The Frank Gehry-designed Pierre Boulez Saal to open this weekend
The Pierre Boulez Saal, a concert hall in Berlin designed by Frank Gehry, will open this weekend with an inaugural concert that will be live streamed. The concert hall, which is more quiet than most of Gehry’s other work, was designed in collaboration with the renowned acoustician Yasuhisa... View full entry
Take a look at ZHA's competition entry for the Neue Nationalgalerie extension in Berlin
Patrik Schumacher, the current head of Zaha Hadid Architects, posted a few photos on his Facebook showing the firm's designs for the Neue Nationalgalerie extension competition. Over 40 firms participated in the competition before Herzog and de Meuron were announced as the winners. The Danish... View full entry
Unfold Berlin's modern architectural history in this nifty paper map
At nearly 350 square miles, [Berlin is] a difficult city to tour without some guidance. Its vastness is doubly inconvenient for architecture buffs...The [Modern Berlin Map] documents 50 buildings, selected by Berlin-based journalist Matthew Tempest. Unfolded, the front of the guide displays the landmarks on a map of Berlin, while the reverse catalogues the buildings in chronological order. This provides a unique lens through which to track the city’s political shifts.
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Latest from the 2016 World Architecture Festival: Day Two winners
It's Day Two at the 2016 World Architecture Festival, which concluded with seven more winners in the Completed Building category and nine Future Projects winners. Now that all the category winners have been revealed, the design teams will face off in one final round of project critiques with the super jury. One project will then be crowned as the Future Project of the Year and another will be the overall-winning World Building of the Year 2016.
Here are a few of the Day Two winners.Completed Buildings - SHOPPING: Crystal Houses by MVRDVHIGHER EDUCATION & RESEARCH: Investcorp Building for Oxford University by Zaha Hadid ArchitectsHOTEL AND LEISURE: Fushengyu Hotspring Resort by Aim ArchitectureSPORT: Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre... View full entry
The 2016 World Architecture Festival Day One winners
Returning to Berlin after four years in Singapore, the 2016 World Architecture Festival is in full swing. Over 2,000 architects and design enthusiasts flock to the two-day event to watch the live competition unfold before their eyes, as architecture teams go head-to-head to be crowned as... View full entry
OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released
OMA's Axel Springer building, which received the official launch from its namesake company today, visually confronts the disparate nature of modern office work. The 30-foot tall atrium with 3D facade elements creates a stage for unscripted interaction, while the more discreet sections of the... View full entry
WAF2016: your annual dose of the very latest in architectural thought, practice, ideas and activism
This post is brought to you by WAF. 2,500 architects, designers and allied professionals346 sqm of project galleries411 shortlisted projects presented in live crits100 international judges giving live critique on shortlisted schemes58 countries represented50 inspirational lectures and seminars... View full entry
Walls don't work: lessons from the Berlin Wall, 55 years after it was built
Donald Trump has made a wall on the US-Mexico border a controversial centerpiece of his presidential campaign, and EU countries have erected fences to keep migrants and refugees out. But the Berlin Wall anniversary should be a stark reminder: Walls can only contain people for so long. [...]
Almost 28 years after the wall came down, Germany’s capital remains economically disadvantaged from its divided years, while buildings in the former East still show the scars of neglect under Communism.
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The guerrilla designers fixing an iconic, but hideous, symbol of Berlin
The Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s most famous monument. In 1788, King Frederick William II of Prussia commissioned the Gate, which was designed by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans, to represent peace following the Thirty Years’ War. The Nazis used the Brandeburg Gate as a party symbol and it... View full entry
Olson Kundig will design the Noah's Ark-themed Children's Museum for the Jewish Museum Berlin
Noah's Ark will be brought to life once again in the upcoming Children's Museum on the Jewish Museum Berlin campus. The Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation launched an invite-only international competition this past January wherein participants added their own spin in incorporating the biblical story... View full entry
Last chance to submit your World Architecture Festival 2016 entries!
Only a few days left to submit your work to the anticipated World Architecture Festival 2016! Entries are due this Friday, June 10.After four successful years in Singapore, WAF is making its way back to Europe in Berlin. The festival will take place on November 16-18 inside the Arena Berlin, which... View full entry
"Architecture is a field of repression": Daniel Libeskind on childhood memories, trauma, and architecture
"You repress almost everything to produce a building," states Daniel Libeskind during a long and wide-ranging conversation with the architectural historian Gillian Darley in the context of the exhibition Childhood ReCollections: Memory in Design at the Roca London Gallery."Everything is repressed... View full entry
A Tale of two cities: The archipelago and the enclave
The question to be addressed by confronting these different types of ‘enclaves’, is of the role of architect and the scarce influence of the architectural practice to affect the social realm. The intangible architectures that emerge from these urban ecologies create a wider system; an archipelago of enclaves can be found from one place to another, from one epoch to the next one
A big picture on "enclaves and archipelagos as built environment and social realities cities need to ultimately adopt and use these systems in their developmental urban design projects. "This is a tale of two cities. One, designed and dreamt by the architect. The other, the result of regional... View full entry
A plan to clean up the River Spree around Museum Island in Berlin
A proposal under consideration here called the Flussbad (“river pool”) would clean up a filthy canal, part of the River Spree, that flows around the tourist-mobbed Museum Island. The plan would add new wetlands and some place the public can literally dive into.
Despite detractors who picture Berlin’s cultural center being upstaged by the equivalent of one long, riotous water-filled bouncy castle, the idea, which has been around for a while, is gaining momentum.
— NY Times
Over the past few decades and across the globe, cities have been increasingly reimagining their waterways and -fronts. Hydrologic infrastructure projects, from Cheonggyecheon in Seoul to the LA River Revitalization Project (to be helmed by Frank Gehry), have the potential to inspire renewed... View full entry
Herzog & de Meuron named 2015 RIBA Jencks Award winners
Herzog & de Meuron have the widest approach to architecture varying their style for each job. In this sense they epitomise the global search for an architecture of pluralism, one flexible enough for very different cultures...The high quality of the work is as notable as the wit; the amount of production as much as its personality. -RIBA President Stephen Hodder
Herzog & de Meuron, whose works include the recently approved yet controversial Tour Triangle in Paris and the redevelopment of Berlin's Tacheles cultural center, received the 2015 RIBA Jencks Award for being a practice "that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both... View full entry