Micro-apartment in Berlin / spamroom + johnpaulcoss

© Ringo Paulusch

Architects: spamroom , johnpaulcoss
Location: Stephanstraße 23, 10559 Berlin,
Area: 21.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Ringo Paulusch

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 , when ’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?

Dresden’s Baroque Frauenkirche was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, only to be revived in the same form in 2005

Is there a growing nostalgia pervading attitudes to architecture in Europe? From Berlin’s new Royal Palace on the River Spree to ’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.

Photographer’s Loft / Bruzkus Batek Architekten

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Architects: Bruzkus Batek Architekten
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Ester Bruzkus, Ulrike Wattenbach
Area: 165.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten

Urban Treehouse / baumraum

© Laura Fiorio

Architects: baumraum
Location: Zehlendorf, Berlin,
Area: 34.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Laura Fiorio

Review: ‘All Of This Belongs To You’ – Civic Urbanism At London’s Victoria & Albert Museum

A neon sign in the V&A’s grand entrance introduces the ‘All of This Belongs to You’ exhibition. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), named after the Queen and Her Consort, has its foundations in the Great Exhibition of 1851 amidst the wealth, innovation and squalor of the Industrial Revolution. Britain was flooded by prosperity which allowed for the development of major new institutions to collect and exhibit objects of cultural significance or artistic value. The institute’s first director, Henry Cole, declared that it should be “a schoolroom for everyone,” and a democratic approach to its relationship with public life has remained the cornerstone of the V&A. Not only has it always been free of charge but it was also the first to open late hours (made possible by gas lighting), allowing a more comprehensive demographic of visitor.

Their latest exhibition, which opens today, seeks to realign the museum’s vast collection and palatial exhibition spaces in South Kensington with these founding concepts. The interventions of All of This Belongs to You attempt to push the V&A’s position as an extension of ’s civic and cultural built environment to the fore, testing the museum’s ability to act as a 21st century public institution. To do this in , a city where the notion of public and private is increasingly blurred, has resulted in a sequence of compelling installations which are tied together through their relevance either in subject matter, technique, or topicality.

LANDHAUS / Thomas Kröger Architekt

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Architects: Thomas Kröger Architekt
Location: Uckermarkstraße, , Germany
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Heimann, Courtesy of Thomas Kröger Architekt

Reinier de Graaf on Cultural Amnesia and the “Fall” of the Berlin Wall

Throughout his article, de Graaf’s argument is illustrated with images of lively scenes from 1980s East , challenging the common misconception that life on the other side of the Wall was bleak. Image © Lutz Schramm/Wikipedia

“Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall’s demise, it is as though a large part of the twentieth century never happened,” writes OMA principle Reinier de Graaf in his article for Metropolis Magazine “The Other Truth”. “An entire period has been erased from public consciousness, almost like a blank frame in a film.” Through the course of the article, de Graaf outlines how the West has rewritten the history of the cold war, erasing the “other truth” that existed for nearly half a century in East Berlin, the USSR, and other soviet-aligned states – a truth that we forget to our peril. It may not be immediately architectural, but the essay provides an interesting look into the political thoughts of de Graaf who, as the principle of one of architecture’s most prominent research organizations in AMO, has an important influence on the profession’s understanding of the wider world. Read the article in full here.

Explore Alexander Brodsky’s Architectural Fantasy at Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation

“Place of Overall Prosperity”, (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing

From March 13, Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing will showcase the work of acclaimed Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky in the eponymous exhibition “Alexander Brodsky. Works.”

Curated by Daria Paramonova, architect and co-curator of the Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, the exhibition will feature a collection of Brodsky’s new and old work and run until June 5.

Learn more about the exhibition and view selected works on display after the break.

Bazar Noir / Hidden Fortress

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Architects: Hidden Fortress
Location: Kreuzbergstraße 78, 10965 ,
Area: 85.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Hidden Fortress

Video: ZAO/standardarchitecture’s Zhang Ke on “Contemplating Basics”

In conjunction with “Contemplating Basics,” the 35th Aedes Architecture Forum’s exhibition of work by Beijing-based ZAO/standardarchitecture, Reframe presents an interview the firm’s founder, , and Dr Eduard Kögel, an Urban Planner and critic from Berlin.

Since its establishment in 2001, ZAO/standardarchitecture has produced a diverse portfolio of projects responding to the specific nature and local culture of their sites, and mediating between traditional values and contemporary means of production. Keenly engaged with social issues, Ke recognises the importance of designing in a manner that is cognisant of broader context and bridges the gap between tradition and modernity.

“Every generation of course needs to go back to the original questions… ‘Okay, what architecture can grow out of this place in our time, and with our interaction with the local people and local techniques?’” he asks, “The results could be striking but the departure point is basic.”

ZAO/standardarchitecture has been responsible for large urban museums and small scale rural interventions alike, adopting in all cases this democratic approach to design.

“I learnt neither to look up nor to look down,” Ke said, “But to look straight in the eye, which means that you truly respect the culture.”

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

© Andrew Alberts

Architects: , HEIDE & VON BECKERATH
Location: Ritterstraße 50, 10969 , Germany
Architect In Charge: Verena von Beckerath, Jesko Fezer, Tim Heide, Christoph Heinemann, Susanne Heiss, Christoph Schmidt
Area: 2037.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Alberts

Gleisdreieck Park / Atelier LOIDL

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

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

© Christian Rudat

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

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

© Ute Zscharnt

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

Audi Urban Future Award 2014: Team Berlin’s “Flywheel” Could Revolutionize Personal Mobility

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One of three runners-up in the 2014 Audi Urban Future Award, the Berlin Team of Max Schwitalla, Paul Friedli and Arndt Pechstein proposed a futuristic and innovative concept for an entirely new type of personal transport. Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as elevator technology and biomimicry, their designs offer a thought-provoking alternative to our existing transportation systems that could revolutionize the city as we know it.

Though their proposal ultimately lost out to Jose Castillo’s Team Mexico City, the work of the team correlates closely with the aims of Audi’s Urban Future Initiative, offering a compromise between the convenience and status of personal transport and the civic benefits of public transport. Read on to find out how this was achieved.

Fellows Pavilion – American Academy Berlin / Barkow Leibinger

© Stefan Müller

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

“Fragments of Metropolis”: An Exploration of Berlin’s Expressionist History

© Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut

Despite being born in the same era, embodies an entirely different architectural sensibility to other proto-modernist movements like the Bauhaus. Its complex forms marked the creation of what we know as the modern metropolis and became one of the iconic architectural styles of the Roaring Twenties. Throughout Europe, over 1,000 expressionist buildings remain standing, yet many are forgotten and not properly preserved.

For the past four years, Niels Lehmann and Christoph Rauhut have been working to document these surviving expressionist landmarks, following their previous book “Modernism London Style.” Their new book, “Fragments of Metropolis – ” presents 135 remaining expressionist buildings in and the surrounding area, and with your help this incredible collection documenting the landmarks of expressionism will be published, with colorful photography and detailed maps revealing their exact locations. Follow this link to become a supporter and learn more, or continue after the break to see a selection of images from the book.