Nach Hause Kommen Winning Proposal / Studio BANG

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Studio BANG shared with us their winning proposal for the IBA Basel competition to design a settlement for commuters in Rheinweiler, Germany. With a strong focus on the last part of the commuters daily way back home, this new settlement is composed of 3 different row-housing units with 28 of them forming a structure that is slightly denser than the surrounding single-family house units. Thus, lower building costs and a closer community is enabled. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AIV-Schinkel-Wettbewerb Competition Winning Proposal / David Weclawowicz + Dagmara Sietko- Sierkiewicz

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The architecture student team collaboration of Dagmara Sietko- Sierkiewicz and David Weclawowicz of the Wroclaw University of Technology shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the AIV Schinkel- Wettbewerb 2013 competition. With this year’s topic of “TXL transformation”, their challenge was to develop a quarter made from a new typology of hybrid-buildings, containing a manufacture (production hall), flats and retail services after closing the airport Berlin Tegel in the year 2014. This winning concept focuses on using the production facilities after hours as a leisure destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Medical Library Oasis / HPP Architets + Volker Weuthen

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Architects: HPP Architets
Location: Dusseldorf, Germany
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

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

Christo Unveils Inflatable, Light-Infused Installation in Germany

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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 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

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

House with Music Room / Beer Architektur Städtebau

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

Filmtheater Weltspiegel Cottbus / Studio Alexander Fehre

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

Cargocenter Frankfurt / Kölling Architekten

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

The Squaire / JSK

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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,
Area: 29 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

World’s First Algae Bioreactor Facade Nears Completion

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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

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Architects: Beer Architektur Städtebau
Location: Jakob-Zeidler-Straße,
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

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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 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

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