50Hertz Headquarters Winning Proposal / LOVE

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Designed by LOVE architecture and urbanism, the main goal of their winning proposal for the 50Hertz Headquarters in was to develop an innovative, transparent, open headquarters for the company that above all flows from inside to outside. The focus became to create flexible,versatile, and unique working environments, which are traversed by spacious outdoor spaces in the form of terraces, balconies and atriums. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Central Library of Berlin Winning Proposal / FAR frohn&rojas

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Mediating between iconic metaform and the human scale, this proposal by FAR frohn&rojas is one of the winners of the architectural competition for the new central library of the state of at the airfield of the former Tempelhof Airport in . By twisting a three dimensional grid from horizontal to vertical, the three key urban drivers of the site – the runway, the motorway and the former airport building – are resolved. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Living on Kunstcampus Winning Proposal / Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten

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Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten was recently announced as the first prize winner for their proposal in the Living on Kunstcampus competition. Situated in the heart of Berlin, on the estate of the Hamburger Bahnhof, a new quarter will be created there, including the dominant urban planning element called the “Kunstkubus”. A lengthy building with a faceted surface gives the residential area its own urban planning presence. All apartments radiate spaciousness, and can be freely partitioned and enter into a relationship with the city through large loggias, or so-called “green rooms”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Townhouse Oberwall / Apool Architects

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Architects: Apool Architects
Location: Berlin,
Architect In Charge: Dominik Franz, Jesper Reinholt
Area: 539 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Apool Architects

AIV-Schinkel-Wettbewerb Competition Winning Proposal / David Weclawowicz + Dagmara Sietko- Sierkiewicz

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The architecture student team collaboration of Dagmara Sietko- Sierkiewicz and David Weclawowicz of the Wroclaw University of Technology shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the AIV Schinkel- Wettbewerb 2013 competition. With this year’s topic of “TXL transformation”, their challenge was to develop a quarter made from a new typology of hybrid-buildings, containing a manufacture (production hall), flats and retail services after closing the airport Tegel in the year 2014. This winning concept focuses on using the production facilities after hours as a leisure destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Covus / sbp

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Interior Designers: sbp
Location: Berlin,
Client: Covus Central GmbH, Berlin
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Karsten Knocke

‘THE:SQUARE³’ Mixed-Use Development Proposal / Moritz Gruppe + LAVA

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Conceived by visionary developer Moritz Gruppe and designed by internationally acclaimed architects, LAVA, the three towers of gold, silver, and bronze and three diagonal shaped city blocks make up THE:SQUARE³, a new mixed use development inspired by sport that revitalizes a unique urban quarter in . With the theme, ‘Life, Nature, Sports’, their mixed-use concept is perfectly adapted and related to the nearby environment and reflects the local centre of excellence for high-performance sport, promotes local, national and global sports, generating positive social, health and economic benefits to the area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Multi-Functional Headquarters of Edel AG Competition Entry / Barcode Architects & Habiter Autrement

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Designed by Barcode Architects & Habiter Autrement, their proposal for the multi-functional headquarters of Edel AG in Berlin contains a strong mix of program with public functions as an art gallery, café, bookshop and auditorium, versus private functions as the 3000m2 offices for Edel AG and the exclusive penthouses. The 7-storey building is located on the Spandaur Schiffahrts Kanal and will be in the future together with the opposite museum of modern art “Hamburger Bahnhof” and the “Flick Art collection” an important link in the development of the Berlin KunstCampus. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Culture:City’ Exhibition

Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, 2008. Community centre / art school. Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture. Photo: Iwan Baan; Centre Pompidou Mobile, France. Architects: Patrick Bouchain and Loïc Julienne. Photo: Loïc Julienne

Taking place March 14-May 26, the ‘Culture:City’ exhibition encourages us to think consistently about the future of our cities from this perspective. Curated by Matthias Sauerbruch for the Akademie der Künste, the exhibit takes a critical eye to the relationship between architecture and the social reality of the 21st century and shows the impact of art and culture on cities and architecture. Art and culture have in many ways become key motors of innovative and successful urban design and planning, without which the world’s metropoles would no longer be worthy of the name. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Crematorium Baumschulenweg / Shultes Frank Architeckten

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Architects: Shultes Frank Architeckten
Location: Berlin,
Architect In Charge: Axel Schultes Architekten, Frank Schultes Witt
Design: Axel Schultes, Charlotte Frank
Project Management: Margret Kister, Christoph Witt
Collaborators: Daniela Andresen, Bob Choeff, Patrick Dierks, Christian Helfrich, Andreas Schuldes, Till Waninger
Area: 9,339 sqm
Photographs: Mattias Hamrén

Call for Proposals: ‘SMART CITY: The Next Generation’ Exhibition

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Architects, Urban Planners, Engineers, and Activists with projects in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines are invited to send their proposals for an exhibition titled ‘SMART CITY: The Next Generation’. Organized by Aedes Architecture Forum, with the Goethe Institut/South-East Asia, under the guidance of curator Ulla Giesler, the exhibition will be held in Berlin at the their Architecture Forum between May and July 2013 within the framework of the Asia-Pacific-Week Berlin 2013. More information after the break.

‘Wolf D. Prix & Partner: 7+ Projects, Models, Plans, Sketches, Statements’ Coop Himmelb(l)au Exhibition

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On the occasion of Wolf D. Prix’ 70th birthday, the Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin is devoting an exhibition to Coop Himmelb(l)au entitled “Wolf D. Prix & Partner: 7+ Projects, Models, Plans, Sketches, Statements”. The event began on December 12 and ends January 24. The event highlights 70 years, 7 projects, the 7 lives of an architect as the magical number 7 has been integrated into the exhibition concept in a variety of ways. This show, which opened just one day before the 70th birthday of Coop Himmelb(l)au founder Wolf D. Prix, begins with a backward glance at the founding year of 1968 and the theoretical roots of this architectural partnership. For more information, please visit here.

Moleskine Debate: Wiel Arets, Peter Wilson and Cino Zucchi

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The Sketch, Script, Score. Figures of Architectural Thinking event is a conversation between Wiel Arets, Peter Wilson and Cino Zucchi presenting the “Inspiration and Process in Architecture” Moleskine book series. The event takes place at ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory in on December 14th at 6:00pm. Which role does drawing still have in the design process? Which are the most frequent sources of inspiration to influence the theoretical work that is behind the making of architecture? The debate means to investigate the role that tools like drawing, sketching, taking notes, still have in the design process of contemporary architects. The discussion will encourage debate on what could be the tools of architectural thinking and design, in relation to drawing which remains the most powerful means of conceptualizing and representing architecture.

Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin / Platoon Cultural Development

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Architects: Platoon Cultural Development
Location: Berlin,
Area: 435 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin

Hamburger Hof / NPS Tchoban Voss

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Architects: NPS Tchoban Voss
Location: Berlin-Mitte,
Area: 2,338 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: René Hoch

Daniel Libeskind’s Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin Opens Today

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It’s been nearly twelve years since visitors first experienced the emotionally charged design of Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin. Since then, the museum has become an world-renowned icon whose public and education programs have more than doubled in size. With an ever-expanding archive and library, it was decided the museum should be supplemented by an additional facility.

Today, alongside museum officials, Daniel Libeskind celebrates the opening of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin. The facility was created from a former Flower Market (Blumengrossmarkt), whose shell undergirds the new structure. It’s 25,000 square foot, one story space now houses a library, archives and education center, along with additional office, storage and support space.

A sneak peak and the architects’ description after the break…

Haus der Zukunft Competition Entry / Project Architect Company

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Located around the Hauptbahnof in Berlin, the proposal for the Haus der Zukunft competition by Project Architect Company capitalizes on the site’s potential which lies between the Reichstag and the main railway station along the River Spree. The site is experiencing a surge in development, transforming a previously underused area into a new city-wide destination. The architects propose to use the building as an ‘urban activator’ to link the city and waterfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References Book Event

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Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhaüser, 2012), the new book edited by Robert McCarter and designed by Irma Boom, will be presented at a book launch event November 13th. ‘do you read me?!’, the renowned bookshop, will host the first presentation and signing of the publication in their ‘Reading Room’ located in -Tiergarten. The evening will begin at 7:00pm with a discussion on the topic of ‘A Wonderful World’, Arets’ optimistic outlook towards the future our of continuously ‘shrinking’ world, followed by a book signing session with Wiel Arets.