New Architecture in Germany

Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, Photo: Voigt & Kranz UG Prerow

Enjoy Works of Art in a Relaxed and Unhurried Fashion – The New Museum of Art in Ahrenshoop

A small fishing port on a peninsular in the Baltic Sea has become home to a rather special art museum.More ...
Matthias Mühling; © Lenbachhaus

More Space, More Art – The “New” Lenbachhaus in Munich

Following a long period of restoration work that included an extension, the year 2013 has seen the reopening of the Lenbachhaus in Munich. talked to the director designate, Matthias Mühling.More ...
Ravensburg’s new Kunstmuseum, Photo: Roland Halbe

Ravensburg’s Kunstmuseum – a new contribution to the old city

Simplicity at its best. The new Ravensburg’s Kunstmuseum is attracting art lovers and tourists with a keen interest in architecture. It was decorated with the Deutscher Architekturpreis 2013.More ...
Aerial View Energieberg Wilhelmsburg, Photo: Aufwind-Luftbilder

New Urbanity for a Diverse City – Hamburg Hafencity and IBA 2013

With Hafencity and the Internationale Bauausstellung 2013, new concepts of sustainability in urban planning have been realised in Hamburg.More ...
Studentenwohnheim im Olympischen Dorf, modernisierte Innengestaltung, Foto: Jens Masmann

Stylish living in the smallest spaces – new design for student housing

There is a consistent and growing need for student accommodation and different projects have been launched in response to this strong demand for student housing. Three examples from Munich.More ...
Visitors’ centre in Heidelberg castle, Photo: Stefan Müller

Architectural Sculpture in Red Stone – A New Addition for Heidelberg Castle

The Swiss architect Max Dudler has created a new visitors’ centre for the Heidelberg castle.More ...
KfW-Skyscraper in Frankfurt, Photo: Sebastian Melzer

A Stroke of Luck, not the Rule – The KfW Skyscraper in Frankfurt am Main

A skyscraper in Frankfurt unites ecological technology, function and aesthetics at the highest level.More ...
Leuphana University Lüneburg, Photo: Klemens Ortmeyer

Warp and Weft – Architectural Mantling with Metal Mesh and Textiles

Today, in place of masonry, steel and glass, new materials are emerging for the composition and sustainable design of buildings and their facades.More ...
Front of the addition, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, © Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

A Sky Full of Suns – The new Städel in Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s new Städel Museum is going subterranean with its new addition. Due to many circular skylight windows, breaking through the lawn, the construction is visible from the outside.More ...
Arena da Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil, Photo: gmp, Rendering

World Champions in Stadium Construction

German architects and engineers are planning green stadiums for the Football World Cup in Brazil.More ...
Islamic Forum in Penzberg, Photo: Ralf Gerard

New mosques in Germany – religious architecture as a symbol of integration

There are over 2000 mosques in Germany. About 100 of these are new buildings and several present innovative concepts and a surprising architectural style.More ...
Esterwegen Memorial Site, Photo: Simone Schnase

“Moorland soldiers” – Esterwegen Memorial Site

The Esterwegen Memorial Site, an information and documentation centre on the concentration camps in the Emsland region of Germany, was inaugurated at the end of October 2011.More ...
Kerkenkita in Wolfsburg, Photo: SWW Architekten

A Manageable World for Children – Innovative Concepts for Day Care Centres

Until well into the Sixties, the care and supervision of young children in public facilities in West Germany was more the exception than the rule. But today, day care centres are indispensable.More ...
City Library Stuttgart, Photo: Kraufmann/Hörner, rights city department Stuttgart

Glowing cavernous temple to the printed world – the new Stuttgart City Library

The new city library is evoking polarised opinions among the people of Stuttgart.More ...
Dominikus Centre Munich, meck architekten, court, Photo: Michael Heinrich

A Church in Harmony with Artwork – the Dominikus Centre in Munich

The Dominikus Centre houses a kindergarten, a Catholic youth centre as well as facilities of the Caritas welfare agency. Artwork has been incorporated throughout the building complex.More ...
Headquarter Krogmann Lohne-Kroge, Despang Architekten, Foto: Olaf Baumann

Value-added Architecture – Companies and their Corporate Architecture

Success-oriented companies want their headquarters to stand out with a distinguished architectural design that creates a positive public image.More ...
Museum of Military History, Dresden, Photo: © Bundeswehr/ Bienert

“A Very German Project” – Dresden’s Museum of Military History

The architecture of the Museum of Military History (Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr) is abrasive and has divided Dresdeners from the very start.More ...
National Library Peking, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, Photo: Hans Schlupp

No Longer the Domain of the Americans – German Architecture Abroad

German architects are building in China – with ever-greater success. The Americans were showing the way with high-rise projects throughout Asia.More ...
Humboldt-Box Berlin, east elevation, Photo: © Karsten Pagel

Model and Collecting Box – The “Humboldt-Box” in Berlin

The Humboldt Box is proving to be just as controversial as the reconstruction of the Berlin Palace it is meant to publicise.More ...
Museum Manching, Photo: Michael Heinrich

The presentation of early history – museums in Germany

New archaeological site museums breath life into ancient times.More ...
Dortmunder U, West front, copyright: Gerber Architekten/photo: Christian Richters; design for architecture competition: Gerber Architekten in collaboration with professor Gernot Schulz, further handling and implementation: Gerber Architekten, design: Eckhard Gerber

The “Dortmund U” – a Beacon of Culture for the Ruhrgebiet

The former fermentation and storage tower belonging to the Dortmunder Union brewery and its trademark “Dortmund U” has been converted into a centre for arts and media.More ...
Gallery and Studio Building Brunnenstrasse 9, office on the second floor, Copyright: Architekten Brandlhuber+ ERA, Emde, Schneider/photographer: Nathan Willock, London

Berlin in Motion – New Architecture in Berlin’s Centre

Arno Brandlhuber’s gallery and studio and the L 40 building by Roger Bundschuh and Cosima von Bonin are examples of unconventional new structures that are getting the Berlin architectural scene moving.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 ...
Unilever House, view from the Strandkai area from the south-west; Copyright: Behnisch Architects/photo: Adam Mørk

The Lightness of Working – New Corporate Headquarters by Behnisch Architects

With its Unilever House in Hamburg’s HafenCity, the Stuttgart architecture firm has created an office building with unusual features.More ...
VitraHaus, Architecture Herzog & de Meuron, Photo: Thomas Dix; Copyright: Vitra

Show House – House Show. The VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron

On the architecture campus at Vitra in Weil am Rhein there’s some more avant garde architecture to marvel at. The furniture manufacturers are showcasing their products in the new show home.More ...
The new Museum Folkwang building, courtyard, view from Goethestrasse, November 2009; Copyright: Museum Folkwang/NMFE GmbH/Foto: Wolf Haug, 2009

A Jewel for the Capital of Culture – the new Museum Folkwang in Essen

One of the attractions of the former industrial city that aspires to transform itself into a city of culture is the Museum Folkwang rebuild: great art has a great location at last.More ...
Berliner Central Station, Copyright: gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner Architekten/Foto: Marcus Bredt

Lighthouse in No-Man’s Land – Berlin’s New Central Station Awaits Station District

The construction of a completely new central train station in a metropolis is a truly rare building project.More ...
Hagen’s art district by night, 
Copyright: Kunstquartier Hagen/Photo: Werner Hannappel

From Showy to Small but Perfectly Formed – the Museum Construction Boom is Ongoing in Germany

Germany is a land of museums. The museum directory lists 8000 establishments.More ...
Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen, 
Copyright: Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen/Photo: Brigida González

Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen – A Light-Filled Hangar Housing Bold Visions of Flight

The museum opened in the summer of 2009. It is dedicated to the history of aeronautics.More ...
Reading room , Copyright: Humboldt University Berlin/Photo: Stefan Müller, Berlin

Reading in Splendour: The new Central Library at Humboldt University in Berlin

The Humboldt brothers envisioned the totality and unity of the arts and sciences as their ideal.More ...
The green roof is connected to wireless LAN and is used as a workplace. The 210 kWp building-integrated photo-voltaic system helps to improve the energy balance.
Copyright: SOLON SE

Working World of the Future – the New Corporate Headquarters of the Solar Company Solon in Berlin

How does a company that produces photo-voltaic elements present itself? Of course with a building optimised in terms of ecological and energy efficiency and with an impressive solar roof.More ...
Copyright: PalaisQuartier GmbH und Co. KG.

A Spectacular Shopping Centre: MyZeil in Frankfurt am Main

This leading-edge prototype of the city-centre shopping arcade attracts droves of shoppers into Frankfurt’s pedestrian zone like a magnet.More ...
External view, Brandhorst Museum 

A Solid Core in Elegant Wrapping: the New Museum of the Brandhorst Collection in Munich

The Pinakothek der Moderne (i.e. museum of modern art) located in Munich’s museum area, is now intelligently supplemented with contemporary art.More ...
Kunsthalle Weißhaupt; Copyright: Christoph Seeberger

Private Museums – an Extra Boost for the Incredible Museum Construction Boom

Private collectors are having their own galleries built and competing with public museums.More ...
photo: GAP/Martin Duckek

A building as a political programme: the Landratsamt in Eberswalde

The Landratsamt (Service and Administration Centre) of Barnim district in Eberswalde is a model construction project and represents the ecological orientation of the entire district. By Falk JaegerMore ...
Messepiazza corner; Copyright: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH

Stuttgart's new Trade Fair Centre sets new architectural benchmarks in elegance and perfection

A somewhat controversial building project turns out to be an architectural stroke of luck.More ...

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