Consolidated Urbanism by Labor4plus Wins Lake Zwenkau Planning Competition

Courtesy of Labor4plus

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.

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.

Wilhelm-leuschner-Platz station / Max Dudler

© Stefan Müller

Architects: Max Dudler
Location: Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz, Leipzig,
Architect In Charge:
Developers: Deutsche Bahn AG
together, Free State of Saxony
Area: 5,678 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stefan Müller

ACME Wins SAB Design Competition in Germany


ACME has won an international competition for the design of the new headquarters of the Sächsische AufbauBank in , Germany. Chosen from submissions by 20 architectural practices (including Zaha Hadid and Sauerbruch Hutton), ACME’s design was referred to by the jury as “an innovative and [...] a visionary solution, which is manifested in a striking, distinctive appearance. Especially noteworthy is the symbiotic unity of building and open space design.” 

Leipzig Freedom and Unity Memorial Competition Entry / Mateo Arquitectura

Courtesy of Mateo Arquitectura

Designed by Mateo Arquitectura, the purpose of the Freedom and Unity Memorial is to commemorate the “Peaceful Revolution” of 1989 that made a decisive place for the fall of the wall with the construction of this monument. The memory they aim to commemorate is that of a peaceful mass change, with no hierarchies, that we see in historic photos as points of light, changing like a surging sea. Formally and conceptually, the architects decided that their intervention here should address surface rather than volume; it should be horizontal rather than vertical. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Library and Media Centre / Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten

© Christian Richters

Architects: Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten
Location: Leipzig,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 8,000 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters