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

© J. Mayer H.

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

© Christian Richters

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

© Michael Schnell

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

Farmhouse Renovation / Buero Philipp Moeller

© Benjamin A. Monn

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.

For more information, please click here.

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: Haigerloch,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Valentin Wormbs

Youth-Club Extension / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs,

Architects: Bernd Zimmermann Architekten
Location: Ludwigsburg,
Year: 2006
Photographs: Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

Treehouse Solling / baumraum

© Markus Bollen

Architects: baumraum
Location: , Germany
Area: 37.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Markus Bollen

Lecture Series: Japanese Architecture at at Cologne University

The Faculty of Architecture at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences will host a lecture series on Japanese architecture. The program will start April 8 with Junya Ishigami and will continue until June 24 with lectures by Shin Takamatsu & Takeshi Katagiri, recent Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban, Ryusuke Kojio, Sou Fujimoto, Hitoshi Abe and Hiroaki Kimura.

For more information, you can click here (website in German).

Title: Lecture Series: Japanese Architecture at at University
Website: http://architecturaltuesday.wordpress.com/
From: Tue, 08 Apr 2014
Until: Tue, 24 Jun 2014
Venue: Faculty of Architecture, Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Address: Betzdorfer Straße 2, 50679 Cologne,

House P+G / Architekten Wannenmacher+ Möller GmbH

© Jose Campos

Architects: Architekten Wannenmacher+ Möller GmbH
Location: , Germany
Area: 425.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jose Campos

OMA Tops BIG, Büro Ole Scheeren to Design Axel Springer Campus in Berlin

’s winning proposal for the Axel Springer Campus in Berlin. Image Courtesy of Axel Springer SE

After deliberating over the stellar proposals of three renowned firmsBIG, Büro Ole Scheeren, and OMA, Berlin-based media company AXEL SPRINGER SE has just announced that ’ design is the winning proposal for their new office building.

The task of the competition was to create additional space for the media company, particularly its digital offers, and thus design a workplace fit for the future of online media. Koolhaas’ design, which features a large 30-meter high atrium or “open valley” with interconnected terraces and public workspaces for both individual, collaborative, and mobile work, won favor with the jury for its forward-thinking concept. As Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer SE, commented: “[Koolhaas] presented the conceptually and esthetically most radical model. The fundamental innovation of working environments will support the cultural transformation towards a digital publishing house.”

For his part, Koolhaas had this to say: “It is a wonderful occasion to build in Berlin again, on this historical site of all places, for a client who has mobilized architecture to help perform a radical change…a workplace in all its dimensions.”

See more of OMA’s winning proposal, after the break…