Halle A / Designliga

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Architects: Designliga
Location: Emmy-Noether-Straße 2, 80992 , Germany
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Designliga

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio

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Aiming to seamlessly integrate into the UNESCO World Heritage site, this proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History is derived from the existing roofscape the building references to history. Designed by Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio, their proposal develops a formal language which is triggered by the existing structures, overlaying the present and the future simultaneously. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Classics: The Einstein Tower / Erich Mendelsohn

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The Einstein Tower, designed by the German architect , is one of the best-known examples of German expressionist architecture. Designed as an amorphic structure of reinforced concrete, Mendelsohn wanted the tower to represent as well as facilitate the study of  Einstein’s radical theory of relativity – a groundbreaking theorem of motion, light and space.

More on this expressionist monument after the break…

University Building for Technical Faculty Winning Proposal / 3XN

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3XN just won the first prize in the international competition for their design of the new building for the technical faculty of the German university Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW). With their vision to create an open, inspiring and social learning environment, the building is to be a lighthouse project for academic learning – an innovative and productive learning environment in which students, teachers and industry representatives can meet. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Diogene / Renzo Piano

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From the architect. Over the years, furniture company Vitra has made a name for itself as one of the most architecturally-enlightened companies in the world, with their renowned campus featuring buildings by Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.

Now, Vitra has announced a collaboration with Renzo Piano that will bridge the gap between their sought-after furniture and their bespoke campus. Diogene, a self contained minimal living space with a floor area of just 2.5 x 3.0 meters, is billed as “Vitra’s smallest building – but largest product”.

More about the design of Diogene after the break

Schwäbisch Media / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Karlstraße 16, 88212 Ravensburg,
Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Uta Böcker, Tobias Gehrke, Ramón Alvarez-Roa, Ole Hallier, Sjoerd Wilbers
Collaborators: Janosch Welzien, Jasper Stevens, Martin Tessarz, Tobias Bam- berg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin
Area: 13800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter

St. Sebastian Kindergarten / BOLLES+WILSON

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Architects: BOLLES+WILSON
Location: Münster,
Design Team: Anne Elshof, Christoph Lammers, Christoph Macholz
Construction Supervision: Klaus Kuchenbuch
Area: 1,120 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Markus Hauschild, Ahlbrand–Dornseif + Wakonigg, Christian Richters

‘In Orbit’ Installation / Tomás Saraceno

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A gigantic installation work by Tomás Saraceno, entitled “in orbit,” was just assembled last week in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in At a height of more than 20 meters above the piazza of the K21 Ständehaus, Saraceno has suspended a net construction within which visitors can move, apparently weightlessly. Saraceno’s net construction, which is accessible on three levels, resembles a cloud landscape: those bold enough to clamber high into the web set beneath the glass cupola perceive the museum visitors far below them from the lofty heights as tiny figures in a model world. The installation will be up until September 7th. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gas and Steam Power Plant Winning Proposal / Henn

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Henn recently won the architectural competition for the gas and steam power plant in Wedel, . The new power station is positioned to the north of the river bank to allow the uninterrupted riverside promenade passage open to the public. While the majority of the existing station has been demolished, individually striking industrial relics and architecturally significant elements, such as the listed machine hall, are retained and put to cultural use. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kulturbau / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Location: Casinostraße 21, 56068 ,
Project Team: Markus Sporer, Marcel Blom, Anna Gerlach, Noortje ter Heege, Tina Kortmann, Sascha Rullkötter, Cornelius Wens, Sander Vijgen, Benedikt Krienen, Anna Böll, Frank Deltrap
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Eicken

TOR 149 / Graft Architects

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

Aachenmünchener Headquarters / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

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Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
Location: Borngasse, 52064 Aachen,
Project Manager: Stefan Haass, Jascha Klusen
Area: 29050.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jens Kirchner

When Projects Go Sour: 3 Architects’ Candid Interview

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In a recent interview, Spiegel speaks candidly with three architects who have one thing in common: projects in Germany plagued by severe delays and spiralling costs. Christoph Ingenhoven is head of Ingenhoven Architects, designers of train station Stuttgart 21. Meinhard von Gerkan of Gerkan, Marg and Partners is responsible for the Brandenburg International Airport, and finally Pierre de Meuron represents Herzog & de Meuron, designers of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.

These projects are well known in as much for their designs as for their construction costs, and Spiegel is not shy about getting to the bottom of these controversies. Of course, the architects themselves have their own ideas about the bad press (namely that they’re being unjustly blamed). Meinhard von Gerkan, for example, says:

“It’s a big mistake to voluntarily serve as a figurehead, because then everyone knows whom to target. We are these figureheads, not the clients and not the construction companies. And we are liable for everything.”

More of these gems from the architects, after the break….

Torre David – Informal Vertical Communities Exhibition

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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’ exhibition 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.

Pünktchen / Güth & Braun Architekten + DYNAMO Studio

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Architects: DYNAMO Studio, Güth & Braun Architekten
Location:
Architect In Charge: S. Braun, D. Güth
Interior Design: S. S. Rothenberger, K. Mainka, S. Braun
Facade Design:
Grafic Design: M. Scherer
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: P. Wünstel

Forum at the Eckenberg Academy / Ecker Architekten

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Architects: Ecker Architekten
Location: Adelsheim,
Client: Baden-Württemberg Department of Property and Construction – Heilbronn Office
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez, John Ruffolo, Image Agency

Sports Hall Zehlendorfer Welle / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

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Architects: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Location: Freie Schule Anne-Sophie Berlin, Clayallee 328, 14169 Berlin-Zehlendorf,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jan Bitter