of the installation on Torre David that was presented at the 2012 Biennale di Venezia, where it was awarded the Golden Lion. Taking place at Aedes Berlin from July 12-August 29, the Torre David project will be presented in an extended format and will include new research on the intersection between verticality and informal communities. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Call for Projects: Urban Intervention Award Berlin 2013 & Urban Living Award 2013

For the second time, the Berlin Senate Department of Urban Development and the Environment is opening a Europe-wide call for projects for the Urban Intervention Award Berlin. For the first time, this prize is being offered in collaboration with Deutsche Wohnen AG and will for this reason be expanded to include the new Urban Living Award. Deutsche Wohnen AG will award prize money in the amount of €3,000 to the winners of the two categories in the Urban Intervention Award Berlin, ‘Build’ and ‘Temporary’, as well as the winner of the Urban Living Award. Interested architects can submit their work by August 24. For more information, please visit here.

Forum at the Eckenberg Academy / Ecker Architekten

  • Architects: Ecker Architekten
  • Location: Untere Eckenbergstraße 1, 74740 Adelsheim, Germany
  • Client: Baden-Württemberg Department of Property and Construction - Heilbronn Office
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez, John Ruffolo, Image Agency

© John Ruffolo © John Ruffolo © Brigida Gonzalez © Brigida Gonzalez

Pünktchen / Güth & Braun Architekten + DYNAMO Studio

  • Architects: Güth & Braun Architekten , DYNAMO Studio
  • Location: Germany
  • Architect In Charge: S. Braun, D. Güth
  • Interior Design: S. S. Rothenberger, K. Mainka, S. Braun
  • Facade Design: DYNAMO Studio
  • Grafic Design: M. Scherer
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: P. Wünstel

© P. Wünstel © P. Wünstel © P. Wünstel © P. Wünstel

Sports Hall Zehlendorfer Welle / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

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

s.Oliver Headquarters / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

© Jean-Luc Valentin © Jean-Luc Valentin © Jean-Luc Valentin © Jean-Luc Valentin

Brunnenstrasse 9 / Brandlhuber

© Nathan Willock
© Nathan Willock
  • Architects: Brandlhuber
  • Location: Brunnenstraße 9, 10119 Berlin, Germany
  • Project Architect: Thomas Banek, Silvia Farris, Christian Geisser, Tobias Hönig, Andrjana Ivanda, Katharina Janowski, Chrissie Muhr, Jan Winterstein
  • Area: 1353.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nathan Willock, Michael Reisch, Courtesy of Brandlhuber+ Emde, ERA, Schneider

© Michael Reisch © Michael Reisch © Michael Reisch © Nathan Willock

Kindergarten Aying / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten

  • Architects: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten
  • Location: Römerstraße 2, 85653 Aying, Germany
  • Architect In Charge: Allmann Sattler Wappner
  • Supporting Structural Planning: Martin Augenstein
  • Building Services: Zickler, Jakob Planungen GmbH, Co KG
  • Landscape Designers: Keller Landschafts
  • Area: 1285.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Allmann Sattler Wappner

Courtesy of Allmann Sattler Wappner Courtesy of Allmann Sattler Wappner Courtesy of Allmann Sattler Wappner Courtesy of Allmann Sattler Wappner