European School in Frankfurt / NKBAK

© Thomas Mayer

Architects: NKBAK
Location: ,
Area: 3380.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Photographer’s Loft / Bruzkus Batek Architekten

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Architects: Bruzkus Batek Architekten
Location: ,
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, ,
Area: 34.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Laura Fiorio

House B in B / Matti Schmalohr

© Klaus Dieter Weiss

Architects: Matti Schmalohr
Location: Drosselweg 8, 31675 ,
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Klaus Dieter Weiss

Spotlight: Peter Behrens

portrait taken by Waldemar Titzenthaler c.1913. (Public domain)

If asked to name buildings by German architect and designer Peter Behrens (14 April 1868 – 27 February 1940), few people would be able to answer with anything other than his AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin. His style was not one that lends itself easily to canonization; indeed, even the Turbine Factory itself is difficult to appreciate without an understanding of its historical context. Despite this, Behrens’ achievements are not to be underestimated, and his importance to the development of architecture might best be understood by looking at three young architects who worked in his studio around 1910: Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

Video: Olympiapark München / Frei Otto

Pritzker laureate Frei Otto was best known for his tensile structures. A prime example Otto’s ingenuity, the 1972 Olympic Stadium in Munich was a collaborative work with that connected the park’s main programs – the natatorium, gymnasium and main stadium – with a whimsical, lightweight canopy structure that mimicked the “rhythmic protrusions” of the Swiss Alps. Watch the Spirit of Space short film above to see the project in its current state and learn more about the pioneering structure, here.

GRAFT Reveals Final Design for Munich’s APASSIONATA Park

© GRAFT – Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT

GRAFT Architects has released the final designs for the APASSIONATA adventure park. The competition-winning proposal aims to become a hub for leisure and entertainment in Munich, Germany, featuring a year-round venue for relaxation, discovery, and interaction with horses.

Check out the design and watch a virtual tour of the park, after the break.

Dreischeibenhaus / HPP Architects

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Architects: HPP Architects
Location: Düsseldorf,
Project Leader: Karl Heinz Wolff
Project Partner: Claudia Roggenkämper
Design Team: Fritz Altland, Sema Arda-al-Salahi, Detlev Armeloh, Ugur Aybirdi, Erwin Drese, Anika, Kessel, Markus Leiting, Heike Pauckert-Noelte, Florentine Struss, Marion Weiler
Area: 35000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of HPP Architects

The Hombroich Foundation Presents “Souto de Moura 1980 – 2015″

Casa das Historias – Museu Paula Rego / . Image © Luis Ferreira Alves

From April 18 until August 24, 2015, the Hombroich Foundation will showcase the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Spanning from his early career in 1980 to the present, the will explore de Moura’s influential style through models, plans, sketches and photographs. Celebrating such dynamic works as the reconstruction of the Franciscan convent of Santa Maria do Bouro in Amares and the the football stadium Estádio Municipal de Braga, highlighted projects will tell the lifelong story of de Moura’s designs.

AD Classics: Fagus Factory / Walter Gropius + Adolf Meyer

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The Fagus Factory is one of the earliest built works of modern architecture, and the first project of . The commission provided Gropius with the opportunity to put his revolutionary ideas into practice, and the stunning rectilinear volume with its primarily glazed façade would guide the course of through the coming decades.

The Surreal Architectural Collages Of Matthias Jung

Expedition to the East Pole. Image ©

Matthias Jung’s fascination for the medium of collage began in his father’s photolab. And so, “with scissors and glue, the first fantastic buildings were made.” In early 2015 Jung, a German artist and graphic designer, created seven images as part of a series which he entitled ’Houses’, of which many of this selection originate. Uniquely, every piece of each collage originates from one of Jung’s original photographs which are collected and then reassembled. The majority of these photographs were taken during trips in northeastern Germany.

See a selection of Jung’s fantastical architectural collages after the break.

LANDHAUS / Thomas Kröger Architekt

© Thomas Heimann

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

Wooden Hut / Kawahara Krause Architects

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Architects: Kawahara Krause Architects
Location: Leonberg,
Area: 11.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Kawahara Krause Architects

nps tchoban voss and Hager Partner Design Recreation Center for Nauen

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This first-prize competition winning proposal by nps tchoban voss and Hager Partner gives new life to the municipal outdoor pool facility in , Germany. Commissioned for future construction, the recreation center brings a multi-functional layout to the complex, activating the space year round and providing the public with a recreational hub.

Read on after the break for more on the proposal.

Rehabilitation and Extension of the Colani-UFO / SSP SchürmannSpannel

© Joachim Schumacher

Architects: SSP SchürmannSpannel
Location: ,
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Joachim Schumacher

WAA Wins Competition to Design “Am Hirschgarten” in Munich


Wiel Arets Architects (WAA) has won a competition to design a cluster of four mixed-use towers adjacent to Munich’s Hirschgarten station. Each “horseshoe-shaped” building, perched upon a six to seven story plinth, will offer space for office, hotel and retail space as part of the “Am Hirschgarten” development.

Read on to learn more about WAA’s winning proposal. 

Goat Barn in Bavaria / KÜHNLEIN Architektur

© Erich Spahn

Architects: KÜHNLEIN Architektur
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Erich Spahn, Michael Kühnlein

Garden House / Vécsey Schmidt Architekten

© Doris Lasch

Architects: Vécsey Schmidt Architekten
Location: Buggingen,
Structural Engineer: Nafz Ingenieure
Year: 2013
Photographs: Doris Lasch