Designers: University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Area: 29 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ICD-ITKE
Our friends from UNStudio shared their latest completed residential project, a villa nestled on the outskirts of Stuttgart that offers amazing vistas over country vineyards which are juxtaposed with cityscape panoramas. The sinuous curves of Haus am Weinberg are governed by the idea of creating a “twist” which organizes the programmatic flow of the residence. Ben van Berkel explained, “The Haus am Weinberg adopts a stereovisual spatial effect, acting almost as an optical instrument, whereby not a parallax view, but a parallax experience is created. Moments of parity with the surrounding landscape from inside the house form a constant experiential connection and awareness of its immediate context.”
More after the break, including a great photography set by Iwan Baan.
Henning Larsen Architects just won the competition for a new research building for the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart. The Center is one of Germany’s leading research institutions and conducts research on renewable energy. Carefully integrated into the surrounding context, the building features various heights that relate to the city and adjacent buildings. The building will create a new, distinctive entrance to Stuttgarter Engineering Park and provide an insight into the ongoing research. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Taking place October 10-12 at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, the “Beyond Green! – Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future” symposium focuses on how tall buildings be designed, built and maintained in a sustainable fashion. The keynote lectures will be held by Christoph Ingenhoven and Helmut Jahn_Murphy/Jahn. The sessions are dedicated to urban development and economy, ecology, planning and realization, structure and skin and building services. More information after the break.
Completed July 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany, the winners of the 72 Hour Urban Action competition were recently announced. With only three days and nights to design and build interventions in public space, 120 creative people, working in 10 international teams stormed sites along the Wagenhallen area and Nordbahnhof street in the center of the city, where the much debated redevelopment plan of Stuttgart 21 has its most immediate and significant effect. The first prize went to team TÜFTLER, for creating a non-judgemental courtyard in response to their Toy Parking mission. More images and information on the winning teams after the break.
Focusing on the relationship between tall buildings and sustainability, the ‘Beyond Green! – Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future’ international symposium will take place October 10-12 at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Due to urbanization and land being a fixed commodity, metropolitan areas become denser and can only respond with the typology of tall buildings to satisfy the demand for space. However, with respect to the provision of infrastructure, use of energy, shortage of resources and the demand for ecological compatibility there is the inevitable need to design green and sustainable cities. This seemingly contradicts the typology of tall buildings. The aim of the symposium, hosted by the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design at the university, is to evaluate and investigate in detail the green and sustainable credentials of tall buildings regarding their economy, ecology and functionality. More information on the event after the break.
72 Hour Urban Action, the world’s first real-time architecture competition, gives selected teams only three days & three nights to design and build interventions in public space in response to local needs. The competition will be the kick-off of a series of major urban interventions around Stuttgart 21, site of the largest urban redevelopment in Europe and the center of a heated 30-year-old public debate. The competition is defined by an extreme deadline, a tight budget and limited space and will challenge participants to rapidly leave a lasting impact on the city’s urban fabric.
They will be battling the clock, the restrictive conditions and each other to dream and realize projects in response to the spatial and social challenges the sites and missions offer. The international teams will include residents, architects, designers, artists, craftspeople, students and generally nice people. Teams will come to Stuttgart armed with a passion for action, and ready to give their time and expertise to help with community needs. For more information, please visit here.
Architects: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Project Team: Institute for Computational Design – Prof. AA Dipl.(Hons) Achim Menges Achim Menges, Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, Competence Network Biomimetics Baden-Württemberg
Planning and Realisation: Peter Brachat, Benjamin Busch, Solmaz Fahimian, Christin Gegenheimer, Nicola Haberbosch, Elias Kästle, Oliver David Krieg, Yong Sung Kwon, Boyan Mihaylov, Hongmei Zhai
Concept and Project Development: Oliver David Krieg, Boyan Mihaylov
Scientific Development: Markus Gabler (project management), Riccardo La Magna (structural design), Steffen Reichert (detailing), Tobias Schwinn (project management), Frédéric Waimer (structural design)
Surface: 72 sqm
Material: 275 sqm Birch plywood 6,5mm Sheet thickness
Project Year: August 2011
Photographs: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
The opening ceremony for the new Stuttgart City Library by Yi Architects was on October 21, 2011. After winning a competition for the project in 1999, the new library for Stuttgart in southern Germany has finally been unveiled. Yi Architects have shared with us the drawings and images of the project. Follow us after the break.
Architect: Yi Architects
Opening Ceremony: October 21, 2011
Plot Area: 3 201 m²
Total Cost: € 79.0 million
Architect: Kauffmann Theilig & Partner
Location: Obere Weinsteige 9, 70597 Stuttgart-Degerloch, Germany
Owner: Stuttgarter Jugendhaus gGmbH
Design and Planning: Kauffmann Theilig & Partner, Freie Architekten BDA, Ost-fildern
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Roland Halbe
This en-route experience, a three city touring seminar on digital fabrication, draws a diverse group of design participants from afar for a full schedule of exchanges with leading practitioners, practices, fabrication labs… all while exposed to European transit infrastructure: trains planes & even a few mountain roads.
LaN Flight EUROPE marks LaN’s fifth initiative on-the-fly and their first in EUROPE. LaN is looking to attract a geographically diverse group of students & professionals with various design backgrounds. LaN FLIGHT 2011 EU is co-piloted by LaN Monika Wittig & Co-de-iT Andrea Graziano. The cities on the tour include Innsbruck, Stuttgart and Barcelona. For more details on the event, visit their website here.
Most design and building processes relay on pre-determination and accuracy, plus an efficient coordination of data input leading to a physical realization representing previously conceived ideas as closely as possible. Parametric and generative design add an extra element of “objective” formulae playing role of legitimizations of designer’s intentional design, while the choice of data pools, algorithms or auto-generative formulae is in fact another intentional element.
Wolfgang Roth Architekten’s new kindergarten building in Stuttgart, which houses space for the children and staff, features a prefabricated wood façade with light filled interiors to promote learning. In an attempt to bring the children closer to the exterior, the classrooms were designed around internal courtyards. Plus, each of the three larger classrooms have full glazing to flood the rooms with light, and allow the children to see the surroundings. The vertical slating on the exterior creates a more permeable division, giving the overall building a lighter aesthetic.
More images after the break.