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Fraunhofer Research Campus Waischenfeld / Barkow Leibinger

  • Architects: Barkow Leibinger
  • Location: Waischenfeld, Germany
  • Architects In Charge: Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
  • Area: 3813.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stefan Müller

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

PSD Bank Office Building / Bayer & Strobel Architekten

  • Architects: Bayer & Strobel Architekten
  • Location: Bahnhofstraße 68, 66125 Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Architects In Charge: Gunther Bayer, Peter Strobel
  • Area: 1610.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Peter Strobel

© Peter Strobel © Peter Strobel © Peter Strobel © Peter Strobel

KreativLABs / schöne räume architektur innenarchitektur

© Oliver Tamagnini © Oliver Tamagnini © Oliver Tamagnini © Oliver Tamagnini

Familienzentrum im Steinpark Kindergarten / nbundm

  • Architects: nbundm
  • Location: Freising, Germany
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Florian Schreiber

© Florian Schreiber © Florian Schreiber © Florian Schreiber © Florian Schreiber

Incredible Color Video Shows Life in Berlin at the End of WWII

May 8th marks the 70-year anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, when Germany’s Third Reich surrendered to the Allied forces. To commemorate the anniversary, Konstantin von zur Muehlen has released “Spirit of Berlin,” a short color film with historic footage showing everyday life in the German capital in July 1945 -- just two months after the end of the war. 

Learn more after the break. 

What’s Behind Europe’s Grandiose Rebuilding?

Is there a growing nostalgia pervading attitudes to civic architecture in Europe? From Berlin's new Royal Palace on the River Spree to Turkey's rekindled fascination with their Ottoman heritage, architecture is becoming the medium of choice for exploring a city's roots and a people's past. In this post originally published by TheLong+Short, Feargus O'Sullivan investigates how many governments and developers have decided that the way to future lies in looking backwards.

Reading about Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in the German press, you’d be forgiven for thinking the building was in Leipzig, not the Middle East. “The tallest building in the world is so German,” said Der Spiegel when the tower opened in 2010. “The Burj Khalifa is an Ossi!" shouted Bild, using the common nickname for East Germans. The headlines were partly right: when East Germany’s old parliament building, the Palace of the Republic in Berlin, was demolished in 2006, several thousand tonnes of steel girders were stripped from its carcass and shipped to the Gulf for use in the construction of Burj Khalifa. 

Central Art Depository Freiburg / Pfeifer Kuhn Architekten

  • Architects: Pfeifer Kuhn Architekten
  • Location: Freiburg, Germany
  • Architect In Charge: Prof. Günter Pfeifer, Prof. Christoph Kuhn
  • Design Team: Daniel Lenz, Alexander Unsin, Klaus Dömer
  • Area: 5690.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Claudius Pfeifer, Städtische Museen Freiburg - Photographer Markus Frietsch, Kuhn und Lehmann, Hannelore Pfeifer

© Claudius Pfeifer © Städtische Museen Freiburg - Photographer Markus Frietsch © Kuhn und Lehmann © Hannelore Pfeifer

IZB Residence / Stark Architekten

  • Architects: Stark Architekten
  • Location: Am Klopferspitz 2, 82152 Planegg, Germany
  • Design Team: Claudia Kammerer, Christine Röger, Markus Müller, Nicole Arndt
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Robert Sprang

© Robert Sprang © Robert Sprang © Robert Sprang © Robert Sprang

Timber House / KÜHNLEIN Architektur

Courtesy of KÜHNLEIN Architektur Courtesy of KÜHNLEIN Architektur Courtesy of KÜHNLEIN Architektur Courtesy of KÜHNLEIN Architektur

European School in Frankfurt / NKBAK

  • Architects: NKBAK
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Area: 3380.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer

Photographer’s Loft / Bruzkus Batek Architekten

  • Architects: Bruzkus Batek Architekten
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Design Team: Ester Bruzkus, Ulrike Wattenbach
  • Area: 165.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten

Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten

Urban Treehouse / baumraum

  • Architects: baumraum
  • Location: Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany
  • Area: 34.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Laura Fiorio

© Laura Fiorio © Laura Fiorio © Laura Fiorio © Laura Fiorio

House B in B / Matti Schmalohr

© Klaus Dieter Weiss © Klaus Dieter Weiss © Klaus Dieter Weiss © Klaus Dieter Weiss

Spotlight: Peter Behrens

If asked to name buildings by German architect and designer Peter Behrens (14 April 1868 - 27 February 1940), few people would be able to answer with anything other than his AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin. His style was not one that lends itself easily to canonization; indeed, even the Turbine Factory itself is difficult to appreciate without an understanding of its historical context. Despite this, Behrens' achievements are not to be underestimated, and his importance to the development of architecture might best be understood by looking at three young architects who worked in his studio around 1910: Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

Video: Olympiapark München / Frei Otto

Pritzker laureate Frei Otto was best known for his tensile structures. A prime example Otto’s ingenuity, the 1972 Olympic Stadium in Munich was a collaborative work with Gunther Behnisch that connected the park’s main programs - the natatorium, gymnasium and main stadium - with a whimsical, lightweight canopy structure that mimicked the “rhythmic protrusions” of the Swiss Alps. Watch the Spirit of Space short film above to see the project in its current state and learn more about the pioneering structure, here.