Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt / Huber Staudt Architekten

© Werner Hutmacher

Architects: Huber Staudt Architekten
Location: Abbestraße 2, Berlin,
Design Team: Julian Arons , Alexandra Barre, Magdalena Falska , António Henriques , Christian Huber, Sebastian Kroeker , Leander Moons , Anna Naumann, Natalia Novoa Vidal, Jördis Petzold, Tobias Shepherd , the Wolfgang Staudt, Joachim Staudt, Jörg weighting
Area: 1,759 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Werner Hutmacher

Berlin Wall Memorials Prove Controversial, Fall Behind Schedule

The design for the Leipzig Memorial, by Marc Weiss and Martin de Mattia. Image © M+M / ANNABAU

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall this autumn, Germany planned two memorials, one in Berlin and one in Leipzig. However, as Der Spiegel reports, not only are they almost certainly not going to be complete in time for the anniversary, they have both proven highly controversial with the local people. Will these designs turn out to be monuments to German reunification, or just monumental failures? Read the article on Der Spiegel to find out more.

Generator Berlin Mitte / Ester Bruzkus + DesignAgency

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Architects: Ester Bruzkus + DesignAgency
Location: Oranienburger Straße 65, Berlin, Germany
Area: 5,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig

Barkow Leibinger Win Competition For Berlin’s Tallest High-Rise

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Berlin’s Barkow Leibinger has won an invited competition to design a new hotel tower and conference centre as part of ’s largest hotel complex, the Estrel. Establishing a new gateway to the center of Berlin from Schönefeld International Airport, the tower will stand at 175 meters (578 feet) making it the tallest high-rise in Berlin to date. Located on the Sonnenalle at the intersection of the Ship Canal, S-Bahn and Autobahn, the site acts as a threshold between the heterogeneous industrial and residential periphery of the city and the historical neighborhoods of Neukölln

GRAFT Wins Competition to Restore and Extend Youth Hostel in Munich

Room. Image Courtesy of GRAFT Architects

GRAFT Architects have won an invited competition to restore and extend one of ’s oldest youth hostels in central , Germany. 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

© Anja Büchner

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

Water Sports Centre / Oliver Mang Architekten

© Kai Bienert

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

Haus Neufert / Gatermann + Schossig

© Jens Willebrand

Architects: Gatermann + Schossig
Location: Cologne,
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

Robert Slinger, a founding partner of 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, ,
Area: 7,200 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: H.G. Esch

Capricorn House Medienhafen Düsseldorf / Gatermann + Schossig

© Rainer Rehfeld

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

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

© Jann Averweser

Architects: Buero Wagner
Location: Buttermelcherstraße 9, 80469 Munich,
Design Team: F. Wagner,
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, ,
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

© Jens Kirchner

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 Hombroich, 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.”