Bibliothek Luckenwalde by FF Architekten and Martina Wronna, Luckenwalde, Germany


Berlin architects Ralf Fleckenstein and Katharina Feldhusen of FF Architekten in collaboration with Martina Wronna designed  this public library in Luckenwalde, Germany.

The project involved the conversion of a former railway station into a public library and includes an extension to the existing building that houses the children’s library. The project has set a striking example, not only from a town planning point of view. Behind the glittering TECU® Gold façade are the children’s and youths’ sections of the buildings that are now used as the town library. In view of the problems in the built-up surroundings of the complex, the shape and design of the façade challenges people to consider the potential town development has for change – and, above all, they offer the younger generation an inviting, lively and modern town library.

Photos by Andreas Meichsner
Via Architecture.name

Other projects of AFF Architekten on Archide:
+ Museum Castle Freudenstein by AFF Architekten, Germany

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Water Pumping Plant Renovation by Wenk and Wiese Architects, Berlin, Germany

The former machine shop in the hall serves as atelier space and gallery now. Together with the historic dark tiles the new asphalt flooring establishes a clearly defined horizontal space for the artists´ mainly three dimensional work, contrasting the vertical windows opening the hall towards the mature chestnut trees surrounding the building.

Wenk and Wiese Architects renovated this old Water Pumping Plant that is located in Berlin, Germany for berlin based artists Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset. The methodology for the conversion approaches the existing building in an analogical manner, the intention was to perpetuate the building´s original design according to the new use and contemporary perception.

The building was erected 1925/26 as an extension to the first pumping station in Berlin´s Neukoelln district (then called Rixdorf) dating from 1893. In 1993 new facilities were built on the adjoining premises and the old pumping station was decommissioned. Subsequently most of the machinery that had already been replaced in the 1950s was dismantled, only an old air vessel was retained as a relic from times of steam-powered technology. In 1989 the former pumping station was placed under preservation order.

In more then 13 years following the closedown it was not possible to find a use for the building, mainly because of it´s location, the exceptional size of the hall and the lack of a second escape route for the upper storeys. There had been a surevy commissioned by the preservation authorities in 2002 that included major concessions such as new staircases within the hall and big dormers on the roof, but still no one could be found to buy it. It was only in early 2006, when berlin based artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset caught sight of the house through an online real estate service and spontaneously decided to make it their new headquarters.

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Photographs: Udo Meinel & Nils Wenk
Via Archdaily!

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Casa Camper ‘Dos Palillos’ by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Berlin, Germany

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec has just finished the interior for Dos Palillos, the new restaurant of the Casa Camper Hotel that is located in Berlin. The restaurant is located on the ground floor. Large glass windows seperates the space from the street in order to invite the people passing by to participate to the show that is happening in the kitchen.

Some information by the architects:

Camper invited us to design Dos Palillos, the restaurant of the Casa Camper Hotel in Berlin Mitte that will open in January 2010. What immediately interested us was that Dos Palillos was a one of a kind culinary experience offered by Albert Raurich, elBulli’s former chef. In order to celebrate his cuisine, the concept of the restaurant gives full means of expression to his culinary art.

Naturally, the kitchen had to be the centre of the space and thus, it had to be wide open so that guests could see the preparation of the dishes from the beginning to the end. We have decided to articulate the environment around one long wooden table and the stainless steel kitchen, one module facing the other. Consequently, the guests find themselves at the centre of the kitchen, while the chef acts in front of them.

It was important for us as well to set a dialogue between the 10 cooks and their nearly 30 guests, invited in the chef’s kitchen. In order to emphasize such an interaction and encourage eye contact, we worked on different ground levels so that the guests are able to have a global experience once seated at the table, as if they were attending an artistic performance. Throughout the project, our intention was to reduce our level of intervention to the utmost to let the scenery express itself. Indeed, the space is voluntarily raw with very few elements and materials to sustain the idea that the legitimate sense of the space comes from the relation between the guests and the cuisine.

Via DavidReport

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Head-In Exhibition by MAGMA Architecture 2008!, Berlin

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Berlin practice Magma Architecture designed this installation called Head-in for a solo exhibition of their work at Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany, which took place in 2008.

The structure is supported above the floor and made from fabric stretched between aluminium frames on the walls and ceiling of the gallery. Visitors can view models of the practice’s projects – which are suspended inside the void – by standing underneath and inserting their heads through holes in the underside of the structure.

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Here’s some more information from Magma Architecture:

The jetzt | now series in the Berlinische Galerie, museum for contemporary art, architecture and photography features current positions of different artistic genres which have not been shown in a museum previously. Host of the 11th exhibition of the series, head-in | im kopf, is the museum’s architecture collection which Berlin based magma architecture in a solo exhibition.

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Magma architecture is specialised in creating spaces and buildings in complex geometrical shapes. The unusualness of these spaces triggers the spectator’s curiosity and enhances them to appropriate and experience them in unexpected ways. Models of magma architecture’s spaces only insufficiently create the full, physical experience. The aim of the exhibition design was to display not only architectural models as usually on show in exhibitions, but also integrate a 1:1 piece of the characteristic spaces created by magma architecture.

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The centrepiece of the exceptional spatial installation for the Berlinische Galerie is an amorphous spatial sculpture custom tailored for the 150 m² temporary exhibition space. It is constructed of fabric (spandex) which spans between the four walls and ceiling of the exhibition space pending above the floor. Aluminium frames are used to fix the fabric to walls and ceiling.

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Visitors of the exhibition can poke their heads through the fabric evolving surrounded by the organic space and vivid colour of the installation. Inside the suspended room models, drawings and photographs are displayed, amongst others the designs for the revitalisation of the former GDR Radio Center in Berlin, the new Nexus Productions headquarters in London and the pPod mobile theatre. Through carefully orchestrated geometries the space is transformed into a vibrant and dynamic environment revealing a spatial phenomenon not normally achieved in architecture or interior design. The spatial installation appears almost alienated from its surrounds of the Berlinische Galerie yet remains fixed to and ultimately enveloping it to spawn a relationship of dynamism and contrast.

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The interior has been programmed strategically with works to enable the inhabitant to physically immerse themselves in this realm. The production of sensually inspiring spaces and uses and a playful dealing with programmes, functions, materials and geometries practised by the office is mirrored in the exhibition architecture.

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DZ Bank by architect Frank O. Gerhy *BERLIN, Germany*

The DZ Bank in Berlin, Germany by architect Frank O’Gerhy.

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The genesis of this project dates back to 1995, when Gerhy’s competition entry for Berlin’s historic Museum Island was under construction. A that time, the DG bank invited him and six other architects to produce a proposal for the bank’s new Berlin headquarters. The brief included financial offices, apartments and semi-autonomous conference spaces that could be hired out to corporate clients. Gehry did not prevail in the museum competition, but his design for the DG Bank won unanimous approval.

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The DZ Bank Building, what was formerly DG bank, is a multi use center that includes a five story office building with a conference center, luxury residentials, a restaurant and etc. It was designed by architect Frank O. Gerhy and engineerd by Hans Schober of Schlaich Bergermann & Partner. The construction of the building began in 1998 and completed in 2000.

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Between the two buildings is a large atrium, designed to be used as a conference or performance space. This is covered with a sophisticated glass-grid roof, curved in a complex form typical of Gehry’s designs. The exterior of the building is clad in a yellow Italian limestone (Pietra di Vincenza) and features deeply recessed windows

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Pictures from DANDA.
More info and pictures on arcspace.com

Sony Center by Murhphy/ Jahn Architects *BERLIN, Germany*

The Sony Center at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany by MURPHY/ JAHN Architects.

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The Sony Center is a Sony- sponsored building complex, that is located at the Potsdamer Platz. The Potsdamer Plat is an important public square and traffic point in the centre of Berlin, Germany. Its located one km of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.

*Concept: info by MURPHY/ JAHN Architects:

In the reconstruction of Berlin, Sony Center stands for a new technical vision and order. It is not a building, but a part of the city. External is the “real” city; internal is the “virtual” city. The Passages and Gates reinforce this transition from the real to the virtual world. Surrounding Sony Center are the traditional urban streets and spaces. Inside is a new type of covered, urban Forum for a changing cultural and social interaction of our time.

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The spatial dynamics and variety is contrasted by a minimal and technological attitude. Light, both natural and artificial, is the essence of the design. Sony Center is luminous, not illuminated. Façades and roof act as a fabric, which moderates the natural and artificial light. They become a screen. With its characteristics of transparency, permeability to light, reflection and refraction, there is a constant change of images and effects during day and night, effecting not only the appearance but also maximizing the comfort and minimizing the use of resources.

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Through Sony’s sponsorship the vision of public space in the city becomes the Center’s primary urban characteristic. Sony Center is a group of buildings for the new age of entertainment. There is a serious effort for tailoring an architecture to the stimulating contemporary confusion of private and public space. Sony Center is a Kulturforum for the millennium, where the serious business of entertainment is portrayed as the real challenge to the high art of classical music, theater and painting.   

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More information and pictures on MURPHY/ JAHN Architects and Sony Center

Reichstag, German Parliament by Foster and Partners *BERLIN, Germany*

Reichstag, the New German Parliament by Norman Foster and partners* in Berlin, Germany

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In 1992, Foster and Partners was one of the fourteen non- German architects invited to enter the compition to rebuild the Reichstag. Foster and Partners won the competition in 1993 and the reconstruction began in July 1995.

The buildings transformation is rooted in four issues: the significance of the Bundestag as a democratic forum, a commitment to public accessibility, a sensitivity to history and a rigorous environmental agenda. Emphasising values of clarity and transparency, the glazed cupola is a new landmark for Berlin, and a symbol of the vigour of the German democratic process.

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Public and politicians enter together through the reopened formal entrance. The public realm continues on the roof in the terrace restaurant and the cupola – a new Berlin landmark – where helical ramps lead to an observation platform, allowing the people to ascend symbolically above the heads of their elected representatives in the chamber.

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Read more..  about the buildings energy strategy!!

 Video I found on youtube:

A little bot more info about Sir Norman Foster.

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Norman Foster was born in Manchester in 1935 and is the founder and chairman of Foster + Partners. He graduated from the Manchester University School of Architecture and City planning in 1961, when he entered at age 21, he won a fellowship to yale university where he gained a masters degree in architecture.

He started in 1967 with his own office, and it is now a worldwide practice, with projects offices in more than twenty countries. The company has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work: urban planning, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices, product design, residential projects and etc.

The practice has received 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 international and national competitions.

 Link: http://www.fosterandpartners.com/

Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind, *BERLIN, Germany*

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It is “like other museums, with white walls where pictures can be hung and objects exhibited.” (Daniel Libeskind, 2000)

The Jewish Museum in Berlin is defenitly one of the most spectacular museum buildings in Germany. Since the beginning, it has been a magnet for the public, in five years, more than 4,000,000 people have visited the museum. The architecture is undoubtedly the cause for this initial popularity.

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The Jewish Museum exhibits the social, political and cultural history of the Jews in Germany from the 4th century to the present. The design of the Museum engenders a fundamental rethinking of architecture in relation to its program. The new extension was completed in January 1999, 10% under budget, and opened fully installed to the public in September 2001.  In five years, more than 4,000,000 people have visited the museum.

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Pictures and info from Daniel Libeskind weblink: http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/
Jüdisches Museum Berlin, http://www.jmberlin.de/site/DE/homepage.php

Free University by Foster and Partners*BERLIN, Germany*

Todays second project, is the Free University in Berlin designed by Foster and Partners. Definitely one of my most favorite buildings.

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The free University of Berlin is occupying a central role in the intellectual life of Berlin since the end of World War 2. It’s nog only one of the city’s most symbolically important institutions but definitely one of the leading universities in Germany with more than 39,000 students. The redevelopment scheme, included the restoration of its Modernist buildings and the construction of a new library on the campus.

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Nicknamed the Berlin Brain because of its cranial shape, the four-level library houses more than 700,000 books (with space available for another 100,000). A double-layered skin–hung over a radial steel structure–brings daylight and natural ventilation into the space.

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The building’s outer shell is fitted with alternating glass and aluminum panels, which slide open and work as ventilation elements.

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More information and pictures on Foster and partners- Free University, Berlin
Pictures from Fosterandpartners website.

Holocaust Memorial by Peter Eisenman *BERLIN, germany*

First project that I am going to present out Berlin is the Holocaust Memorial by architect Peter Eisenman.

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The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a memorial in Berlin dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The memorial is designed by the architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold.

This memorial is comosed of 2,711 free- standing pillars of stone, each measuring 95 x 237.5 centimeters with heights varying from zero to 400 cm. Visitors can enter from all four sides, day or night, and wander on their own through the maze of stones, as though visiting a graveyard with nameless tombstones. The columns are sunk into the ground to various depths and at some places, they are higher than the heads of the visitors.

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Official website : http://www.holocaust-mahnmal.de/

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