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The Rise Of Private Art Galleries

In an article for The New Yorker, Ben Mauk examines the rise of the private art 'museum.' In the centre of Berlin there sits a "heavy, grey, and shrapnel-pocked" bunker, designed by Nazi architect Karl Bonatz under the direction of Albert Speer which, in 2003, was transformed into a private gallery. Having been bought by Christian and Karen Boros in order to display a portion of their sizeable collection of contemporary art, the only way for a member of the public to gain admittance is by registering online for a group tour. For Mauk, however, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Read the article in full here.

Residential Building at Heiligenstock / CHRIST.CHRIST.

© Thomas Herrmann © Thomas Herrmann © Thomas Herrmann © Thomas Herrmann

10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex

Quiksilver Showroom / Clemens Bachmann Architekten

  • Architects: Clemens Bachmann Architekten
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Clemens Bachmann
  • Design Team: Ben Rinkens, Nuno Mendes, Ricardo Goncalves, Brianna Cartwright, Sabine Wurm
  • Area: 1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Bernd Ducke

© Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke

Quarter of Nations / Gerber Architekten

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

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