Back when urban flaneurs still approached buildings from a pedestrian point of view, the facade was seen as the face of a building, informing its identity. Roof design was secondary – though its importance was meant to be rehabilitated by its description as the “fifth facade”. But that perspective has changed, at the latest since the introduction of Google Earth and the spread of camera drones. Now the top view, i.e. the roof, is often the first impression we have of buildings. In this issue, we show far less spectacular examples with one thing in common: they engage in dialogue with historic roofs. Frank Kaltenbach
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MVRDV: Colourful District Revitalization on Mallorca
In Palma de Mallorca’s run-down district of El Terreno, MVRDV have planned 60 rental apartments for the shoe brand Camper. The seven buildings differ in their rooflines, materials and colours, yet form a single unit.
Terraced Landscape by Sanaa in Sydney
Sanaa’s expansion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales spans the deep lanes of the city’s freeway and creates open spaces, primarily for contemporary Australian art. The new terraced landscape park forms a visual link between the existing 19th-century building with Jørn Utzon’s opera house.
Far More than the Fifth Facade - Editorial Detail 5.2023
Is the time of iconic-laden roof structures over? Current examples show how the roof landscape creates eventful interiors and contributes to the distinctive appearance of architecture.
Building in the Alps
A Glass Gateway in the Allgäu Alps
A pellucid shell of wafer-thin glass lies over 39 arches of glulam timber. The lower station of the Nebelhorn cable car by HK Architekten thus becomes an open pergola on the redesigned village square in Oberstdorf.
Wedge-shaped shed roofs
Pavilions at the Hagen Open-Air Museum by Schnoklake Betz Dömer
The new entrance pavilion at the Westphalian State Museum for the History of Craft and Technology represents the starting point of a long area featuring historical workshops.
Sydney Modern by Sanaa
Sanaa’s expansion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales spans the deep lanes of the city’s freeway and creates open spaces, primarily for contemporary Australian art.
Three residences topped off
University Buildings in Vigo by Abalo Alonso Arquitectos
Three long, hipped roofs now crown the new inner-city addition to the University of Vigo atop three refurbished former residential buildings by the harbour.
Affordable timber construction
TUM Campus by Dietrich Untertrifaller in Munich
The TUM Campus is the most ambitious new building project in the 50-year history of the Munich Olympiapark.
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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.