Architecture and Climate Protection
Anyone asking the inevitable question about climate protection in architecture today will receive not one but many answers. They address the energy consumption of buildings, grey energy, and materials that reduce the carbon footprint. The value of adaptive reuse is finally being appreciated, and designing for disassembly is coming into focus, as are the circular economy principles. The projects we document in the current issue reflect the diverse concepts and solutions with which architecture is facing up to its climate responsibility. Enjoy the issue! Sandra Hofmeister
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EnergyPlus House in Graubünden by Nadia Vontobel Architects
The house that the Zurich-based architect Nadia Vontobel has built in Poschiavo near St. Moritz for her parents is a family project focussing on climate change.
Pilot project for the circular economy
Primeo Energy Kosmos in Basel by Rapp
Approximately two-thirds of the building materials stemmed from renewable resources and the circular economy – such is the eco-balance of an exhibition building designed by Rapp for the energy supplier Primeo in Münchenstein, near Basel.
One from three
Campus Cadix in Antwerp by Korteknie Stuhlmacher
An historically protected school from 1927, three adjacent dockside hangars from the late 1930s and a new building come together to form Campus Cadix in the heart of Antwerp’s Eilandje district.
Parking in a timber construction
Parkade in Bad Aibling by HK Architekten
This parkade by HK Architekten, which stands in the mixed-use district known as City of Woods in Bad Aibling, is built almost completely of wood. It captures nearly double the amount of CO2 as was consumed in the form of grey energy during its creation.
A home for a building collective
Passive Energy Plus – the StadtNatur Residential Complex in Munich
Reasonable per-square-metre costs and energy-efficient construction: the City of Munich attached clear conditions to the acquisition of a 4000 m² parcel of land in the Alt-Riem district.
Slumber no more
Hangar Y by Data Architectes in Meudon
For 50 years, the world’s oldest airplane hanger stood empty. Data Architectes have transformed it into a modern cultural centre and event venue.
Buildings, Design and Urban Planning in Barcelona (1949–1974)
Since February this year, the Hard Lines exhibition has been open to the public in the lobby of the former headquarters of the Gustavo Gili publishing house. For this show, architect and curator Valentín Roma used plans, texts and images to prepare 29 different projects and arrange them chronologically.
A depository for raw materials
Fire Station by Wulf Architekten
The fire station by Wulf Architekten in the northern Black Forest offers a highly functional work area made of materials that are certified as healthy. At the end of their life cycle, the components can be sorted by type and recycled according to the principles of Cradle to Cradle.
165 312 bolts
Material Bank in Zeist by RAU Architecten
In the Dutch town of Zeist, the Tridos Bank have erected a new main administration building. This sustainable bank structure by RAU Architecten is built of wood.
Materialprobe | Advertorial
Now the top view, i.e. the roof, is often the first impression we have of buildings.
Truth to Materials 4.2023
Debates about building materials in architecture inevitably mention the term “truth to materials” (known in German as “Materialgerechtigkeit”).
Hotels, Hostels, Guesthouses 3.2023
Few sectors of the economy were so battered during the corona years as the hotel industry.
Taking Stock 1/2.2023
Not only in Germany and Europe but also worldwide, building in existing structures is currently gaining in acceptance and relevance.
Building Envelopes 12.2022
While compiling our personal favourites of the year in the Detail editorial office, I was surprised at the vast scope of projects my colleagues had experienced in 2022. For this issue’s review of the year, they describe their architectural observations in places like Jerusalem, Berlin, and Montagnana, Italy.
Circular Economy 11.2022
If the aim is net zero, demolition and landfill disposal must be avoided at all costs. Today, a progressive architecture is one that takes part in the circular economy and reuses building materials.
Lighting Interiors 10.2022
Our October issue is all about light and interiors. PPAG’s school in Vienna brings daylight into deep cluster spaces to foster daily well-being.
Cultural Buildings 9.2022
In 1997, the Guggenheim Museum opened in Bilbao, and Frank Gehry’s eccentric new building transformed the Basque city into an overnight hotspot for international tourism.
Urban Green 7/8.2022
Especially in big dense cities, roofs and facades are the only places left to make things greener.
Simple and Affordable 6.2022
“Doing away with everything superfluous creates the potential for an architectural quality all of its own,” says Florian Nagler about “simple building” in an interview with Frank Kaltenbach.
Prefabrication Modular Construction 5.2022
Naturstein und Hochlochziegel, Ortbeton und Stampflehm in vorproduzierten Elementen: Für die Massivbauweise kommen viele unterschiedliche Materialien in Frage, und oft ist ihre Anwendung regional motiviert.
Solid Construction 4.2022
Natural stone and perforated bricks, cast-in-place concrete, and rammed earth in prefabricated elements – these are just a few of the diverse materials used in solid construction, and their use is often regionally motivated.
Urban Housing 3.2022
“A villa in the countryside with a large terrace, in front of you the Baltic Sea, Friedrichstrasse behind you …”. Thus begins Kurt Tucholsky’s 1927 poem, “The Ideal”. While Tucholsky’s ideal of urban life might be unattainable in Berlin, there are cities where it has become a reality.