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

Lichtgrenze (rendering) via the Tribune

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 orchestra.

‘People’s Palaces’: Behind The Scenes at Mecanoo’s Upcoming Exhibition in Berlin

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Mecanoo have shared with us a behind the scenes look at their upcoming exhibition at ’s Aedes Architecture Forum, entitled People’s Palaces. Presenting some of the Dutch practice’s recent public buildings, such as the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize nominated Library of Birmingham and the Maritime and Beachcombers Museum in Texel, , the timing of the exhibition also celebrates the company’s 30th anniversary. Founded in 1984, Mecanoo continues to develop a strong reputation for libraries, as well as cultural spaces and performance venues. This exhibition specifically traces the impact of Mecanoo’s public buildings on local communities.

Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With ‘Emotional Weight’

Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada

In an interview with Shaunacy Ferro for FastCo DesignDaniel Libeskind looks back over his built works and discusses the significant ‘emotional weight’ imbued in many of his projects, from the Jewish Museum in Berlin to his masterplan for Ground Zero in . When asked why he continually returns to projects such as Holocaust memorials – with the Canadian National Holocaust Memorial currently underway in Ottawa - Libeskind stated: “It’s not something that I choose very lightly, because it’s very difficult, but I believe that it’s very important.” For him, creating these monuments is part of the act of doing “something that moves us beyond just the darkness and gives us something positive. [...] Even when it comes to the memory, you can’t just dwell on the irreversibility of the tragedy. You have to have something hopeful.”

Diagram: Canadian National Holocaust Monument. Image © Government of Canada

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Apartments Charlotte / Michels Architekturbüro

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Architects: Michels Architekturbüro
Location: Charlottenstraße, 10117 Berlin,
Property Developer: WI Concept, Berlin
Area: 347.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

David Chipperfield’s “Sticks and Stones” Toys with Van Der Rohe’s Bones in Berlin

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In Berlin, Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie has begun a new phase today with the opening of David Chipperfield’s intervention, a prologue to the imminent restoration which the famed British architect is about to undertake. Completed in 1968, the gallery was Mies’ last project and his final masterpiece; for nearly fifty years, nobody dared to touch it – until now. Marking this event is a large, site-specific , created by Chipperfield as an attempt to engage Mies in a spatial experiment (or perhaps a last, apologetic tribute to the 20th century master) moments before he is about to embark on a mission which will, inevitably, transform Mies’ ultimate legacy.

“Seoul: Towards a Meta-City” Exhibition Opens in Berlin

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On Thursday, the Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) Metropolitan Laboratory hosted a symposium to mark the opening of the exhibition ”: Towards a New City,” in collaboration with the City of Seoul. The city has identified three key objectives to help them strike a balance between restoration and change when moving forward with future development: revival of history, restoration of nature, and renewal of people’s lives. Seven projects that reflect these goals are on display at the exhibition. For more details, continue reading after the break.

CocaCola Headquarters in Berlin / NPS Tchoban Voss

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Architects: NPS Tchoban Voss
Location: Stralauer Allee 4, 10245 ,
Architect In Charge: Sergei Tchoban, Architekt BDA
Project Manager And Partner: Philipp Bauer (service stage 1-2: Axel Binder)
Design Team: Christoph Heimermann, Anissa Landgraf, Kenan Ozan
Area: 10263.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Claus Graubner

The Factory Berlin / Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture

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Architects: Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture
Location: Berlin,
Project Team: Corentin Héraud, Eric Wolfgang Eisenhut, Sarina Giffhorn, Minho Park, Roma Gadomska-Miles, Martino Pacchetti, Cameron Halls, Roberta D’Alessandro, Julian Breinersdorfer, Rekha Barry
Area: 10000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

“Lina Bo Bardi: Together” at the DAZ Berlin

If you are in in August, make sure to check out the exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” at The Deutsche Architecture Zentrum, dedicated to the legacy of the famed Italian-born Brazilian architect, and focusing on her “capacity to engage with every facet of culture and to see the potential in all manner of people.” More on the exhibition after the break.

No Wódka / KONTENT

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Architects: KONTENT
Location: Pappelallee 10, Berlin,
Architect In Charge: Monika Ryszka, Marcin Giemza
Area: 86 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zajaczkowski Photography

Housing at the Old City Wall Berlin / Sohrab Zafari

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Architects: Sohrab Zafari
Location: Waisenstraße 30, ,
Collaborators: Thomas Zeissig, Daniel Behnke, Roger Mandel
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar

750 Cubic Meters of Extracted Concrete Turned This Nazi Bunker Into a Gallery & Home

In a cultural capital like , where ‘pop-up’ stores appear in abandoned warehouses, local brands emerge from stores over-run with squatters, and nightclubs rave in power plants,  it is only appropriate that an art gallery would find its home in a nearly indestructible concrete vessel. Such is the case with the “ ” in the heart of the fashionable “Mitte” district.

Monolithic and symmetrical, decorated only by thin strips of vertical windows on its four identical facades, this former Nazi air-raid shelter stands as a relic of Germany’s past.  Yet a closer look beyond its sharp-edged cornice reveals something unexpected: luscious green gardens and a luxurious penthouse, completed in 2007. This is the home of Christian Boros, the art collector whose private collection is stored and exhibited in the depths of the fortified bunker below.

New Soundcloud Headquarters / KINZO Berlin

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Architects: KINZO Berlin
Location: ,
Responsible Partner: Karim El-Ishmawi, Martin Jacobs
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, ON-line

Aerial . 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of

The Museum for Architectural Drawing presents Lebbeus Woods, ON-line, an exhibition of the finest works of architectural theorist, draftsman, educator and architect, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). Curated by his longtime friend and partner Christoph a. Kumpusch, the exhibition brings together a collection of Woods’ visionary works that have never been exhibited before. The intensely rendered architectural and urban environments produced early on in Woods’ career are exhibited together for the first time. These ink and pencil drawings cover a wide range of Woods’ research and re-imagination of cities both real and fictive and support Woods’ longstanding desire to show the capacity of architecture as a transformative and eloquent force.

AD Classics: Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor (Bonjour Tristesse) / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Peter Brinkert

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Bonjour Tristesse is a social housing project designed by Portuguese Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Located in Berlin, the project was Siza’s first built work outside of his native country.  Siza’s design offers a meaningful precedent in urban densification, demonstrating a delicate balance between contextual awareness, creative freedom, and progressive vision.

Gehry’s Berlin Skyscraper May Be Too Heavy for Alexanderplatz

Gehry Partners’ winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines

After winning the design competition for Germany‘s tallest apartment tower in January, Frank Gehry‘s project for the building on Alexanderplatz has already run into problems over fears that the 150-metre building could be too heavy for its site. The German edition of the Local is reporting that Berlin‘s Senate has placed the plans on hold because of the building’s proximity to the U5 branch of the U-Bahn tunnel, which it fears could be crushed under the weight.

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10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever

After being destroyed by fire and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster’s renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz

With no casualties, last week’s fire at the Glasgow School of Art, which caused significant damage to parts of the building and gutted Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s canonical library room, will be remembered as a tragic event that robbed us of one of the best examples of Art Nouveau of its time. The intention of the Glasgow School of Art is to restore the building in the hope that in generations to come, the fire will be all but forgotten, a strategy which has been largely well received by the profession.

However, in the case of other fires things have not gone so smoothly: for millennia, fire has played a big role in determining the course of architectural history - by destroying precious artifacts, but often also by allowing something new to rise from the ashes. Read on after the break as we count down the top 10 fires that changed the course of architectural .

Tempelhof Airport Plans Denied by Berlin Voters

Tempelhof Airport as it is Today. Image © Flickr CC User Isma Monfort Vialcanet

A plan to build 4,700 homes on the site of Berlin‘s Tempelhof Airport was blocked by voters this weekend. The airport, which was built in the 1920s and has a long as a key site during World War Two and the Cold War, was closed in 2008 and there has since been a debate over what to with the vast site, including a 2011 competition to transform it into a park and other facilities, and an outlandish unofficial plan in 2009 to create a 1km high mountain on the site.

However perhaps the the most popular idea has also been the simplest: in 2010, the airport was opened to the public without any changes, and become an impromptu urban park popular with kite-flyers and roller-bladers who circle the site’s runways.

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