Chipperfield On London’s “Success-Based Culture”

Neues Museum, (courtesy Staatliche Museen zu ). Image © Achim Kleuker

Speaking to The Guardian, David Chipperfield has stated that he regards the hold of private investment over new architecture in London as an ”absolutely terrible” means of building a city. He argues that Berlin – where he spends considerable amounts of time and runs a large office – “is a much more reflective society than ours” because the UK has sunk into ”a success-based culture.”

[In Berlin] there is still an idea of the public realm. We have given that up in London. We have declared the public realm dead; the question is how to get stuff out of the private sector. We are unbelievably sophisticated at that.

Reconstruction Multifunctional Building in Jena / wurm + wurm

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Architects: wurm + wurm
Location: ,
Support Structure Planning: wurm + wurm architekten ingenieure GmbH, Bühl
Area: 3400.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ester Havlová, Courtesy of wurm + wurm

Sparrenburg Visitor Centre / Max Dudler

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Architects: Max Dudler
Location: ,
Project Manager: Simone Boldrin
Area: 135.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Dressage Arena Extension / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

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Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
Location: , Germany
Area: 1655.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreas Horsky

Energeticon Alsdorf / Heinrich Böll Architekt + Atelier Brückner

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Architects: Heinrich Böll Architekt
Location: ,
Exhibition Design: Atelier Brückner
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

LAVA Reinvents the Youth Hostel With Sport Oriented Design in Bayreuth

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Berlin-based Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has designed a 180-room hostel for the Bavarian Youth Hostel Association in Bayreuth, Germany. Designed for the sociable Generation Y traveler, the hostel offers an abundance of flexible public spaces featuring bright colours and soaring windows overlooking the Bavarian landscape. Touted by the firm as a “yardstick for the sports hostel of the future,” the futuristic building includes modular furniture and universal step-free access throughout all facilities, grounds, and sports fields. Circulation for the design centres on a Y-shaped plan designed to maximize natural light light while providing ample opportunities for athletic engagement.

Find out more about ’s futuristic Youth Hostel after the break 

Infographic: The Bauhaus Movement and the School that Started it All

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Bauhaus, the school of design established by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, has arguably been the most influential of any institution in shaping the trajectory of modern architecture. Out of this single school came an entire movement that would have lasting effects on architectural pedagogy and the design of everything from buildings to road signs. Born out of a larger cultural movement following Germany’s defeat in World War I which left the country ripe for regrowth without the previous constraints imposed by censorship, the core of Bauhaus philosophy were the principles of craftsmanship and mass production, which allowed for the movement’s rapid proliferation and a production model that would later inform contemporary design companies such as Ikea. Check out the from Aram below to learn more about the movement, tracking the school from its origins in Weimar, via its canonical Gropius-designed home in Dessau, to its continuing legacy today.

Jahn Proposes Concert Hall with Musically-Inspired Screen for Beethoven Festspielhaus Competition

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Designing an architectural homage to someone like Ludwig Van Beethoven is no easy feat. Yet that’s exactly what architecture firm Jahn has attempted to do. Their design is a submission for a privately-funded competition being held for Bonn, Germany’s new “Beethoven Festspielhaus.” Chosen from a group of over 50 candidates, Jahn’s project was among ten advanced to the second round of consideration. The proposal, a glass exterior encapsulating a concrete interior, exhibits “Beethoven’s own dual character which is described as both extroverted and introverted,” as described by the firm. Learn more about this inventive design, and the competition, after the break.

House F / Finckh Architekten

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Architects: Finckh Architekten
Location:
Area: 214.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Finckh Architekten

Neutrabuilding / wurm + wurm

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Architects: wurm + wurm
Location: Jena,
Area: 1472.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ester Havlová

Chamber of Industry and Commerce / Wulf Architekten

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Architects: Wulf Architekten
Location: Jaeger Street 30, 70174 Stuttgart,
Architect In Charge: Prof. Tobias Wulf, Kai Bierich, Alexander Vohl, Stuttgart
Area: 16670.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brigida González, Markus Guhl

MAD and 3XN Among Six Competing for “Porsche Design Tower” in Frankfurt

Porsche Design has narrowed down a list of 20 participating teams to six shortlisted firms for an invited competition to design a new luxury residential tower in , . The project, which will be Porsche Design’s debut in European real estate, will include up to 200 apartments, ranging from “Porsche Design suites” to two-story townhouses and luxury penthouses. The teams moving on to the competition’s second round, include: 3XN (Copenhagen), Stefano Boeri Architetti (Italy), MAD (China), Delugan Meissl (Austria), Neutelings Riedijk (Rotterdam) and Neil M. Denari (Los Angeles). 

Winners will be chosen based of the most “fitting” concept and connection to outdoor space. Construction is expected to begin in early 2016; completion is scheduled for 2018. 

Concert Hall Blaibach / peter haimerl.architektur

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Architects: peter haimerl.architektur
Location: ,
Design Team: Karl Landgraf, Ulrich Pape, Tomo Ichikawa, Felicia Michael, Jutta Görlich, Martin Kloos
Area: 560.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of peter haimerl.architektur

Städtische Bühnen Theatre Workshops / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: ,
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

David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of Beethoven Festspielhaus

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, . 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: Nuremberg,
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 Germany 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 , Germany
Architect In Charge: Rainer M, Kilian Kresing
Design Team: Stefan Fuchs, Guido Becker, André Pannenbäcker, Jan Tölle
Year: 2014
Photographs: HG Esch