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Here's What the Alphabet Looks Like When Converted into Baroque Palace Designs

09:30 - 22 February, 2018
Here's What the Alphabet Looks Like When Converted into Baroque Palace Designs, via Google Books (public domain)
via Google Books (public domain)

Johann David Steingruber was a German architect and designer with over 100 buildings to his name, including many churches, town halls, school buildings and even breweries. However, perhaps what he is best known for today are the intricate illustrations of his 1773 Architectural Alphabet, in which he converted the alphabet into plans for a series of eccentric baroque palaces.

This Medieval Town is Built Inside a Crater and Composed of Millions of Diamonds

16:00 - 18 February, 2018
This Medieval Town is Built Inside a Crater and Composed of Millions of Diamonds, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/120282578@N03/13137177895/'>Flickr user Laurent Bernier</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
© Flickr user Laurent Bernier licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

From the greystone of Montreal to the limestone of Jerusalem, every city has its own iconic identity read through the city’s urban fabric. Scanning the architecture of the 1,110-year-old German town of Nördlingen, the timber frame homes, red pitched roofs, and winding streets appear identical in almost every regard to many quaint medieval communities populating the European countryside. 

Dorte Mandrup Wins Competition to Construct Heritage Center Atop a WWII Bunker 

06:00 - 14 February, 2018
Dorte Mandrup Wins Competition to Construct Heritage Center Atop a WWII Bunker , © Mir
© Mir

Danish firm Dorte Mandrup A/S has been announced as the winners of a competition to design the new Trilateral Wadden Sea World Heritage Partnership Center on a historic UNESCO naval site in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Selected from 14 entries, the firm’s winning proposal will seemingly float atop an existing World War II bunker and house the offices of a joint Danish, German and Netherlandish corporation working to protect the Wadden Sea area.

DAM Selects Visionary Frankfurt Housing Project as Germany's Best Building for 2018

14:00 - 26 January, 2018
DAM Selects Visionary Frankfurt Housing Project as Germany's Best Building for 2018, WINNER: wagnisART Residential Housing Project, Munich / bogevischs buero and SHAG Schindler Hable Architekten. Image © Julia Knop
WINNER: wagnisART Residential Housing Project, Munich / bogevischs buero and SHAG Schindler Hable Architekten. Image © Julia Knop

The 2018 DAM Preis for the best building in Germany has been been awarded to bogevischs buero and SHAG Schindler Hable Architekten for their visionary residential housing project wagnisART in Munich. Selected from a list of 4 finalists, the project was lauded by the jury for setting new “social, architectural, and urban planning standards” in becoming a model for future residential housing projects in Germany.

Spotlight: Gottfried Böhm

06:00 - 23 January, 2018
Spotlight: Gottfried Böhm, Neviges Mariendom. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Neviges Mariendom. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

The career of Gottfried Böhm (born January 23, 1920) spans from simple to complex and from sacred to secular, but has always maintained a commitment to understanding its surroundings. In 1986, Böhm was awarded the eighth Pritzker Prize for what the jury described as his "uncanny and exhilarating marriage" of architectural elements from past and present. Böhm's unique use of materials, as well as his rejection of historical emulation, have made him an influential force in Germany and abroad.

Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018

08:00 - 26 December, 2017
Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

The new year is almost here, and Richard Meier & Partners has four international projects that will be coming to fruition. These new multi-use building designs play with light, transparency, and volume as well as respond to their varying urban context. 

MVRDV Clad Flexible, Mixed-Use Munich Building in Giant German Slang Words

12:00 - 22 November, 2017
MVRDV Clad Flexible, Mixed-Use Munich Building in Giant German Slang Words, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has unveiled the design of an adaptable building to be located at the center of Munich’s Knödelplatz square adorned with 5-meter-tall (16-foot-tall) German internet slang words as a homage to the neighborhood’s graffiti culture. To be known as WERK12, the building will house flexible entertainment, restaurants, office space and a multi-story fitness center within a highly transparent envelope, allowing the building to become a vertical extension of the plaza.

Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte Beats Out 30 Top Firms in Munich Concert Hall Competition

15:30 - 2 November, 2017
Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte Beats Out 30 Top Firms in Munich Concert Hall Competition, Courtesy of Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten
Courtesy of Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten

The Austrian firm Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of a signature new concert hall in Munich, Germany, beating out proposals from 30 of the world’s most notable architecture practices.

Inexpensive, Easy-to-Build Gridshell Pavilion Uses Air-Filled Cushions for Construction

08:30 - 22 October, 2017
Inexpensive, Easy-to-Build Gridshell Pavilion Uses Air-Filled Cushions for Construction, © Jirka Jansch
© Jirka Jansch

SheltAir, a pavilion developed and designed by Gregory Quinn as part of his doctoral thesis at the Berlin University of the Arts is, as its name suggests, a shelter constructed with the help of air: a meticulously devised system comprising an elastic gridshell and pneumatic falsework in the form of air-filled cushions.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Reveal Design of the New Montblanc Museum in Hamburg

16:00 - 11 October, 2017
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Reveal Design of the New Montblanc Museum in Hamburg, Montblanc Haus. Exterior view. Image © Nieto Sobejano
Montblanc Haus. Exterior view. Image © Nieto Sobejano

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has revealed the design of Montblanc Haus, a new museum, visitor center and event space in Hamburg, Germany dedicated to the "art of writing" and the finely-detailed craftsmanship of Montblanc products. The 
Spanish firm was selected as the winner of an international competition ahead of top teams including Snohetta (Norway), John Pawson (UK), wHY (USA) and Noé Duchaufour (France).

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