Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin / Platoon Cultural Development

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Architects: Platoon Cultural Development
Location: Berlin,
Area: 435 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin

Kunsthalle Mannheim Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

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Just this past Monday, gmp Architekten was awarded the contract to design the new Kunsthalle , a decision made by the Kunsthalle‘s jury. Their winning design portrays a symbolic identity, both on the outside and on the inside. The idea was to create a place that is easily remembered, and which appeals with its functional and urban quality. Analogous to the chess board type layout of ’s inner city, the design is a composition of several cubes, the regularity of which is however broken by an offset arrangement in terms of height and width, and also by the arrangement of squares within the development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Films & Architecture: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

Going back to the times when cinema was recorded with no colours or sound, the German film “The Cabinet of Dr. ” by is a masterpiece that utilizes fully stylised sets with abstract spaces to represent different scenes. It’s considered one of the most influential movies of German expressionism, since many of the film’s unusual characteristics (from the geometric nature of the sets to the actors’ costumes) were decades ahead of their time.

Have you seen this classic? What do you think about how silent-era films depict space?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Museum of Historical Markmenship / Gnädinger Architekten

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Architects: Gnädinger Architekten
Location: , Germany
Architect In Charge: Christoph Claus
Design Team: Gnädinger, Babette Drillig, Karin Hirschmiller, Markus Hattwig
Year: 2011
Photographs: Markus Hattwig

House P / Heiderich Architekten

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Architects: Heiderich Architekten
Location: Dortmund,
Structural Engineering: Lederhose & Wittler
Lighting: LDE Kober
Site Area: 3334
Area: 330 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Hamburger Hof / NPS Tchoban Voss

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Architects: NPS Tchoban Voss
Location: Berlin-Mitte,
Area: 2,338 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: René Hoch

“Fluxus Module” Exhibition / modulorbeat

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For the exhibition, “FLUXUS – Art for Everyone!” at Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U, modulorbeat was commissioned to develop an exhibition architecture. Their ‘Fluxus Module’ project uses 300 items from the years 1958 to 2007 that critically address the events of their times to offer a new and playful look at the everyday. The exhibition architecture works with a modular plywood element that was especially developed for this Fluxus exhibition. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Institute Building for FOM / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Designed by J. Mayer H. Architects, the new, modern college seminar building for FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management University of Applied Sciences gGmbH will include approximately 1,400 student seats, office units, underground parking and a spacious, green campus. The innovative building also features an extraordinary exterior façade with curved cantilevered balconies. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Salmtal Secondary School Canteen / SpreierTrenner Architekten

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Architects: SpreierTrenner Architekten
Location: , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Area: 1,122 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Guido Erbring Architekturfotografie

House G12 / (se)arch Freie Architekten

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Architects: (se)arch Freie Architekten
Location: Überlingen,
Plot Area: 1975 sqm
Area: 412 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Zooey Braun

House F11 / (se)arch Freie Architekten

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Architects: (se)arch Freie Architekten
Location: ,
Area: 330 sqm
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Pavilion Siegen / Ian Shaw Architekten

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Architects: Ian Shaw Architekten
Location: Siegen,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Felix Krumbhlotz

IVG Media Bridge / steidle architects

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Architects: steidle architects
Location: Rosenheimerstraße, , Germany
Design Team: Johannes Ernst, Martin Klein, Team: Stefan Kissling, Manfred Erich, Duc Hua
Area: 7,500 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of steidle architects

Haus der Zukunft Competition Entry / Project Architect Company

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Located around the Hauptbahnof in , the proposal for the Haus der Zukunft competition by Project Architect Company capitalizes on the site’s potential which lies between the Reichstag and the main railway station along the River Spree. The site is experiencing a surge in development, transforming a previously underused area into a new city-wide destination. The architects propose to use the building as an ‘urban activator’ to link the city and waterfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References Book Event

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Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhaüser, 2012), the new book edited by Robert McCarter and designed by Irma Boom, will be presented at a book launch event November 13th. ‘do you read me?!’, the renowned bookshop, will host the first presentation and signing of the publication in their ‘Reading Room’ located in -Tiergarten. The evening will begin at 7:00pm with a discussion on the topic of ‘A Wonderful World’, Arets’ optimistic outlook towards the future our of continuously ‘shrinking’ world, followed by a book signing session with Wiel Arets.

Haus der Zukunft (‘House of the Future’) Competition Entry / Dietmar Köring, Simon Takasaki, EyeTry

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Designed by Dietmar Köring, Simon Takasaki and EyeTry, the proposal for the Haus der Zukunft (‘House of the Future’) responds to Berlin’s strict urban context: the concept of the “urban block” is touched upon and developed further. The building is partially lifted off the ground, and takes up the general building height of common Berlin housing. The fluid ground floor concept takes users into the open and dynamic spaces of the building’s interior. The urban block features three-dimensional cuts on the side facing the park, which creates a contemporary, clear structure, blurring the boundaries between exterior and interior. More images and designers’ description after the break.

Iba Dock / Architech

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Architects: Architech
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Han Slawik
Client: IBA Hamburg GmbH
Area: 1,075 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Rüdiger Mosler, Courtesy of – Architecture and Technology, Courtesy of IBA Hamburg GmbH

Leipzig Freedom and Unity Memorial Competition Entry / Mateo Arquitectura

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Designed by Mateo Arquitectura, the purpose of the Freedom and Unity Memorial is to commemorate the “Peaceful Revolution” of 1989 that made a decisive place for the fall of the wall with the construction of this monument. The memory they aim to commemorate is that of a peaceful mass change, with no hierarchies, that we see in historic photos as points of light, changing like a surging sea. Formally and conceptually, the architects decided that their intervention here should address surface rather than volume; it should be horizontal rather than vertical. More images and architects’ description after the break.