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: Weinheim,
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…

AD Classics: Weissenhof-Siedlung Houses 14 and 15 / Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

© Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com

The two-family structure known as Houses 14 and 15, designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in 1927, is one of the earliest built manifestations of the Five Points of a New Architecture.  Located on the outskirts of Stuttgart, the attached dwellings were part of the Weissenhof-Siedlung (Weissenhof Estate), an experimental housing development and exposition of Modern architecture.  A progressive precedent for the emerging International Style’s work in Stuttgart serves as a critical prototype in the development and realization of the Swiss architect’s architectural identity, which would revolutionize 20th century architecture.

J. Mayer H. Designs Interactive Playscape for Children

© Uwe Walter for Autostadt

An expansion to their permanent Level Green exhibition at Volkswagen Autostadt visitor’s center in Wolfsburg, J. MAYER H. has completed a “playful learning landscape”  of inhabitable solid wood sculptures that allow children to explore various aspects of sustainability. From the “issue of mobility” to cooking courses, the “MobiVersum” is designed to challenge children’s motor skills and imagination. 

Neubau Parkhaus SMA / HHS Planer + Architekten AG

© Constantin Meyer

Architects: HHS Planer + Architekten AG
Location: ,
Area: 14753.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Constantin Meyer

Consolidated Urbanism by Labor4plus Wins Lake Zwenkau Planning Competition

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The winning entry of the Northern Shore Lake Zwenkau competition, which challenged select firms to introduce “holiday villages” and recreational activities to a small lake twenty minutes outside of LeipzigGermanywas proposed by Labor4plus. Dubbed “Yearning Spaces,” the proposal envisions a Western harbor village that concentrates recreational activity along the northern coast of Lake Zenkau and connects to eastwardly located “hermit huts” via hiking trails paralleling the shore.

Community Centre Lohfelden / HHS Planer + Architekten AG

© Constantin Meyer

Architects: HHS Planer + Architekten AG
Location: ,
Area: 425.0 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: Constantin Meyer

House I / Stephan Maria Lang

© Hans Kreye

Architects: Stephan Maria Lang
Location: ,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hans Kreye

Bahnhofplatz Aachen / HH+F Architekten Hentrup Heyes + Fuhrmann

Courtesy of HH+F Architekten Hentrup Heyes + Fuhrmann

Architects: HH+F Architekten Hentrup Heyes + Fuhrmann
Location: Bahnhofplatz, 52064 ,
Area: 8400.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of HH+F Architekten Hentrup Heyes + Fuhrmann, Jörg Hempel Photodesign, Kai Kasugai

House K / Stephan Maria Lang

© Hans Kreye

Architects: Stephan Maria Lang
Location: , Germany
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hans Kreye, Sebastian Kolm

Psychiatric Centre Friedrichshafen / Huber Staudt Architekten

© Werner Huthmacher

Architects: Huber Staudt Architekten
Location: Friedrichshafen,
Design Team: Julian Arons, Magdalena Falska, António Henriques, Christian Huber, Leander Moons, Jördis Petzold, Joachim Staudt, Sofia Theodorou
Area: 3,274 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt / Huber Staudt Architekten

© Werner Hutmacher

Architects: Huber Staudt Architekten
Location: Abbestraße 2, , Germany
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 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

© Nikolas Koenig

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

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

Visualization. Image © / bloomimages

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 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

Courtesy of J. Mayer H.

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.