Medical Library Oasis / HPP Architets + Volker Weuthen

© Ralph Richter

Architects: HPP Architets
Location: Dusseldorf,
Design Team: Myriam Hamdi, Stephan Heimann, Bärbel Walger, Wolfgang Miazgowski, Anja Biechele
Area: 19,950 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ralph Richter, Jens Kirchner

Kinderhouse Arche Noah / Liebel Architekten BDA

© Michael Schnell

Architects: Liebel Architekten BDA
Location: , Germany
Team: Bernd Liebel, Steffen Kainzbauer, Frank Weinschenk, Karin Dischinger-Hänle
Year: 2011
Photographs: Michael Schnell

Christo Unveils Inflatable, Light-Infused Installation in Germany

© Wolfgang Volz, 2013 Christo

The internationally – and often controversial - acclaimed artist Christo has unveiled the “largest indoor sculpture ever made”. Prepared to debut in a public exhibition starting March 16, the inflated “Big Air Package” has been designed to occupy a 117-meter-tall former gas tank known as Gasometer Oberhausen in . The 90-meter-high, 50-meter-wide sculpture is made from 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope, with a total weight of 5.3 tons and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters. 

The seemingly endless, inflatable installation was conceived in 2010 and is Christo’s first major work after the passing of his wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude in 2009.

More on Christo’s “Big Air Package” after the break…

The ‘Power of Architecture’: Louis Kahn Exhibition

Salk Instutute in Jolla, California, Louis Kahn 1959-65 C. The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania / © John Nicolais

Celebrating one of the great master builders of the twentieth century, the Louis Kahn exhibition is taking place now until August 11, 2013. The ‘Power of Architecture’, presented by the Vitra Design Museum is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades. The exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs and films. All of Kahn’s important projects are extensively documented — from his early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to monumental late works. More information after the break.

Covus / sbp

© Karsten Knocke

Interior Designers: sbp
Location: , Germany
Client: Covus Central GmbH, Berlin
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Karsten Knocke

House with Music Room / Beer Architektur Städtebau

© Daniel Mosch

Architects: Beer Architektur Städtebau
Location: , Germany
Structural Engineering: Gordian Kley
Area: 440 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniel Mosch

Filmtheater Weltspiegel Cottbus / Studio Alexander Fehre

© Zooey Braun

Architects: Studio Alexander Fehre
Location: Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße 78, 03046 Cottbus,
Design Team: Alexander Fehre, Roger Gasperlin, Judy Hänel
Client: Ralf Zarnoch
Area: 1450.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Cargocenter Frankfurt / Kölling Architekten

© Christoph Kraneburg

Architects: Kölling Architekten
Location: Europa-Allee, 60327 , Germany
Builder: Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH & Co. KG
Area: 74750.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Christoph Kraneburg

The Squaire / JSK

© Nicolae Sotir

Architects: JSK
Location: Frankfurt Airport, 60547 Frankfurt,
Area: 140000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Nicolae Sotir, Roland Horn, Martin Joppen, Bavaria Luftbild, Leitner, Euroluftbild

‘THE:SQUARE³’ Mixed-Use Development Proposal / Moritz Gruppe + LAVA

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Conceived by visionary developer Moritz Gruppe and designed by internationally acclaimed architects, LAVA, the three towers of gold, silver, and bronze and three diagonal shaped city blocks make up THE:SQUARE³, a new mixed use development inspired by sport that revitalizes a unique urban quarter in . With the theme, ‘Life, Nature, Sports’, their mixed-use concept is perfectly adapted and related to the nearby environment and reflects the local centre of excellence for high-performance sport, promotes local, national and global sports, generating positive social, health and economic benefits to the area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion / University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

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Designers: University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Area: 29 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

World’s First Algae Bioreactor Facade Nears Completion

BIQ via GOOD

BIQ – the world’s first algae powered building – is set to be completed in later this month. Built for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg, this zero-carbon apartment complex will sport a bright green facade-cum-algae farm, while its interior proposes a radical new theory on how we will live in the near future.

More about BIQ after the break…

Community Centre / Beer Architektur Städtebau

© Fernando Alda

Architects: Beer Architektur Städtebau
Location: Jakob-Zeidler-Straße, Germany
Architect In Charge: Prof. Anne Beer
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Alda

State Fire Brigade School Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

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Upon winning the contract to design the new State Fire Brigade School in , gmp Architekten recently presented their design which involves a new practice hall on the site of the Fire Brigade School in order to meet the changed requirements of the training program. The site is in a very exposed location so that the new practice hall building will be visible from afar, and will clearly mark the position of the State Fire Brigade School within the Zellerau neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie to be Completed by 2017

© Martin Wippel

Sitting idle since November 2011, Herzog & de Meuron’s long-running Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany, has left residents wondering when will the music ever begin?

First envisioned back in 2003, the enormous crystalline glass structure stands nearly complete on top a historic warehouse on the edge of the River Elbe. Rising costs, delayed schedules and legal issues with the contractor, have plagued this magnificent concert hall with controversy. However, according a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, contractor Hochtief has initiated a new deal to ensure the completion of the building.

A revised contract, which is expect to adjust the architect’s fee’s to €94 million (€17 million over the original project cost), has projected Elbphilharmonie will be completed within the next four years. The news is bittersweet, as the architectural community and the residents of Hamburg have been waiting years for this highly anticipated concert hall to be complete, yet they cringe at the news of an overblown €575 million price tag.

Friedrich-Ebert-Schule / kreiling rosner architekten

© Ralf Heidenreich

Architects: kreiling rosner architekten
Location: Am Eichelbaum 67, 35396 Giessen,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ralf Heidenreich

Hörsaalzentrum / HH+F Architekten

© Peter Hinschläger

Architects: HH+F Architekten
Location: ,
Area: 5550.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Hinschläger

GSO Nürnberg Information Centre Competition Entry / Studio DMTW

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The new information centre, designed by Studio DMTW, aims to be the central representative identification point in the overall context of the Georg-Simon-Ohm-Hochschule. With the program including a library with an open reading area, individual working spaces, and several seminar and meeting facilities, the design stipulates a clear structuring for all the functions with regard to both the outdoor areas and the new building itself. More images and architects’ description after the break.