Germany’s Lüneburg university wants to reinvent itself as an elite academic institution and is looking to generate buzz with a huge new building designed by star US architect Daniel Libeskind. Students and local politicians have criticized the ambitious plans, but construction is going ahead, now that funding has finally been secured. More images and description after the break.
The Cognitive Cities Conference (#CoCities) aims to bring the vibrant global conversation about the future of cities to Germany. We believe that collaboration and diversity lead to the best results. By inviting bright minds with different perspectives, it is our ambition to enable not only an in-depth exchange about the current state of affairs, but also to foster new projects and contribute to the ongoing global discussion.
We see CoCities as a platform for exchange and mutual inspiration. We invite urban planners, designers, technology geeks, environmental experts, public officials, urban gardening enthusiasts and cultural influencers to be part of the conversation. We can only make our cities more livable if we work together to improve them.
CoCities is a two-day event: Day 1 is a full-on conference (ticket required), Day 2 is dedicated to exploring the city through workshops, guided tours and exhibitions (free entry).
For more information click here.
The architects began the design of Sharp Cut Workshop by referencing the characteristicly steep roofs by the surrounding historical buildings of the provincial town Eibenstock. The result is a sharp-angular construction body with five differently inclined roof surfaces that evolves from the surrounding environment.
More about this project after the break.
Architects: Atelier st
Location: Eibenstock, Germany
Collaboraters: Ludwig Uphues, Luise Mayer
Structural Engineer: HHT Engineers
Client: Federal State Saxony
Project Area: 347 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bertram Bölkow
Berlin base Pfeiffer Architekten have designed a simplistic, yet elegant, weekend house on a waterfront site on Arendsee in Saxony-Anhalt. Constructed using humble materials that allow the built to seamlessly become integrated with the natural, the residence takes advantage of its setting by offering great views of the wooded forests. The residence’s dominate pitch roof finds inspiration in the traditional cottages of the 1930s and gives the home a strong identity.
More images and more about the house after the break.
Hegau Tower’s design is a direct result of close collaboration between architect and client; a clear modernist expression.
Located in Singen, Germany, 20 km west of Lake Constance and in immediate proximity to the Swiss border, this design by Murphy Jahn is part of a larger development plan. The redevelopment on the south side of the main train station is a representation of the transition of this industrial town of roughly 45,000 people from production to service based businesses.
The building is full of highly functional and energy efficient details, including thermal mass activation and integration into the HVAC system, exterior flexible shading on southwest facing facades, natural ventilation, nighttime cooling, and daylight optimization.
More photographs after the break.
Architects: Murphy Jahn
Location: Singen, Germany
Lead Designer: Helmut Jahn
Associate Architect: Riede Architekten, Fischer und Partner Architekten
Materials/Products: Clauss Markisen (exterior shades)
Structural Engineer: Werner Sobek Ingenieure
Mechanical Engineer: Transolar Energietechnik
Client: GVV Städtische Wohnungsbaugesellschaft
Project Area: 17,056 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographer: Rainer Viertlboeck
In a very rare and prestigious occasion the students of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology received the award for 2010 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award. The Field Chapel in Baden-Wurttemberg Germany was part of Professor Frank Flury’s 2009 Design/Build studio. Here you can check out our featured article about this project with photographs and sketches of the whole design/build process.
Jurors were quoted stating the following about the Field Chapel, ” we’re not able to contain our enthusiasm”, and “it’s such an honest building”. One final juror noted that, “before I came here today, I didn’t want to see yet another building made out of sticks. But I saw a great one here.”
Architects: Students of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology
Location: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Design Team: Jeffrey Burke, Andrew Clark, Carlie Douglas, Guanmin Hao, Kevin Kamien, Megan Lawler, Joseph Luciani, Juliana Masci, James Mellom, Milanko Milesic, Zhao Quian, John Ruffalo, Seth Ellsworth, Jeffrey Johnson , Lexie Manke
Associate Architects: Ecker Architekten
General Contractor: Professor Frank Flury
Client: Lutheran Church of Bodigheim, Germany
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez
You can check the project on our previous article.
New York architects Richard Meier & Partners announced the opening of the new corporate headquarters for Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), the world’s largest green coffee service group located in Hamburg’s HafenCity. The site of the new building is a part of a redevelopment initiative of the post-industrial port into a business, commercial and cultural center. Overlooking the Sandtorpark, harbor basins and the traditional skyline of Hamburg, the 12-story glass tower, now called Coffee Plaza, and its two adjacent office buildings, act as an anchor for the renovated harbor.
More information and images after the break.
Architects: Bolles + Wilson
Location: Ahlen, Germany
Project Managers: Prof. Julia B. Bolles-Wilson, Peter L. Wilson
Project Team: Andreas Polzer, Thomas Refflinghaus, Wojtek Kazmierski
Client: Franz Kaldewei GmbH & Co. KG, Ahlen
Structural Engineer: Ing.-Büro Pollmeier-Blume, Ahlen
Service Engineer: Ingenieurbüro Nordhorn, Münster
Project Area: 550 sqm
Budget: 1,2M Euro
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Rainer Mader
In physics the term ‘plasma’ describes a particular state of matter in which energy is readily conducted through a material. Folding space into space, Plasma Studio draw landscapes into buildings, streets into facades, inside to outside.
The exhibition at the DAZ presents their characteristic approach within a jump in scale; from built projects in Europe to recent work-in-progress planning in China. It is the start of FORMULA_X, the new DAZ exhibitions series, dedicated to presenting architectural positions of the up-and-coming generation. In a triptych, three emerging offices will show their sustainable ideas and individual ways of working within the overlying theme of ‘Visions’.
The exhibition will open October 2 till November 14. For more information click here.
Architects: Kunze Seeholzer
Location: Lake Fasaneriesee, Germany
Project Management: Landeshauptstadt München
Client: Landeshauptstadt München
Structural Engineering: CWK – Ingenieurbüro für Bauwesen
Landscape: Fischer Heumann Landschaftsarchitekten
Project Area: 196 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jann Averwerser