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LAVA Unveils Transformation of Energy Storage Center into a City Icon in Germany

12:00 - 16 October, 2016
LAVA Unveils Transformation of Energy Storage Center into a City Icon in Germany, Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) has won the competition to redesign an energy park and energy storage building in Heidelberg, Germany, for the Stadtwerke Heidelberg. Currently a cylindrically shaped storage center, the space will be transformed into a dynamic sculpture, city icon, and knowledge hub for sustainable energy, fully accessible to the public with city views. 

In order to display the concepts of energy transition, decentralization, networking, flexibility and adaptability, the project will feature a multi-layered façade structure inspired by geometries in nature like leaves, spider webs, and reptile skins. “The result is a dynamic, ever-changing surface of light and shadow, animated by wind, turning the building into a beacon of a dynamic new energy regime.”

Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA +17

Sauspiel Office / IFUB*

03:00 - 14 October, 2016
Sauspiel Office / IFUB*, © Julia Klug
© Julia Klug

© Julia Klug © Julia Klug © Julia Klug © Julia Klug +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    12047 Berlin, Germany
  • Area

    221.4 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Photography Exhibition: Christian Fessel “Everything’s in order”

13:40 - 13 October, 2016
Photography Exhibition: Christian Fessel “Everything’s in order”, The order of the lines.XX. Photo: Christian Fessel
The order of the lines.XX. Photo: Christian Fessel

Three independent and yet interwoven series on the concept of order are presented by Christian Fessel on both floors of the Infostation.

SCL – Holzmassivhaus / MIND Architects Collective

05:00 - 10 October, 2016
SCL – Holzmassivhaus / MIND Architects Collective, © Nick Frank
© Nick Frank

© Nick Frank	© Nick Frank	© Nick Frank	© Nick Frank	+29

Tuchfabrik / NPS Tchoban Voss

21:00 - 7 October, 2016
Tuchfabrik  / NPS Tchoban Voss, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +19

OMA Releases New Renderings of their Axel Springer Building in Berlin

08:40 - 6 October, 2016
OMA Releases New Renderings of their Axel Springer Building in Berlin, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA has released new images of their design for Axel Springer’s business and digital division, in Berlin, Germany. One of the largest digital publishing houses in Europe, Axel Springer officially launched the project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company’s publishing building.

OMA’s proposal was selected in a 2014 international design competition, beating out finalist entries from BIG and Büro Ole Scheeren. The brief called for a new modern work environment to house Axel Springer’s growing business and digital divisions.

Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA +4

Museum of Modern Literature / David Chipperfield Architects

03:00 - 3 October, 2016
Museum of Modern Literature / David Chipperfield Architects, © Ute Zscharnt
© Ute Zscharnt

© Ute Zscharnt © Ute Zscharnt © Ute Zscharnt © Jörg von Bruchhausen +23

Brew Box Pad / Itay Friedman Architects

22:00 - 30 September, 2016
Brew Box Pad / Itay Friedman Architects , © Boaz Arad
© Boaz Arad

© Boaz Arad © Boaz Arad © Boaz Arad © Boaz Arad +38

KCAP & Kunst + Herbert Win Competition for “Garden City of the 21st Century” in Hamburg

16:20 - 30 September, 2016
KCAP & Kunst + Herbert Win Competition for “Garden City of the 21st Century” in Hamburg, © KCAP / Kunst + Herbert
© KCAP / Kunst + Herbert

KCAP Architects & Planners in cooperation with Kunst + Herbert have won the international Fischbeker Reethan competition to master plan the Harburg district of Hamburg, Germany. The 70 hectare site is being developed by the  IBA Hamburg (International Building Exhibition) as a new residential and business district with the aim of creating a “Garden City of the 21st Century.” The design will accommodate a total of 2,200 apartments, 100,000 square meters (1,080,000 square feet) of small industry space and nearly 200,000 square meters (2,150,000 square feet) of diverse public landscapes.

© KCAP / Kunst + Herbert © KCAP / Kunst + Herbert © KCAP / Kunst + Herbert © KCAP / Kunst + Herbert +6

COBE Designs Huge Public Pool and Waterfall for New Harbor District in Cologne

12:15 - 29 September, 2016
COBE Designs Huge Public Pool and Waterfall for New Harbor District in Cologne, © COBE and Beauty and the Bit
© COBE and Beauty and the Bit

Danish firm COBE has been announced as the winner of a competition for the revitalization of Deutzer Hafen, the harbor district of Cologne, Germany. Unanimously selected over proposals from Lorenzen, Diener & Diener Architekten, Scheuvens + Wachten, and Trint + Kreuder dna, the winning design will transform the old industrial harbor into a vibrant, sustainable neighborhood through the addition of a new city landmark: a new public pool and huge waterfall at the end of the harbor.

The pool will be sustained through environmentally-friendly methods, utilizing collected rainwater and excess heat expelled from buildings to provide the public with an exciting new attraction.

© COBE and Beauty and the Bit © COBE and Beauty and the Bit © COBE and Beauty and the Bit © COBE +4

This 3-Mile-Long Nazi Resort is Being Resurrected as a Luxury Getaway

09:30 - 28 September, 2016
This 3-Mile-Long Nazi Resort is Being Resurrected as a Luxury Getaway, © Metropole Marketing
© Metropole Marketing

This article was originally published on Business Insider as "Hitler's 3-mile-long abandoned Nazi resort is transforming into a luxury getaway."

Three years before Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Adolf Hitler ordered the construction of the world's largest tourist resort, located on a beachfront property on the island of Rügen. The Nazis called it Prora.

Capable of holding more than 20,000 residents at a single time, Prora was meant to comfort the weary German worker who toiled away in a factory without respite. According to historian and tour guide Roger Moorhouse, it was also meant to serve as the carrot to the stick of the Gestapo—a pacifying gesture to get the German people on Hitler's side.

But then World War II began, and Prora's construction stalled—until now.

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Richard Meier & Partners Designs Waterfront Mixed-Use Building in Hamburg

12:20 - 27 September, 2016
Richard Meier & Partners Designs Waterfront Mixed-Use Building in Hamburg, © bloomimages
© bloomimages

Richard Meier & Partners has released images of their competition-winning design for a new 34,750 square meter (374,045 square foot) mixed-use building in Hamburg, Germany that will combine luxury condominiums, rental apartments and the new headquarters for German real estate company Engel & Völkers.

The firm was selected as the winners of an international competition for the design in 2013, beating out proposals from Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects.

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Taumascopio / Mattia Paco Rizzi

15:00 - 26 September, 2016
Taumascopio / Mattia Paco Rizzi, Courtesy of Mattia Paco Rizzi
Courtesy of Mattia Paco Rizzi

Courtesy of Mattia Paco Rizzi Courtesy of Mattia Paco Rizzi Courtesy of Mattia Paco Rizzi Courtesy of Mattia Paco Rizzi +21

Experience the "Brutal Faith" of Gottfried Böhm's Pilgrimage Church in Neviges

04:00 - 23 September, 2016
Experience the "Brutal Faith" of Gottfried Böhm's Pilgrimage Church in Neviges, Courtesy LOBBY Magazine. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Courtesy LOBBY Magazine. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

This exclusive photo essay by Laurian Ghinitoiu was originally commissioned for the fifth issue of LOBBY. Available later this month, the latest issue of the London-based magazine—published in cooperation with the Bartlett School of Architecture—examines the theme of Faith as "a fervent drive, a dangerous doctrine, a beautifully fragile yet enduring construct, an unapologetic excuse, a desperate call for attention and a timely consideration on architectural responsibility."

In 1986 the Pritzker Architecture Prize announced their first German laureate. In a speech at the ceremony in London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall, the Duke of Gloucester suggested that the prize “may not guarantee immorality,” inferring, perhaps, that not even the most prestigious award in architecture could compete with an œuvre so compact, focussed and enduring as that of Gottfried Böhm – a “son, grandson, husband, and father of architects.”

Courtesy LOBBY Magazine. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Courtesy LOBBY Magazine. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Courtesy LOBBY Magazine. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Courtesy LOBBY Magazine. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu +24

Sauerbruch Hutton Invite Reflection On How We Perceive, Discuss, and Produce Architecture

04:00 - 20 September, 2016
Sauerbruch Hutton Invite Reflection On How We Perceive, Discuss, and Produce Architecture, Archive 2 / Sauerbruch Hutton. Image Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers
Archive 2 / Sauerbruch Hutton. Image Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers

Louisa Hutton and Matthias Sauerbruch, of Berlin-based practice Sauerbruch Hutton, have recently published Archive 2 – a second series of monographic volumes dedicated to the work of their practice between 2006 and 2015. In the nine years between two sets of books, the architects have observed that "the expansion of the digital realm has had a profound effect on the way we perceive, discuss and produce architecture." As such, and on the occasion of their second volume, they are inviting people to share their thoughts "on the convergence of architecture in concrete, pixel and print."

International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture - Competition Live Stream

04:30 - 19 September, 2016
International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture - Competition Live Stream, Watch the ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture present their daylight-inspired projects at the World Architecture Festival in a live streamed event!
Watch the ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture present their daylight-inspired projects at the World Architecture Festival in a live streamed event!

Watch the ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture present their daylight-inspired projects at the World Architecture Festival in a live streamed event before the jury selects the two global winners!

Exhibition: Chiharu Shiota "Uncertain Journey"

10:35 - 17 September, 2016
Exhibition: Chiharu Shiota "Uncertain Journey", "Uncertain Journey" / Chiharu Shiota. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
"Uncertain Journey" / Chiharu Shiota. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Text via Blain|Southern. For her first exhibition with Blain|Southern, Chiharu Shiota will create a new site-specific monumental installation in the Berlin gallery, eight years after she last exhibited in her home city.

Shiota is primarily known for her immersive installations, such as The Key in the Hand, with which she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Weaving intricate networks of yarn, the artist creates new visual planes as if she were painting in mid-air.

The installation Uncertain Journey fills the gallery’s vast central atrium with dense webs of red yarn – seemingly growing from above, reaching down towards the skeletal hulls of boats which rest on the gallery floor below. The colour of blood, the nexus of yarn is laden with symbolism, for the artist it alludes to the interior of the body and the complex network of neural connections in the brain. Enclosed by the canopy overhead, the boat carcasses raise existential questions of fate and belonging, evoking ideas that can be as complex as the tangled yarn itself.

"Uncertain Journey" / Chiharu Shiota. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu "Uncertain Journey" / Chiharu Shiota. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu "Uncertain Journey" / Chiharu Shiota. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu "Uncertain Journey" / Chiharu Shiota. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu +19

MVRDV Wins Competition to Masterplan New Innovation Port in Hamburg

12:20 - 13 September, 2016
MVRDV Wins Competition to Masterplan New Innovation Port in Hamburg, MVRD’s masterplan foresees the development of a vast site of which hotels, conference halls, offices and start-ups, laboratories, research facilities and parking will occupy the site.. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
MVRD’s masterplan foresees the development of a vast site of which hotels, conference halls, offices and start-ups, laboratories, research facilities and parking will occupy the site.. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV with co-architects morePlatz have won a competition to design the masterplan of the Hamburg Innovation Port, a new 70,000 square meter waterfront development that will add to the high-tech hub of Channel Hamburg in Hanse City, Hamburg. The plan for the mixed-use development uses a fusion of existing port typologies and dynamic architectural interventions to create a network of buildings containing hotels, laboratories, research facilities, offices for start-ups and a conference center.

MVRD’s masterplan foresees the development of a vast site of which hotels, conference halls, offices and start-ups, laboratories, research facilities and parking will occupy the site.. Image Courtesy of MVRDV A total surface of 70,000m2 will transform the waterways of  the Channel Hamburg development, the southern high-tech hub of Germany’s northern metropolis.. Image Courtesy of MVRDV The roofs of some buildings are partly green and partly used for terraces and solar cells.. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Part of the plan is the idea of a diverse public space in which each part has its own strong character inviting the office workers to have outside meetings and al fresco luncheons. . Image Courtesy of MVRDV +4