Redefining Context with Tatiana Bilbao

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The simple concrete-hewn structures designed by acknowledge their context in a way that most buildings don’t. In a recent interview with uncube Magazine, Bilbao explains how her outlook on design shifted after she realized that “the quality of architecture relies heavily on the people who build it and what techniques and materials they are used to.” And it seems this novel approach hasn’t gone unnoticed – she recently showed her work at ’s Architekturgalerie and is on a star-studded shortlist to design the Menil Drawing Institute. Read the full interview here.

Turkish Embassy in Berlin / NSH Architekten

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Architects:
Location: Berlín, Germany
Project Architects: Volkmar Nickol, Felipe Schmidt, Thomas Hillig
Sketches: Felipe Schmidt
Area: 16,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bernardette Grimmenstein

100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas

Courtesy of BMW Guggenheim Lab

The BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile think-tank focused on the study of urban life, has returned to New York City for its homecoming exhibition currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum till January 5, 2014. After two years of research and touring Berlin and Mumbai, the lab aims to present major urban themes in art, architecture, education, science, sustainability and technology.”100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas” is a compilation of definitions of the most pressing issues in urban centers today, contextualized to reflect how different interpret them. Architects, planners and students take note: From street facades to bailouts, gentrification to trash mapping, this resource archives years of discussion into one user-friendly interface. Explore the glossary, here.

Free University’s Philology Library / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: Free University of Berlin, Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin,
Architects In Charge: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Stefan Behling, Christian Hallmann, Ulrich Hamann, Ingo Pott
Project Team: Bettina Bauer, Stefan Baumgart, Florian Boxberg, Mark Braun, Niels Brockenhuus-Schack, Andre Heukamp, Stanley Fuls, Ulrich Goertz, Wendelin Hinsch, Andreas Medinger, Jan Roth, Diana Schaffrannek, David Schröder, Mark Sutcliffe, Hugh Whitehead
Year: 2005
Photographs: Reinhard Gorner, Nigel Young – , Rudi Meisel

Badeschiff / Wilk-Salinas Architekten

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Architects: Wilk-Salinas Architekten
Location: Berlin,
Architect In Charge: Thomas Freiwald
Area: 740 sqm
Photographs: Kulturarena Veranstaltungs, Torsten Seidel, Courtesy of

‘The Poetics of Boxes’, an exhibition on the work of Mathias Klotz

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With the “The Poetics of Boxes” Aedes presents the first monographic show in Europe of the work of Mathias Klotz from Santiago de Chile, currently one of Chile’s most successful international architects.

Klotz’s works are characterised by their structural clarity. The distinct volumes and lines of his buildings correspond with perfect conceptual rigour to the landscape. In the exhibition this cosmopolitan from the Pacific presents his approaches and working methods. Alongside his work as an architect for over thirty years, is also active as filmmaker and photographer. So in a certain way his buildings can be understood as constructed screenplays. They tell the stories of the inhabitants and the surroundings. Klotz’s stylistic devices are framed views, light and shadow, as well as a reduced palette of materials consisting mostly of timber and exposed concrete. Views into and out of the buildings provide a strong connection with the setting. The relationship between inside and outside is a very central theme in Klotz’s oeuvre.

Speaking at the opening, on September 13, will be Pritzker Prize jury member, Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Cristóbal Molina Baeza, Commissioner National Council for Culture and the Arts, Miquel Adriá, Director Arquine, and Mathias Klotz.

More information and images after the break.

Video: Jewish Museum in Berlin

Since its opening in 2001, the ever inspiring Jewish Museum in Berlin has experienced the addition of the Studio Daniel Libeskind designed Glass Courtyard in 2007, and The Academy which was recently completed and opened in 2013. With the museum as the focus and inspiration driving these two recent additions, Spirit of Space took this opportunity to provide us with another look at this emotionally moving masterpiece. From the very beginning, Libeskind believed the extension to the museum was about establishing and securing an identity within , which was lost during WWII. In cinematic form, their film attempts to express the uneasy sequential essence of Libeskind’s work.

TOR 149 / Graft Architects

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Architects: Graft Architects
Location: Ackerstraße, , Germany
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tobias Hein

Torre David – Informal Vertical Communities Exhibition

© Chair Brillembourg & Klumpner, ETH Zurich + Iwan Baan

Organized by ETH Zurich Department of Architecture and Urban Design, with Alfredo Billembroug & Hubert Klumpner of Urban-Think Tank, the ‘Torre David – Informal Vertical Communities’ is an adaptation and evolution of the installation on Torre David that was presented at the 2012 Biennale di Venezia, where it was awarded the Golden Lion. Taking place at Aedes Berlin from July 12-August 29, the Torre David project will be presented in an extended format and will include new research on the intersection between verticality and informal communities. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Call for Projects: Urban Intervention Award Berlin 2013 & Urban Living Award 2013

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For the second time, the Berlin Senate Department of Urban Development and the Environment is opening a Europe-wide call for projects for the Urban Intervention Award Berlin. For the first time, this prize is being offered in collaboration with Deutsche Wohnen AG and will for this reason be expanded to include the new Urban Living Award. Deutsche Wohnen AG will award prize money in the amount of €3,000 to the winners of the two categories in the Urban Intervention Award Berlin, ‘Build’ and ‘Temporary’, as well as the winner of the Urban Living Award. Interested architects can submit their work by August 24. For more information, please visit here.

Brunnenstrasse 9 / Brandlhuber

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Architects: Brandlhuber
Location: Brunnenstraße 9, 10119 ,
Project Architect: Thomas Banek, Silvia Farris, Christian Geisser, Tobias Hönig, Andrjana Ivanda, Katharina Janowski, Chrissie Muhr, Jan Winterstein
Area: 1353.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Nathan Willock, Michael Reisch, Courtesy of Brandlhuber+ Emde, ERA, Schneider

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre / Max Dudler

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Architects: Max Dudler
Location: ,
Area: 37460.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Stefan Müller

New Central Library in Berlin Winning Proposal / MARS Architekten

Courtesy of MARS Architekten, Uberbau Architecture and and TH Treibhaus & Lavaland

The proposal for the New Central Library in Berlin by MARS Architekten is a social and cultural centre for Tempelhof’s new quarter. In collaboration with urban designers UBERBAU Architecture & Urbanism and landscape architects TH Treibhaus Berlin & Lavaland, their design was chosen as one of eight winning entrants. Their project focuses upon achieving an immense and complex building that offers a large amount of varying interior spaces in combination with a strong exterior form serving as a public landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Motion Matters’ Exhibition / UNStudio

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Currently on view until July 4th at the Aedes Gallery in , UNStudio‘s ‘Motion Matters’ Exhibition presents ten of UNStudio’s milestone projects, in addition to conveying their perspective on 25 years of architectural production, their current approach to architectural practice and the wider discourse that determines design challenges today. For many years UNStudio has been investigating  the potential of the temporary installation as an experimental testing ground for manifold architectural concerns and  it is these investigations that form the basis of their exhibit. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Restaurant Tour Total / Leyk Wollenberg Architects

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Architects: Leyk Wollenberg Architects
Location: Jean-Monnet-Straße 2, , Germany
Architect In Charge: Leyk Wollenberg Architects
Design Team: Dietmar Leyk, Petra Wollenberg with Inken Blum, Florian Spaelty, André Rossmann
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: diephotodesigner.de

Tchoban Foundation – Museum for Architectural Drawing / SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov

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Architects: SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov
Location: Christinenstraße 18, 10119 , Germany
Architects In Charge: Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov
Planning, Project Management: nps tchoban voss GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin
Project Team: Philipp Bauer, Nadja Fedorova, Katja Fuks, Ulrike Graefenhain, Dirk Kollendt
Area: 498.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patricia Parinejad

Artis Headquarters / Roswag Architekten

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Architects: Roswag Architekten
Location: Schwiebusser Straße, Berlin, Germany
Architect In Charge: Eike Roswag
Project Leader: Jan Schreiber
Planning: Maria Scheicher, Oriol Domínguez Martínez
Area: 1978.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniela Friebel

New Central Library in Berlin Winning Proposal / Envés Arquitectos

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Designed by Envés Arquitectos, their proposal for the New Central Library in was named as one of the winners of the competition, which is conceived as an open, public, free and comfortable meeting place; summing up, an urban lobby. This flexible place is able to interact with a changing user (from a kid to an ancient), but simultaneously ensures the area’s accessibility and right usage. The library also aims to become an activity catalyst, a landmark to be perceived from far away. More images and architects’ description after the break.