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Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Finally Gets Opening Date

14:10 - 20 July, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Finally Gets Opening Date, © Maxim Schulz
© Maxim Schulz

After years of waiting, Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany, finally has been given an opening date. The building will open its doors to the public with grand opening concerts by NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra on January 11 and 12, 2017, followed by a three-week festival featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin-based band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The soaring glass structure, constructed on top of a historic warehouse along the River Elbe, was first envisioned in 2003, but rising costs and legal issues with the contractor led the project to be put on hold.

© Maxim Schulz © Thies Rätzke © Maxim Schulz © Maxim Schulz +19

Joachim Herz Foundation / Kitzmann Architekten

05:00 - 10 June, 2016
Joachim Herz Foundation  / Kitzmann Architekten, © Kitzmann Architekten With Heiner Leiska
© Kitzmann Architekten With Heiner Leiska

© Kitzmann Architekten With Heiner Leiska © Kitzmann Architekten With Heiner Leiska © Kitzmann Architekten With Heiner Leiska © Kitzmann Architekten With Heiner Leiska +33

Kinderkrippe Nursery School / KRAUS SCHÖNBERG ARCHITEKTEN

03:00 - 4 May, 2016
Kinderkrippe Nursery School / KRAUS SCHÖNBERG ARCHITEKTEN, © Hagen Stier
© Hagen Stier

© Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier +19

District School in Bergedorf / blauraum Architekten

02:00 - 25 January, 2016
District School in Bergedorf / blauraum Architekten, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ladenbeker Weg, 21033 Hamburg, Germany
  • Design Team

    assmann beraten, planen GmbH
  • Area

    4543.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +16

Residential and Office Building / blauraum Architekten

05:00 - 16 January, 2016
Residential and Office Building / blauraum Architekten , © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hoheluftchaussee, Hamburg, Germany
  • Team

    assmann beraten+planen GmbH, Hamburg; HHP Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH, Hamburg; TGA Ingenieurbüro Ridder&Prigge, Hamburg
  • Area

    2123.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Martin Lukas Kim © Martin Lukas Kim +20

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science CFEL / Hammeskrause Architects

05:00 - 14 January, 2016
© Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hamburg, Germany
  • Design Team

    Markus Hammes, Jürgen Naverschnigg, Rainer Jöst, Andreas Kost-Steinbach, Samuel Vormschlag, Titus Giefers, Thomas Großmann
  • Area

    8400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Werner Huthmacher © Ralf Brunner © Ralf Brunner © Werner Huthmacher +12

Hamburg Hybrid Housing Competition Announces Winners

08:00 - 19 December, 2015
Hamburg Hybrid Housing Competition Announces Winners, “We are here to stay” by Gabriele Filippi from Genova, Italy. Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space
“We are here to stay” by Gabriele Filippi from Genova, Italy. Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space

Ctrl+Space has announced the winners of their Hamburg Hybrid Housing Competition, which prompted participants to design a mixed-use residential building in the St. Pauli neighbourhood of Hamburg, Germany. Entries were expected to reflect on the typology of the mixed-use building, exploring the set of relationships present with the city, the public, the time of day and the different programmatic areas. See the three winners after the break.

Why NL Architects + BeL's Winning Proposal for Hamburg's St. Pauli Won't Win You Over With Glossy Renders

09:30 - 8 November, 2015
Why NL Architects + BeL's Winning Proposal for Hamburg's St. Pauli Won't Win You Over With Glossy Renders, Courtesy of NL Architects
Courtesy of NL Architects

After the Bolsheviks secured power in Russia in the late 1910s and eventually created the Soviet Union in 1922, one of the first orders of business was a new campaign, Novyi bit (new everyday life), which sought to advance many of the most hallowed causes of their newly minted socialism. The initiative’s great success came from the bold designs of Constructivist artists such as Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Lyubov Popova. Using a high-contrast visual language and a combination of words and symbols, the graphics were arresting and comprehensible in a post-tsarist country that was largely illiterate, and became some of the most recognizable examples of twentieth century graphics and political propaganda.

It's hard not to see the connection between the styles of the Constructivists and the unusual graphics created by NL Architects in association with BeL (Bernhardt und Leeser) Sozietät für Architektur BDA for their competition-winning proposal for Hamburg’s St. Pauli neighborhood, consisting of an urban plan of housing and other amenities at the former site of Esso Häuser on the Spielbudenplatz. And, while this stylistic connection may not have been intentionally drawn by the architects - the inspiration for the graphics is not mentioned in the four-page project description - it is oddly appropriate for this particular development.

Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects +21

Architecture Pavilion / gmp Architekten

02:00 - 3 August, 2015
Architecture Pavilion / gmp Architekten, © Hans-Georg Esch
© Hans-Georg Esch

© Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch +13

Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village

04:15 - 31 July, 2015
Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village, Etiquette and politeness in the city. Image © Thilo Hilberer
Etiquette and politeness in the city. Image © Thilo Hilberer

For this week's edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the Monocle team take a trip to the near-complete Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, plus take a look at the history of the US Embassy in Havanna. The latest edition of The Urbanist explores etiquette and politeness in the metropolis, examining the unspoken rules of conduct that make our cities tick and delve into the psychology of 'urban etiquette'.

Listen to both episodes after the break.

Quarter of Nations / Gerber Architekten

05:00 - 24 May, 2015
Quarter of Nations / Gerber Architekten, © HG Esch
© HG Esch

© HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch +19

Office Mindmatters / PARAT

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Office Mindmatters  / PARAT, © Andreas Meichsner
© Andreas Meichsner

© Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner © Andreas Meichsner +11

Beiersdorf Children’s Day Care Centre / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Beiersdorf Children’s Day Care Centre / Kadawittfeldarchitektur, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +16

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

00:00 - 15 October, 2014

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

01:00 - 11 October, 2014
Kleinerdrei / PARAT, © mfruscella & dmanduzio
© mfruscella & dmanduzio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 Hamburg, Germany
  • Corporate Identity

    Carolin Rauen
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© mfruscella & dmanduzio © mfruscella & dmanduzio © mfruscella & dmanduzio © mfruscella & dmanduzio +14

Arup's Latest Solar Panels Produce Energy From Algae

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
A view behind the BIQ House Solarleaf panels.  Image via GOOD. Image
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. Developed in collaboration with SSC Strategic Science Consult GmbH and Colt International GmbH, 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. 

Gerstäckerstreet / KBNK

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
© Carsten Brügmann
© Carsten Brügmann
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gerstäckerstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg, Germany
  • Area

    6450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Carsten Brügmann © Carsten Brügmann © Carsten Brügmann © Carsten Brügmann +10

Superbude 2 / Dreimeta

01:00 - 6 February, 2014
Superbude 2 / Dreimeta, © Steve Herud
© Steve Herud
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hamburg, Germany
  • Collaborators

    Judy Hänel, Andrea Kraft, Britta Kleweken
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Steve Herud © Steve Herud © Steve Herud © Steve Herud +25