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The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019

07:30 - 8 April, 2019
The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019, Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board
Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board

For ten consecutive years, Vienna ranks first in the Mercer survey on cities with the best quality of life in the world. In this edition to the global ranking, eight Western European cities join the top ten, even when "trade tensions and populist undercurrents continue to dominate the global economic climate", as Mercer points out in its report.

David Chipperfield Wins Competition for Munich Pensions Fund HQ with "Clear, Formal Towers"

11:00 - 4 April, 2019
David Chipperfield Wins Competition for Munich Pensions Fund HQ with "Clear, Formal Towers", © David Chipperfield Architects
© David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has won a design competition for a new headquarters for the Bayerische Versorgungskammer (Bavarian Pensions Fund) in Munich's Bogenhausen district. Designed in collaboration with landscape architects Atelier Loidl, the scheme is to be erected on the former Siemens site at 76 Richard-Strauss-Straße. Prevailing against 11 other submissions, the Chipperfield scheme was praised by the jury for its clear formal language, and highly-flexible floor plans.

3F Studio designs a 3D Printed Façade for Munich’s Deutsches Museum

09:00 - 5 March, 2019
3F Studio designs a 3D Printed Façade for Munich’s Deutsches Museum, © nuur.nu
© nuur.nu

3F Studio has designed a 3D-printed façade destined to serve as the new entrance of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. The German-based startup, founded by Moritz Mungenast, Oliver Tessin and Luc Morroni, originates from the research project Fluid Morphology, a multifunctional, translucent 3D printed façade application, developed at the Associate Professorship of Architectural Design and Building Envelope at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

3F Studio specializes in 3D Printed performative architecture and design. The computational-based design process allows for “environmentally informed architectural design” and integrates functions such as ventilation, insulation, and shading already integrated into the new façade.

3D Printing: Translucent building facades with integrated functions . Image © Andreas Heddergott / TUM © nuur.nu © nuur.nu © nuur.nu + 11

3XN Design a Respectful Stadium for Munich's Olympic Park

11:00 - 15 February, 2019
3XN Design a Respectful Stadium for Munich's Olympic Park, © 3XN
© 3XN

3XN has designed a new multipurpose arena on the site of the former Olympic cycling track stadium in Munich’s Olympic Park. The Copenhagen-based firm was awarded the contract with German landscape and urban planning firm LATZ+PARTNER to design an 11,500-capacity arena that will serve as the home of German ice hockey champions Munich Red Bulls and German basketball champions FC Bayern Munich.

Manifesting as an oval structure, the sports arena “naturally and respectfully melds into the world-famous Olympic Park with its many iconic buildings.” A green roof combines with a façade of vertical lamellas to allow the scheme to blend with its urban context, with breaks in the lamellas forming glass-paneled entrances.

© 3XN © 3XN © 3XN © 3XN + 5

InVision Launches Free Study Abroad Program for Designers

11:00 - 20 December, 2018
InVision Launches Free Study Abroad Program for Designers, © flickr user gordon-s, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
© flickr user gordon-s, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

For architects with travel-related New Year resolutions, software company InVision has launched a free “Design Exchange” program for professional designers eager to see the world on a budget.

The “Design Exchange” program is open to any senior designer with over 6 years of professional experience and offers one-week-long, organized exchanges during every quarter of 2019. Destinations already announced include Sydney (Spring 2019), Copenhagen (Summer 2019), and Singapore (Winter 2020).

HENN Selected to Redesign Europe's Largest Cultural Center

13:00 - 30 October, 2018
HENN Selected to Redesign Europe's Largest Cultural Center, Gasteig Cultural Center. Image Courtesy of MIR
Gasteig Cultural Center. Image Courtesy of MIR

HENN have been selected to redesign the Gasteig, Europe's largest cultural center in Munich, Germany. The renovation and remodel aims to bring new life to the center after 30 years of use. Originally designed by the architecture partnership Raue, Rollenhagen, Grossmann and Lindemann, the Gasteig welcomes around two million visitors annually. The new design celebrates the building's role as a revered cultural hub and introduces a new glazed bridge to connect the existing parts of the building and bring transparency to the complex.

Gasteig Cultural Center. Image Courtesy of MIR Gasteig Cultural Center. Image Courtesy of MIR Gasteig Cultural Center. Image Courtesy of MIR Gasteig Cultural Center. Image Courtesy of MIR + 13

David Chipperfield and Euroboden's Munich Apartments to be a Modern City Palace

09:00 - 10 October, 2018
David Chipperfield and Euroboden's Munich Apartments to be a Modern City Palace, © Euroboden
© Euroboden

David Chipperfield and Euroboden have collaborated on the design of a five-story building in Munich, located near the city’s Herzog Park. The 2800-square-meter scheme seeks to “fit sensitively into the historic fabric of the neighborhood.”

The design process revolved around the incorporation of history and pattern from the surrounding environment, without copying or resorting to historicization. The result is a scheme which is “simultaneously self-confident yet restrained, a building that integrates itself into its context without subordinating itself.”

© Euroboden © Euroboden © Euroboden © Euroboden + 15

Four Primary Schools in Modular Design / wulf architekten

01:00 - 14 August, 2018
Four Primary Schools in Modular Design / wulf architekten, © Brigida González
© Brigida González

© Brigida González © Brigida González © Brigida González © Brigida González + 23

The 9 Bars That Every Architect Needs to Visit

06:00 - 3 August, 2018
The 9 Bars That Every Architect Needs to Visit, The cafe and bar at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London / Zaha Hadid Architects. . Image © Luke Hayes
The cafe and bar at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London / Zaha Hadid Architects. . Image © Luke Hayes

When you think of your favorite spot to grab a beer, what architectural features come to mind? Is it the swanky furniture, themed artwork, or the heavily designed cocktail menu? Today, the aesthetics of bars are now as much a draw as the drinks themselves. From movie set inspired spaces to rooftops that offer spectacular city views, we’ve compiled a list of nine bars and beer gardens that every architect needs to cross off their list.

Auer Weber Among Three Finalists in Munich's Gasteig Redesign Competition

08:00 - 18 June, 2018
Auer Weber Among Three Finalists in Munich's Gasteig Redesign Competition, Courtesy of Auer Weber
Courtesy of Auer Weber

After conducting a concert at Munich’s Gasteig concert hall, Leonard Bernstein offered a scathing edict for the building: “burn it down.”

The Gasteig’s behemoth structure of brick and mirrored glass never met Bernstein’s decree. Instead, it has stood for decades, garnering vitriol from those who resent its postmodern aesthetic. In a design competition hosted by the Gasteig, seventeen architecture firms have attempted to change the concert hall and cultural center’s public perception with varied renovation schemes.

Canteen for Rohde & Schwarz / landau+kindelbacher Architekten Innenarchitekten

14:00 - 10 April, 2018
Canteen for Rohde & Schwarz / landau+kindelbacher Architekten Innenarchitekten, © Christian Hacker
© Christian Hacker

© Christian Hacker © Christian Hacker © Christian Hacker © Christian Hacker + 26

Cooperative Housing Complex wagnisART / bogevischs buero architekten stadtplaner GmbH + SHAG Schindler Hable

00:00 - 17 February, 2018
Cooperative Housing Complex wagnisART / bogevischs buero architekten stadtplaner GmbH + SHAG Schindler Hable, © Julia Knop
© Julia Knop

© Julia Knop © Julia Knop © Julia Knop © Julia Knop + 26

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.

Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV + 17

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

15:30 - 2 November, 2017
1st Prize - Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten. Image Courtesy of Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten
1st Prize - Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten. Image 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.

The competition tasked architects with designing a stand-alone new structure on a 5,300-square-meter site near the Ostbahnhof train station in the neighborhood of Werksviertel. The building program included an overall floor area of approximately 9,500 square meters, including a larger 1800-seat concert hall and a more intimate 600-seat venue that satisfy “the most exacting acoustic requirements.”

2nd Prize - PFP Planungs. Image Courtesy of PFP Planungs 3rd Prize - David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects 4th Prize - 3XN. Image Courtesy of 3XN 5th Prize - Staab Architekten. Image Courtesy of Staab Architekten + 49

Hollwich Kushner Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Business District in Munich

08:00 - 14 April, 2017
Hollwich Kushner Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Business District in Munich, Hollwich Kushner design . Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien
Hollwich Kushner design . Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien

Renderings have been released for Hollwich Kushner’s first European project – Die Macherei, a new mixed-use business district based in Munich. Designed by the New York firm in collaboration with local practices msm meyer schmitz-morkramer and OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten of Frankfurt/Cologne and Munich respectively, the financial hub will feature 64,000 square meters of rental space, bringing together offices, shops, dining experiences, a hotel and a gym.

“I could not be more excited to realize our first European project in my hometown. Designed not just as a series of buildings but as an exploration of the spaces between the buildings, Die Macherei is an innovative design for a new way of working and interacting, integrating social activity and behaviors to promote a sense of community,” expressed Matthias Holwich, principal at HWKN.

msm meyer schmitzmorkramer design. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien Hollwich Kushner design. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten design. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien + 9

Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism / Georg • Scheel • Wetzel Architekten

05:00 - 7 February, 2017
Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism / Georg • Scheel • Wetzel Architekten, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller + 10

Wasserwacht Lifeboat Station / Kunze Seeholzer Architekten

06:00 - 22 November, 2016
Wasserwacht Lifeboat Station / Kunze Seeholzer Architekten, © Jann Averwerser
© Jann Averwerser

© Jann Averwerser © Jann Averwerser © Jann Averwerser Wasserwacht Lifeboat Station / Kunze Seeholzer Architekten + 12