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Sparrenburg Visitor Centre / Max Dudler

  • Architects: Max Dudler
  • Location: Bielefeld, Germany
  • Project Manager: Simone Boldrin
  • Area: 135.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stefan Müller

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Dressage Arena Extension / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

  • Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
  • Location: Aachen, Germany
  • Area: 1655.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andreas Horsky

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Energeticon Alsdorf / Heinrich Böll Architekt + Atelier Brückner

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LAVA Reinvents the Youth Hostel With Sport Oriented Design in Bayreuth

Berlin-based Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has designed a 180-room hostel for the Bavarian Youth Hostel Association in Bayreuth, Germany. Designed for the sociable Generation Y traveler, the hostel offers an abundance of flexible public spaces featuring bright colours and soaring windows overlooking the Bavarian landscape. Touted by the firm as a "yardstick for the sports hostel of the future," the futuristic building includes modular furniture and universal step-free access throughout all facilities, grounds, and sports fields. Circulation for the design centres on a Y-shaped plan designed to maximize natural light light while providing ample opportunities for athletic engagement.

Find out more about Bayreuth's futuristic Youth Hostel after the break 

A view of the modular bedroom units. Image Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA The central atrium will unite the building's three wings. Image Courtesy of LAVA

Infographic: The Bauhaus Movement and the School that Started it All

Bauhaus, the school of design established by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, has arguably been the most influential of any institution in shaping the trajectory of modern architecture. Out of this single school came an entire movement that would have lasting effects on architectural pedagogy and the design of everything from buildings to road signs. Born out of a larger cultural movement following Germany’s defeat in World War I which left the country ripe for regrowth without the previous constraints imposed by censorship, the core of Bauhaus philosophy were the principles of craftsmanship and mass production, which allowed for the movement’s rapid proliferation and a production model that would later inform contemporary design companies such as Ikea. Check out the infographic from Aram below to learn more about the movement, tracking the school from its origins in Weimar, via its canonical Gropius-designed home in Dessau, to its continuing legacy today. 

House F / Finckh Architekten

  • Architects: Finckh Architekten
  • Location: Germany
  • Area: 214.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Finckh Architekten

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Jahn Proposes Concert Hall with Musically-Inspired Screen for Beethoven Festspielhaus Competition

Designing an architectural homage to someone like Ludwig Van Beethoven is no easy feat. Yet that’s exactly what architecture firm Jahn has attempted to do. Their design is a submission for a privately-funded competition being held for Bonn, Germany’s new “Beethoven Festspielhaus.” Chosen from a group of over 50 candidates, Jahn’s project was among ten advanced to the second round of consideration. The proposal, a glass exterior encapsulating a concrete interior, exhibits “Beethoven’s own dual character which is described as both extroverted and introverted,” as described by the firm. Learn more about this inventive design, and the competition, after the break.

Neutrabuilding / wurm + wurm

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Braunschweig Hortitecture Symposium to Explore Synergies of Architecture and Plant Material

Starting December 10, the Hortitecture 01 Symposium will kickstart a (free) public lecture series in Braunschweig, Germany, centered around brainstorming synergistic strategies for integrating architecture and vegetal matter. Stefano Boeri, MVRDV and WORKac are among a list of interdisciplinary experts that will join together to offer discussions focused around the exploration of vernacular wisdom and contemporary architectural solutions to sustainable building problems.

Chamber of Industry and Commerce / Wulf Architekten

  • Architects: Wulf Architekten
  • Location: Jaeger Street 30, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Prof. Tobias Wulf, Kai Bierich, Alexander Vohl, Stuttgart
  • Area: 16670.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Brigida González, Markus Guhl

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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 / Zanderroth Architekten

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

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