Innocean Headquarters Europe / Ippolito Fleitz Group

© Robert Hoernig

Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Location: Frankfurt,
Design Team: Andrew Bardzik, Anke Stern
, David Schwarz
, Frank Peisert, Sebastian Tiedemann, Yuliya Lytyuk, Gunter Fleitz, Peter Ippolito, Daniela Schröder, Tim Lessmann
Area: 2800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Robert Hoernig

Suppakids / ROK

© Daniel Stauch Photography

Architects: ROK
Location: Paulinenstraße 44, 70178 , Germany
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Daniel Stauch Photography

Massively out of Focus – the Melaten Car Park / KSG Architekten

© Yohan Zerdoun

Architects: KSG Architekten
Location: RWTH University, Templergraben 55, 52062 , Germany
Area: 21000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohan Zerdoun, Jörg Hempel

New Building Drehmo Wenden / wurm + wurm

© Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel

Architects: wurm + wurm
Location: ,
Area: 5370.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel

Adidas Selects COBE to Design “Rhombus-Shaped” Flagship Building in Germany

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Danish architects COBE have won an international competition to design the ’s “Meet & Eat” flagship building at their “World of Sports” headquarters in Herzogenaurach. The 11,000-square-meter “rhombus-shaped” structure is envisioned as a “distinctive landmark” that will provide the campus with a “flexible and user-friendly” public conference center, employee restaurant and showroom.

“The adidas brand has always been known for technique and functionality, and we have designed a building that reflects and encapsulates these values,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director at COBE. “Adidas Meet & Eat will house many functions, both internal and public, and therefore we have created a design that above all is multifunctional and flexible. A design that allows for the building to change and adjust to the different social contexts that the building will house.”

Probat / monovolume architecture + design

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Architects: monovolume architecture + design
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Luca di Censo, Sergio Aguado Hernàndez
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Chipperfield On London’s “Success-Based Culture”

Neues Museum, (courtesy Staatliche Museen zu ). Image © Achim Kleuker

Speaking to The Guardian, David Chipperfield has stated that he regards the hold of private investment over new architecture in London as an ”absolutely terrible” means of building a city. He argues that Berlin – where he spends considerable amounts of time and runs a large office – “is a much more reflective society than ours” because the has sunk into ”a success-based culture.”

[In Berlin] there is still an idea of the public realm. We have given that up in London. We have declared the public realm dead; the question is how to get stuff out of the private sector. We are unbelievably sophisticated at that.

Reconstruction Multifunctional Building in Jena / wurm + wurm

© Ester Havlová

Architects: wurm + wurm
Location: ,
Support Structure Planning: wurm + wurm architekten ingenieure GmbH, Bühl
Area: 3400.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ester Havlová, Courtesy of wurm + wurm

Sparrenburg Visitor Centre / Max Dudler

© Stefan Müller

Architects: Max Dudler
Location: Bielefeld,
Project Manager: Simone Boldrin
Area: 135.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Dressage Arena Extension / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

© Andreas Horsky

Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
Location: , Germany
Area: 1655.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreas Horsky

Energeticon Alsdorf / Heinrich Böll Architekt + Atelier Brückner

© Thomas Mayer

Architects: Heinrich Böll Architekt
Location: ,
Exhibition Design: Atelier Brückner
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

LAVA Reinvents the Youth Hostel With Sport Oriented Design in Bayreuth

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Berlin-based Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has designed a 180-room hostel for the Bavarian Youth Hostel Association in Bayreuth, Germany. Designed for the sociable Generation Y traveler, the hostel offers an abundance of flexible public spaces featuring bright colours and soaring windows overlooking the Bavarian landscape. Touted by the firm as a “yardstick for the sports hostel of the future,” the futuristic building includes modular furniture and universal step-free access throughout all facilities, grounds, and sports fields. Circulation for the design centres on a Y-shaped plan designed to maximize natural light light while providing ample opportunities for athletic engagement.

Find out more about Bayreuth’s futuristic Youth Hostel after the break 

Infographic: The Bauhaus Movement and the School that Started it All

Courtesy of Aram

Bauhaus, the school of design established by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, has arguably been the most influential of any institution in shaping the trajectory of modern architecture. Out of this single school came an entire movement that would have lasting effects on architectural pedagogy and the design of everything from buildings to road signs. Born out of a larger cultural movement following Germany’s defeat in World War I which left the country ripe for regrowth without the previous constraints imposed by censorship, the core of Bauhaus philosophy were the principles of craftsmanship and mass production, which allowed for the movement’s rapid proliferation and a production model that would later inform contemporary design companies such as Ikea. Check out the infographic from Aram below to learn more about the movement, tracking the school from its origins in , via its canonical Gropius-designed home in Dessau, to its continuing legacy today.

Jahn Proposes Concert Hall with Musically-Inspired Screen for Beethoven Festspielhaus Competition

Exterior. Image © Jahn

Designing an architectural homage to someone like Ludwig Van Beethoven is no easy feat. Yet that’s exactly what architecture firm Jahn has attempted to do. Their design is a submission for a privately-funded competition being held for Bonn, Germany’s new “Beethoven Festspielhaus.” Chosen from a group of over 50 candidates, Jahn’s project was among ten advanced to the second round of consideration. The proposal, a glass exterior encapsulating a concrete interior, exhibits “Beethoven’s own dual character which is described as both extroverted and introverted,” as described by the firm. Learn more about this inventive design, and the competition, after the break.

House F / Finckh Architekten

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Architects: Finckh Architekten
Location:
Area: 214.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Finckh Architekten

Neutrabuilding / wurm + wurm

© Ester Havlová

Architects: wurm + wurm
Location: , Germany
Area: 1472.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ester Havlová

Chamber of Industry and Commerce / Wulf Architekten

© Brigida González

Architects: Wulf Architekten
Location: Jaeger Street 30, 70174 , Germany
Architect In Charge: Prof. Tobias Wulf, Kai Bierich, Alexander Vohl, Stuttgart
Area: 16670.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brigida González, Markus Guhl

MAD and 3XN Among Six Competing for “Porsche Design Tower” in Frankfurt

Porsche Design has narrowed down a list of 20 participating teams to six shortlisted firms for an invited competition to design a new luxury residential tower in , . The project, which will be Porsche Design’s debut in European real estate, will include up to 200 apartments, ranging from “Porsche Design suites” to two-story townhouses and luxury penthouses. The teams moving on to the competition’s second round, include: 3XN (Copenhagen), Stefano Boeri Architetti (Italy), MAD (China), Delugan Meissl (Austria), Neutelings Riedijk (Rotterdam) and Neil M. Denari (Los Angeles). 

Winners will be chosen based of the most “fitting” concept and connection to outdoor space. Construction is expected to begin in early 2016; completion is scheduled for 2018.