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MAD and 3XN Among Six Competing for "Porsche Design Tower" in Frankfurt

Porsche Design has narrowed down a list of 20 participating teams to six shortlisted firms for an invited competition to design a new luxury residential tower in Frankfurt, Germany. The project, which will be Porsche Design’s debut in European real estate, will include up to 200 apartments, ranging from “Porsche Design suites” to two-story townhouses and luxury penthouses. The teams moving on to the competition’s second round, include: 3XN (Copenhagen), Stefano Boeri Architetti (Italy), MAD (China), Delugan Meissl (Austria), Neutelings Riedijk (Rotterdam) and Neil M. Denari (Los Angeles). 

Städtische Bühnen Theatre Workshops / gmp architekten

  • Architects: gmp architekten
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Design Team: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Holger Betz and Kristian Spenker
  • Area: 13834.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of gmp architekten

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Chipperfield Among Three Shortlisted Schemes Unveiled for Beethoven House of Music

In 2020, the world will celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven, and soon after the anniversary of his death. In light of this, a new “world-class” concert hall, a “Festspielhaus”, is being planned for the banks of Beethoven’s beloved Rhine River in his hometown of Bonn, Germany. More than 50 practices were considered in the pulmonary selection process, following a shortlist of ten, and now three final proposals by David Chipperfield Architects, kadawittfeldarchitektur and Valentiny hvp architects have been selected to move on to the competition’s final round. 

“The new Festspielhaus will not only bring Beethoven’s music to life, it will serve as an international “house of music” that brings together diverse genres – from classical to crossover to pop – and attracts music lover of all ages,” stated the competition organizer. 

The privately-funded “Beethovenhalle” is planned for completion in 2019. You can review the top three final designs after the break, alongside the seven other shortlisted proposals - by Zaha Hadid, UNStudio, Snøhetta, and more - they were selected over. 

Extension to the Academy of Fine Arts / Hascher Jehle Architektur

  • Architects: Hascher Jehle Architektur
  • Location: Nuremberg, Germany
  • Project Director: Michael Meier
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Svenja Bockhop

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Boeselburg Council and Student Housing / Kresings GmbH

  • Architects: Kresings GmbH
  • Location: Boeselager Street 75, 48163 Münster, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Rainer M, Kilian Kresing
  • Design Team: Stefan Fuchs, Guido Becker, André Pannenbäcker, Jan Tölle
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: HG Esch

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Deutsche Post Towers Wins CTBUH 10 Year Award

Deutsche Post Towers in Bonn Germany has received the 10 Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Completed in 2002 and designed by Murphy/Jahn, Post Tower was a leader in introducing high performance design elements to create a more efficient and pleasant office environment, and has now been recognized by this unique award which rewards proven value and performance in a tall building over a period of 10 years since its completion, and offers a valuable look at the life of buildings long after the initial designs are realized. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

Monohaus / Studio Kippenberger

  • Architects: Zanderroth Architekten
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Founder: Stefan Karl
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Simon Menges

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Movet Office Loft Interior Design / Studio Alexander Fehre

  • Architects: Studio Alexander Fehre
  • Location: Stuttgarter Straße 11, 73614 Schorndorf, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Alexander Fehre
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun

Villa S / Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA

© Felix Krumbholz Photography © Felix Krumbholz Photography © Felix Krumbholz Photography © Felix Krumbholz Photography

Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt

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Munich Botanical Garden Entrance Building / Kunze Seeholzer

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Video: Bach Comes to Life within the Walls of Peter Zumthor's Bruder Klaus Field Chapel

Take a moment to enjoy German-Korean musician Isang Enders play Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 within the sacred, charred interior of Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel.

8,000 Illuminated Balloons to Mark 9-Mile Stretch of Berlin Wall

25 years ago on November 9, East German protesters torn down the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this moment, the German capital plans to line the wall’s original 9-mile stretch with 8,000 illuminated, white balloons. The installation, named lichtgrenze or “light frontier,” will be open November 7. On the 9th, the balloons will be simultaneously released into the air to music provided by the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra. 

MVRDV Selected to Design "Hafenspitze" Office Towers in Mainz

MVRDV, together with Munich-based morePlatz, have been selected among seven teams in an international competition to design two office buildings in Mainz, Germany. The five- and eleven-story “Hafenspitze” structures are expected to spearhead the transformation of the former Zollhafen industrial harbor, which plans to become a new mixed-use city quarter over the coming decades. 

More about the towers' design, after the break.

Video: Jan Wurm and Lukas Verlage Discuss Arup’s “Solarleaf”

In this video from Zumtobel Group, Jan Wurm of Arup Deutschland GmbH and Lukas Verlage, CEO of Colt International GmbH, discuss the unique technological developments in “Solarleaf,” which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Applied Innovations category. In addition to functioning as an effective shading system, this façade system uses solar panels to produce energy from algae to provide a new source of sustainable energy.

Kleinerdrei / PARAT

  • Architects: PARAT
  • Location: Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 Hamburg, Germany
  • Corporate Identity: Carolin Rauen
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: mfruscella & dmanduzio

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