WAA Wins Competition to Design “Am Hirschgarten” in Munich


Wiel Arets Architects (WAA) has won a competition to design a cluster of four mixed-use towers adjacent to Munich’s Hirschgarten station. Each “horseshoe-shaped” building, perched upon a six to seven story plinth, will offer space for office, hotel and retail space as part of the “Am Hirschgarten” development.

Read on to learn more about WAA’s winning proposal. 

Goat Barn in Bavaria / KÜHNLEIN Architektur

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Architects: KÜHNLEIN Architektur
Location: Seubersdorf,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Erich Spahn, Michael Kühnlein

Garden House / Vécsey Schmidt Architekten

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Architects: Vécsey Schmidt Architekten
Location: , Germany
Structural Engineer: Nafz Ingenieure
Year: 2013
Photographs: Doris Lasch

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Pritzker Laureate Frei Otto

Hall at the International Garden Exhibition, 1963, , Germany © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn

Frei Otto passed away this past Monday, a day before being internationally celebrated as the Pritzker Prize’s 40th laureate. The first architect to ever receive the Prize posthumously, Otto was a brilliant inventor, architect and engineer who pioneered some of history’s most ambitious tensile structures.

In honor of his legacy, we’ve complied 12 fascinating facts about Otto’s life that influenced his career and shaped the profession. Read them all, after the break.

2015 Pritzker Prize Winner Frei Otto’s Work in 10 Images

Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Image © Atelier Warmbronn

On Tuesday evening the Pritzker Prize jury named Frei Otto as the 40th recipient of the award, making him the second German to receive the award and the first winner to receive it posthumously. Otto was both an architect and a structural engineer, perhaps best known for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium.

With regards to their decision the jury highlighted Otto’s “visionary ideas, inquiring mind, belief in freely sharing knowledge and inventions, his collaborative spirit and concern for the careful use of resources.”

Enjoy 10 photos of Otto’s projects after the break.

Video: Frei Otto’s German Pavilion at Expo 67

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Last night German architect Frei Otto was selected as the 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate, the second German to win the award and the first to receive the award posthumously. The above shows the impressive construction process of Otto’s German Pavilion at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in Montreal (although unfortunately without sound).

Covering an area of 8,000 square meters, the pavilion featured a large, steel mesh web suspended over eight steel masts, which were located at irregular intervals and supported by anchored cables located outside of the structure.  A transparent polyester fabric was then placed over the mesh roof, creating a tent.  The whole construction took only six weeks.

Mei and Felixx Propose Housing for Postwar Residential Area in Munich

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The largest housing association in Munich, GEWOFAG has awarded Mei Architects & Planners and Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners one of three prizes for their proposal to redevelop of a residential area of 340 dwellings around the Ludlstrasse in Munich.

“It is refreshing to see how the Dutch have dealt with this design task,” says the jury in regards to the team’s community-centric, winning scheme. “The Dutch are one step further in thinking about how neighborhoods should function.”

More about their winning entry ”Neue Nachbarschaften,” after the break.

ADEPT Wins Competition to Design “Small Piece” of Flensburg

The green interior courtyard. Image © ADEPT

ADEPT has won a competition to design a new city gate in the German city of along Bahnhofstrasse – a central urban axis leading to the city’s main station. Designed as a “small piece of the city,” the winning proposal adapts itself to the existing typology by combining different types of “facade expressions” that creates a “playful synergy between new and old.”

“The proposal gives us a unique chance to transform and influence our future city at a very high level of quality and creativity – Bahnhofstrasse can really become a real and vibrant piece of city,” says the client.

Hallenhaus / Observatorium

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Architects: Observatorium
Location: Halde Norddeutschland, 47506 Neukirchen-Vluyn,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Architects to be Given Chance to Design New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau

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In celebration of the 100th Bauhaus anniversary, the Foundation Bauhaus Dessau has announced plans to construct a new Museum in Dessau. As part of a competition “preannouncement” published on the museum’s site, an open two-phased international competition will challenge architects to design a museum for the foundation’s “outstanding collection” under the “best possible conservation conditions.”

Co-promoter of the competition, the City of Dessau-Roßlau is currently searching for possible sites that will allow the Bauhaus Museum Dessau to be integrated into the city’s central City Park. It is hoped that the museum and park will “strengthen and complement each other and enrich the location as a cultural centre.”

A breakdown of key competition dates, after the break.

Bazar Noir / Hidden Fortress

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Architects: Hidden Fortress
Location: Kreuzbergstraße 78, 10965 , Germany
Area: 85.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Hidden Fortress

St. Gallus Community Centre / netzwerkarchitekten

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Architects: netzwerkarchitekten
Location: Traminer Straße 8, 63322 ,
Area: 420.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jörg Hempel

House B10 / Werner Sobek Group

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Architects: Werner Sobek Group
Location: Bruckmannweg 10, 70191 ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Fichte-Gymnasium Grammar School / netzwerkarchitekten

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Architects: netzwerkarchitekten
Location: Sophienstraße, ,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Jörg Hempel

Autobahn Church Siegerland / Schneider+Schumacher

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Architects: Schneider+Schumacher
Location: Wilnsdorf,
Architects In Charge: Michael Schumacher, Hans Eschmann
Area: 240.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Helen Schiffer

R50 – Cohousing / ifau und Jesko Fezer + HEIDE & VON BECKERATH

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Architects: ifau und Jesko Fezer, HEIDE & VON BECKERATH
Location: Ritterstraße 50, 10969 ,
Architect In Charge: Verena von Beckerath, Jesko Fezer, Tim Heide, Christoph Heinemann, Susanne Heiss, Christoph Schmidt
Area: 2037.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Alberts

Office Mindmatters / PARAT

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Architects: PARAT
Location: Hamburg,
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreas Meichsner

Office Building / Blocher Blocher Partners

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Architects: Blocher Blocher Partners
Location: Herdweg 19, 70174 , Germany
Area: 3300.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners