The Europan 11 proposal for the science park in Ingolstadt, Germany received an honorable mention in the competition. Dominated by technology and science, the intent of YanKang Wang, ShuYan Wang, Yuan Lin, and JingRong Zhong is to create a fresh urban development concept for this city, which is based on the cooperation of industry and academia. Under the theme of innovative living and working, environmentally friendly technology and renewable energy will be applied by creating a new settlement model. However, in this way the city inhabitants will be initiated simultaneously how to live in a future way with the existing resources. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The votes are in and 72 per cent of the citizens in Isny im Allgäu (Bavaria, Germany) have vetoed Peter Zumthor’s design for the new city gate commonly referred to as the “glass underpants”. As the Swiss architect is famously praised for his context-sensitive and timeless designs, the people of Isny initially felt “lucky” to have Zumthor design for their town. They had high hopes for their very own Steilneset Memorial – the Norwegian city of Vardo’s beloved installation that has brought a surge in tourism – but ultimately were disappointed. Continue reading for more.
Architects: BLK2 Architekten
Location: Caffamacherreihe 16, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
Client: CR sechzehn Hamburg GmbH & Co.KG, Germany
Gross floor area: 41.387 sqm (35.216 qm office / 6.171 qm residential property)
Project Team: Peter Lehmann, Martin Sieckmann, Annette Niethammer,
Michaela Bluhm, Michael Gutena, Hannes Beinhoff.
Photographs: Klaus Frahm / Artur Images
Since 2007, controversy has been stirring due to the rising costs and delayed schedule of Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany. Recent reports state the court has approved the city of Hamburg’s €40 million lawsuit against the primary contractor HochTief, who has stopped working in four areas of the €600 million project this past November. HochTief blames the architect due to differences in its plans.
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Architect: AI.STUDIO – A r c h i t e k t e n + I n g e n i e u r e
Location: Wahlitzer Weg 4a / 39114 Magdeburg, Germany
Start of construction: June 2010
Completion: March 2011
Property size: 1065.0 sqm
Living space: 204.0 sqm
Enclosed space: 605.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of AI.STUDIO
From February 3 – March 15, renowned Architecture Forum Aedes Gallery in Berlin will be hosting an exhibition with the title Give more featuring projects by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Give more features nine selected architecture projects paraphrasing nine visions on how architecture can give more by adding value and positive change for people, places, and communities. More architects’ description on the exhibition after the break.
Todd Saunders of Saunders Architecture will be giving a lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich on January 25th at 7:30pm. Led by a strong contemporary design sensibility, Saunders has worked on cultural and residential projects right across Norway, as well as England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Canada. The studio believes that architecture must play an important role in creating place, using form, materials and texture to help evoke and shape memory and human interaction.
Architects: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Project Team: Institute for Computational Design – Prof. AA Dipl.(Hons) Achim Menges Achim Menges, Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, Competence Network Biomimetics Baden-Württemberg
Planning and Realisation: Peter Brachat, Benjamin Busch, Solmaz Fahimian, Christin Gegenheimer, Nicola Haberbosch, Elias Kästle, Oliver David Krieg, Yong Sung Kwon, Boyan Mihaylov, Hongmei Zhai
Concept and Project Development: Oliver David Krieg, Boyan Mihaylov
Scientific Development: Markus Gabler (project management), Riccardo La Magna (structural design), Steffen Reichert (detailing), Tobias Schwinn (project management), Frédéric Waimer (structural design)
Surface: 72 sqm
Material: 275 sqm Birch plywood 6,5mm Sheet thickness
Project Year: August 2011
Photographs: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
Through a range of strategies and carefully selected interventions the porcelain-city of Selb in the Fichtelgebirge region in Germany will be elevated to a regional center for art, trade, tourism, and culture. The winning Europan 11 proposal, titled Dornröschen – Reinitializing Selb or ‘Kissing awake the sleeping beauty’, by NAP (Network of Architects & Planners) will act as the nucleus for future development. In juxtaposition to the well-established and intact city center around the church and market square, the porcelain factory will be a second center of gravity creating a new and desired field of tension in between both. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Held every five years, the competition for this year’s pavilion called for a temporary building which may be easily disassembled and relocated to another site. The modular pavilion by Prechteck exists of different parts, housing different functions, all singular cells, but the strongest in coexistence with its neighboring parts. The main concept is that during the 5 years, each cell can be assembled in a different German city and serve as an info booth to the next. At the beginning of the next five years, the parts get transported back and get reconnected on site. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Stuttgart, Germany based architecture firm, (se)arch Architekten, shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the ongoing project selected within the framework of a competitive multiple commission. Forming part of Allmendäcker housing district, which consists of horizontal, linear-formed housing blocks, the building tries to respond to its urban context. Two linear-like volumes are implemented; the northern one, together with the ground floor level plan, accommodating kindergarten and the southern – accommodating housing. More images and architects‘ description after the break.
The opening ceremony for the new Stuttgart City Library by Yi Architects was on October 21, 2011. After winning a competition for the project in 1999, the new library for Stuttgart in southern Germany has finally been unveiled. Yi Architects have shared with us the drawings and images of the project. Follow us after the break.
Architect: Yi Architects
Opening Ceremony: October 21, 2011
Plot Area: 3 201 m²
Total Cost: € 79.0 million