Soon after her studies in Regensburg, the trained architect relocated to Surabaya and Singapore, where she lived for 11 years, working in various fields of architecture, from housing construction and exhibition design to developing an educational concept for teaching architecture at the German European School Singapore. After moving back to Munich, Barbara Zettel worked as a site manager for a medical clinic project. In 2018, she shifted her focus to architectural journalism and has since been supporting the Detail team as an editor.
Photo: Adrienne Meister
Kindergarten near Copenhagen by Lendager
The integrative kindergarten known as The Swan, which is located 12 km northeast of Copenhagen, exists to a great extent of reclaimed materials from the old primary school that previously stood on the building site.
A photovoltaic facade
The Portalen Office Building near Oslo by Lund+Slaatto
The Portalen office building, which is located near Oslo, has a red-brown facade of glazing that alternates with closed laminated glass panels, more than half of which are crystalline photovoltaic modules.
The Plato Art Gallery in the Czech Republic by KWK Promes
In the Czech city of Ostrava, KWK Promes have transformed an old slaughterhouse into an art gallery. The dilapidated condition of the exposed-brick building represented both challenge and inspiration for the planners.
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.