Architecture and History in Germany

Hardenburg Castle, Photo: netcondition - klaus hecke - fotografie & visuals

A Sandstone Reef above the Isenach Valley – The Hardenburg Castle Ruin

The ruins of the medieval castle in the Palatinate have been given a new overall concept, complete with a museum.More ...
Dom in Speyer, Foto: Stephanie Schramm, PROPROJEKT

UNESCO World Heritage - A Tour through Germany

In Germany, 37 landmarks have made it onto UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The German Museum of Architecture is now presenting these sites of universal significance.More ...
Auf dem Sand 27. Timber house of the Deutsche Werkstätten, built in 1929. | Photo: from the picture ­book „Garden City of Hellerau /One Hundred Years of Germany's First GardenCity © Palisander Verlag

Model, Laboratory, Centre for Art: Garden City Hellerau

The garden city Hellerau in Dresden was and is a blueprint for many urban development projects. The foundation for its architectural and social reform concept is a utopian novel.More ...
Akropolis Rüdersdorf, Foto: Cultural House in Rüdersdorf GmbH

New Use, New Life – Perspectives for East German Landmark Buildings

Many East German landmark buildings are standing empty and dilapidated; in some places innovative concepts are awakening them to new life.More ...
Documenting a commemorative site Leistikowstrasse, Photo: Peter Neusser

Documenting a commemorative site – the memorial centre Leistikowstrasse in Potsdam

A permanent exhibition in the former Soviet remand prison offers the visitor a deeper understanding of what went on behind these walls.More ...
Eduardo Chillida, “Berlin” in front of the Bundeskanzleramt Berlin, 1999, Photo: Andrea Bienert, Bundesbildstelle / artwork: © VG Bild Kunst 2013

Commissioned on behalf of the state - the many aspects of Art in Architecture

Art in architecture in Germany can tell us a great deal about the changing identity of the state.More ...
Meisterhaus Feininger Dessau, Foto: © Børre Ludvigsen, 2011

Crying out for colour – The Feininger Masters’ House in Dessau

Now, 80 years after their heyday, the rooms of the Lyonel Feininger Master’s House can be admired once again in their original colours.More ...
Kita Stederdorf/ Peine, bwp NILSSON WITT, Photo: Andreas Meichsner

New Life in Sacred Spaces – Church Rooms with Versatile Uses

The repurposing of church buildings is not only an issue in eastern Germany. In all of the Bundesländer, both the Lutheran and Catholic Churches are being compelled to deal with demographic change.More ...
Fagus-Factory Alfeld, Foto: © Fagus-Grecon

World Heritage Site Fagus-Werk

Just in time for the company’s centennial anniversary, a shoe-last factory built in 1911 by Walter Gropius has been added by UNESCO to its list of cultural and natural World Heritage sites.More ...
Dresdner Schloss, view from Schlossstraße, Copyright: Peter Kulka Architekten/photo: Professor J. Schöner

Bubble Instead of Pyramid –The Reconstruction of Dresden’s Residenzschloss

The resurrection of the palace as a “Saxon Louvre” returns it to the cityscape and peoples’ consciousness more resplendent than ever before.More ...
Winding tower at Shaft XII of the Zeche Zollverein; © Thomas Willemsen

Culture and Coal. The Zeche Zollverein

Where once only 200 local miners worked above ground, today millions of art and culture lovers from around the world walk through the mine halls.More ...
Tempelhofer Park; Copyright: The Albertinum, “Art from Romanticism to the Present” in Dresden, view from the Brühl Terrace, copyright: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden/photo: David Brandt

A Noah’s Ark for Art –The Albertinum in Dresden

The Albertinum in Dresden, which had been closed since the flooding in 2002, has reopened its doors. Now, the museum has been restored and has flood-proof depots.More ...
The new documentation centre and site, May 2010; Foto: Bildwerk / Stiftung Topographie des Terrors

The new “Topography of Terror” Documentation Centre

In May 2010, the new Documentation Centre opened with a completely revised and newly designed exhibition in Berlin.More ...
Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz logo; Copyright: Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz

Help for Crumbling Architecture – Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz

For the past 25 years the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz (German Foundation for Monument Conservation) has done a great deal for historical testimonies in stone.More ...
Neues Museum, Museumsinsel Berlin, stairway hall with historic plaster casts © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: Achim Kleuker

A Palace For Nefertiti – The Neues Museum in Berlin

The opening of the Neues Museum in Berlin, so deftly restored by the British architect, David Chipperfield, means that for the first time since the Second World War all five buildings on the Museumsinsel (Museum Island) will be once again open to the general public.More ...
The chancellor’s bungalow,
Copyright: Tomas Riehle, Wüstenrot Stiftung

Illuminating Example of a Period in History: The Chancellor’s Bungalow in Bonn

In 2009, the former residence and reception building of Germany’s chancellors started opening its doors to the public.More ...
Poster for the Bauhaus-exhibition 1923, Lithography
Copyright: Klassik Stiftung Weimar

More Than A Symphony in Glass – The Founding of the Bauhaus in 1919

The Bauhaus is still liable to black-and-white accounts. While some invariably associate it with attributes like quadratic and objective, others go overboard with exaggerated interpretations of its esoteric teething troubles.More ...
The Römerberg, Frankfurt’s Old Town Square 
Copyright: PIA Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Photo: Bernd Wittelsbach /Kontrast Photodesign Gbr.

The New Old Buildings: Remarks on the Reconstruction Debate

Historical reconstruction in Germany hasn’t always been as controversial as the rebuilding of Berlin’s City Palace, Dresden’s Church of Our Lady or Frankfurt’s Old Town Square.More ...
Runkel Castle
Cop: ML Preiss, Bonn

Enjoying Historic Monuments in Germany – and Caring for Them

Coordinated throughout Germany by the German Foundation for Monument Protection, the yearly Open Monument Day (Germany’s contribution to the European Heritage Days) proves time and again to be a true crowd puller – and historic conservation a mass movement.More ...

More glorious than ever before: The restoration of the Bode-Museum has sacrificed all the accretions of time

The Bode-Museum in Berlin stands at the northern end of the Museumsinsel, an island in the River Spree that is home to a complex of great museums.More ...

Contemporary Monument Concepts in Germany

A discussion on appropriate forms of remembrance has already been under way in Germany since the early 1980s.

The birth of a capital

Traces of German speaking architects in Ankara

Architecture and Memory

Architectural tribute to the Kenyan personality of Bildad Kaggia, an exhibition portraying architecture as the strongest medium of cultural memory.

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