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The Rasch Brother’s universe
Frankfurt High-Rises <br/>2000 to 2010
Frankfurt High-Rises <br/>1970 to 1980
Frankfurt High-Rises <br/>2010 to 2014

Architecture | Public Spaces

Bricks from top to bottom

Bricks from top to bottom
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Architecture | Lighting

School of light

School of light
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Architecture | Featured Project

A floor that glows in the dark

A floor that glows in the dark
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Architecture | Public Spaces

A guardian in the transit area

A guardian in the transit area
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One chair wasn’t enough for him

Architecture | Public Spaces

More attractive bathing

More attractive bathing
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What lodged in <br/> NKBAK´s minds:
Nature does not remain nature
Hot spots: The Bridal Veil of Sancy
What lodged in <br/> Ross Lovegrove`s mind:
What lodged in <br/> Amandus Sattler's mind:
What lodged in <br /> Something Fantastic´s minds:
The new Henninger Turm <br/> remains a landmark
Hot Spots: swimming in <br/> the city or in the river
Hot Spots: The One-Man Sauna
Bauhaus, the digital muse and a pearl

Architecture | Office Buildings

New Basel Working World

New Basel Working World
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Architecture | Office Buildings

LCT ONE – a hybrid as prototype

LCT ONE – a hybrid as prototype
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Charles Brooking’s world of windows
Digital Bauhaus
The dream of an open society
Import – Export
Modernism </br> and its uncle
Germany’s </br>Ex-Top Models
Italian affairs
If you want to understand Modernity you need to have fun with it
Resisting fitting the grid
Supercube reloaded
Budapest concrete
The dreamed-up house
Disc music
On travels after dictation
Oliver Elser<br /> on a postmodern mission

Architecture | Office Buildings

As light as a fisherman’s net

As light as a fisherman’s net
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Architecture | Residential

Enter the third dimension

Enter the third dimension
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Going local: Tatiana Bilbao
Architecture with an encore: Rojkind Arquitectos
Museum with a hair-do

Architecture | Restaurants

Alpine cabin 2.0

Alpine cabin 2.0
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Book treasures in the Tobacco Factory
Productora – producing architecture
10 of the over-40s
Book machine

Architecture | Office Buildings

A special kind of tree house

A special kind of tree house
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XXL Koolhaas
Once upon a time there was a bunker ...
Missing Link
Campus Kramer
Holidays with Tito

Architecture | Office Buildings

Efficient light in Geneva

Efficient light in Geneva
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Architecture | Residential

Rooms with a view

Rooms with a view
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Architecture | Education

Tor zur Welt

Tor zur Welt
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Incompleted: Frankfurt at a glance

Architecture | Bathroom

Hidden qualities

Hidden qualities
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Architecture | Residential

Breathtaking views

Breathtaking views
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Architecture | Education

Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Google Docks

Google Docks
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MEGALOPOLI(TIC)S

Architecture | Office Buildings

Banking in South Africa

Banking in South Africa
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See you <br/>at the<br/> bus stop

Architecture | Restaurants

Subtlety and finesse

Subtlety and finesse
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Architects are now @Work in Berlin, too
Rigid pins

Architecture | Office Buildings

Co-working with Ray and Charles

Co-working with Ray and Charles
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Colorful islands in the office

Colorful islands in the office
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Close, Closer - to what?
Inside the cube can be fun

Architecture | Residential

Living in a moving façade

Living in a moving façade
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Architecture | Restaurants

Düsseldorf Hafenspitze

Düsseldorf Hafenspitze
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Architecture | Public Spaces

Discrete air control

Discrete air control
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Clothes as the canvas
Three religions under a single roof
Going with the data flow and sharing means of transport
The longing for a studiolo
Zaha Hadid builds museums for herself
A cut-out-and-keep church
Marseille, Corbu, Grcic and the Sex Pistols
Lightweight Homes

Architecture | Restaurants

Nordic by nature

Nordic by nature
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Bridging a gap or a bridge to urban disaster?
13 Questions to Diébédo Francis Kéré

Architecture | Culture

A Perfect Ensemble

A Perfect Ensemble
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10 Questions for Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA)

Architecture | Office Buildings

Mytos in Athens

Mytos in Athens
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The Bilbao defect
In two places at the same time

Architecture | Office

Sound and vision

Sound and vision
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Like a snowdrift on the slope
“Maybe one day we’ll find a goat grazing on our roof”

Architecture | Lighting

Souped-up classics

Souped-up classics
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Architecture | Residential

Move and connect

Move and connect
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Architecture | Residential

It has to stand out

It has to stand out
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Now that is a great stand! <br> Part 2

Architecture | Hospitality

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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There is no standard solution for the future

News & Stories

Still crazy after all these years

by Mathias Remmele

Still crazy after all these years
In honor of his 70th birthday, Architecture Forum Aedes in Berlin has doffed its metaphorical cap to Wolf D. Prix, dedicating a small retrospective to the architect and his firm Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Mobility in the cities of tomorrow

Architecture | Public Spaces

Relaxation, super-yacht style

Relaxation, super-yacht style
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Häberli’s Hotel

Architecture | Hospitality

Paris toujours

Paris toujours
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Architecture | Public Spaces

Goal!

Goal!
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News & Stories

1 Bligh Street

by Daniel von Bernstorff

1 Bligh Street
At a ceremony in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche the International High-Rise Award 2012 was bestowed on the office building at “1 Bligh Street” in Sydney designed by Christoph Ingenhoven’s studio in Düsseldorf and Architectus, Sydney. The prize-winning high-rise stands out less for its height and futuristic design than for its overall quality.

Architecture | Bathroom

Seamless trends

Seamless trends
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Here I am an architect – if anywhere, then here!

Architecture | Education

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence
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Foreman, scholar, organizer

Architecture | Featured Project

Creative by conviction

Creative by conviction
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Go with the creative flow

Go with the creative flow
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Architecture | Hospitality

In homage to the book

In homage to the book
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Höweler+Yoon or The New American Dream
CRIT or There is more than one future
NODE or People-friendly infrastructure

News & Stories

The Ranchburger Revival

by Nora Sobich

The Ranchburger Revival
Until well into the 1970s, the “American Ranch-style house” was the most popular house type in North America – a kind of super-affordable soft Modernism. Now this symbol of the failed middle-class dream a classless home has suddenly become a monument. Not to mention hip.
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Architecture | Education

We are a team!

We are a team!
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News & Stories

Save the future!

by Claus Richter

Save the future!
Each decade develops its own architectural visions for the future. While some of the great forward-looking buildings of the 20th century are under monument protection, others are falling into decay – or have been targeted for demolition. A subjective glimpse at buildings that once aimed to anticipate our future and are for that very reason worth holding on to.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

It’s a full house on Fridays!

It’s a full house on Fridays!
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Architecture | Bathroom

Anchored in aesthetics

Anchored in aesthetics
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The architect above the mist – part 2
The architect above the mist – part 1
If buildings communicate

Architecture | Office Buildings

Designing your own working space

Designing your own working space
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Smart shells
Lisbon’s small polished stones

Architecture | Office Buildings

An old tower gets a new climate

An old tower gets a new climate
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News & Stories

A lot of nature in a small space

by Milenka Thomas

A lot of nature in a small space
Enveloped in the seclusion of Sweden’s west coast, Torsten Ottesjö’s new building "Hus-1" boasts curved contours and a squamous façade, its silhouette blending in like a natural part of the encompassing landscape.
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Architecture | Residential

Award winner!

Award winner!
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News & Stories

So where to put the car?

by Sandra Gottwald

So where to put the car?
Parking is by definition the temporary placing of vehicles on a space foreseen for this. In reality, however, the automobile does not get placed somewhere temporarily: they get driven temporarily. So where to put the rising number of vehicles not running? In car parks!
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Open, cube!

Open, cube!
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Architecture | Office Buildings

What’s mine is yours

What’s mine is yours
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Constellations: Rietveld and the revolution of space – part 2
Witnesses to violence

Architecture | Office Buildings

Communication hub

Communication hub
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News & Stories

Moving in higher spheres

by Nina Reetzke

Moving in higher spheres
She was born and grew up near-by, and then studied architecture. So who else could be better suited than Jolanthe Kugler to write an architectural guide to the Goetheanum hill. She manages to offer a systematic overview of the 170-odd houses in the Anthroposophical Colony, but in the process neglects to give greater depth to the specifics of the individual buildings.
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Build it in the morning, move in in the evening

by Jörg Zimmermann

Build it in the morning, move in in the evening
Simple elements that make planning and construction much easier – architects have been looking into the possibilities afforded by modular construction for quite some time now. What do these modules require in order to fulfill the basic functions of a living and working space and simultaneously remain adaptable in their implementation? The exhibition, “Architekturteilchen”, at Cologne Museum of Applied Art takes a closer look at this question.
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Each model is an interpretation
There’s a very close relationship between making architectural models and photography. A surprising discovery for Oliver Elser, curator of the exhibition “The Architectural Model – Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia”, at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt. An interview by Nina Reetzke.
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Architecture | Public Spaces

To non-chipping floorboards

To non-chipping floorboards
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News & Stories

A little hardship could do architecture good

A little hardship could do architecture good
For Sauerbruch Hutton, appealing to the senses and passion are integral to architecture. Sandra Hofmeister spoke to Matthias Sauerbruch about sustainability in its various facets.

News & Stories

A house with a moustache or mutton chops?

by Petra Ringleb

A house with a moustache or mutton chops?
As is the case in many sectors, in architecture average just doesn't quite cut it. That said, there are plenty of everyday houses that can be considered "quite good". Now Oda Pälmke has taken a closer look at them.

News & Stories

The townhouse as a palliative

by Heinrich Wefing

The townhouse as a palliative
The townhouse as a type is evidently very much in line with the times. And so it is hardly surprising that Hans Stimmann, once Municipal Building Director in Berlin, has brought out a book on it. The title intimates that the tome is intended to help planning, and it's a high-end volume of examples of specimen townhouses. Does the townhouse really have the muscle to counteract our inner cities emptying?
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News & Stories

Relocating to under a tent

by Alexander Menden

Relocating to under a tent
From 2014 onwards, the London Design Museum will be at home in the former Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street. No less an architect than John Pawson has been commissioned to redesign the building, which has stood empty for a decade, to fit its new purpose. The plans have just been presented in London.
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What you need for building
With around 1,300 exhibitors and more than 115,000 visitors, this year's "Swissbau" in Basle was an innovative and highly successful trade fair that satisfied exhibitors and visitors alike. In 2014 "Swissbau" will be held in the architects Herzog & de Meuron's new extension to the complex. In a series of images we present you with the highlights of this year's fair.
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News & Stories

Not so small, but nonetheless, wow!

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Not so small, but nonetheless, wow!
With sustainability and energy efficiency as its topics, the "Swissbau" trade fair in Basle has impressively positioned itself as a smaller Swiss alternative to "Bau" in Munich.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Intelligent, living facades

Intelligent, living facades
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News & Stories

Eminences in black and white

by Nina Reetzke

Eminences in black and white
Over a period of two years, Ingrid von Kruse photographed stars of the international architecture scene. A selection of these, portraits of celebrities such as Bjarke Ingels, Peter Zumthor and Oscar Niemeyer, is currently on show at Deutsches Architekturmuseum under the title "Eminent Architects". The pictures are a testimony to the photographer's masterly and sensitive approach; only the presentation, as though in a hall of fame, leaves something to be desired.
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Architecture | Lighting

Gentle illumination

Gentle illumination
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News & Stories

Icy setting instead of earthquakes

by Sandra Hofmeister

Icy setting instead of earthquakes
The prominent line-up for Munich’s “Seismographs of Architecture” symposium kindled great expectations. Kazuyo Sejima, Matthias Sauerbruch, Brendan Macfarlane and others traveled to the Bavarian capital specially for the occasion. Since the event hinged not on dialog but on lectures, many a question went unanswered. And the freezing cold draughty glass foyer of the Academy of Fine Arts certainly placed the audience’s patience under additional strain.

Architecture | Bathroom

Elegant footnotes

Elegant footnotes
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Customized ceiling systems

Customized ceiling systems
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News & Stories

Islands made of old bottles and floating mosques

by Brita Köhler

Islands made of old bottles and floating mosques
Ship-like modules for housing, recreation and provision go far beyond the common conceptions of a house-boat idyll. In their book “Float”, Dutchmen Koen Olthuis and David Keuning present the potential for floating buildings.

News & Stories

Not only higher

by Meret Ernst

Not only higher
About half of all the high-rises that stand in the cities of this world have been built in the last decade. Curator Andres Janser sets out in his show "High-Rises - Dream and Reality" at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich to explore what is behind this boom.
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News & Stories

Symbiotic architecture

by Thomas Edelmann

Symbiotic architecture
The new Kunsthalle Bremen buildings are largely still empty. Before all eyes turn to the first exhibition on Edvard Munch, due to open in mid-October, attention is currently focused on the architecture by Berlin-based firm Hufnagel Pütz Rafaelian.
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News & Stories

What will happen to the new Parisian market halls?

by Marcel Krenz

What will happen to the new Parisian market halls?
Living cities are constantly reinventing themselves. In Paris, this is especially apparent if one looks at the “Les Halles” district. The next wave of conversion and modernization is expected in the not-too-distant future. And this does not alter the dilemma of urban planning decreed from above.

Architecture | Hospitality

Brave it with wallpaper

Brave it with wallpaper
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News & Stories

A decent guy

by Mathias Remmele

A decent guy
The work by (interior) designer Francesc Rifé stands out for its clarity and reduction. This is particularly surprising, as if anything, traditional Spanish design is known more for its shrill tones.
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News & Stories

The hamburger of architecture

by Andreas Rossmann

The hamburger of architecture
Greetings from Legoland: The NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf is showcasing an exhibition about containers, which reveals just how much enthusiasm there currently is in the architecture scene for transportation vessels such as these, but also how thoroughly the beautiful new world of standardized architecture ignores individuality and local circumstances.

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Anyone who can build with peas and toothpicks must be a genius

by Jochen Stöckmann

Anyone who can build with peas and toothpicks must be a genius
At the age of 32 Richard Buckminster Fuller faced disaster: He was bankrupt and his infant daughter had just died. Instead of giving up, he resolved henceforth only to do things that were destined to help mankind as a whole. The fruits of his intentions are now on show at Marta Herford.

Architecture | Culture

Riding on the Biarritz wave

Riding on the Biarritz wave
With "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.

Architecture | Residential

In the black robe

In the black robe
This house was renovated by architect Johannes Norlander. It is located on a small Swedish island and covered with a layer of black plywood.
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Architecture | Shops

In the souk in Abu Dhabi

In the souk in Abu Dhabi
The architects at London-based firm Foster + Partners designed Central Market in Abu Dhabi, a complex that embraces shops, offices, hotels and apartments. A shopping mall, whose design is based on a typical Arabian souk, is the heart of the 500,000 square meter development.

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The City as Built Forest

The City as Built Forest
Thanks to the last architecture biennial a new generation of Japanese architects became known in Europe. One of them was Sou Fujimoto, who previously drew attention with his “Tokyo Apartment” and the“Primitive Future House”. Ayako Kamozawa met Sou Fujimoto in Tokyo and talked to him about his concept of order.
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Architecture | Public Spaces

Non-combustible wall coverings

Non-combustible wall coverings
The genuine wood veneer panels “Firewood” comply with strict fire protection requirements while boasting a fine surface finish.
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News & Stories

Ideas for the New City

Ideas for the New City
The New Museum’s “Festival of Ideas for the New City” examines – in cooperation with Stylepark and the der Audi Urban Future Initiative – the work of prominent architects as they grapple with questions of mobility and urbanism in a large-scale, three dimensional model of Manhattan along with five neighborhood-specific interventions designed by NYC-based architects.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Green walls from around the world

Green walls from around the world
The plants in the vertical gardens by Vertical Garden Design come from coastal regions, mountain ranges ,and jungles throughout the world.
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News & Stories

Ideas are revolutions

Ideas are revolutions
Eco-management systems, eco-labels, sustainability certificates – the need for information on ecological aspects of production is growing by the day. Some companies, such as Italian manufacturer Arper, have already pinned proof of the eco-friendliness of their products to their masts.

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Pink with music

by Ralf Wollheim

Pink with music
Today, hotels are not hotels are not hotels. In cities such as Milan and Berlin, just being a hotel would not suffice to attract the necessary attention. Which is why "nhow" at Berlin's Osthafen has added a spectacular "superstructure" of studios, guitars, music clips, and a lot of pink courtesy of Karim Rashid. Without the singer of the same name, of course.

Architecture | Culture

Place for religious encounters

Place for religious encounters
Bonn-based Martini Architekten has transformed the new Domforum in Cologne into a white contemporary space.

News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2011 – supported by Villeroy & Boch Tiles

Museo del Novecento

by Nancy Jehmlich

Museo del Novecento
Heading for Milan - Museo del Novecento located on the cathedral square downtown has a new face. It is home to the municipal collection of Italian 20th century art, and above all houses any amount of "Futurismo".

Architecture | Residential

Come over!

Come over!
The shortest connection between two points is a straight line, as the mathematics teaches us, or rather us some teacher at school once taught us. The Plant architects demonstrate in an apartment block complex in Budapest that a straight line between two buildings is not only the most direct link but can also be a great sensory experience.

Architecture | Hospitality

Town Hall Hotel in London

Town Hall Hotel in London
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.
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Architecture | Residential

Folded, a window, unfolded a balcony

Folded, a window, unfolded a balcony
At the press of a button this folding window morphs into a walk-on balcony in a matter of seconds.

Architecture | Hospitality

Nobis Hotel Stockholm

Nobis Hotel Stockholm
The architects and designers at Claesson Koivisto Rune in Stockholm designed the interior of the Nobis Hotel in Stockholm.
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Architecture | Residential

Urban Revitalization

Urban Revitalization
In 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.

Architecture | Shops

Elektra Bakery

Elektra Bakery
This 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.

Architecture | Culture

Frost patterns

Frost patterns
The texture of the glass used for the façade on the ‘Nordwesthaus' building, which was designed by the architects Baumschlager und Eberle, is totally irregular and reminiscent of frozen water.
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Architecture | Residential

Forest house

Forest house
On 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.

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How the gods live

by Amelie Znidaric

How the gods live
Even the architecture gods of classical Modernism are only people, each in his own way. This can be seen -- and smelled - from the houses they lived in. A visit to the Eames House near Los Angeles and to Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan.

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When it is empty the house always faces the same direction

by Nancy Jehmlich

When it is empty the house always faces the same direction
"Il Girasole" - the sunflower, is a revolving house built in the 1930s not far from Verona. Now a sensitive short film has been devoted to this extraordinary piece of architecture and its special atmosphere.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Wood façade system

Wood façade system
The "Kerto Concept" wood façade system is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

News & Stories | BAU 2011 Munich

Go forth and build sustainable dwellings!

by Nancy Jehmlich

Go forth and build sustainable dwellings!
The "BAU 2011" trade fair takes some beating and a main focus this year was sustainable building as one of the key challenges of the day. Many exhibitors already offer sustainable products. In the near future a major aim will be to combine them successfully.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Yellow, pointed and reflecting

Yellow, pointed and reflecting
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.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

All-in-one solution for balcony and parapet glazing

All-in-one solution for balcony and parapet glazing
The "GM Toproll Parapet" system enables variable combinations of open and glass-enclosed balconies.

Architecture | Residential

Apartment reloaded

Apartment reloaded
An apartment located in the city centre of Valencia.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Green to the point of absurdity

Green to the point of absurdity
The detached home created by architect Weichlbauer Ortis in Frohnleiten, Austria, turns a house's customary use on its head.
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Architecture | Culture

Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol
Recently a celebration was held to mark the partial completion of the Metropol Parasol project. Festivities began with the opening of the market hall. Full completion of the project is planned for March/April 2011.

Architecture | Public Spaces

Refined glass-and-steel load-bearing structure

Refined glass-and-steel load-bearing structure
Spanish 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.

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The end of something

by Andreas Ruby

The end of something
In his two-volume "Die Stadt im 20. Jahrhundert" (The City in the 20th Century), Vittorio Magnano Lampugnani summarizes topographical, historiographic and organizational aspects of urban planning with an impressive wealth of material, a monographic approach to key figures, and great earnestness.
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Architecture | Residential

Layered House

Layered House
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.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Tradition committed to the future

Tradition committed to the future
For more than 125 years now Schott has been manufacturing glass products for a wide range of different segments. The company also creates highly specialized, interesting glazing systems for architectural applications.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Triple heat insulation

Triple heat insulation
Triple heat-insulting glass is required in all areas of construction using structural glass, as it slashes heat loss by up to 50 percent compared to double glazing.

Architecture | Culture

Metamorphosis of the facade

Metamorphosis of the facade
Tecu 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.
People should feel at home in my buildings
At present, the London Design Museum is holding a retrospective on the works of John Pawson. Alexander Menden met the British architect and talked with him about the difference between "building" and "architecture", fleeting ideal states and his failed attempt to become a Buddhist monk.
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Architecture | Residential

Program-free Architecture

Program-free Architecture
For the renovation of his apartment in the historical center of Barcelona the Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann made use of a white cross.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Maximum insights, outlook, and views

Maximum insights, outlook, and views
Architects can achieve flowing transitions between rooms using Solarlux' flexible glass folding walls that can be tucked away like a harmonica.

Architecture | Health

A clean matter

A clean matter
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.
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News & Stories

The architect as a moderator of change

by Abby Bussel

The architect as a moderator of change
With the exhibition "Small Scale, Big Change", the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is honoring socially motivated architecture from around the world. On display are eleven projects which, detached from the mainstream, help to improve local living conditions. As meager as the means may in some cases be, the impact this commitment to building has is astonishing.
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As you like it!

by Daniel von Bernstorff

As you like it!
The specialist trade fair architect@work is intended specifically for architects, interior designers and planners. And has long since been established in other European countries. On December 8 and 9, it debuts in Germany, with Düsseldorf as the exhibition venue.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Integrative ceiling systems

Integrative ceiling systems
Kreon ceiling solutions provides modular systems through which illumination, air/conditioning, power supplies and data lines in a single compact level.

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American Modernism Dressed up in a Cocktail Dress

by Adelheid Komenda

American Modernism Dressed up in a Cocktail Dress
We have recently seen the 100th anniversary of the birth of US architecture photographer Julius Shulman would have recently turned 100. With Richard Neutra as his patron, in the 1950s the self-taught photographer swiftly emerged as one of the most important architecture photographers in the United States. To this day, the narrative feel if his images is enthralling, evoking a world somewhere between reality and fiction.
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Architecture | Residential

Glance at the edges

Glance at the edges
The "Atrium House" in the heart of the Sierra Calderona in Spain is a marvelously geometric, linear residential complex.
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Architecture | Bathroom

Boundless showering

Boundless showering
To date, the main argument in favor of a walk-in shower was primarily the fact that it was easy to get into one that was barrier-free. There are, however, other reasons for choosing this form of shower.
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Architecture | Residential

Unifying Art and Urban Living

Unifying Art and Urban Living
The 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.

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Whetting the Appetite for Minimalist Spaces

by Markus Frenzl

Whetting the Appetite for Minimalist Spaces
Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen links combines shapes and perfect detailing in his designs with a great eel for materials. And is thus in the very best elegant Modernist company. The monograph of his "Complete Works" for the first time comprehensively presents his projects of the last two decades.
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Slab-format thin concrete

Slab-format thin concrete
With "fibreC" the Austrian family-run company Rieder has launched a new concrete panel in an easy-to-handle slat format.

Architecture | Residential

Elegant Interaction

 Elegant Interaction
A penthouse apartment in Stuttgart is a well thought-through composition comprising three monolithic cabinet systems and a free-standing kitchen block.
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Designing a different society

by Claus Käpplinger

Designing a different society
In Israel, back in the days while it was still young, the kibbutzim played a crucial role as places where a different, collective way of life beyond capitalist production practices was tested. An excellent exhibition at the Israeli Pavilion reminds us of the peculiarities of kibbutz architecture and aims to build a bridge to the future.

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The bridge across the valley

by Claus Käpplinger

The bridge across the valley
Here, construction comes into its own. Connections are not talked about but simply shown - modestly but accurately in black and white. "Landschaft und Kunstbauten" (Landscape and Engineering Structures) is the title of the exhibition realized at the Swiss Pavilion by the renowned engineer Jürg Conzett from Chur. It mostly features bridges in Switzerland.

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Not a fairytale from the Arabian Nights

by Annette Tietenberg

Not a fairytale from the Arabian Nights
The Kingdom of Bahrain has taken the Biennial's motto very seriously: People meet, take a seat, watch, listen, dream. What better place to sit and think about the loss of identity, the increase in urban space and the magic of the sea than in fisherman's huts from the beach in Bahrain that were taken down with their owners' permission. And there is already one tangible result: the Golden Lion for the best country contribution.
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When sugar cubes float above the coffee cups

by Claus Käpplinger

When sugar cubes float above the coffee cups
Like its sister event, the Architecture Biennial has long since expanded beyond its traditional grounds in the Giardini. There are a great number of intriguing country pavilions not only in the halls of the Venice's Arsenale, but also scattered around the city. So we resolved to take a walk past the contributions by Portugal, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Cyprus, Iran, Singapore, Hong Kong and several other exhibitions.

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The digitally cleansed city

The digitally cleansed city
In the framework of the Audi Urban Future Award 2010 curated by Stylepark, six internationally active architecture offices participated in a process in the course of which they developed their own particular visions of how mobility, architecture and the city will in future interact. Five of them are currently presenting their ideas in an exhibition at Venice. The competition was won by Berlin-based Jürgen Mayer H.

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Well done!

by Annette Tietenberg

Well done!
The British Pavilion has opened its doors to a School of Seeing. Given the wealth of models, photographs, maps, drawings, notes, film and exhibits from various ages that comment on one another here, indeed seem to generate one another, all the media manifestations, differences in genres and lines dividing the epochs seem to have little validity. At "Villa Frankenstein", where architecture, art and historiography bid you good night, order gets upended.
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High architecture in the country

by Daniel von Bernstorff

High architecture in the country
The recently opened extension building for the Nya Nordiska textiles editeur designed by Staab Architekten in Dannenberg in Lower Saxony, is a minor sensation and a prime example for the successful integration of commercial architecture into an urban context.

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On amazement and a cat in the arsenals

by Oliver Elser

On amazement and a cat in the arsenals
Kazuyo Sejima, the Director of the 12th Venice Architecture Biennial, has pulled something special out of the bag with the central exhibition "People meet in Architecture". She has managed to create an atmosphere of light-heartedness in which the opportunities afforded by contemporary architecture as well as the latter's limits are on show without glossing over the weighty issues.
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A Question of Coating

A Question of Coating
AGC makes available a range of highly specialized solar protection coatings for glass - brand named Stopsol.
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Architecture | Culture

LED moves to Neuschwanstein

LED moves to Neuschwanstein
The world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle now boasts a new LED lighting system.

Architecture | Culture

Stonehenge of the oceans

Stonehenge of the oceans
In spring 2010, Henning Larsen's architecture studio in Copenhagen won the competition to design the Batumi Aquarium on the Black Sea. The design plays with images of nature, water and transformation.
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Staying at the Viura

Staying at the Viura
Named 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.

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Staying in generous expanses of white

Staying in generous expanses of white
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.
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Raumlaborberlin and the revival of the urban style

by Katja Szymczak

Raumlaborberlin and the revival of the urban style
The projects by the artists' and architects' collective "Raumlaborberlin" are far from being conventional. The group of eight, which is at present developing the exhibition architecture for the "Audi Urban Future Award" that is curated by Stylepark, is currently presenting a very special kind of installation at Kunsthaus Bregenz.
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Medium in height, but maximum savings

Medium in height, but maximum savings
The Westarkade, West Arcade building of the Frankfurt KfW Banking Group, is one of the first office sky-rises in the world requiring just 98 kilowatt hours per sq. meter to operate.

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Translucent, folded and perforated

Translucent, folded and perforated
Architects Diane Heirend & Philippe Schmit's expansion of the Luxembourg art gallery in the Villa Vauban adds a metal-clad annex.

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Just plans!

by Mathias Remmele

Just plans!
Hardly any other metropolis has been subjected to such radical upheavals in the last century as the German capital. The exhibition "Das ungebaute Berlin" (Unbuilt Berlin) shows the projects which never saw the light of day. Who, for example, remembers Max Bill's suggestions for expanding the New National Gallery in 1981?

Architecture | Culture

Heart in Detail

Heart in Detail
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.
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Mirror, glass and dual usage

Mirror, glass and dual usage
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.
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An iceberg of marble, glass and metal

An iceberg of marble, glass and metal
Alongside Holmenkollen, Oslo Opera House on Oslo fjord is one of the landmarks of Norway's capital and is even considered a national symbol.
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A control center for the Games

A control center for the Games
A 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.

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Bringing nature into the home

Bringing nature into the home
In 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.
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The Kirnu Concept

The Kirnu Concept
The Finnish pavilion at this year's Expo in Shanghai shows how you can forge an overall concept from symbols of fish scales, stones, a view of the Nordic skies, dew, water and wood.
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A successful transformation

A successful transformation
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.
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The kettle of innovation

The kettle of innovation
The environmentally innovative wood plastic composite UPM ProFi creates a visually unique marble white facade for the ‘Giant´s Kettle' the Finnish Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
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Embedded in the landscape

Embedded in the landscape
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.
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Window overlooking the lake

Window overlooking the lake
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.
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A good reading of London's soul

by Lucy Bullivant

A good reading of London's soul
Architect Renzo Piano's design for Central St. Giles breathes new life into a part of London that was otherwise in a sorry state. Urban design that as a stroke of good fortune.
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A calabash of fun

A calabash of fun
In Johannesburg, an unmistakable stadium, resplendent in African colors, awaits football fans - "Soccer City".

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Rural urban interaction – the harmonious interaction between town and country

Rural urban interaction – the harmonious interaction between town and country
The Swiss Pavilion at this year's Expo in Shanghai embodies the symbiosis between town and country. It presents itself as a hybrid structure comprising technology and nature, which combines the city and the country and keeps them in balance. Furthermore, an interactive, intelligent façade system playfully demonstrates just how much unused energy surrounds us everywhere.

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At one with Carrara and Palladium

At one with Carrara and Palladium
A new congress center has opened in the Uzbek capital Tashkent. The mineral material Corian® was the primary material used for the wall cladding in the auditorium.
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Functional ornamentation

by Nancy Jehmlich

Functional ornamentation
Centuries ago, in a small town in Tunisia on the edge of the Sahara, craftsmen experimented with the decorative potential of brick. At the same time they created functional but contemporary architecture.-
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Shall no wish be left unfulfilled

by Jochen Paul

Shall no wish be left unfulfilled
In Munich's Mühlbachviertel you can "test-live in" a new apartment block.

Architecture | Public Spaces

Border-free glass

Border-free glass
As a material glass offers the maximum possible transparency between two separate spaces. As few restrained attachments as possible, such as window frames or mounting systems, should disrupt this impression. Glas Marte faces these challenges of innovative glass application head on.

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Luigi Caccia Dominioni and the house as a bespoke suit

by Matteo Vercelloni

Luigi Caccia Dominioni and the house as a bespoke suit
He has been dubbed the "most elegant man in Milan" by Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti. Born ninety-seven years ago on the 7th of December, the Saint's Day of St. Ambrose, at Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, the Milanese architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni will take anyone with an open mind to task on the subject of architecture, interior decoration and design, which he has always seen as a uniform whole, backing up his arguments with highly contemporary anecdotes and examples.

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Between the door and hinge

Between the door and hinge
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.
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Light architecture

Light architecture
The work of Berlin studio Mader Stublic Wiermann plays with light and shift our perception in and of the city.
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One building is not enough

by Thomas Wagner

One building is not enough
The VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron in Weil am Rhein is now open. What is the concept behind the building? And how does its architecture go together with the Vitra Home Collection whose diversity is spread throughout the spectacular stack of buildings?

Architecture | Culture

Strata of the city - Sergei Tchoban 3/3

Strata of the city - Sergei Tchoban 3/3
Sergei Tchoban is an outstanding architect, and the same applies to his drawing talents. The German architect with Russian roots has provided three drawings to enrich our thematic block on "Invisibility - Out of Sight" and in so doing offered a completely new perspective on the theme.
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Cool air

Cool air
The meaning of air conditioning is to create a pleasant ambient climate for people in the room. The goal: A climate that ensures the health and comfort of the users. The use of room cooling surfaces, in particular cooling ceilings, is the best way to meet these high standards.
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Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes
The fittings, attached to the door leaf in reduced form and material, are in fact the only indication of there being a door at all, and are complemented by corresponding aids geared to getting closer to a flush door. A look "behind the scenes" of the door is well worthwhile.
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Given flowing form

by Patrick Barton

Given flowing form
How Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa open out their buildings.
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Architecture | Culture

The Pure

The Pure
Small, 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.
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Architecture | Lighting

Small bright dots

Small bright dots
Lighting systems that are almost unnoticeably integrated into the ceiling system ensure that the room does not compete with the lighting as the two blend almost perfectly.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

The Discrete Charm of Hidden Qualities

by Thomas Wagner

The Discrete Charm of Hidden Qualities
Whether the objective is improving the acoustics of a room, cooling it or heating it, today there are technical solutions that accomplish the desired results without attracting attention to themselves and aesthetically overburdening a space.
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Invisible pipelines

Invisible pipelines
Pleasant ambient comfort is not just a matter of warmth in the room, as the temperature of the outside walls also plays a part. Alongside external heaters that simply warm up ambient air, there are also heating systems integrated into the wall that deliver pleasant radiant heat akin to that from a tiled stove - and yet remain invisible.
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Black, with a view

Black, with a view
A house in the Japanese town of Otake with spacious open and white zones forms a marvelous frame for an almost limitless panorama.
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Architecture | Public Spaces

Nightingale, I cannot hear you!

Nightingale, I cannot hear you!
Acoustics are becoming an ever more important criterion in the planning and outfitting of interiors.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Perfecting the Invisible

by Thomas Wagner

Perfecting the Invisible
Discretion is a fine thing. What we don't need to see relieves the burden on our eyes. Where a building's appearance recedes subtly into the background and systems that are essential for a building's functionality are no longer visible, it opens up manifold possibilities for design.
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How to see that we cannot see

by Thomas Wagner

How to see that we cannot see
Architecture and the aesthetics of architecture move on rapidly. That said, it is not only the architects who design a building that are involved in this process but also the architecture systems and products that allow them to realize innovative architectural solutions. In the coming weeks, in our focal topic "Invisibility - Out of Sight", we will be presenting a number of these innovative solutions to you. To begin with, we would like to take a look at whether and to what extent we can trust our perception.
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Shower in white while enjoying the ivy

Shower in white while enjoying the ivy
In 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.
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Glass room divider: Open, communicative and almost undisturbed

Glass room divider: Open, communicative and almost undisturbed
Flexible usage is becoming increasingly important when designing office and event rooms. The idea is to enable rooms to be adjusted flexibly to their individual requirements.

Architecture | Residential

Of nurbs and border crossers

Of nurbs and border crossers
Spanish architect Enric Ruíz Geli has crossed the borders between industry and art by combining traditional materials with latest-generation materials.
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Ludwig conducts on the big stage

by Sandra Hofmeister

Ludwig conducts on the big stage
For the construction of the Paris Philharmonic Georg Ackermann, a company of carpenters, built an acoustic model on a scale of 1:10. In order to be able to simulate what the situation in the concert hall would later be as exactly as possible, it even has a large number of little puppets sitting in the audience wearing noise-absorbing clothing and little caps instead of hair.
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Like 300 full-grown building workers

Like 300 full-grown building workers
This standardised fastening system, called Tennect, by Carl Stahl, is the first of its kind. It was introduced to the european public at Deubau 2010 in Essen.

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Fuel at the six-legged dog

by Nancy Jehmlich

Fuel at the six-legged dog
At the beginning of the 1950s, Italian oil company Agip came up with the idea of linking gas station architecture to the company's corporate identity. An exhibition at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt presents Italy's gas station architecture during the economic recovery of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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These bubbles won’t burst

These bubbles won’t burst
The „Water Cube" seems to be sliced from a giant cube of soap-bubble foam. This prestigious project comprises over 100,000 sq.m. of ETFE foils, meaning it is the single largest ETFE structure in the world to date.
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Modernism’s Ugly Duckling

by Nora Sobich

Modernism’s Ugly Duckling
The Boston City Hall is one of the most controversial examples of American Brutalism. Once celebrated as avant-garde, today it gets greeted only with scorn - and is gradually falling apart.

Architecture | Culture

An architectural answer to integrating people

An architectural answer to integrating people
The 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.

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Big Time in the Big D

by Ulf Meyer

Big Time in the Big D
In Dallas, too, business yearns for culture. A theater designed by Rem Kohlhaas and an opera house created by Norman Foster are supposed to help give the city of oil a makeover.

Architecture | Culture

The Kunstgalerie’s tentacles

The Kunstgalerie’s tentacles
The façade of Uetikon's Kunstgalerie is resplendent with huge concrete suction caps that hug the building as if they were the tentacles of a giant octopus. Emulating the shape of the suction pads,...
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An orange-colored temptress

An orange-colored temptress
The body, with its prismatic folds, is extremely colorful - with its bright orange, and in places yellow and red, it tempts visitors to step inside.

Architecture | Culture

Tetris on Spanish markets

Tetris on Spanish markets
Intending to revitalize the "Santa-Caterina" public market square in Barcelona Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT Arquitectes designed a new roof for the market hall, which dates from 1848 and is located on the square.
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The making of concrete skin

The making of concrete skin
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Special system bright rolled

Special system bright rolled

Architecture | Culture

The brick avant-garde

The brick avant-garde
The 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.

Architecture | Culture

The complex requirements for museum glazing

The complex requirements for museum glazing
In museum buildings, it is customary to use clear glass that is very low in iron oxide to make certain that the art works are illuminated by a light of unadulterated color. This is also the case at Brandhorst Museum in Munich the architectural studio Sauerbruch Hutton designed as a museum that relied purely on daylight.

Architecture | Culture

Weather-beaten windmills

Weather-beaten windmills
Never before had so much copper been used for the outer surface of a building: 428 tons in 7,200 plates with 1,500,000 embossings and perforations.
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Danfoss Universe

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Danfoss Universe
The Berlin architect Jürgen Mayer H. has completed the extension of the Danfoss Universe Science Park in Nordburg, Denmark.
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On crystals and diamonds

On crystals and diamonds
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 Top-drawer time bombs

Architecture | Public Spaces

A bright white wave

A bright white wave
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Foresight in Hindsight
Frankfurt High-Rises <br/>1990 to 2000
Frankfurt High-Rises <br/>1980 to 1990
Frankfurt High-Rises <br/>1950 to 1960
Frankfurt High-Rises <br/> 1960 to 1970
Architecture with added value

Architecture | Restaurants

In Luzia’s garden

In Luzia’s garden
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Energy remains within the interior

Architecture | Featured Project

Solidly presented

Solidly presented
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Eight days on the loose
Here come the Finns!
Hot Spots: <br/>The ideal summer for architects
What lodged in <br/> Ateliermob´s mind:

Architecture | Office Buildings

Libeskind’s façade labyrinth

Libeskind’s façade labyrinth
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The remote controlled house

The remote controlled house
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Hot spots: In the shadow <br/>of the giant mushroom
Hot spots: a Modernist dip
Trade off
A building must help define<br/>its surroundings

Architecture | Residential

Freedom of color

Freedom of color
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The thing inside the sawmill
Cosmopoverty
Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
Fast tube to enjoyment
Cocoon by fashion patterns

Architecture | Residential

Elegant bathrooms

Elegant bathrooms
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A Clockwork Modernism
Please touch
Architecture Know-How </br> in Museum and Archive
Rem Koolhaas’ foundations
Simple city life
Gondola! Gondola!

Architecture | Public Spaces

Sunny world underground

Sunny world underground
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Starbrick at the lapidarium

Starbrick at the lapidarium
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May we introduce Rupert?

Architecture | Office Buildings

Herringbone under the table

Herringbone under the table
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Architecture | Culture

Galeria Nedbalka

Galeria Nedbalka
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Architecture’s creative struggle

Architecture | Residential

The invisible window

The invisible window
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The Mexican storyteller

Architecture | Office Buildings

Made of both metal and glass

Made of both metal and glass
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More space for moving images

Architecture | Hospitality

The Chedi Andermatt

The Chedi Andermatt
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Derek Dellekamp’s fine feel for interspace

Architecture | Culture

White Cube?

White Cube?
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Culture in Construction

Architecture | Education

Lights on the campus

Lights on the campus
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Like a gleaming light at night

Like a gleaming light at night
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Mexico City’s <br/> Gordian knot
London's change of things
The mastermind of building shells from Rügen
Bad weather pool
The selfie façade
AfE-Tower <br/>1972 – 2014
Locomotive Breath
Chasing down images
NAUKOGRAD

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Cantina Florio

Cantina Florio
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Revitalization at the touch of a switch

Architecture | Bathroom

Marbrerie Lampertz

Marbrerie Lampertz
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Architecture | Culture

Theatre for a year

Theatre for a year
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Beautiful homes rising from the dust

Architecture | Office Buildings

The communicative office

The communicative office
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Architecture | Public Spaces

Diamonds for The Hague

Diamonds for The Hague
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Architecture | Education

35 degrees in Vienna

35 degrees in Vienna
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Prêt-à-porter living
New found design

Architecture | Public Spaces

Splashing about sustainably

Splashing about sustainably
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Hallingdal and its successors
Schoolyard hitting it BIG
Making German cities a better place
Pink Panther on the Spree
Divine sense of detail

Architecture | Office Buildings

The flexible office

The flexible office
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Architecture | Residential

New archetypes

New archetypes
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Architecture | Public Spaces

A civic center bathed in light

A civic center bathed in light
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Colorful office amoebas

Colorful office amoebas
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Glass, glass and nothing but glass
From hand to building
A Magic Spell – in Spanish

Architecture | Education

Open school

Open school
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The ECB, the new building and the magic of the number two
Bamboo not concrete

Architecture | Office Buildings

Magenta, purple and grass green

Magenta, purple and grass green
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The Serpentine Cloud

Architecture | Office Buildings

Light And Shade

Light And Shade
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Others were more radical
Viva Lina! An Italian in Brazil
It’s not art but does that make it design?
Bauhaus in Calcutta

Architecture | Residential

All in white…

All in white…
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Pleasing an entire island
Curtain raised in Weil am Rhein

Architecture | Office

Freedom of movement

Freedom of movement
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Architecture | Living

Mirror, mirror

Mirror, mirror
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Architecture | Hospitality

Baltic blue

Baltic blue
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Go for it!
Hide and seek in Andalucía
Synthetic flooring goes green with castor oil <br> Part 3
Kenzo Tange and Socialism
Architects, a thing for sliding windows<br>Part 1

Architecture | Office Buildings

Light, elegant and durable

Light, elegant and durable
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News & Stories | BAU 2013 Munich

Selected manufacturers at BAU 2013

Selected manufacturers at BAU 2013
The BAU, world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, celebrates its 20 year anniversary in 2013. A list of selected exhibitors shows you which manufacturers are to be found where.

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Preferred method of transportation

by Thomas Edelmann

Preferred method of transportation
Hamburg has splashed out on a new subway line with two new, well-designed train stations. One is for the most part still closed since there are no finished buildings close by. But one day there will be thousands using the new route to travel through the city. That’s a promise!
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Cinder blocks and low-mast street lighting
Pipe dreams on paper
Eye-catcher in rust red

Architecture | Featured Project

Digital time travel

Digital time travel
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Architecture | Education

Pioneering panels

Pioneering panels
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Intelligent glass scales

Intelligent glass scales
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Architecture | Lighting

Magnificent molecules

Magnificent molecules
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Architecture | Living

Versatile

Versatile
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Architecture | Public Spaces

Diversity in design

Diversity in design
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News & Stories | Audi Urban Future Initiative 2012

On the road to the “New American Dream”

by Jörg Zimmermann

On the road to the “New American Dream”
The US architectural firm Höweler + Yoon won the Audi Urban Future Award 2012 with their detailed concept proposal for the Boston/Washington metropolitan region. The award ceremony was staged as part of the Istanbul Design Biennale.
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Architecture | Hospitality

Making a stylish entrance

Making a stylish entrance
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Urban-Think Tank or Connections in the third dimension
Superpool or Involving citizens

Architecture | Office Buildings

Let there be light!

Let there be light!
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Architecture | Office Buildings

The elegance of glass

The elegance of glass
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The allure of uncompleted architecture

by Daniel von Bernstorff

The allure of uncompleted architecture
The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam is honoring the great American architect Louis Kahn with his first retrospective in 20 years. The Vitra Design Museum played an instrumental role in the conception of the exhibition, which will be on show there next year.
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Room with a fairytale garden

by Milenka Thomas

Room with a fairytale garden
This hotel only has one room, but in exchange it is filled with all kinds of curiosities just waiting to be discovered and explored. Who else could be behind this unusual concept other than Dutch design collective Droog? It recently unveiled its first hotel in Amsterdam.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Yellow ribbon

Yellow ribbon
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Where trolls climb the mountains
A renunciation of the master builder?
On the eternal rationale of the small handy shape
Long-lasting and attractive

Architecture | Health

Moving façades

Moving façades
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Architecture | Residential

Organic brickwork

Organic brickwork
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Phenomenology of viewing

by Sandra Hofmeister

Phenomenology of viewing
Once upon a time Karl Friedrich Schinkel was commissioned to reshape the urban design of central Berlin. And today countless buildings in Berlin and Potsdam bring him to mind, such as Alte Museum am Lustgarten. Photographer Gerrit Engels has documented them quite soberly.
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Made by the hands of community

Architecture | Public Spaces

Non-slip fun at the pool

Non-slip fun at the pool
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Shifting spaces
Munich’s showcase

Architecture | Office Buildings

The secret’s in the coloring

The secret’s in the coloring
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When apartment blocks are built of asparagus

by Sandra Hofmeister

When apartment blocks are built of asparagus
Designs by architect Terunobu Fujimori present an encounter between the archaic and the futuristic. Up to now, all of his buildings have been in Japan. Now Villa Stuck in Munich is presenting his first major show in Europe. And Fujimori has even created a vision made of asparagus and other eatables especially for the Bavarian capital.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Energy-saving CCF façades

Energy-saving CCF façades
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Architecture | Residential

Farmhouse meets high-tech

Farmhouse meets high-tech
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Architecture | Public Spaces

Up in the clouds

Up in the clouds
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Breathing a sigh of relief – behind the blinds

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The art of vaulting

The art of vaulting
He conquered America’s inner cities with the old technique of the Catalan vault: Spanish engineer Rafael Guastavino. Today his works are experiencing a revival. Nora Sobich met Guastavino expert John Ochsendorf for a chat.

Architecture | Bathroom

In praise of flatness

In praise of flatness
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Networked all-round

by Armin Scharf

Networked all-round
While we continue to digitally network ourselves ever further, home sweet home is largely still an analog island. Yet there are many arguments in favor of connecting the various technologies in our homes. Light+Building featured systems and ways to technically organize the interaction of lighting, heating, communications and household appliances.
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Hymn to construction

by Mathias Remmele

Hymn to construction
The exhibition "Building the Revolution" at Berlin's Martin Gropius Bau presents a range of Soviet art and architecture from the period 1915-35. The geometric idiom typical of these works lends the art an architectural feel as expressed in names such as "Painterly architecture".
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Ready for take-off

by Nina Reetzke

Ready for take-off
Not much longer to go, as in early June the Berlin Brandenburg airport opens. Heike Nehl and Sibylle Schlaich at Moniteurs designed the signage system. In fact, the first signs have already been put in place on the construction site.

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The minimalist view

by Franziska Horn

The minimalist view
"I don't draw – I photograph!," says John Pawson. And we can readily believe him: in the course of the last decade the British architect has shot over 250,000 photos. And for the first time a selection is on show at Munich Technical University's Architecture Museum attached to Pinakothek der Moderne.
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Reflections on architecture

by Ralf Wollheim

Reflections on architecture
The "Testify! The Consequences of Architecture" exhibition at Deutsches Architektur Zentrum in Berlin explores individual experiences with architectural projects worldwide.
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In the shadow of the light

by Juliane Grützner

In the shadow of the light
The new underground extension at Frankfurt's Städel Museum is connected to the outside world by circular skylights. They provide the new hall built under the garden with daylight, which, however, does not quite reach all the exhibits in sufficient measure.
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High-rises from paradise

by Nina Müller

High-rises from paradise
Green design goes really green: Singapore-based Woha architecture office develops visionary high-rises that not only exceed the customary standards for sustainable design, but are completely conquered by nature. At airy heights and well above the clouds of urban smog, they turn residential and office complexes into paradisiacal lagoons.

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Shenzhen’s Strada Novissima

by Mi You

Shenzhen’s Strada Novissima
Chinese cities are known to grow very rapidly. So it is all the more important that those involved talk about architecture and urban planning. One suitable platform for discussion is the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale. For the show in Shenzhen, curator Terence Riley chose the topic "Street" and asked twelve architects for façade designs.
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Ambiguity – between hot-dogs and high-rises

by Ralf Wollheim

Ambiguity – between hot-dogs and high-rises
In Berlin's villa quarter of all places, namely in Zehlendorf, or to be more precise at Haus am Waldsee, Graft Architects are just presenting their visionary-like installations and objects. Alongside converting Hotels Q and their "Phantom" table there are many unrealized projects on view. For example, the design for a temporary art gallery in Berlin that seems to float like a cloud over Schlossplatz.
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More design for walls and ceilings

More design for walls and ceilings
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The splash of color did nothing more than get on Spiegel employees’ nerves
Verner Panton once caused quite a stir with his psychedelic design for “Spiegel’s” offices. While parts of the “Spiegel Cafeteria” will soon feature in Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, the “Spiegel” unveils its new, illustrious office building designed by architectural firm Henning Larsen – this time the Ippolito Fleitz Group has handled the restaurant’s interior design.
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The secret beyond the demilitarized zone

by Sandra Hofmeister

The secret beyond the demilitarized zone
The "Pyongyang Architecture Guide" by Philipp Meuser classifies the design of North Korea's capital as a systematic cabinet of curiosities and also explains the history of the city.
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Death of a Palace

by Mathias Remmele

Death of a Palace
The Palast der Republik in Berlin may no longer exist, but documentation of its demolition does. Christian von Steffelin captured the stages of its destruction on camera. His photos can now be appraised in a commendable illustrated book.

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Grown stairs

Grown stairs
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Fill up here!

by Thomas Wagner

Fill up here!
They have been fueling automotive advancement for around 100 years now: gas stations. In Christof Vieweg's informative and richly illustrated book "Volltanken bitte!" we discover that the first gas station was a pharmacy, which brands were once sold, when certain architectural models emerged and what particularly attractive stations look like.
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Red and white stripes

Red and white stripes
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High-power solar facade

High-power solar facade
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A lot of life in one person

by Thomas Edelmann

A lot of life in one person
He is without doubt one of the best-known Frankfurt architects and the German Architecture Museum is rightly devoting a major retrospective to his oeuvre. For Frankfurt, Ernst developed the concept of "The New Frankfurt", which should to this day prompt discussion, for example as regards overcoming bureaucratic hurdles.
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Living with “Eastern Modernism”

by Sandra Hofmeister

Living with “Eastern Modernism”
Roman Bezjak has been photographing the architecture of "Eastern Modernism" since 2005. His images do not so much serve documentary purposes, but rather convey what he has seen in relation to everyday life – while maintaining a certain distance. A new photo book presents a selection of these snapshots depicting an uncertain future.
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Trade fairs as the drivers of urban development

by Peter Sägesser

Trade fairs as the drivers of urban development
During the Cold War, the trade fair in Zagreb was one of the few locations where NATO member countries and Warsaw Pact nations presented their wares. Today, the trade-fair complex on the banks of the Sava River is hopelessly out of date and the city is considering a new solution.

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The Korean version of Modernism

by Mathias Remmele

The Korean version of Modernism
Outside his home country few know of Kim Swoo Geun, yet in South Korea he is considered one of the founders of architectural Modernism. A show in Berlin's Galerie Aedes curated by South Koreans offers everyone a chance to study the designs for the structures such as the Kyung Dong Church more closely.
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In the right light

In the right light
Whether 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.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Perforated, embossed refined

Perforated, embossed refined
Only on closer inspection you notice just how elaborate the perforated and embossed metal sheets are that RMIG makes available to architects.

Architecture | Residential

My house has four corners

My house has four corners
You 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?
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The opening of a once forbidden city

by Dirk Meyhöfer

The opening of a once forbidden city
Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani’s master plan foresees having the Novartis Campus building realized by various architects. The book series “Novartis Campus” documents the buildings in the large-scale Basle project that are now already standing.

Architecture | Residential

Glass protection

Glass protection
In Vilnius a collector of antique books built his family home round the historical walls of a cannon foundry.
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Architecture | Hospitality

For a coffee in the Rog

For a coffee in the Rog
Cafeteria Rog is located in the center of Ljubljana, directly at the site of a new cultural center, named “Rog”.
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Architecture | Shops

Showroom in Vienna

Showroom in Vienna
The Viennese architecture firm Solid architecture landed the contract to design the new Bene showroom in the Austrian capital.
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Then there were only 76

Then there were only 76
Every millimeter counts In bathrooms – especially if they are small, but also where the height at which drainage systems are fitted is concerned.

Architecture | Residential

Remixing Lisbon

Remixing Lisbon
In 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.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Retreat and dialog

Retreat and dialog
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.
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Marthashof residential estate

Marthashof residential estate
Custom-made perforated sheet metal decorated the facades and sun-protection sections used for the houses in Berlin's Marthashof.
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Off to the Eifel

Off to the Eifel
A weekend house in the Nationalpark Eifel is covered from top to bottom in aluminum shingles.
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Black carbon stairs

Black carbon stairs
The stairs made by the Dutch manufacturer are nothing if not varied: on the one hand on account of the unusual combination of materials, and on the other their diverse shapes.
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Looking through the space in-between

Looking through the space in-between
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.
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At home in the open air

At home in the open air
Two garden pavilions that could not be more different - and yet are designed by the same firm of architects.

Architecture | Shops

Perforated throughout

Perforated throughout
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.
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Curved surfaces and oblique lines

Curved surfaces and oblique lines
Designing the new Vodafone building in Oporto, Portugal, the architects José António Barbosa and Pedro Guimarães of Barbosa Guimarães Arquitectos wished to reflect Vodafone's credo "Vodafone Life, Life in Motion".
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Architecture | Culture

Prisms on the ceiling

Prisms on the ceiling
In order to create an elaborate suspended ceiling when renovating the Collegiate Church in Stuttgart, architect Bernhard Hirche employed high-quality stainless steel components.

Architecture | Restaurants

The vine as a leitmotiv

The vine as a leitmotiv
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.
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A Jules Verne of architecture

by Amelie Znidaric

A Jules Verne of architecture
The creative Villa Villekulla in Brooklyn, New York serves as the headquarters of the architecture cooperative Terreform ONE. This is where ideas are generated for the city of the day after tomorrow. And where mobile houses and soft cars are designed.

Architecture | Education

Shimmering facade

Shimmering facade
Pre-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.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Diffuse sunlight

Diffuse sunlight
As opposed to most glass, on account of its U-shape, profiled glass is extremely resilient and can be used for large surface areas. Furthermore, this specially-shaped construction glass has typical aesthetic advantages.
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Architecture | Public Spaces

Resilient flooring system

Resilient flooring system
The "Floor and more power" hollow flooring system can be installed quickly and accurately. It is particularly resilient and is ideal for prestigious areas such as car showrooms and public areas, for example the entrance hall in airports and museums.
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Fully automatic corner openings and telescopic drive

Fully automatic corner openings and telescopic drive
Maximum user ease thanks to the fully automatic corner solutions, activated by the press of button for the refined sliding windows that Sky Frame presented for the first time at the BAU 2011 in Munich.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Double-skin facade concept

Double-skin facade concept
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.
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Glass room dividers

Glass room dividers
Rimadesio's "Velaria" dividing wall system stands out for its successful combination of high-grade glass sliding panels with thin frames and fittings.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Close to the Wind

Close to the Wind
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.
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Pictures on Concrete Surfaces

Pictures on Concrete Surfaces
Thanks to the "GraphicConcrete" technology, patterns, images and texts can be durably applied to concrete surfaces.
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Bjarke Ingels explains the world the way we like it

by Sandra Hofmeister

Bjarke Ingels explains the world the way we like it
The monograph "Yes is More" by Bjarke Ingels presents the history of architecture in comic form. Quite rightly the elaborately designed paperback won this year's prize for the best architects' monograph awarded by Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt/Main.

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The architect at the heart of things

by Daniel von Bernstorff

The architect at the heart of things
The first German issue of the Architect@work fair shows how relevant a focused trade fair can be. Alongside fairs such as Bau, ISH or Light+Building the more specialized fair provides a platform for innovations in the field of architecture.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Hidden hinges

Hidden hinges
Unfortunately, you only ever catch a very brief glimpse of the high-quality details of the concealed, high-quality door hinges, namely when the door is opened. For precisely this reason, DX hinges are a compelling solution for planners.

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The model housing development in Òbuda

by Peter Sägesser

The model housing development in Òbuda
In 1958, a model housing development was built in Budapest, the designs of which derived from a government-organized architecture and design competition. Even though the house designs were subsequently not built in other places, the interior designs laid the foundations for the modern Hungarian furniture industry.

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The arrow that shoots into the future

by Marcus Botsch

The arrow that shoots into the future
Something is happening in Russia. Concern about the architectural quality of the buildings in Moscow and the approach taken to public space has led to the founding of the Strelka Institutes. The educational institute's provisional new building was created by Rem Koolhaas, who is supporting the initiators.
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Playing field for architects

Playing field for architects
The circular skylights and large glass facades bring natural light into the rooms of the house Spreng.
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Putting transparency and monumentality in the right light
With the sweeping lines of its roof, the new airport building near Montevideo in Uruguay celebrates the aesthetics of aviation - and its lighting concept celebrates its powerful architecture.
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The Waterhouse in Shanghai

The Waterhouse in Shanghai
The Waterhouse is an exclusive 5-star hotel on the outskirts of the megacity of Shanghai. On the basis of an old Japanese army's headquarters, the architects of Neri & Hu developed this luxury boutique hotel.

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At home in a container

At home in a container
NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf is inviting architects and designers throughout the world to submit designs for an exhibition of container houses next spring.

Architecture | Public Spaces

Walking on air

Walking on air
They can be installed quickly and come in many shapes as serial productions - the inflatable structures by London company Inflate.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

The High House and the Long House

The High House and the Long House
Together 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.

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Kaleidoscopic urban planning

by Mathias Remmele

Kaleidoscopic urban planning
The exhibition "Realstadt. Wishes knocking on reality's doors" is showing in Berlin more than 300 architecture and urban planning projects from all over Germany. The exhibition stretches across around 8,000 square meters, yet as far as content goes, the presentation leaves many questions unanswered and the exhibits are more like showy objects.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Handmade, the traditional way

Handmade, the traditional way
At the Danish company Petersen Tegl, the seventh generation is now producing high-grade bricks as well as a special range of molded bricks, glazed tiles and special terracotta.
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Aging beautifully

Aging beautifully
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.
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Material in the interplay

Material in the interplay
"Haus KA", designed by lynx architecture, is a clear cube that consist of only a very few different materials.
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Seismographs of Architecture

Seismographs of Architecture
Next Thursday and Friday, an expert architectural symposium at Pinakothek der Moderne will address the phenomenon of crossover between architecture, art and society. The events series, entitled "futureLAB by 3M", itself practices the selfsame principle of crossover.
A coffered facade covering 9, 000 square meters
The facade of the Uppsala Concert and Congress Hall consists of a variation of vertical, slightly bent coffers, which interact to create the appearance of large, split crystal.
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Back when Chandigarh was being built

by Sandra Hofmeister

Back when Chandigarh was being built
Ernst Scheidegger's photos of the Indian city of Chandigarh document the reality of a utopia being built. More than 50 years later and previously unpublished, the photos are now appearing for the first time in an illustrated book.
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Off-the-rack power output

Off-the-rack power output
The Solyndra system has been specially designed to optimize photovoltaic output on low-pitched and highly reflective roofs.

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Chronochaos or The Tigers from Venice

by Thomas Wagner

Chronochaos or The Tigers from Venice
Concluding our series on the Architecture Biennial we ask: What vision of architecture do the exhibitions and contributions communicate? What attitudes do the architects take towards the past, present and future, and what role do power, experience and atmosphere play?
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Radical change and radical standstill

by Carsten Krohn

Radical change and radical standstill
Under the heading of "Chronochaos" Rem Koolhaas presents his proposals for the preservation of monuments and historical buildings. In one of the rooms at the back of Palazzo delle Esposizioni, visitors come face to face with photos, furniture and documents, some of which are stored as if in an archive. The architect has dedicated himself to a topic that comes as a surprise not only for the Biennial, but also for himself and his OMA studio.
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Niemeyer’s shadow

by Carsten Krohn

Niemeyer’s shadow
Oscar Niemeyer still works as an architect - at the grand old age of 102. As the exhibition in the Brazilian pavilion proves conclusively. The title "Brasilia - 50 Years On" whets the viewer's appetite; after all, the rigorously modern city was the promise of the day. Alongside Niemeyer, who designed the ideal city's most important buildings, the works of a new generation of young architects are also on display. Nonetheless, the Biennial's perhaps most interesting contribution to Brazilian architecture is actually to be found elsewhere.
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The past is the new future

by Axel Simon

The past is the new future
When the world changes, architecture changes, too. That sounds easier than it is. So what do the visions of the many different "futures" gathered at the Architecture Biennial look like? And what role does the past play in them?
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Tokyo in doll’s house chaos

by Axel Simon

Tokyo in doll’s house chaos
Japan's pavilion finds and unusual and surprising way to celebrate the "Metabolist" movement, which kicked off about half a century ago. Instead of space capsules and concrete shelving full of living units you can peruse doll's-house-sized models and an insightful presentation of Tokyo as the city of permanent change.
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Disillusion, Illusion, Solution

by Dirk Meyhöfer

Disillusion, Illusion, Solution
In Russian Pavilion a serious attempt is being made at the dialectical triple jump from the past into the future. It presented three emotional states en route to ideas to reanimate the Russian industrial city of Vyshny Volochok.
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Producing atmospheres or Close Links to Art

by Carsten Krohn

Producing atmospheres or Close Links to Art
Never before was an architecture biennial so similar to an art biennial. Indeed, the latest rivalry among star architects to devise ever more eccentric shapes spawned objects that were commissioned if only for their "sculptural" qualities. At the first architecture biennial since the Big Crash the focus is closer to art again - against the background of the skepticism towards the once booming "signature architecture".

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On How to Handle Free Spaces or Vacancies

by Sandra Hofmeister

On How to Handle Free Spaces or Vacancies
The solution need not always be a new building. And in the French Pavilion Dominique Perrault therefore asks how empty spaces in a city are handled and how we can rejuvenate our metropolitan peripheries. The Dutch Pavilion also focuses on how the existing can best be used. Here, Rietveld Landscape addresses the use of government-owned vacant buildings.
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High Noon in the Red Salon

by Dirk Meyhöfer

High Noon in the Red Salon
The word "Sehnsucht" (desire) is written above the gold-colored drapes decorat-ing the entrance to the German Pavilion at the Venice Giardini. Inside, a burgundy red salon awaits the visitor, featuring more than 180 representatives of the trade - who each inform us about the depths and shallows of their souls on a single sheet of paper.

Architecture | Residential

Pool house micro cosmos

Pool house micro cosmos
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.
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Artificially grayed larch

Artificially grayed larch
A residential house near Munich was given an artificial touch in a bid to better control the wood's natural graying process.
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A traveling house

by Nina Reetzke

A traveling house
One area on which Jean Prouvé focused in his work was prefabricated houses, construction elements and façades. The now legendary Maison Tropicale was one product of this. The prototypes stood in West Africa for almost 50 years and are now on show in a series of exhibitions in Europe and the USA.

Architecture | Residential

New roof on old walls

New roof on old walls
A traditional stone house in the Pyrenees was converted into a comfortable and handy second home.
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The Senior Leisure Nomad and the temporary city

by Deane Simpson

The Senior Leisure Nomad and the temporary city
As part of the Audi Urban Future Award, New York architects Diller Scofido + Renfro devoted some thought to the issue of mobile dwellings, responding to changes in residential patterns. Many older people above all in the United States have cut their ties with conventional notions of domesticity.

Architecture | Residential

A house with one room

A house with one room
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.
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The City as a Labo for Future Mobility

by Thomas Wagner

The City as a Labo for Future Mobility
The "AUFA Audi Urban Future Award 2010", which is curated by Stylepark, has set itself the task of thinking about the city of tomorrow as regards the issue of mobility. We are running a series of articles in coming weeks on some aspects of automobility and urban planning as relating to the AUFA - the latter will culminate on August 25 with a presentation of the findings in Venice in the form of an exhibition and the selection of the first prize winner.
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Red, redder, reddest

Red, redder, reddest
This year - the fortieth anniversary of the Serpentine Gallery - the pavilion installation by the same name was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Opaque light

Opaque light
Under the name Lumeo the company Durlum offers a ceiling lighting system that comes in many different designs.

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An open book

An open book
The slat blinds arranged in three different color shades on the façade of a new library building can be opened and closed like the pages of a book.

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Lots of colorful building blocks

by Werner Lippert

Lots of colorful building blocks
Recently published, the "Container Atlas" provides evidence that a new age of container architecture has dawned. It follows the trend towards temporary buildings trend and is a kind of pop-up architecture that no longer lays claim to historical longevity.
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The house as anchorage for the soul

by Thomas Wagner

The house as anchorage for the soul
The villas Richard Neutra built in the 1930s and 1940s, primarily in California, are regarded as icons of Modernism. However, the fact that he also completed projects in Europe has to date gone pretty much unnoticed. An extraordinary exhibition at Marta Herford Museum showcases Neutra's European villas, which were built in the last ten years of his life.

Architecture | Education

Between sunscreen and transparency: Everything for books

Between sunscreen and transparency: Everything for books
In collaboration with the architect Rem Koolhaas, Okalux developed insulating glass with integrated expanded metal, which was used in the construction of the Central Library in Seattle.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Gold comes, gold stays

Gold comes, gold stays
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.
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Living in stacks

by Peter-Philipp Schmitt

Living in stacks
U.S. American artist Mike Bouchet is showing a dismantled prefabricated house, model "Sir Walter Scott" in Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle. The sculptural exhibit was developed from the installation "Watershed" that Mike Bouchet erected in the harbor of the Arsenale in Venice as part of the Biennial.

Architecture | Office Buildings

Undercover agent

Undercover agent
"TIMax GL" is a translucent glass fiber insulation mesh that considerably enhances the thermal insulation of profiled glass on façades. It serves as a light-dispersing insulating insert and completely fills out the space between the glass.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Indestructible, ecologically beautiful

Indestructible, ecologically beautiful
The floorboards by Mydeck is made of a combination of waste wood and plastic and, yet, look like planks from solid wood.
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Let our fantasies become reality

by Lucy Bullivant

Let our fantasies become reality
Pupils from Westminster Academy in London were set the task of creating fantasy public spaces. The Serpentine Gallery is now presenting the results of the Fantasy Architecture competition.
Audi Urban Future Award - The Conference
The Audi Urban Future Award aims to analyze the future of our cities in the context of questions of mobility, and to offer concrete suggestions for their reconfiguration. During a Conference in London initial results are presented in a workshop. The process is documented and discussed in a publication.
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Visions for a future urban platform

by Sandra Hofmeister

Visions for a future urban platform
Our economy is based on growth, but growth has its limits. And thus our current urban planning stands on wobbly foundations. Architect Peter Haimerl and his team are working on a new city for the future. "Zoom Town" is an urban concept that coordinates various forms of mobility with each other in an overarching urban fabric.
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Architecture | Health

Updating Balneario

Updating Balneario
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'.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

None of your shabby old blinds

None of your shabby old blinds
For a new company building in the small Tyrolian town of Hall the sun-protection blinds were made specially of Plexiglas.

Architecture | Office Buildings

A crystal made of glass and concrete

A crystal made of glass and concrete
One 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.

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When the city learned to walk

by Nina Reetzke

When the city learned to walk
What will cities of the future look like? How will we move around in them? Archigram's utopia provide answers which are still exciting. Thanks to the Archigram Archival Project the designs and activities of the British architect group can now be viewed in detail on the Internet.
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Exhibiting the unexhibitable

by Carsten Krohn

Exhibiting the unexhibitable
Four months prior to the opening of the 12th Architecture Biennial in Venice director Kazuo Sejima presents her concept.

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Should the weather permit

by Marcel Krenz

Should the weather permit
The ski slope in blistering hot Dubai, the tropical theme pool in Bochum or a shopping experience in the air-conditioned shopping mall in Edmonton - artificial weather conditions and the exclusion of the forces of nature are today more than ever a task for architecture. The manual "-arium" approaches these challenges in an unusual way.

Architecture | Public Spaces

Wind tunnel above Oslo

Wind tunnel above Oslo
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.
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Architecture | Education

A monolith of light and shadow

A monolith of light and shadow
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.
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Learning world with a alpine view

by Falk Jaeger

Learning world with a alpine view
A short time ago the Rolex Learning Center designed by Japanese architectural office Sanaa for the EPFL in Lausanne opened. The learning center is already widely considered as the new architectural icon.
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Dynamic underlaid drawn

Dynamic underlaid drawn
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.
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Architecture | Residential

Where is the door?

Where is the door?
The name says it all. "L'invisibile" is a system that hides doors and their functions in the wall.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Positioned in seamless rows

Positioned in seamless rows
Sulfurcell's solar modules are so ingeniously made that they form an almost perfectly smooth surface, interrupted only by the finest of seams.
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Architecture | Culture

When Architecture becomes Invisible

by Thomas Wagner

When Architecture becomes Invisible
Today, architecture has a close kinship with the atmospheric environment. Although systems exhibiting a light-handed approach to technical sophistication are considerably less spectacular in terms of their metaphoric qualities than are domed cities or adventure installations made of nothing but atomized water, they make direct use of the effect and the experience of space. It is surely no accident that in doing so, many new systems strive for climatic and aesthetic efficiency.
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Architecture | Lighting

Not becoming invisible but rendering visible

Not becoming invisible but rendering visible
"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.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Multitalented Undercover Agents

by Thomas Wagner

Multitalented Undercover Agents
Today, façades do more than merely provide a building with an external boundary or adorn it with an attractive envelope. Above all where energy efficiency is concerned, the function of the façade itself is evolving. And when lighting is allowed to enhance a room without the source of the light getting in the way, the things we are not forced to see become perceptible.
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Corporate Architecture

Corporate Architecture
A 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.
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Architecture | Culture

The Second Life - Sergei Tchoban 2/3

The Second Life - Sergei Tchoban 2/3
Sergei Tchoban is an outstanding architect, and the same applies to his drawing talents. The German architect with Russian roots has provided three drawings to enrich our thematic block on "Invisibility - Out of Sight" and in so doing offered a completely new perspective on the theme.
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Architecture | Residential

A gem among stones

A gem among stones
In 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.
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Architecture | Bathroom

May the water flow for this purpose

May the water flow for this purpose
A fine, almost invisible channel serves as the water run-off for the shower.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

The intelligent façade

The intelligent façade
Façade constructions usually consist of two individual components which often have to be laboriously adjusted to one another to satisfy the developer's aesthetic requirements and functional demands. But it can be done differently.
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Architecture | Education

Going through walls

Going through walls
The Art College and Galerie Stihl in Waiblingen both shimmer milky white, playing with the light, seemingly light, and lit up at night.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Reflective Rooms

Reflective Rooms
What people expect of an office has changed down through time. Today, they are expected to be versatile, flexible, transparent, communicative and yet at the same time offer secluded, acoustically sealed rooms. Designing a glass dividing wall is a special challenge.
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You don’t even see the nicest windows

You don’t even see the nicest windows
Sky-Frame is a frameless high-tech sliding window system that can be fitted flush with walls, ceilings, and floors and meets the highest architectural and building standards.
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Architecture | Culture

A museum - Sergei Tchoban 1/3

A museum - Sergei Tchoban 1/3
Sergei Tchoban is an outstanding architect, and the same applies to his drawing talents. The German architect with Russian roots has provided three drawings to enrich our thematic block on "Invisibility - Out of Sight" and in so doing offered a completely new perspective on the theme.
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More than the sum of little houses

by Katharina Altemeier

More than the sum of little houses
Expectations were very high when Herzog & de Meuron were commissioned to build the domicile for Vitra's Home Collection in Weil am Rhein. The VitraHaus has now been completed and it is astonishing. The array of houses stacked one on top of the other is much more than just the sum of little houses.

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Tear down the old to welcome the new?

by Andreas Rossmann

Tear down the old to welcome the new?
Investors and developers usually have their problems with our aesthetic heritage, especially as the cycles of rejection and appreciation in architecture are unlike those in fashion or design. All the same, the discussion on 1960s architecture is currently growing, becoming more vocal and more differentiated.

Architecture | Culture

Water as the dominant theme

Water as the dominant theme
The new Convention Center in Zaragoza takes up the theme of "water" by creating the impression of a water surface in motion.
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Architecture | Education

A bright future

A bright future
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.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Making concrete progress

Making concrete progress
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...
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Architecture | Residential

Swiss Specialties

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Swiss Specialties
The Swissbau trade fair in Basel is a clearly structured and excellent overview of the entire construction trade.
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Architecture | Culture

A golden veil for the synagogue

A golden veil for the synagogue
The 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.

Architecture | Culture

Fusionopolis. A vertical city made of glass

Fusionopolis. A vertical city made of glass
The new science centre in Singapore, with all the amenities of a modern city, is growing in two phases. Fusionopolis, the research and development centre.

Architecture | Hospitality

The iceberg of Bordeaux

The iceberg of Bordeaux
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.
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Architecture | Office Buildings

Gleaming in the countryside

Gleaming in the countryside
Close 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...

Architecture | Culture

Sustainable CAOS

Sustainable CAOS

Architecture | Residential

Breaking the grid

Breaking the grid
The unique bonds are the result of ‘separating' the traditional Flemish bond into two layers, and conceptually situating the home in the space between these two layers.

Architecture | Bathroom

Only 90 millimetre!

Only 90 millimetre!
The channel drain CeraLine can easily be mounted in the wall or any place in the bottom. Adequate solution, also in case of renovation and with a lack of space: The new channel drain system CeraLine Plan with an installation height of only 90 mm!

Architecture | Office Buildings

Energy generating glass facade

Energy generating glass facade
The 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.

Architecture | Culture

Like a large, abstract painting

Like a large, abstract painting
Of coloured tonalities, material layerings and visual impressions of oscillation.
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Architecture | Culture

Anatomy of a green façade

Anatomy of a green façade
For more than 40 years, botanist Patrick Blanc has been developing the "mur végétal". It seems that the time has come to pay tribute to his wide-ranging work.

Architecture | Health

The mutable house

The mutable house
Usually you have to opt for one specific facade, but thanks to the new generation of horizontal folding shutters the character of a building can be changed after all.
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Architecture | Residential

Facades from 340 m depth

Facades from 340 m depth
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