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R50 – Cohousing / ifau und Jesko Fezer + HEIDE & VON BECKERATH

R50 – cohousing is a joint building venture project in Berlin-Kreuzberg. It was initiated by the architects during the course of a concept-based award procedure for building plots and implemented in close cooperation with the clients. The building proposal is founded on a clear urban design position, robust and precisely detailed architectural design, and both a collective and individual process of occupancy.

Office Building / Blocher Blocher Partners

  • Architects: Blocher Blocher Partners
  • Location: Herdweg 19, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Area: 3300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners

Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners

Office Mindmatters / PARAT

  • Architects: PARAT
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andreas Meichsner

© Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner

O25's "Future Logistics Building" Wins Second in Prologis 2030 Competition

OFFICETWENTYFIVEARCHITECTS (O25) has won second prize the Prologis' 2030 Design competition, which challenged participating firms from seven European countries to redefine what logistics buildings may look like in the future. 

O25's proposal utilizes a site similar to characteristic distribution sites, under the assumption that future demands will be closely aligned with current one. With this mentality, the design utilizes a greenfield site within close proximity to major transportation systems, but is not directly in the heart of the urban environment. Due to its semi-rural locality, the goal of the design was to create a functional and efficient distribution system that would not compete with, but rather complement, its surroundings, so unsightly features (storage areas) are located underground. Additional nods to the landscape are made by the integration of green space atop the loading bays.

Exterior view into the loading bay. Image Courtesy of O25 Elevation of the office building. Image Courtesy of O25 Interior view of the loading bay. Image Courtesy of O25 Interior view of the office building. Image Courtesy of O25

Gleisdreieck Park / Atelier LOIDL

  • Architects: Atelier LOIDL
  • Location: Yorckstraße, Berlin, Germany
  • Architect In Charge: Felix Schwarz, Andreas Lipp
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier LOIDL

Courtesy of Atelier LOIDL Courtesy of Atelier LOIDL Courtesy of Atelier LOIDL Courtesy of Atelier LOIDL

Joseph Pschorr House / Kuehn Malvezzi

© Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz

Aedes Architecture Forum Highlights ZAO/standardarchitecture

Berlin's Aedes Architecture Forum will mark the beginning of its 35th Anniversary Program by continuing its focus on Asia and China. With the architect Zhang KeofZAO/standardarchitecture from Beijing, Aedes presents one of the most promising protagonists of a young group of Chinese architects and urban planners with the exhibition 营造 Contemplating Basics. This follows on from the 2001 exhibition TU-MU, in which Aedes presented for the first time, and with global success, the first generation of independent architects in China. At that time, the architects and artists introduced in the exhibition - Yung Ho Chang, Liu Jiarkun, Ai Wei Wei, Wang Shu, Lu Wenyu - were fully unknown in the West, while some have since gone on to become Pritzker Prize winners or internationally renowned artists.

Concrete Love: The Böhm Family

This year’s Goethe Documentary Film Prize winner is Concrete Love: The Böhm Family. The German film, directed by Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, follows the daily routine of 93-year old architect Gottfried Böhm, documenting interactions with his family (and colleagues) and the inspiration for his work. It delves into the lifelong fervor Böhm has developed for design, family, and life. The jury acclaims, "the film tells a multi-layered tale of love, the passion for architecture and four generations of German history. With sensitive observations, intimate interviews and stirring filmic explorations of an extraordinary architectural legacy, the film creates a lasting impression of the buildings and the people.”

A space: Lofts in Berlin Mitte / plajer & franz studio

  • Architects: plajer & franz studio
  • Location: Kremmener Straße 9, 10435 Berlin, Germany
  • Project Manager: Sophie Gatzke
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Christian Rudat

© Christian Rudat © Christian Rudat © Christian Rudat © Christian Rudat

Sergei Tchoban on the Importance of Drawing and Details in Architecture

Berlin Art Link recently sat down with Russian-born, German architect Sergei Tchoban. In the interview above, he discusses his career, including working on the design for the Vostok Tower, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, and the recent opening of the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing. This building houses his extensive personal works, as well as exhibitions by other artists.  “What is very important for me is the quality of all details, so you create a building from outline, from the silhouette, to the door lever. This building brings out a lot of our and my personal ideas about architecture and about details in architecture,” Tchoban said regarding his design for the Museum for Architectural Drawing. The exterior of the building expresses Tchoban’s devotion to draftsmanship-- the facade of the building is etched with a graphic pattern based on sketches from artists Angelo Toseli and Pietro di Gottardo Gonzaga. “I’m very active in drawings, as a draftsman myself.  Drawing is a result of our thinking process and our thinking process is not only a thinking process with the head, with the mind, but also the process where you think with the whole body.” 

Coop Housing at River Spreefeld / Carpaneto Architekten + Fatkoehl Architekten + BARarchitekten

  • Architects: Carpaneto Architekten, Fatkoehl Architekten, BARarchitekten
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Collaborators: Die Zusammenarbeiter, Christian Schöning, Angelika Drescher
  • Area: 7400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ute Zscharnt, Daka, Michael Matuschka, Andreas Trogisch, Eric Tschernow, Johannes Dumpe

© Daka © Ute Zscharnt © Andreas Trogisch © Andreas Trogisch

"Narratives of History, Climate, Culture and Place" Abound in David Adjaye Retrospective

Starting January 29th, Munich's Haus der Kunst will host "Form, Heft, Material," a major retrospective of the work of British architect David Adjaye. Co-curated by Okwui Enwezor and Zoe Ryan, the exhibition's broad catalogue reflects Adjaye's diverse career and portfolio, including architectural projects alongside material experiments, research, and furniture design. Through sketches, models, prints, drawings, 1:1 building fragments, film, and text, "Form, Heft, Material" foregrounds Adjaye's work against the rich geographical and social context that frames his design approach.

Fellows Pavilion - American Academy Berlin / Barkow Leibinger

  • Architects: Barkow Leibinger
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Project Architect: Tobias Wenz
  • Area: 85.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Stefan Müller, Simon Menges

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Simon Menges © Stefan Müller

Haus-Rucker-Co: Architectural Utopia Reloaded

When fears regarding environmental pollution and potential catastrophe were at a high in the 1970s, Haus-Rucker-Co set out to develop a “new concept of architecture.” Based in Vienna, the group was known for their interactive exhibitions and their development of utopian architectural ideas, which showed how people could affect their own environment. Now, their work between 1967 and 1977 is the theme of “Architectural Utopia Reloaded,” the latest exhibition on display at the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin.

HAWE Factory Kaufbeuren / Barkow Leibinger

© David Franck © David Franck © David Franck © David Franck