GRAFT Wins Competition to Restore and Extend Youth Hostel in Munich

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GRAFT Architects have won an invited competition to restore and extend one of ’s oldest youth hostels in central Munich, . Their proposal, which was judged alongside designs by haascookzemmrich (Stuttgart), Snøhetta (Oslo), and YES Architecture (Munich), centers around the idea of “experiencing community.” Their proposal enables exchange and communication whilst also alluding to the “established traditions of simple traveling, youthful curiosity and the thirst for encounter.” Connecting the historic quality of the building with the challenges of modern habits and traveling practices, their design “builds a bridge between origins and departure.”

J. Mayer H. Chosen to Design Karlsruhe’s Anniversary Pavilion

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In a design competition hosted by the German city of Jubilee, J. Mayer H. Architects and Rubner Holzbau have won the commission for a temporary event pavilion which will be erected in Castle Park in March of 2015 to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe.

Townhouse B14 / XTH-berlin

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Architects: XTH-berlin
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Helle Schröder, Martin Janekovic
Area: 230 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anja Büchner

Water Sports Centre / Oliver Mang Architekten

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Architects: Oliver Mang Architekten
Location: Bruno-Bürgel-Weg 127, 12439 ,
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kai Bienert, Thomas Birk, Courtesy of Oliver Mang

Haus Neufert / Gatermann + Schossig

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Architects: Gatermann + Schossig
Location: ,
Area: 237 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jens Willebrand, Courtesy of Gatermann + Schossig

“Too Radical to Implement Yet Too Relevant to Ignore”: John Hejduk’s Kreuzberg Tower

, a founding partner of Berlin based practice Kapok, narrates the story of a building “too radical to implement and too relevant to ignore.” Having lived in John Hejduk’s Kreuzberg Tower for eight years, Slinger “came to understand how Hejduk’s architecture both flexibly accommodates and yet asserts a presence which resists any attempts to co-opt it. Whilst impressed by its powerful exterior presence, its austerity and frontal directness left a strangely cold impression upon me.”

Im Zollhafen 22 / Gatermann + Schossig

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Architects: Gatermann + Schossig
Location: Rheinauhafen, Cologne,
Area: 7,200 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: H.G. Esch

Capricorn House Medienhafen Düsseldorf / Gatermann + Schossig

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Architects: Gatermann + Schossig
Location: ,
Area: 43,000 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Rainer Rehfeld, HG Esch, Markus Boeker, Courtesy of Gatermann + Schossig

J. Mayer H. Designs 70-Meter Tower for Duesseldorf

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J. Mayer H. has been crowned as winner of an invited competition to design a 19-story medical services and residential high-rise in the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The “sculptural” tower, which is defined by the horizontal “cloud-shaped” aluminum strips that cloak its facade, is designed to “provide a natural atmosphere” enhanced by planted terraces and balconies overlooking the adjacent landscape of the Rheinaue and views of Duesseldorf. 

Gamsei / Buero Wagner

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Architects: Buero Wagner
Location: Buttermelcherstraße 9, 80469 , Germany
Design Team: , A. Kreft
Collaborators: Karl and Maxi Wagner
Area: 40.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jann Averweser, Simon and Sebastian Schels

House in the Woods / Claim

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Architects: Claim
Location: Groß Glienicke, Potsdam,
Architect In Charge: Olga Skaba & Hartmut Flothmann
Area: 162.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: claim and G.Jankowski

Barkow Leibinger Places Third in Berlin’s Tallest Tower Competition

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In a competition that ultimately crowned Frank Gehry as winner, ’s Barkow Leibinger placed third with their 150-meter “faceted stacked building” proposal clad in glass. Aimed to be Berlin’s tallest building, the apartment and hotel tower is planned to be the city’s first high-rise residential development since the 1970s.

Archaeological Pavilion / kadawittfeldarchitektur

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Architects: kadawittfeldarchitektur
Location: ,
Area: 155.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jens Kirchner, Jörg Hempel

Raimund Abraham’s Last Project Realized at Former NATO Missile Base

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Raimund Abraham’s last project, a “stunning” design for a building atop an unused NATO missile base in , has been realized four years after the architect’s death. At the time of his passing, Abraham was working on this project as part of a unique outdoor art complex close to Düsseldorf, Germany. A competition has now been announced to determine the future for the space which has become an “an integral part of Hombroich’s cultural sphere.”

Superbude 2 / Dreimeta

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Architects: Dreimeta
Location: ,
Collaborators: Judy Hänel, Andrea Kraft, Britta Kleweken
Year: 2012
Photographs: Steve Herud

Hall 32 / Heinrich Böll Architekt

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Architects: Heinrich Böll Architekt
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Frank Gehry Chosen to Design Berlin’s Tallest Tower

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Gehry Partners has been selected over David Chipperfield, Adjaye Associates and seven other practices in an invited competition for a 300-unit residential tower in . The winning proposal, deemed “the most compelling” by jury for its rotating stacks of sculptural, stone-clad cubes that rise up to 150 meters, is expected to be ’s tallest skyscraper and Germany’s tallest residential tower.

“Gehry’s design is strong in visual expression and introduces an unusually eccentric, new pattern for this location. Nevertheless, the façade radiates agreeable tranquility. In addition, the design blends well with the neighborhood and conveys all aspects of metropolitan living,” commented Regula Lüscher, Senate Building Director.

Visitor Center Emscher Village / Ooze Architects

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Architects: Ooze Architects
Location: ,
Area: 1263.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roman Mensing