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Gerstäckerstreet / KBNK

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
© Carsten Brügmann
© Carsten Brügmann
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gerstäckerstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg, Germany
  • Area

    6450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Carsten Brügmann © Carsten Brügmann © Carsten Brügmann © Carsten Brügmann +10

Gehry's Berlin Skyscraper May Be Too Heavy for Alexanderplatz

00:00 - 9 June, 2014
Gehry's Berlin Skyscraper May Be Too Heavy for Alexanderplatz, Gehry Partners' winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines
Gehry Partners' winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines

After winning the design competition for Germany's tallest apartment tower in January, Frank Gehry's project for the building on Alexanderplatz has already run into problems over fears that the 150-metre building could be too heavy for its site. The German edition of the Local is reporting that Berlin's Senate has placed the plans on hold because of the building's proximity to the U5 branch of the U-Bahn tunnel, which it fears could be crushed under the weight.

More on the story after the break

Administrative Headquarters RBSUM / KBNK

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
© Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier
© Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier

© Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier © Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier © Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier © Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier +9

Park Linné / kister scheithauer gross architekten

01:00 - 29 May, 2014
Park Linné /  kister scheithauer gross architekten, © Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Eupener Straße, 50933 Cologne, Germany
  • Design/responsible partner

    Prof. Johannes Kister
  • Design Team

    Ruth Hofmann, Astrid Kunz, Magdalena Mazurkiewicz
  • Area

    24309.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Tempelhof Airport Plans Denied by Berlin Voters

00:00 - 26 May, 2014
Tempelhof Airport Plans Denied by Berlin Voters, Tempelhof Airport as it is Today. Image © Flickr CC User Isma Monfort Vialcanet
Tempelhof Airport as it is Today. Image © Flickr CC User Isma Monfort Vialcanet

A plan to build 4,700 homes on the site of Berlin's Tempelhof Airport was blocked by voters this weekend. The airport, which was built in the 1920s and has a long history as a key site during World War Two and the Cold War, was closed in 2008 and there has since been a debate over what to with the vast site, including a 2011 competition to transform it into a park and other facilities, and an outlandish unofficial plan in 2009 to create a 1km high mountain on the site.

However perhaps the the most popular idea has also been the simplest: in 2010, the airport was opened to the public without any changes, and become an impromptu urban park popular with kite-flyers and roller-bladers who circle the site's runways.

Read on for more on the story

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. 

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

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

© Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk +20

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

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters Courtesy of Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten +12

Lentpark / Schulitz Architekten

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

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

  • 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

Cafeteria at the University Aalen / MGF Architekten

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aalen, Germany
  • Project Leadership

    Josef Hämmerl
  • Design Team

    Maria Knott, Karin Schmid-Arnoldt
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

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

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

  • 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

Farmhouse Renovation / Buero Philipp Moeller

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moorenweis, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Philipp Moeller, Spandri / Wiedemann, Elia Spandri
  • Area

    388.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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.