Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism

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Being such a recent movement in the international architectural discourse, the reach and significance of post-modernism can sometimes go unnoticed. In this selection, chosen by Adam Nathaniel Furman, the “incredibly rich, extensive and complex ecosystem of projects that have grown out of the initial explosion of from the 1960s to the early 1990s” are placed side by side for our delight.

From mosques that imagine an idyllic past, via Walt Disney’s Aladdin from the 1990s, to a theatre in Moscow that turns its façade into a constructivist collage of classical scenes, “there are categories in post-modernism to be discovered, and tactics to be learned.” These projects trace forms of complex stylistic figuration, from the high years of academic postmodernism, to the more popular of its forms that spread like wildfire in the latter part of the 20th century.

House B10 / Werner Sobek Group

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Architects: Werner Sobek Group
Location: Bruckmannweg 10, 70191 Stuttgart,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Office Building / Blocher Blocher Partners

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Architects: Blocher Blocher Partners
Location: Herdweg 19, 70174 ,
Area: 3300.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners

Suppakids / ROK

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Architects: ROK
Location: Paulinenstraße 44, 70178 ,
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Daniel Stauch Photography

Chamber of Industry and Commerce / Wulf Architekten

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

Great Ape House / Hascher Jehle Architektur

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Architects: Hascher Jehle Architektur
Location: Stuttgart,
Design Team: Johannes Raible, Moritz Müller-Werther
Area: 3154.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Svenja Bockhop, Hugo Jehle

Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall / ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart

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Architects: ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart
Location: University of Stuttgart, Keplerstraße 7, 70174 Stuttgart,
Design Team: A. Menges, Tobias Schwinn, Oliver David Krieg, J. Knippers, Jian‐Min Li, Volker Schwieger, Annette Schmitt, Reinhold Müller, Benjamin Eisele, Alois Buchstab, Frank Zimmermann, Sebastian Schreiber, Frauke Brieger, Karl‐Eugen Ebertshäuser, Sabine Rieger
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart, James Nebelsick, Roland Halbe

ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

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Architects: ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart
Location: Keplerstraße 11, , 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
Institute For Computational Design : Institute for Computational Design – Prof. Achim Menges Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – Prof. Jan Knippers
Institute Of Building Structures And Structural Design : Prof. Jan Knippers
Research Development And Project Management: Moritz Dörstelmann, Vassilios Kirtzakis, Stefana Parascho, Marshall Prado, Tobias Schwinn
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

SU House / Alexander Brenner Architects

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Architects: Alexander Brenner Architects
Location: Stuttgart,
Area: 640.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Zooey Braun

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

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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.

Vista House / Alexander Brenner Architects

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Architects: Alexander Brenner Architects
Location: Stuttgart,
Area: 196 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Zooey Braun

MRQT Boutique / ROK

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Architects: ROK
Location: ,
Area: 60 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daniel Stauch

Headquarters Siegle + Epple / Spacial Solutions

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Architects: Spacial Solutions
Location: Stuttgart-Weilimdorf, Stuttgart,
Collaborating Architects: Architekturagentur
Area: 3,530 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Dirk Altenkirch

Citizen and Media Centre Winning Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects

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Forming a distinctive entrance to the listed Baden-Wurttemberg parliament building, the design for the Citizen and Media Centre by Henning Larsen Architects recently won the first prize in the competition. The new entrance is shaped like a large amphitheatre, sunk in the ground to attract its 65,000 visitors a year. The round shape also creates an agora in the center, ideal for political meetings and public cultural events alike. More images and architects’ description after the break.

University Building for Technical Faculty Winning Proposal / 3XN

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3XN just won the first prize in the international competition for their design of the new building for the technical faculty of the German university Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW). With their vision to create an open, inspiring and social learning environment, the building is to be a lighthouse project for academic learning – an innovative and productive learning environment in which students, teachers and industry representatives can meet. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Headquarters schlaich bergermann und partner / Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH

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Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH
Location: Schwabstraße 43, 70197 ,
Design Team: Peter Ippolito, Gunter Fleitz, Tilla Goldberg, Christian Kirschenmann, Jakub Pakula, Stefanie Maurer, Sherief Sabet, Markus Schmidt, Daniela Schröder
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Ols House / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: , Germany
Architect In Charge: AB Wiesler, Michael Gruber, Stuttgart
Design Team: Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Sebastian Finckh, Paul Angelier, Hugo Reis, Julian Blümle
Area: 488 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: David Franck

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion / University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

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Designers: University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Location: Stuttgart,
Area: 29 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of ICD-ITKE