ArchitectureWith "Cité de l'Océan et du Surf" the city of Biarritz has devoted a museum of oceanography and the history of surfing to its water and wave enthusiasts.
ArchitectureYou can kill a person with an apartment, just as if it were an axe, claims German graphic designer Heinrich Zille. So how will the inhabitants of a house in Portugal fare who live in an edifice without windows, almost as if in a cave?
Cafeteria Rog is located in the center of Ljubljana, directly at the site of a new cultural center, named “Rog”.
ArchitectureIn the heart of Lisbon's old historical district of Pombalino stands a half-timbered house dating from the 18th century – and it has just been modernized by Portuguese architect José Adrião.
ArchitectureBonn-based Martini Architekten has transformed the new Domforum in Cologne into a white contemporary space.
Alluding to the saddle roofs of the adjacent houses and with care not to intrude on the village surroundings, Zurich-based architects Gramazio& Kohler have found a daring reinterpretation of the "detached home" in Riedikon, Switzerland.
ArchitectureIn a London suburb the architects at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris designed a building complex comprising residential units ,offices, retail outlets and a giant Learning Center.
The motif of a vine, inlaid in prefabricated concrete building parts and perforated metal panels is growing across the entire shell of a building at a winery in Hungary.
ArchitecturePre-patinated sandwich elements in combination with brass panels: the facade of the new Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt is a living outer sheath with a trailblazing character.
At the BAU trade fair, Solarlux will be presenting a new façade concept with its "Co2mfort façade". This aims to reduce the use of artificial lighting and complex building air conditioning technology and, in turn, sustainably reduce CO2 emissions.
The Unilever Head Office in Hamburg's Havencity, designed by Behnisch Architekten, was that first office building of its kind to rely completely on LEDs for light. Moreover, a curtain of transparent high-tech plastic foil runs like a second skin across the entire facade.
The example of a former dairy in Somerset, England, shows just how wooden planking and blocks of glass can be joined such as to be weatherproof.
ArchitectureTecu Brass is an alloy made of copper and tin. The originally reddish/golden brown color of the material changes in the course of time and if exposed to the weather - into a dark brow and anthracite gray surface.
A gynecological clinic specialized in assisted reproduction required new premises. They acquired a 200sqm flat in downtown Athens, in an area where most of the apartments have already been converted into offices, health centers and similar programs.
The Empire Riverside Hotel is located on the former industrial site of the Bavaria Brewery in the center of Hamburg. When selecting the materials, David Chipperfield Architects paid special attention to their aging process.
The "Atrium House" in the heart of the Sierra Calderona in Spain is a marvelously geometric, linear residential complex.
A penthouse apartment in Stuttgart is a well thought-through composition comprising three monolithic cabinet systems and a free-standing kitchen block.
A residential house near Munich was given an artificial touch in a bid to better control the wood's natural graying process.
ArchitectureNamed after the most widely planted white grape variety in Rioja, Viura is a new, contemporary hotel with 26 guestrooms and seven suites, two bars and a restaurant.
If you look up the term single-room house in the specialist literature, you will find a simple sentence explaining this type of dwelling: the single room is the simplest way to divide up a groundplan, as it entails a house with no inside walls or separate rooms.
ArchitectureArchitects Diane Heirend & Philippe Schmit's expansion of the Luxembourg art gallery in the Villa Vauban adds a metal-clad annex.
A residential house that doubles up as a dance studio: This was the assignment a Yokohama couple presented to Japanese architect Junichi Sampei from A.L.X architecture office.
Today, one increasingly comes across gold-plated architecture - be it on the facade of a department store that deals in precious metals, an information pavilion or a museum building. But now you can even find it lending a gleam to educational facilities and kindergartens, not to mention bakeries and police stations.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightIn the case of the Swedish "Villa M2", the glass façade of the detached house can disappear completely into the masonry, thus opening the living room out onto the patio.
Firmly anchored in the ground like a solid rock but with an airy and extremely open presence, the house stands in the rugged Wapiti Valley in Wyoming, United States.
A ‘balneario' is a Spanish spa. In redesigning the Tiberius Baths in the Spanish town of Panticosa, the architects from Madrid-based studio Moneo Brock came up with a highly contemporary and yet decidedly sensitive reinterpretation of the classic ‘balneario'.
In the context of the renovation works on the Holmenkollen ski jump ramp, the impressive landmark near Oslo has succeeded in increasing its appeal.
It is the world's first ski jump featuring a permanent windbreak.
It is the world's first ski jump featuring a permanent windbreak.
As one of the smallest door manufacturers in the industry, the established Swabian company Eber Designtüren has specialized in the production of unusual door elements.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightThe name says it all. "L'invisibile" is a system that hides doors and their functions in the wall.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightSulfurcell's solar modules are so ingeniously made that they form an almost perfectly smooth surface, interrupted only by the finest of seams.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of Sight"Light is a medium that is not visible, but that renders things visible," is one of the key ideas that Erco tries to realize, a company that has traditionally focused on our perception of light.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightSmall, black, multifunctional: The "la candida" community center in Buenos Aires uses a butterfly roof to expand the glazed wall areas and thus brings the garden into the house.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightA fine, almost invisible channel serves as the water run-off for the shower.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightThe Art College and Galerie Stihl in Waiblingen both shimmer milky white, playing with the light, seemingly light, and lit up at night.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightIn a small house in Amsterdam, the interior fittings are in a restrained all-over white, and certainly recede into the background when they contrast with a green wall covered in ivy.
On the exterior, a rainscreen cladding system of brightly colored fiber cement panels are arranged in a seemingly random distribution pattern to animate the facade and to speak to the center's youthful orientation and re-birth of a community.
ArchitectureThe expressive architecture of the new synagogue in Munich is characterized by two stacked cubes: a massive, temple-like rock base with a filigree glass construction on top clad in a bronze-colored translucent woven metallic veil.
ArchitectureThe KBcenter is a new space for cultural and social interaction dedicated to the Slovenian community in Gorizia and planned by Trieste placed architectural office Walritsch a+u.
ArchitectureClose to a German interstate and in the middle of a rural idyll. Driving by you would expect to see a service station, a gas station, or the commercial estates one associates with smaller communities. And not truly striking architectural projects...
ArchitectureThe thin-film solar cells made by the Berlin-based company Sulfurcell enable the use of building-integrated photovoltaics. They facilitate aesthetically ambitious and sustainable façade solutions that offer great advantages for the building's energy balance as well as its appearance.
ArchitectureThe KolumbaTM brick was developed in collaboration with Swiss architect Peter Zumthor for the new Kolumba museum building in Cologne. It is a handcrafted coal-fired brick.
ArchitectureWhether in architecture or interior design, light planning plays a pivotal role, as the illumination structures the room, sets accents and guides the observer's view. Three examples illustrate the impact of light.
This house was renovated by architect Johannes Norlander. It is located on a small Swedish island and covered with a layer of black plywood.
In Vilnius a collector of antique books built his family home round the historical walls of a cannon foundry.
The Viennese architecture firm Solid architecture landed the contract to design the new Bene showroom in the Austrian capital.
The architects of the new ThyssenKrupp development integrated a place of peace and quiet ( "Raum der Stille") in it that is intended for use just as much by guests as by the employees.
Custom-made perforated sheet metal decorated the facades and sun-protection sections used for the houses in Berlin's Marthashof.
The venerable town hall in London's Bethnal Green district stood vacant for a long time and was only used as a film set. Now it has morphed into a cutting-edge, luxurious hotel.
For the design of the fashion boutique "Delicatessen", the New York architects from Z-A studio chose a low-price, highly prevalent material: the shop is clad almost entirely in perforated white chipboard.
ArchitectureThis new shop is part of a chain of family-run bakeries called 'Elektra' located in Edessa, Greece. The shop was designed by greek architects of Studioprototype.
ArchitectureOn a large plot of land dominated by pine trees in the south of Berlin there is a small wooden house modeled on an old wooden summer house and designed by the Leipzig architects Atelier St.
The Riverbank House by David Walker Architects is located directly at the Thames in London. A great number of special glass systems by Schollglas have been integrated into both the building's shell and interior construction. The project is presented as a new reference of the company Schollglas at BAU 2011 in Munich.
ArchitectureSpanish architect Santiago Calatrava has designed the new Liège railway station - and set new architectural standards with the massive roof made of steel girders and shatterproof glass.
The circular skylights and large glass facades bring natural light into the rooms of the house Spreng.
ArchitectureFor the renovation of his apartment in the historical center of Barcelona the Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann made use of a white cross.
ArchitectureTogether with the adjoining plaza the Parliament building in Vaduz, comprising the High House and the Long House, creates an urban planning unit underscored by the consistent choice of ochre yellow tiles.
"Haus KA", designed by lynx architecture, is a clear cube that consist of only a very few different materials.
ArchitectureThe UNStudio design for an existing loft located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan explores the interaction between a gallery and living space. The main walls in the loft flow through the space, and together with articulated ceilings create hybrid conditions in which exhibition areas merge into living areas.
What an unusual task: to design a pool house! A pool house made of glass, steel and fabric is light and transparent and a far cry from a tool shed.
The studio of Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola came up with the interior for luxurious hotel Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona. Scarcely recognizable as a hotel from the outside, inside it is all the more inviting, providing a temporary home for design enthusiasts from all over the world.
ArchitectureThis year - the fortieth anniversary of the Serpentine Gallery - the pavilion installation by the same name was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.
The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark, known in short as the "heart", is more than just a showplace for contemporary art. As a center of the cultures it unites exhibition rooms with nothing less than a concert hall, a library, an open-air stage and a café.
ArchitectureA substation is the first new building for the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London to be commissioned and opened. Astonishing architecture for what is actually a structure of minor significance, which on closer inspection surprisingly reveals interesting details.
A single-family apartment for four people is situated in a stately building in southern Amsterdam. The original structure, with rooms for staff, a double hall and long hallways with lots of doors has been transformed into a spacious, transparent dwelling full of light and air.
Wide and tall panorama windows held by fine-line, lightweight frames create fluid boundaries between inside and outside and offer stunning views of the surroundings.
ArchitectureOne Colemean Street, the project by English design office David Walker Architects, is located in the heart of London's banking district. The commercial building offers structurally interesting solutions and is a visual eye-catcher.
The new college building of the Cooper Union rises like a metallic monolith above New York's East Village. Thom Mayne's spectacular architecture incorporates an equally exciting lighting design.
The different opportunities covering a façade or roof with slate offers, as well as the newer types of slate themselves, have led to a true renaissance of slate as a material in architecture in recent years.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightThe work of Berlin studio Mader Stublic Wiermann plays with light and shift our perception in and of the city.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightIn the Netherlands, the detached home of the De Haas-Bierings family, with its many large openings, clear routes inside the house, and the use of a reduced range of materials, is a veritable spatial experience.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightA golden house in Munich is the new company headquarters of pro aurum GmbH. With a volume of some 8,000 cubic meters, its size corresponds to the amount of gold mined to date worldwide. The building combines symbolic architecture with interesting, functional features.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightIn a densely populated district, in the midst of prefabricated buildings and high-rises, a whitewashed dwelling for multiple occupants catches the eye. The building's edges have been angled such that it seems to be attempting to avoid being crushed.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightA house in the Japanese town of Otake with spacious open and white zones forms a marvelous frame for an almost limitless panorama.
Architecture | Invisibility – Out of SightAcoustics are becoming an ever more important criterion in the planning and outfitting of interiors.
The new Convention Center in Zaragoza takes up the theme of "water" by creating the impression of a water surface in motion.
Owing to technical shortcomings, the building Max Bächer designed on Stuttgart's Königstrasse, erected in 1974 and boasting an almost sculpturally staggered façade, has been given a new skin. The old façade...
ArchitectureThe new science centre in Singapore, with all the amenities of a modern city, is growing in two phases. Fusionopolis, the research and development centre.
The sleek, icy white façade of the Seeko'o hotel is already making a statement in the dockland area of Bordeaux. Seeko'o means "iceberg" or "glacier" in Inuit... and from the
start this was an unusual and adventurous concept.
start this was an unusual and adventurous concept.