What’s Behind Europe’s Grandiose Rebuilding?

Dresden’s Baroque Frauenkirche was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, only to be revived in the same form in 2005

Is there a growing nostalgia pervading attitudes to civic architecture in Europe? From Berlin’s new Royal Palace on the River Spree to ’s rekindled fascination with their Ottoman heritage, architecture is becoming the medium of choice for exploring a city’s roots and a people’s past. In this post originally published by TheLong+Short, Feargus O’Sullivan investigates how many governments and developers have decided that the way to future lies in looking backwards.

Reading about Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in the German press, you’d be forgiven for thinking the building was in Leipzig, not the Middle East. “The tallest building in the world is so German,” said Der Spiegel when the tower opened in 2010. “The Burj Khalifa is an Ossi!” shouted Bild, using the common nickname for East Germans. The headlines were partly right: when East Germany’s old parliament building, the Palace of the Republic in Berlin, was demolished in 2006, several thousand tonnes of steel girders were stripped from its carcass and shipped to the Gulf for use in the construction of Burj Khalifa.

Markafoni.com Headquarters / Habif Architecture

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Architects: Habif Architecture
Location: İstanbul,
Design Team: Hakan Habif, Cagri Kaan Cetin
Area: 3500.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

NITA’s “Antalya Tower” to be Built in Turkey

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Construction is due to commence later this year on “ Tower,” the winning entry of “The Expo 2016 Tower” competition. Situated on Antalya on Turkey’s southwest coast, the tower was designed by local firm NITA (Nitelikli Tasarımlar Atölyesi), and will cater for the city’s 10 million annual visitors. The completion of the tower will coincide with the “World Botanic Expo 2016,” to be held in Antalya and marking Turkey’s first international Expo.

Open Courts Sports Complex / BKA-Bahadır Kul Architects

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Architects: BKA-Bahadır Kul Architects
Location: /Kayseri Province,
Area: 1952.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ket Kolektif

Open Call: Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition

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CTRL+SPACE has launched its Istanbul Community Market Ideas . Seeking designs from students and professionals (developed individually or in teams of four or less), the competition challenges participants to create a site-specific, multi-functional market with a strong public element. Submissions are welcomed now until June 27 and winners will be announced on July 17, 2015. Three winning designs will receive monetary prizes from 500€ to 3500€, and five merit award recipients will also be selected. For more details or to register, visit ctrl-space.net.

Selcuk Ecza Headquarters / Tabanlıoğlu Architects

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Architects: Tabanlıoğlu Architects
Location: İstanbul,
Architects In Charge: Murat Tabanlıoğlu & Melkan Gürsel Tabanlıoğlu
Area: 22900.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Sisli City Hall / Boran Ekinci Mimarlik + Hakan Dalokay Mimarlik

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Architects: Boran Ekinci Mimarlik , Hakan Dalokay Mimarlik
Location: /, Turkey
Area: 26317.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cemal Emden

TAC-SEV New Campus / Erginoğlu&Çalışlar

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Architects: Erginoğlu&Çalışlar
Location: /Mersin,
Design Team: İ. Kerem Erginoğlu,Hasan C. Çalışlar, Arın Tanrıkulu, Onat Över, Ayça Taylan, Sezen Bilge, Zeynep Şankaynağı, Yasemin Hacıkura, Işık Süngü, Emre Cestel
Area: 9399.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cemal Emden

NEF Primary School / CINICI Architects

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Architects: CINICI Architects
Location: İstanbul,
Architect In Charge: Can Cinici
Area: 7284.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Savoy Ulus / Autoban

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Architects: Autoban
Location: İstanbul,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Ghetti

NoXX Apartment / CM Architecture

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Location: Kuloğlu Mh., 34250 Beyoğlu/İstanbul,
Architect In Charge: Cem Sorguc, Sezin Ergene, Elvan Cakıt, Tolga Yaglı, Amina Rezoug, Deniz Gezgin
Area: 128.0 sqm
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Arkadia / IND

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Architects: IND [Inter.National.Design]
Architect In Charge: Arman Akdogan, Felix Madrazo, Alejandro Gonzalez Perez, Giorgio Renzi
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Alda

LA Winery / Kreatif Architects

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Architects: Kreatif Architects
Location: 35860 /İzmir,
Design Team: Aydan Volkan, Selim Cengic, Gorkem Volkan, Evren Yildirim, Ayse Akbas
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Mi’Costa Hotel Residences / Uras X Dilekci Architects

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Architects: Dilekci Architects
Location: Boyalık Mh., Boyalık Muhtarlığı, 35937 Çeşme/İzmir,
Architect In Charge: Durmus Dilekci
Area: 10085.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Özgür Arı

Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam / Cafer Bozkurt Architecture


Architects: Cafer Bozkurt Architecture
Location: Tophane, 34200 Beyoğlu/İstanbul,
Project Team: Sibel OZKARS, Architect, Defne BOZKURT, Architect, Archaeologist, Hasan YIRMIBESOGLU, Architect, Vedat KAYA, Draughtsman
Area: 935.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Cengiz KARLIOVA, Ahmet ERTUG, Oguz MERIC, Ergin IREN, Sibel OZKARS

Piri Reis Maritime University / Kreatif Architects

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Architects: Kreatif Architects
Location: Piri Reis Üniversitesi, 34940 Tuzla/istanbul/İstanbul,
Architectural Design: Kreatif Mimarlik
Design Team: Aydan Volkan, Selim Cengic, Onur Arat, Aysegul Kapisiz, Nihat Kalfazade, Ufuk Berberoglu, Erhan Ilicali
Area: 60000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak, Cemal Emden, Yercekim Photography-Orhan Kolukisa

Konya City Stadium / Bahadır Kul Architects

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Architects: Bahadır Kul Architects
Location: Konya Province,
Area: 90000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ket Kolektif, Konya Metropolitan Municipality

Maxx Royal Kemer Hotel / Baraka Architects

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Architects: Baraka Architects
Location: 07980 Kemer,
Area: 100000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Baraka Architects