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A building must help define its surroundings
A building must help define
its surroundings
23 July 2014

Not that long ago the label “residential high-rise” brought to mind images of cheap tenements and social flashpoints. Thomas Wagner talked to Claudia Meixner and Florian Schlüter of Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten about new, attractive and high-quality projects.

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A new Nordic perspective
A new Nordic perspective
by Martina Metzner | 21 July 2014

And we continue our explorations at "3DaysofDesign" in Copenhagen to find out if it's really true the Danes produce their wares sustainably and in their own country.

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Hot Spots: swimming in   the city or in the river
Hot Spots: swimming in
the city or in the river
by Thomas Wagner | 18 July 2014

Is there anything nicer than having a cool dip on a scorchingly hot day? Best of all downtown.

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In the good-life lab
In the good-life lab
by Martina Metzner | 16 July 2014

As regards design, Denmark certainly has its finger on the pulse of things. Is this anything more than a re-edition of Danish Modernism? Are objects being made sustainably inside Denmark? A trip to “3DaysofDesign” in Copenhagen provides the answers.

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Hot Spots: The One-Man Sauna
Hot Spots: The One-Man Sauna
by Thomas Wagner | 14 July 2014

Forget about the mixed sauna! In Bochum, people not only analyze urban interstices, they also get in a sweat all by themselves.

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The thing inside the sawmill
The thing inside the sawmill
by Franziska Horn | 11 July 2014

Madrid’s architect duo of Langarita Navarro is among the emerging young representatives of the “Movida Madrileña”: Their latest work, the Medialab building for Prado, stands for an unpretentious and ironic take on history.

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Great fake tortoiseshell
Great fake tortoiseshell
by Martina Metzner | 09 July 2014

Acetate was invented about 150 years ago as the first bio-plastic. Today it is primarily used for spectacle frames. Young designers such as the likes of Jean Baptiste Fastrez, Joséphine Choquet and Virgile Thévoz also create frames, tables and luminaires from it.

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A prize for the  wrong decisions
A prize for the
wrong decisions
by Dark Horse | 08 July 2014

The Berlin company “Dark Horse” consists of 30 partners who all have equal status – and has done so for five years. Can a hierarchy-free enterprise really succeed?

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The right Kit(t)
The right Kit(t)
by Martina Metzner | 06 July 2014

Take a backrest, a seat and four legs, add a touch of Scandinavia, pack it all in a box, and you’ve got “Kitt”, the breezy chair Stefan Diez designed for Hay.

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Bauhaus, the digital muse and a pearl
Bauhaus, the digital muse and a pearl
by Sophia Walk | 04 July 2014

During the “Digital Bauhaus Summit” in Weimar there was much discussion of creative collaboration in a digitized world of work.

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Cosmopoverty
Cosmopoverty
by Reinier de Graaf | 02 July 2014

Urban hurrah or unhappy rural exodus? People who live in the city are considered cosmopolitan. And yet: The flipside of this humungous influx to the cities reveals quite a different kind of international living: poor cosmopolitans, deprived of urban benefits.

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Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
by Ralf Wollheim | 30 June 2014

The “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” exhibition at Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ) in Berlin focuses on an architect who came to fame as a passionate champion of subsidized building in Brazil. Yet she remained an outsider at the “Escola Paulista”.

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Fast tube to enjoyment
Fast tube to enjoyment
by Uta Abendroth | 29 June 2014

Astonishing things are happening on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. Anyone climbing Carsten Höller’s “Slide Tower” will find not just an amazing view beckoning, but a slide with a great ride down. Added to which, grand master Álvaro Siza has created a new promenade that offers a novel route round the campus.

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Voulez vous Prouvé?
Voulez vous Prouvé?
by Uta Abendroth | 27 June 2014

At Design Miami, which took place in parallel to Art Basel, the French galleries presented an awful lot of Jean Prouvé originals. The icing on the cake: Konstantin Grcic transformed an Audi TT into a mobile living machine.

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Cocoon by fashion patterns
Cocoon by fashion patterns
by Antje Southern | 27 June 2014

Compared to last year’s Serpentine Pavilions, the new one by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić’s is certainly the most astounding and unpredictable yet.

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Charles Brooking’s world of windows
Charles Brooking’s world of windows
by Barbara Basting | 25 June 2014

So have we simply accepted the fact that nowadays one window looks just like any other?
This wonderful collection from England demonstrates just how much variety in window shapes and materials there once was.

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Well made and pleasant
Well made and pleasant
by Thomas Edelmann | 23 June 2014

For “Berlin Design Week”, philosopher Hannes Böhringer, photographer Hans Hansen and designer Axel Kufus invited representatives of a variety of disciplines to a conference to discuss the notion of ‘elegance’. The result: unusual and exciting stimuli for design.

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Digital Bauhaus
Digital Bauhaus
22 June 2014

Can the idea of the Bauhaus be transposed onto the digital age? This will be
the issue tackled at the “Digital Bauhaus Summit” at the end of June in
Weimar. Adeline Seidel interviewed the conference curators Philipp Albers,
Holm Friebe, Mads Pankow and Kathrin Passig via the cloud.

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The dream of an open society
The dream of an open society
by Adeline Seidel | 20 June 2014

The Dutch pavilion celebrates Jaap Bakema and with him the achievements of a form of post-War Modernism whose architecture is shaped by the institutions of the welfare state.

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Import – Export
Import – Export
by Franziska Eidner | 18 June 2014

Modernist architecture as a symbol of emancipation or occupation? Freedom or disenfranchisement? The country contributions from and about African countries provide many an idea in this regard.

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A Clockwork Modernism
A Clockwork Modernism
by Thomas Wagner | 17 June 2014

What course did Modernism take in Britain? “Clockwork Jerusalem” takes a glance at William Blake to paint a surprising picture.

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Modernism   and its uncle
Modernism
and its uncle
by Thomas Wagner | 17 June 2014

A fun-loving uncle resides in the French pavilion. He’s called Hulot, was invented by Jacques Tati, and shows in an amusing way all the things that can go wrong in the world of Modernism.

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Please touch
Please touch
by Barbara Basting | 16 June 2014

A new pragmatism has changed Japanese architecture as if it has bid farewell to dreams – as can be discovered in the Japanese pavilion: “The Real World” is an unusually cluttered exhibition.



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Germany’s  Ex-Top Models
Germany’s
Ex-Top Models
by Thomas Wagner | 15 June 2014

In the form of “Bungalow Germania” Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis have created one of the best exhibits in the Biennale and realized an unsettlingly instructive piece on the political instrumentalization of architecture.

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Architecture Know-How   in Museum and Archive
Architecture Know-How
in Museum and Archive
by Adeline Seidel | 13 June 2014

A great deal of hard work went into the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The curators of the national pavilions kindly searched the archives and Rem Koolhaas had all manner of architectural elements brought to the Giardini. A tour of a surprisingly didactic exhibition.



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Italian affairs
Italian affairs
by Oliver Elser | 11 June 2014

For the exhibition “Monditalia” 41 teams were asked to design a piece about the country of Italy. The result: a show that is diverse, chaotic and at times pure kitsch.



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Rem Koolhaas’ foundations
Rem Koolhaas’ foundations
by Thomas Wagner | 10 June 2014

Rem Koolhaas has assembled a marvelous architecture biennial that mines Modernism to uncover its foundations in a bid to address the urgent issues of building in the 21st century.



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If you want to understand Modernity you need to have fun with it
If you want to understand Modernity you need to have fun with it
by Thomas Wagner | 10 June 2014

“Fair Enough” reads the lettering heading the pavilion of the Russian Federation. In other words: Very well! Or could it indeed imply that someone is fed-up with economization? In any case, this pavilion is great fun – while smart and critical at the same time.

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Sun, moon and marble
Sun, moon and marble
by Martina Metzner | 09 June 2014

When it comes to designing fragile luminaires that have a minimalist, elegant look-and-feel, Michael Anastassiades, a Cypriot-born designer now living in London, is considered a master in his field. He even succeeds in teasing extraordinary shapes from a solid block of marble.

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Directly ahead of the Windsors
Directly ahead of the Windsors
by Antje Southern | 08 June 2014

Traditional tools and techniques governed the aesthetic flavor at Clerkenwell Design Week. Young UK companies like Dare Studio, Deadgood, Case and James UK celebrated their British roots and personalities – presenting a breed of truly British future antiques.

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Simple city life
Simple city life
by Adeline Seidel | 06 June 2014

“Yourtopia” is the name Dutch architects SeARCH have given their pavilion located next to Het Nieuwe Instituut. An urban “Walden” and a call for us to leave our comfort zones.



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Resisting fitting the grid
Resisting fitting the grid
by Christian Holl | 04 June 2014

“A structure I have always wanted to demolish” was the title of a design assignment that Arno Lederer gave several times at Stuttgart and Karlsruhe universities. Not that the architect had always been hell-bent on tearing down the buildings belonging to the Stuttgarter Hospitalhof complex. Now he has had them demolished after all – and in their place realized a very convincing alternative that exudes nothing but perfection. Almost.

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Gondola! Gondola!
Gondola! Gondola!
03 June 2014

June 7 sees the opening of the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Rem Koolhaas has chosen the basics of building as the main theme, along with “Absorbing Modernity 1914 – 2014”. So whom has gondoliere Rem welcomed on-board for the ride?

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Mr Hashimoto’s Chou Chou effect
Mr Hashimoto’s Chou Chou effect
01 June 2014

Yukio Hashimoto is one of Japan’s top interior designers and imbues hotels, spas and restaurants with a very special look and feel. Martina Metzner met the architect and asked him how he blends tradition with modern aspects, and why restaurants need dramatic lighting effects.

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Supercube reloaded
Supercube reloaded
by Sophia Walk | 30 May 2014

The architects at Dutch firm Personal Architecture planned the partial refurbishment of the cube complex that Piet Blom built in 1980s Rotterdam. Now the “Supercubes” have been reintegrated into Rotterdam’s urban fabric and society.

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Making a man into a chair
Making a man into a chair
by Franziska Horn | 28 May 2014

From Merano to London: Alto Adige-based product designer Harry Thaler melds originality with a quantum of international appeal. He delivers what many are still striving for: a fresh take on the tried-and-trusted.

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