Chamber of Industry and Commerce / Wulf Architekten

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Architects: Wulf Architekten
Location: Jaeger Street 30, 70174 ,
Architect In Charge: Prof. Tobias Wulf, Kai Bierich, Alexander Vohl, Stuttgart
Area: 16670.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brigida González, Markus Guhl

MAD and 3XN Among Six Competing for “Porsche Design Tower” in Frankfurt

Porsche Design has narrowed down a list of 20 participating teams to six shortlisted firms for an invited competition to design a new luxury residential tower in , . The project, which will be Porsche Design’s debut in European real estate, will include up to 200 apartments, ranging from “Porsche Design suites” to two-story townhouses and luxury penthouses. The teams moving on to the competition’s second round, include: 3XN (Copenhagen), Stefano Boeri Architetti (Italy), MAD (China), Delugan Meissl (Austria), Neutelings Riedijk (Rotterdam) and Neil M. Denari (Los Angeles). 

Winners will be chosen based of the most “fitting” concept and connection to outdoor space. Construction is expected to begin in early 2016; completion is scheduled for 2018. 

Concert Hall Blaibach / peter haimerl.architektur

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Architects: peter haimerl.architektur
Location: ,
Design Team: Karl Landgraf, Ulrich Pape, Tomo Ichikawa, Felicia Michael, Jutta Görlich, Martin Kloos
Area: 560.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of peter haimerl.architektur

Städtische Bühnen Theatre Workshops / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Frankfurt,
Design Team: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Holger Betz and Kristian Spenker
Area: 13834.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of gmp architekten

Chipperfield Among Three Shortlisted Schemes Unveiled for Beethoven House of Music

David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of Beethoven Festspielhaus

In 2020, the world will celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven, and soon after the anniversary of his death. In light of this, a new “world-class” concert hall, a “Festspielhaus”, is being planned for the banks of Beethoven’s beloved Rhine River in his hometown of Bonn, Germany. More than 50 practices were considered in the pulmonary selection process, following a shortlist of ten, and now three final proposals by David Chipperfield Architects, and have been selected to move on to the competition’s final round.

“The new Festspielhaus will not only bring Beethoven’s music to life, it will serve as an international “house of music” that brings together diverse genres – from classical to crossover to pop – and attracts music lover of all ages,” stated the competition organizer.

The privately-funded “Beethovenhalle” is planned for completion in 2019. You can review the top three final designs after the break, alongside the seven other shortlisted proposals – by Zaha Hadid, UNStudio, Snøhetta, and more – they were selected over.

Extension to the Academy of Fine Arts / Hascher Jehle Architektur

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Architects: Hascher Jehle Architektur
Location: , Germany
Project Director: Michael Meier
Year: 2013
Photographs: Svenja Bockhop

Deutsche Post Towers Wins CTBUH 10 Year Award

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Deutsche Post Towers in Bonn  has received the 10 Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Completed in 2002 and designed by Murphy/Jahn, Post Tower was a leader in introducing high performance design elements to create a more efficient and pleasant office environment, and has now been recognized by this unique award which rewards proven value and performance in a tall building over a period of 10 years since its completion, and offers a valuable look at the life of buildings long after the initial designs are realized. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

Boeselburg Council and Student Housing / Kresings GmbH

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Architects: Kresings GmbH
Location: Boeselager Street 75, 48163 Münster,
Architect In Charge: Rainer M, Kilian Kresing
Design Team: Stefan Fuchs, Guido Becker, André Pannenbäcker, Jan Tölle
Year: 2014
Photographs: HG Esch

Movet Office Loft Interior Design / Studio Alexander Fehre

© Zooey Braun

Architects: Studio Alexander Fehre
Location: Stuttgarter Straße 11, 73614 Schorndorf,
Architect In Charge: Alexander Fehre
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Villa S / Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA

© Felix Krumbholz Photography

Architects: Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA
Location: Schriesheim,
Area: 325.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Felix Krumbholz Photography

Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt

© Christian Richters

Architects: Ingo Schrader Architekt
Location: , Germany
Area: 593.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christian Richters, Courtesy of Ingo Schrader

Munich Botanical Garden Entrance Building / Kunze Seeholzer

© Jann Averwerser

Architects: Kunze Seeholzer
Location: Menzinger Straße 65, 80638 ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jann Averwerser , Herbert Stolz

Video: Bach Comes to Life within the Walls of Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel

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Take a moment to enjoy German-Korean musician Isang Enders play Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 within the sacred, charred interior of Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel.

The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins

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Architects: Nuno Pimenta, Frederico Martins
Location: Neckarspitze, 68159 ,
Authors: Nuno Pimenta, Frederico Martins
Project Team: Frederico Martins, Miguel C. Tavares, Nuno Pimenta, Ricardo Leal, Rui M. Vieira
Project Area: 14.4 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Nuno Pimenta

8,000 Illuminated Balloons to Mark 9-Mile Stretch of Berlin Wall

Lichtgrenze (rendering) via the Chicago Tribune

25 years ago on November 9, East German protesters torn down the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this moment, the German capital plans to line the wall’s original 9-mile stretch with 8,000 illuminated, white balloons. The , named lichtgrenze or “light frontier,” will be open November 7. On the 9th, the balloons will be simultaneously released into the air to music provided by the Staatskapelle orchestra.

MVRDV Selected to Design “Hafenspitze” Office Towers in Mainz


MVRDV, together with Munich-based morePlatz, have been selected among seven teams in an international competition to design two office buildings in , . The five- and eleven-story “Hafenspitze” structures are expected to spearhead the transformation of the former Zollhafen industrial harbor, which plans to become a new mixed-use city quarter over the coming decades.

More about the towers’ design, after the break.

Video: Jan Wurm and Lukas Verlage Discuss Arup’s “Solarleaf”

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In this video from Zumtobel Group, Jan Wurm of Arup Deutschland GmbH and Lukas Verlage, CEO of Colt International GmbH, discuss the unique technological developments in “Solarleaf,” which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Applied Innovations category. In addition to functioning as an effective shading system, this façade system uses solar panels to produce energy from algae to provide a new source of sustainable energy.

Kleinerdrei / PARAT

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Architects: PARAT
Location: Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 Hamburg,
Corporate Identity: Carolin Rauen
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: mfruscella & dmanduzio