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

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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 , 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.

MVRDV Selected to Design “Hafenspitze” Office Towers in Mainz

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MVRDV, together with -based morePlatz, have been selected among seven teams in an international competition to design two office buildings in , Germany. The five- and eleven-story “Hafenspitze” structures are expected to spearhead the transformation of the former Zollhafen industrial harbor, which plans to become a new mixed-use city quarter over the coming decades.

More about the towers’ design, after the break.

Video: Jan Wurm and Lukas Verlage Discuss Arup’s “Solarleaf”

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In this video from Zumtobel Group, Jan Wurm of Arup Deutschland GmbH and Lukas Verlage, CEO of Colt International GmbH, discuss the unique technological developments in “Solarleaf,” which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Applied Innovations category. In addition to functioning as an effective shading system, this façade system uses solar panels to produce energy from algae to provide a new source of sustainable energy.

Kleinerdrei / PARAT

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Architects: PARAT
Location: Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 Hamburg,
Corporate Identity: Carolin Rauen
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: mfruscella & dmanduzio

ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte

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Architects: Auer Weber Assoziierte
Location: Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2, 85748 ,
Area: 18736.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aldo Amoretti

House Krailling / Unterlandstättner Architekten

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Architects: Unterlandstättner Architekten
Location: ,
Project Team: Telemach Rieff, Anke Göckelmann, Enrico Schreck
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten

Black Forest / Stocker Dewes Architekten

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Architects:
Location: , Germany
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohan Zerdoun

Apartments Charlotte / Michels Architekturbüro

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

Rock on a Slope / Unterlandstättner Architekten

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Architects: Unterlandstättner Architekten
Location: Munich,
Design Team: Meike Kübel, Anke Göckelmann, Telemach Rieff
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Michael Heinrich

Kindergarten and Day Care Center “Kunterbunt” / Ecker Architekten

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Architects: Ecker Architekten
Location: Babenhausen,
Area: 1760.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brigida González

Loft ESN / Ippolito Fleitz Group

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Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Location: ,
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

New Trianel Headquarters / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , Germany
Design: Volkwin Marg and Christian Hoffmann with Marek Nowak
Project Management – Competition: Marek Nowak with Olaf Peters
Competition Team: Sebastian Möller, Christoph Salentin, Tobias Unterberg
Project Management – Detailed Design : Tobias Unterberg
Detailed Design Team: Clemens Dost, Irina Stoyanova, Sarah Coenes, Christoph Salentin
Client: Trianel GmbH
Area: 6300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of gmp architekten

Elemental, Arup, and Studio Tamassociati Win Zumtobel Awards for Innovation

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Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Awards. With a goal to promote innovations for sustainability and humanity in the built environment, the awards represent three categories: Applied Innovations, Buildings and Urban Developments & Initiatives. This year’s winners were selected from 15 nominees, shortlisted from a competitive pool of 356 submissions. 

The winning projects are marked by their innovative and ground-breaking character: “The voting to find the number one project was very close in all three categories, because in each case we were able to choose from among a large number of heterogeneous projects of high quality,” Described Maas. “One key criterion for the jury this year was the innovation factor, both in a technical sense and with a view to planning and participation processes as well as ecological and social challenges.”

See the winning projects, after the break.

Rheinfelden Office Building / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

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Architects: Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten
Location: Schönenbergerstraße 10, 79618 ,
Client: Energiedienst Rheinfelden AG
Area: 8250.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ruedi Walti

Stadthaus M1 / Barkow Leibinger

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Architects: Barkow Leibinger
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
Design Team: Lukas Weder (project manager), Jonathan Kleinhample, Hiroki Nakamura, Ulrich von Türckheim, Woonghee Cho
Area: 6668.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Zooey Braun , Ina Reinecke

Office Building 200 / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

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Architects: Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten
Location: Grenzach, 79639 ,
Area: 6500.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Ruedi Walti

Great Ape House / Hascher Jehle Architektur

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Architects: Hascher Jehle Architektur
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Johannes Raible, Moritz Müller-Werther
Area: 3154.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Svenja Bockhop, Hugo Jehle

Gemeinde / Stefan Forster Architekten

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Architects: Stefan Forster Architekten
Location: Hafenstraße 5, 60327 Frankfurt,
Area: 2880.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lisa Farkas