Städtische Bühnen Theatre Workshops / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Frankfurt,
Design Team: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Holger Betz and Kristian Spenker
Area: 13834.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of gmp architekten

Chipperfield Among Three Shortlisted Schemes Unveiled for Beethoven House of Music

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In 2020, the world will celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven, and soon after the anniversary of his death. In light of this, a new “world-class” concert hall, a “Festspielhaus”, is being planned for the banks of Beethoven’s beloved Rhine River in his hometown of Bonn, Germany. More than 50 practices were considered in the pulmonary selection process, following a shortlist of ten, and now three final proposals by David Chipperfield Architects, kadawittfeldarchitektur and Valentiny hvp architects have been selected to move on to the competition’s final round.

“The new Festspielhaus will not only bring Beethoven’s music to life, it will serve as an international “” that brings together diverse genres – from classical to crossover to pop – and attracts music lover of all ages,” stated the competition organizer.

The privately-funded “Beethovenhalle” is planned for completion in 2019. You can review the top three final designs after the break, alongside the seven other shortlisted proposals – by Zaha Hadid, UNStudio, Snøhetta, and more – they were selected over.

Extension to the Academy of Fine Arts / Hascher Jehle Architektur

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Architects: Hascher Jehle Architektur
Location: ,
Project Director: Michael Meier
Year: 2013
Photographs: Svenja Bockhop

Deutsche Post Towers Wins CTBUH 10 Year Award

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Deutsche Post Towers in Bonn  has received the 10 Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Completed in 2002 and designed by Murphy/Jahn, Post Tower was a leader in introducing high performance design elements to create a more efficient and pleasant office environment, and has now been recognized by this unique award which rewards proven value and performance in a tall building over a period of 10 years since its completion, and offers a valuable look at the life of buildings long after the initial designs are realized. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

Boeselburg Council and Student Housing / Kresings GmbH

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Architects: Kresings GmbH
Location: Boeselager Street 75, 48163 ,
Architect In Charge: Rainer M, Kilian Kresing
Design Team: Stefan Fuchs, Guido Becker, André Pannenbäcker, Jan Tölle
Year: 2014
Photographs: HG Esch

Movet Office Loft Interior Design / Studio Alexander Fehre

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Architects: Studio Alexander Fehre
Location: Stuttgarter Straße 11, 73614 , Germany
Architect In Charge: Alexander Fehre
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Villa S / Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA

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Architects: Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA
Location: , Germany
Area: 325.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Felix Krumbholz Photography

Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt

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Architects: Ingo Schrader Architekt
Location: ,
Area: 593.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christian Richters, Courtesy of Ingo Schrader

Munich Botanical Garden Entrance Building / Kunze Seeholzer

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Architects: Kunze Seeholzer
Location: Menzinger Straße 65, 80638 ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jann Averwerser , Herbert Stolz

Video: Bach Comes to Life within the Walls of Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel

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Take a moment to enjoy German-Korean musician Isang Enders play Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 within the sacred, charred interior of Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel.

The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins


Architects: Nuno Pimenta, Frederico Martins
Location: Neckarspitze, 68159 , Germany
Authors: Nuno Pimenta, Frederico Martins
Project Team: Frederico Martins, Miguel C. Tavares, Nuno Pimenta, Ricardo Leal, Rui M. Vieira
Project Area: 14.4 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Nuno Pimenta

8,000 Illuminated Balloons to Mark 9-Mile Stretch of Berlin Wall

Lichtgrenze (rendering) via the Chicago Tribune

25 years ago on November 9, East German protesters torn down the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this moment, the German capital plans to line the wall’s original 9-mile stretch with 8,000 illuminated, white balloons. The , named lichtgrenze or “light frontier,” will be open November 7. On the 9th, the balloons will be simultaneously released into the air to music provided by the Staatskapelle orchestra.

MVRDV Selected to Design “Hafenspitze” Office Towers in Mainz


MVRDV, together with -based morePlatz, have been selected among seven teams in an international competition to design two office buildings in Mainz, Germany. The five- and eleven-story “Hafenspitze” structures are expected to spearhead the transformation of the former Zollhafen industrial harbor, which plans to become a new mixed-use city quarter over the coming decades.

More about the towers’ design, after the break.

Video: Jan Wurm and Lukas Verlage Discuss Arup’s “Solarleaf”

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In this video from Zumtobel Group, Jan Wurm of Arup Deutschland GmbH and Lukas Verlage, CEO of Colt International GmbH, discuss the unique technological developments in “Solarleaf,” which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Applied Innovations category. In addition to functioning as an effective shading system, this façade system uses solar panels to produce energy from algae to provide a new source of sustainable energy.

Kleinerdrei / PARAT

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Architects: PARAT
Location: Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 , Germany
Corporate Identity: Carolin Rauen
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: mfruscella & dmanduzio

ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte

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Architects: Auer Weber Assoziierte
Location: Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2, 85748 ,
Area: 18736.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aldo Amoretti

House Krailling / Unterlandstättner Architekten

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Architects: Unterlandstättner Architekten
Location: Krailling,
Project Team: Telemach Rieff, Anke Göckelmann, Enrico Schreck
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten

Black Forest / Stocker Dewes Architekten

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Architects: Stocker Dewes Architekten
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohan Zerdoun