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'Bambooline Berlin' / Peter Ruge Architekten

07:00 - 27 June, 2012
Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten
Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten

Designed by Peter Ruge Architekten, the ‘Bambooline Berlin’ project, exhibited at Gallery DEN in Berline, explores the city’s urban development and proposes a new approach for the temporary, interim use of sustainable urban wasteland. This new, imaginary band complements the historically developed lines of the Berlin cityscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

JOH 3 / J. Mayer H. Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2012
JOH 3 / J. Mayer H. Architects, © Ludger Paffrath
© Ludger Paffrath

© Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Category

  • Project Architect

    Hans Schneider
  • Project Team

    Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Wilko Hoffmann, Filipa Frois Almeida
  • Competition Team

    Juergen Mayer H., Thorsten Blatter, Marcus Blum
  • Architect on Site

    Architekturbuero Wiesler, Stuttgart with Thomas Quinten Projektmanagement, Berlin
  • Structural Engineers

    EiSat GmbH, Berlin
  • Client

    Euroboden Berlin GmbH
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

'Follow Me: Berlin's Airport' Conference

04:00 - 10 May, 2012
© Philip Winkelmeyer
© Philip Winkelmeyer

Hosted by Topos Magazine, the ‘Follow Me: Berlin’s Airport’ Conference will be taking place in the disused buildings of Tempelhof Airport on June 5. A number of prominent European Architects, Urban Designers & Landscape Architects will be giving lectures / presentations on the re-appropriation of redundant airports. What role will this new airport on the fringes of Berlin play in the development of the city into the future? What will become of Tempelhof, Tegel & Gatow? The Topos Landscape Award will also be presented. Tours of Tempelhof will be offered on the following day. For more detailed information on the event, please visit here.

The Next Silicon Valley(s)

10:30 - 7 May, 2012
AOL Offices in Palo Alto © Jasper Sanidad
AOL Offices in Palo Alto © Jasper Sanidad

HP, Apple, Google – they all found their success amongst the peach groves and Suburban houses of California. But why? What is it about Silicon Valley that makes it the site of technological innovation the world over?

It’s tempting to assume that the Valley’s success must be, at least in part, due to its design. But how does innovation prosper? What kind of environment does it require? In a recent interview with The Atlantic Cities, Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, suggests that creativity is sparked from casual exchanges, the mingling of diversity, the constant interaction with the strange and new. In short, and as a recent study corroborates, innovation flourishes in dense metropolises.

Seemingly then, Silicon Valley, a sprawl of highways and office parks, has become a hotspot of creativity in spite of its design. But let’s not write off design just yet.

As technology makes location more and more irrelevant, many are looking to distill the magic of Silicon Valley and transplant it elsewhere. The key will be to design environments that can recreate the Valley’s culture of collaboration. The future Valleys of the world will be microsystems of creativity that imitate and utilize the structure of the city.

Renovation of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie / David Chipperfield

07:00 - 12 April, 2012
© Gerhard Murza/Bpk via Bloomberg
© Gerhard Murza/Bpk via Bloomberg

A powerful and expressive design it itself, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is still admired as a concrete, steel, and glass landmark today. Dedicated to culture and the fine arts, the building will be going through a major renovation, which will be overseen by British architect, David Chipperfield who has recently worked extensively in Berlin, finishing work on the war-ravaged Neues Museum on the Museum Island complex in 2009. The renovation will start in 2015 and last three years, during which time the museum will be closed. The building, completed in 1968, is Mies van der Rohe’s only work in Germany after World War II and is in need of thorough modernization after 40 years. Restoration of the glass facade, stone terrace and concrete and steel structure, along with new security and fire technology are included in the project.

"Brutalism. Architecture of Everyday Culture, Poetry and Theory" Symposium

04:00 - 10 April, 2012
Le Corbusier, Unité d’Habitation, Marseille (1952), Phaidon (ed.), Le Corbusier Le Grand, New York 2008; S. 422
Le Corbusier, Unité d’Habitation, Marseille (1952), Phaidon (ed.), Le Corbusier Le Grand, New York 2008; S. 422

Organized by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Chair of Architectural Theory, the “Brutalism. Architecture of Everyday Culture, Poetry and Theory” symposium will be taking place in Berlin May 10-11. Their position on this topic is that Brutalism’s critical review of classical modernism and post-war modernism gave rise to a unique laboratory situation, in which modern architectural trends still of relevance today were developed and tested for the very first time. More information on the event after the break.

Chipperfield selected to renovate the Neue National Gallery in Berlin

15:00 - 30 March, 2012
Neue National Gallery by Mies van der Rohe © Guillermo Hevia Garcia
Neue National Gallery by Mies van der Rohe © Guillermo Hevia Garcia

David Chipperfield, Stirling Prize-winning architect and director of the 13th international Venice Biennale, has been commissioned by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (PCHF) to renovate the Neue National Gallery. The 20th century icon was designed by the legendary Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who celebrated his 126th birthday this week.

Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, said: “With David Chipperfield, I know this icon of modern architecture in the best hands. In working with him on the Museum Island, I learned the sensitivity in dealing with the architectural heritage and the conceptual clarity of his approach is greatly appreciated.”

Contemporary Building in Berlin / BCO Architekten

00:00 - 26 March, 2012
Contemporary Building in Berlin / BCO Architekten, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 16

  • Architects

    Busch Wameling, Gotaut, Schleipen & Wameling
  • Location

    Linienstr. 23, Berlin, Germany
  • Category

  • Client

    WEG Linienstr. 23
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Video: Little Big Berlin

13:00 - 11 March, 2012

Explore the stunningly beautiful and vibrant city of Berlin through the eyes of resident and film producer, Pilpop. He believes that it is the inhabitants in which make Berlin such a unique city. To observe and attempt to understand the way in which people use the city is quite possibly the ultimate form of education, as there is something new to discover each time you turn a corner.

Video: Pilpop Music: “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt

Video: David Chipperfield Discusses German Projects

15:00 - 21 January, 2012

British architect David Chipperfield recently gave an interview with Crane.tv discussing his architectural philosophy and affinity for the German culture. He expands on his approach to architecture and touches on his work for the completed reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin. Be sure to check out some of his other recent works including; The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Wakefield, England, Turner Contemporary – a visual arts venue in Margate, England, America’s Cup Building in Valencia, Spain, and the Central Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa.

House Berlin II / flow.studio GmbH

00:00 - 23 December, 2011
House Berlin II / flow.studio GmbH, Courtesy of  flow.studio gmbh
Courtesy of flow.studio gmbh

Courtesy of  flow.studio gmbh Courtesy of  flow.studio gmbh Courtesy of  flow.studio gmbh Courtesy of  flow.studio gmbh + 7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Category

  • Architect

    flow.studio GmbH
  • Area

    461.0 m2

Forscherkindergarten / WINKENS Architekten

00:00 - 1 September, 2011
Forscherkindergarten / WINKENS Architekten, Courtesy of  winkens architekten
Courtesy of winkens architekten

Courtesy of  winkens architekten Courtesy of  winkens architekten Courtesy of  winkens architekten Courtesy of  winkens architekten + 18

  • Architects

     WINKENS Architekten
  • Location

    1757 Berlin raid, 10178 Berlin, Germany
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Karl-Heinz Winkens, Marcel Klebs
  • Structural Engineering

    Ingenieurbüro Rüdiger Jockwer GmbH
  • Civil Engineer

    Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Laubinger
  • Area

    550.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011

AD Classics: Landhaus Lemke / Mies van der Rohe

00:00 - 8 August, 2011
AD Classics: Landhaus Lemke / Mies van der Rohe

AD Classics: Landhaus Lemke / Mies van der Rohe AD Classics: Landhaus Lemke / Mies van der Rohe AD Classics: Landhaus Lemke / Mies van der Rohe AD Classics: Landhaus Lemke / Mies van der Rohe + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Category

  • Architect

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • References

    http://www.miesvanderrohehaus.de, http://www.germangalleries.com, www.galinksy.com, www.bauhaus-online.de, www.archikey.com
  • Project Year

    1933

Architecture City Guide: Berlin

10:00 - 27 July, 2011
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / alexthompson. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / alexthompson. Used under Creative Commons

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Berlin. The twentieth century changed nearly all cities, but perhaps none more so than Berlin. From its destruction in World War II that left few historic buildings intact to its division until 1989 that brought together the architecture of two competing ideologies into one city, Berlin’s modern and contemporary architecture speaks to a past that seldom accompanies such recent additions. The city is filled with new and wonderful architecture that might not have found space in other cities in Europe. With that in mind, we were unable feature all our readers’ suggestions on the first go around. We will be adding to the list in the near future, so please add more of your favorites in the comment section below. Once again, thanks to all our readers for your help.

The Architecture City Guide: Berlin list and corresponding map after the break.

Water-Curse or Blessing!? Exhibition / S+PBA

12:00 - 22 July, 2011
Courtesy of S+PBA
Courtesy of S+PBA

The Bangkok-based Architecture firm S+PBA has been invited to attend the exhibition Water-Curse or Blessing!? organized by Aedes East – International Forum for Contemporary Architecture n.p.o. as part of the Asia Pacific Weeks 2011. The event will take place at Aedes Gallery in Berlin from the 9th to 21st September 2011. More images and event description after the break.

Händelallee 47 House / dax_I

00:00 - 4 June, 2011
Händelallee 47 House / dax_I, © Volker Renner
© Volker Renner

© Volker Renner © Volker Renner © Volker Renner © Volker Renner + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Manfred Daxenberger, Kai Bergmann
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Friedrichstrasse 40 Office Building / Petersen Architekten

00:00 - 2 June, 2011
Friedrichstrasse 40 Office Building / Petersen Architekten, © Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 16

Berlin Tempelhof Airport / GROSS.MAX. + Sutherland Hussey Architects

17:00 - 24 May, 2011
© Grossmax &amp; Sutherland Hussey
© Grossmax & Sutherland Hussey

Two of Scotland’s leading design firms have won an international competition to transform Berlin’s famous Tempelhof Airport. GROSS. MAX. with Sutherland Hussey Architects have been awarded the commission to design a new park and associated buildings on the site of the recently closed airport. Additional images of the winning entry are available after the break.