New Soundcloud Headquarters / KINZO Berlin

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Architects: KINZO Berlin
Location: ,
Responsible Partner: Karim El-Ishmawi, Martin Jacobs
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, ON-line

Aerial Paris. 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of

The Museum for Architectural Drawing presents Lebbeus Woods, ON-line, an exhibition of the finest works of architectural theorist, draftsman, educator and architect, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). Curated by his longtime friend and partner Christoph a. Kumpusch, the exhibition brings together a collection of Woods’ visionary works that have never been exhibited before. The intensely rendered architectural and urban environments produced early on in Woods’ career are exhibited together for the first time. These ink and pencil drawings cover a wide range of Woods’ research and re-imagination of cities both real and fictive and support Woods’ longstanding desire to show the capacity of architecture as a transformative and eloquent force.

ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

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Architects: ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart
Location: Keplerstraße 11, University of , 70174 ,
Institute For Computational Design : Institute for Computational Design – Prof. Achim Menges Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – Prof. Jan Knippers
Institute Of Building Structures And Structural Design : Prof. Jan Knippers
Research Development And Project Management: Moritz Dörstelmann, Vassilios Kirtzakis, Stefana Parascho, Marshall Prado, Tobias Schwinn
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

DAS HAUS 2014 / Louise Campbell

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Architects: Louise Campbell
Location: ,
Area: 240 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Koelnmesse, Studio

NOCKI / Leonard Hautum

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Architects: Leonard Hautum
Location: ,
Area: 143 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yatri Niehaus

Kessalao / Masquespacio

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Interior Designers: Masquespacio
Location: Bonner Talweg 88, 53113 Bonn,
Creative Director: Ana Milena Hernández Palacios
Architect Junior: Virgínia Hinarejos
Area: 40.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Rodríguez

AD Classics: Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor (Bonjour Tristesse) / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Peter Brinkert

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Bonjour Tristesse is a social housing project designed by Portuguese Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Located in Berlin, the project was Siza’s first built work outside of his native country.  Siza’s design offers a meaningful precedent in urban densification, demonstrating a delicate balance between contextual awareness, creative freedom, and progressive vision.

House 9,74 x 9,74 / f m b architekten

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Architects: f m b architekten
Location: Merklingen,
Photographs: Courtesy of f m b architekten

Arup’s Latest Solar Panels Produce Energy From Algae

A view behind the BIQ House Solarleaf panels. Image via GOOD. Image

Architects have been experimenting with the potential of building envelopes for years. Now, Arup has an interesting, Zumtobel Group Award-nominated proposal: the Solarleaf bioreactor. This thin, 2.5 x .07 meter panel, when attached to the exterior of a building, is capable of generating biofuel – in the form of algae – for the production of hot water. More efficient than electricity and more sustainable than wood, algae is ideal kindling for producing heat, especially since it can be grown on-site. Moreover, the water in which the algae grows also collects solar energy, providing an additional supply of heat. More details on this sustainable innovation, after the break. 

JWS 2b / KBNK

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Architects: KBNK
Location: Jürgen-Wullenwever-Str. 2b,
Area: 941.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier

One Man Sauna / Modulorbeat

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Architects: Modulorbeat
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Marc Günnewig, Jan Kampshoff, Sebastian Gatz
Photographs: Roman Mensing, Courtesy of

Gehry’s Berlin Skyscraper May Be Too Heavy for Alexanderplatz

Gehry Partners’ winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines

After winning the design competition for Germany‘s tallest apartment tower in January, Frank Gehry‘s project for the building on Alexanderplatz has already run into problems over fears that the 150-metre building could be too heavy for its site. The German edition of the Local is reporting that Berlin‘s Senate has placed the plans on hold because of the building’s proximity to the U5 branch of the U-Bahn tunnel, which it fears could be crushed under the weight.

More on the story after the break

Gerstäckerstreet / KBNK

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Architects: KBNK
Location: Gerstäckerstraße 9, 20459 ,
Area: 6450.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Carsten Brügmann

Administrative Headquarters RBSUM / KBNK

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Architects: KBNK
Location: Bürgerstraße, 22946 ,
Area: 2675.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier

Happy Birthday Frei Otto!

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Frei Otto, German architect and structural engineer turns 89 today. The 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium is perhaps his best known work. The pioneering tensile structure, which stood in considerable contrast to the strict, authoritarian stadium that was its predecessor, was meant to present a different, more compassionate face for Germany. Today, Frei Otto is still active in practice, working alongside architects such as Pritzker prize winner Shigeru Ban on the Japanese Pavilion at Expo 2000. Thanks for your contributions and Happy Birthday Mr. Otto!

Park Linné / kister scheithauer gross architekten

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Architects: kister scheithauer gross architekten
Location: Eupener Straße, ,
Design/Responsible Partner: Prof. Johannes Kister
Design Team: Ruth Hofmann, Astrid Kunz, Magdalena Mazurkiewicz
Area: 24,309 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohan Zerdoun

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 Dessau 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 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.