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
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.
Two in one
Hotel Zoku and Superbude by the Prater
On a former bus parking lot near Vienna’s Prater fairgrounds, Nonconform have built a new hotel. Indeed, Zoku and Superbude unite two trendy hotel concepts under a single roof.
A luxury hotel in a power plant
Shangri-La Shougang Park in Beijing
At the old Shougang steel mill 20 km from Beijing, Milan architects Lissoni Casal Ribeiro have repurposed the power plant at the industrial complex as a luxurious hotel.