A wooden house on stilts
Yonder Planning Single-Family Home in Oberreute
Haus S represents a plan by Stuttgart’s Studio Yonder for a single-family home in Oberreute. Initial objections from the local council mean that the wooden structure may be lower than planned, but is no less sophisticated.
Of flax fibre and bio-resin
Smart Circular Bridge in Almere
In Germany and the Netherlands, an international consortium is working on three footbridges composed of flax fibre and resin from plant-based and synthetic materials. The first bridge has now been completed in Almere.
From prison to luxury hotel
Bodmin Jail Hotel in Cornwall by Twelve Architects
For sixty years, nothing more than the four-storey, roofless walls were left of the historical Bodmin Jail in the County of Cornwall, located in southwest England. Twelve Architects have now renovated the building as a luxury hotel with a visitors’ centre.
Visions of a climate-neutral car factory
OMA and 3XN to Transform BMW Production Plant in Munich
The Rotterdam office OMA, together with 3XN from Copenhagen, will redesign the factory halls of the BMW Group at their main facility in Munich.
Exhibition at Copenhagen’s DAC
Women in Architecture
The Women in Architecture exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen counteracts the invisibility of women in architecture and presents works by Danish and contemporary female architects.
Urban Repair in Paris by David Chipperfield Architects
Even before the most recent German parliament elections, it was clear that a lot more space was needed due to the many overhang seats resulting from the country’s proportional representation system. But where could all the new delegates and their staff go? There was little time to erect a new building and ambitious efficiency and sustainability targets to meet. The answer is Luisenblock, a seven-story building accommodating 400 delegates in the nation’s capital of Berlin. Thanks to its modular design, planning and construction took only two years. Designed by Sauerbruch Hutton, the flagship office building opened its doors in December 2021. Not only did it stay within its 70 million euro budget, its sustainability concept includes a “woodcycle” component: the 2,500 m³ of wood used for construction will be offset by planting an equivalent amount of new trees. The building on Berlin’s Spree River is one of many compelling modular construction examples presented in our May issue. We document outstanding examples worldwide with their diversity of materials, structural details, and building typologies. Happy reading! Sandra Hofmeister
Hans-Walter Müller’s Pneumatic Architecture
In recognition of a lifetime devoted to inflatable structures, the Tyrolean Architecture Centre is staging an exhibition on the pioneer of air-supported volumes and his oeuvre.
Best of David Chipperfield Architects
BIM strategies in architectural offices
BIM as a Driver for Communication
Simon Wiesmaier of David Chipperfield Architects Berlin states that BIM drives connectedness − even beyond the limits of the office and project.
David Chipperfield’s Restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie in Venice
A venerable frame for a painstaking renovation: even after the restoration, the Procuratie Vecchie will preserve the face of the Piazza San Marco.
A digitally planned landmark
Elbtower in Hamburg by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
Once completed, the Elbtower will set an exclamation mark into the east end of Hamburg’s HafenCity. In planning the tower, David Chipperfield Architects combined parametric tools with a BIM model right from the start.
Best of Digital Lab
BIM strategies in architectural offices
No One Can Learn to Walk for You
As an architecture studio, you should have taken your first steps with BIM before you encounter the method as a client requirement, says Matthias Pfeifer of RKW Architektur +.
Where 132 concrete flowers bloom
Digital Structural Engineering for Little Island in New York
Little Island – a structure about 1 ha in size in the Hudson River – is undoubtedly the most extravagant park in New York. Three-dimensional parametric models were indispensable for the planning of the 132 tulip-shaped concrete piles that support it.