World’s First Algae Bioreactor Facade Nears Completion


BIQ – the world’s first algae powered building – is set to be completed in later this month. Built for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg, this zero-carbon apartment complex will sport a bright green facade-cum-algae farm, while its interior proposes a radical new theory on how we will live in the near future.

More about BIQ after the break…

Community Centre / Beer Architektur Städtebau

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Architects: Beer Architektur Städtebau
Location: Jakob-Zeidler-Straße, Germany
Architect In Charge: Prof. Anne Beer
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Alda

State Fire Brigade School Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

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Upon winning the contract to design the new State Fire Brigade School in , gmp Architekten recently presented their design which involves a new practice hall on the site of the Fire Brigade School in order to meet the changed requirements of the training program. The site is in a very exposed location so that the new practice hall building will be visible from afar, and will clearly mark the position of the State Fire Brigade School within the Zellerau neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie to be Completed by 2017

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Sitting idle since November 2011, Herzog & de Meuron’s long-running Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany, has left residents wondering when will the music ever begin?

First envisioned back in 2003, the enormous crystalline glass structure stands nearly complete on top a historic warehouse on the edge of the River Elbe. Rising costs, delayed schedules and legal issues with the contractor, have plagued this magnificent concert hall with controversy. However, according a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, contractor Hochtief has initiated a new deal to ensure the completion of the building.

A revised contract, which is expect to adjust the architect’s fee’s to €94 million (€17 million over the original project cost), has projected Elbphilharmonie will be completed within the next four years. The news is bittersweet, as the architectural community and the residents of have been waiting years for this highly anticipated concert hall to be complete, yet they cringe at the news of an overblown €575 million price tag.

Friedrich-Ebert-Schule / kreiling rosner architekten

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Architects: kreiling rosner architekten
Location: Am Eichelbaum 67, 35396 Giessen,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ralf Heidenreich

Hörsaalzentrum / HH+F Architekten

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Architects: HH+F Architekten
Location: ,
Area: 5550.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Hinschläger

GSO Nürnberg Information Centre Competition Entry / Studio DMTW

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The new information centre, designed by Studio DMTW, aims to be the central representative identification point in the overall context of the Georg-Simon-Ohm-Hochschule. With the program including a library with an open reading area, individual working spaces, and several seminar and meeting facilities, the design stipulates a clear structuring for all the functions with regard to both the outdoor areas and the new building itself. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Thermal Baths in Bad Ems / 4a Architekten

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Location: Viktoriaallee 25, 56130 Bad Ems,
Architect In Charge: Martin Schweizer
Design Team: Christian Vörmann, Swantje Hanussek
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Matthiessen

3rd International Green Roof Congress 2013

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The latest technological developments and new areas of application in the field of Green Roofs will be presented at the 3rd International Green Roof Congress, which will be held in . Organized by The International Green Roof Association (IGRA), the event will take place May 13-15, where acknowledged international Green Roof experts from various disciplines will discuss the status quo and the future trends of Green Roofs with architects, designers, landscape contractors and more. If you are interested in ‘Building with Nature’, this unique event will encompass a range of related topics  To register, and for more information, please visit here.

Multi-Functional Headquarters of Edel AG Competition Entry / Barcode Architects & Habiter Autrement

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Designed by Barcode Architects & Habiter Autrement, their proposal for the multi-functional headquarters of Edel AG in Berlin contains a strong mix of program with public functions as an art gallery, café, bookshop and auditorium, versus private functions as the 3000m2 offices for Edel AG and the exclusive penthouses. The 7-storey building is located on the Spandaur Schiffahrts Kanal and will be in the future together with the opposite museum of modern art “Hamburger Bahnhof” and the “Flick Art collection” an important link in the development of the Berlin KunstCampus. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Q2, ThyssenKrupp Quarter Essen / JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés

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Architects: JSWD Architekten, Chaix & Morel et Associés
Location: ThyssenKrupp Allee 1, 45143 ,
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters, Ardex

Interstice / Fabi Architekten BDA

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Architects: Fabi Architekten BDA
Location: , Germany
Year: 2012
Photographs: Herbert Stolz

In Progress: Schwäbischer Verlag / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Karlstraße 20, 88212 ,
Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Uta Böcker, Tobias Gehrke, Ramón Alvarez-Roa, Ole Hallier
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Childminders Centre (Haus der Tagesmütter) in Selb / TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos

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Architects: TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos
Location: ,
Area: 510.3 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Alda 

Ecumenical Forum HafenCity / Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch

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Architects: Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch
Location: Shanghaiallee 12, 20457 , Germany
Architect In Charge: Wolfgang Lorch, Andrea Wandel Prof.
Project Manager: Florian Gotze
Collaborators: Dirk Lang, Bruno Di Franco, Kimberly Rubert, Nikolaus Hirsch, Andreas Schmalz, John Vogt
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Wandel Hoefer + Lorch

Studio House / fabi architekten bda

© Herbert Stolz

Architects: fabi architekten bda
Location: Wenzenbach,
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Herbert Stolz

‘Culture:City’ Exhibition

Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, 2008. Community centre / art school. Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture. Photo: Iwan Baan; Centre Pompidou Mobile, France. Architects: Patrick Bouchain and Loïc Julienne. Photo: Loïc Julienne

Taking place March 14-May 26, the ‘Culture:City’ exhibition encourages us to think consistently about the future of our cities from this perspective. Curated by Matthias Sauerbruch for the Akademie der Künste, the exhibit takes a critical eye to the relationship between architecture and the social reality of the 21st century and shows the impact of art and culture on cities and architecture. Art and culture have in many ways become key motors of innovative and successful urban design and planning, without which the world’s metropoles would no longer be worthy of the name. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Q1, ThyssenKrupp Quarter Essen / JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés

© Christian Richters

Architects: JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés
Location: ThyssenKrupp Allee 1, 45143 Essen,
Area: 170,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters, Günter Wett, Michael Wolff