Aachenmünchener Headquarters / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

© Jens Kirchner

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

© Martin Wippel

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 Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, and finally Pierre de Meuron represents Herzog & de Meuron, designers of ’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

© Chair Brillembourg & Klumpner, ETH Zurich + Iwan Baan

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

© Partner / FTB advertising photography

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

© P. Wünstel

Architects: DYNAMO Studio, Güth & Braun Architekten
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

© Brigida Gonzalez

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

© Jan Bitter

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

s.Oliver Headquarters / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

© Jean-Luc Valentin

Architects: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Location: s.Oliver-Straße 1, Gewerbegebiet Industrieplan, 97228 , Germany
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jean-Luc Valentin

Kindergarten Aying / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten

Courtesy of Allmann Sattler Wappner

Architects: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten
Location: Glonner Straße 17, 85653 Aying,
Architect In Charge: Allmann Sattler Wappner
Supporting Structural Planning: Martin Augenstein
Building Services: Zickler, Jakob Planungen GmbH, Co KG
Landscape Designers: Keller Landschafts
Area: 1285.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Allmann Sattler Wappner

Brunnenstrasse 9 / Brandlhuber

© Nathan Willock

Architects: Brandlhuber
Location: Brunnenstraße 9, 10119 , Germany
Project Architect: Thomas Banek, Silvia Farris, Christian Geisser, Tobias Hönig, Andrjana Ivanda, Katharina Janowski, Chrissie Muhr, Jan Winterstein
Area: 1353.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Nathan Willock, Michael Reisch, Courtesy of Brandlhuber+ Emde, ERA, Schneider

Domäne Hildesheim / agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH

© Olaf Mahlstedt

Architects: agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH
Location: Hildesheim,
Project Manager: T. Pesch
Area: 6370.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Olaf Mahlstedt, Andreas Hartmann

Martino-Katharineum High School / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

© Klemens Ortmeyer

Architects: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Location: Breite Straße 3, 38100 Brunswick,
Area: 56400.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Klemens Ortmeyer

Technical Schools Steinfurt / agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH

© Jörg Albano-Müller

Architects: agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH
Location: ,
Area: 10,900 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jörg Albano-Müller

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre / Max Dudler

© Stefan Müller

Architects: Max Dudler
Location: , Germany
Area: 37460.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Headquarters schlaich bergermann und partner / Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH

© Zooey Braun

Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH
Location: Schwabstraße 43, 70197 Stuttgart,
Design Team: Peter Ippolito, Gunter Fleitz, Tilla Goldberg, Christian Kirschenmann, Jakub Pakula, Stefanie Maurer, Sherief Sabet, Markus Schmidt, Daniela Schröder
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Fire Station 1 / agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH

© Hans Jürgen Landes

Architects: agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH
Location: Steinstraße, 44147 ,
Project Manager: H. Heynig
Area: 11850.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hans Jürgen Landes

WakuWaku / Ippolito Fleitz Group

© Benjamin Nadjib

Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Location: Schauenburgerstraße 55, 20095 ,
Architect In Charge: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Design Team: Peter Ippolito, Gunter Fleitz, Moritz Köhler, Michael Bertram, Markus Schmidt, Timo Flott
Area: 145.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benjamin Nadjib

New Central Library in Berlin Winning Proposal / MARS Architekten

Courtesy of , Uberbau Architecture and Urbanism and TH Treibhaus & Lavaland

The proposal for the New Central Library in Berlin by MARS Architekten is a social and cultural centre for Tempelhof’s new quarter. In collaboration with urban designers UBERBAU Architecture & Urbanism and landscape architects TH Treibhaus Berlin & Lavaland, their design was chosen as one of eight winning entrants. Their project focuses upon achieving an immense and complex building that offers a large amount of varying interior spaces in combination with a strong exterior form serving as a public landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.