Tempelhof Airport Plans Denied by Berlin Voters

Tempelhof Airport as it is Today. Image © Flickr CC User Isma Monfort Vialcanet

A plan to build 4,700 homes on the site of Berlin‘s Tempelhof Airport was blocked by voters this weekend. The airport, which was built in the 1920s and has a long history as a key site during World War Two and the Cold War, was closed in 2008 and there has since been a debate over what to with the vast site, including a 2011 competition to transform it into a park and other facilities, and an outlandish unofficial plan in 2009 to create a 1km high mountain on the site.

However perhaps the the most popular idea has also been the simplest: in 2010, the airport was opened to the public without any changes, and become an impromptu urban park popular with kite-flyers and roller-bladers who circle the site’s runways.

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Bauhaus Masters’ Houses Restored, Now Open to Public

The newly renovated Gropius House. Image courtesy of the Bauhaus Foundation. Image © Christoph Rokitta

The Bauhaus school of design has made an indelible mark on the world of architecture, one that is still felt almost seventy years after its closing. After moving the school from Weimar to Dessau in 1925 to avoid confrontation with the Nazis, founder Walter Gropius designed a series of semi-detached homes for the design masters teaching at the Bauhaus. This small neighborhood, nestled in a pine forest near the school building itself, was an idyllic home for the likes of Lyonel Feininger, Oskar Schlemmer, and Gropius himself. They were abandoned in the 1930s as Germany plunged into war, and suffered years of damage from military conflict and neglect. Renovations to the houses began in 1990, and now, 24 years later, the Bauhaus meisterhäuser have been completely reopened.

GRAFT + Kleihues+Kleihues Design Work/Live Housing in Berlin

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GRAFT and Kleihues+Kleihues has teamed up with Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität (Cooperative for urban Creativity) to realize a complex of five towers centered around working and living in Berlin, . Titled “Eckwerk,” the new complex is set to rise within the confines of an existing viaduct, whose shape and materiality served as the project’s main source of inspiration.

Burkhardt Leitner Constructiv Exhibition / Ippolito Fleitz Group

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Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Documentation Center of Bergen-Belsen Memorial / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

© Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk

Architects: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Location: Belsen, ,
Area: 4,900 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk

J. Mayer H. Wins Competition to Design Berlin “Experience Center”

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J. Mayer H. has won an invited competition to design “Volt ,” a new “shopping and urban experience” center near ’s Alexanderplatz. The winning scheme offers a variety of experiential offerings, including multi-brand shopping, an indoor skydiving and event space, and a 7,500 square meter hotel, all within a single cubed complex whose organization is based off an uneven grid.

Parking Garage / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

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Architects: Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten
Location: Industriestraße, , Germany
Year: 2007
Photographs: Christian Richters, Courtesy of Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

Lentpark / Schulitz Architekten

Courtesy of Schulitz Architects

Architects: Schulitz Architekten
Location: Lentstraße 30, , Germany
Desing Team: Philipp Heitger, Gustavo Oettinger, Rafael Wiglenda, Sebastian Moll, Jasmine Behzadi, Matthias Rätzel, Christian Laviola, Stefanie Blume, Roland Pabel
Area: 12,900 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Schulitz Architects

Cafeteria at the University Aalen / MGF Architekten

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Architects: MGF Architekten
Location: Aalen,
Project Leadership: Josef Hämmerl
Design Team: Maria Knott, Karin Schmid-Arnoldt
Area: 550 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Michael Schnell

Winners of the Berlin Natural Science Museum Competition Revealed

First Place. Image Courtesy of AWR Competitions

The winners of the international competition to design Berlin’s new have been announced. The brief, which called for a large scale iconic building in the heart of the German capital, offered the opportunity for architects and students to design in a city founded in the 13th century.

Understanding that natural science museums are often simply seen as places for public spectacle, the organization behind the competition wanted to ensure that the “importance of the museum’s specimen collections for documenting historical and present-day patterns of biological diversity cannot be overstated.”

See the winning entry, along with the runners up, after the break…

SU House / Alexander Brenner Architects

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Architects: Alexander Brenner Architects
Location: Stuttgart,
Area: 640.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Chemiepraktikum Aachen / Ksg Architekten

© Yohan Zerdoun

Architects: Ksg Architekten
Location: Turmstraße, Aachen,
Architect In Charge: kister scheithauer gross architekten, stadtplaner GmbH, Köln
Area: 3,720 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohan Zerdoun

Farmhouse Renovation / Buero Philipp Moeller

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Architects: Buero Philipp Moeller
Location: Moorenweis,
Architects In Charge: Philipp Moeller, Spandri / Wiedemann, Elia Spandri
Area: 388.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Benjamin A. Monn

Exhibition: 2D:3D Barkow Leibinger

© Gustav Düsing / Barkow Leibinger

Only 5 more days on the exhibition 2D:3D, an installation by Barkow Leibinger at the BDA Gallery. Covering the wall surfaces of the small gallery space with “tapete” or wallpaper the façade of the storefront gallery frames what Leon Battista Alberti described as a fenestra aperta. In this configuration the space of the gallery is a / extension of the streetscape in the bourgeois residential historical Mommsenstrasse neighborhood.

Playing with the concept directive 2D 3D, the wall paper on one side of the gallery is a two dimensional pattern: an organic looping structure which repeats and mirrors itself that is both ornamental and geometrically structural in its architectural implication. On axis with the street front façade at the back of the gallery is a wallpaper “portrait” of this system in black and white but now projected as a one-point perspective optically extending the perspective of the gallery itself.

VIDEO: Light Installation Transforms Cylindrical Tower

The bowels of a Gasometer may be an unlikely place to stage a light installation, however, URBANSCREEN, a German projection company, has done just that. 320 Licht is a spectacle of light and sound within a cylindrical volume over 300 feet high. With the help of Epson , was able to sync 21 separate projectors for a 22 minute loop, documenting the process in the amazing high-definition video above. Enjoy!

House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

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Architects: Bernd Zimmermann Architekten
Location: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Structural Engineer: Rainer Klein, Sachsenheim
Year: 2013
Photographs: Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

Exhibition: New Moscow – Новая Москва, Urban Development by International Competitions 2012-2014

National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) / © Heneghan Peng, Dublin

A new series of international architecture competitions are characterizing a clear change in the current urban planning strategy of Moscow. The initiator of these developments is the incumbent chief architect of the Russian capital, Sergey Kuznetsov. Together with his team, he has breathed new life into Moscow’s urban development since taking office in mid 2012. The exhibition New Moscow – Новая Москва presents two international competitions – from the fields of landscape planning (1st prize Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York) and cultural building (1st prize Heneghan Peng, Dublin) – and through these demonstrates the great gains for the city’s urban planning that are being drawn from this open, global approach.

Both of the competitions presented in the exhibition demonstrate the great potential for development and innovation in Moscow to meet the growing demands of the city residents for cultural and leisure facilities. A further important topic is the extension of the traffic infrastructure of this growing city, which is initiating a radical change in the building policy of the Russian capital.

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Title: New Moscow – Новая Москва, Urban Development by International Competitions 2012-2014
From: Sat, 31 May 2014 
Until: Sat, 05 Jul 2014 
Venue: Aedes am Pfefferberg
Address: 10119 ,

House A / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

© Valentin Wormbs

Architects: Bernd Zimmermann Architekten
Location: , Germany
Year: 2011
Photographs: Valentin Wormbs