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Major Berlin Building Developments, chronological:

Platoon Kunsthalle – 9 Sep 2013
Design: Graft Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin
photo from architect
PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is designed as an experimental space for artists and creatives, and for the members of the PLATOON NETWORK. The KUNSTHALLE hosts art projects, workshops, and events. It also presents a multitude of creative and artistic projects that clash with the regular art-institutions.

Zoofenster Berlin – 3 Sep 2013
Design: Prof. Christoph Mäckler Architekten
Zoofenster Building
photograph : Hans-Georg Esch
At just under 119 m, the Zoofenster is one of Berlin’s tallest buildings. And yet it is in no way a typical high-rise block. Instead, it is a complex, tiered structure that responds to its urban environment in a number of ways. It consists of a 22-storey block and 32-storey tower that rise above a lower block that occupies the entire plot and reflects the height and lines of the neighbouring six-storey buildings.

New Central Library in Berlin
Design: Kubota & Bachmann Architects + Martinez
New Central Library Berlin
image : Jigen
New Central Library Berlin – 8 Apr 2013
This is a building proposal for the Berlin Central Library. Strategically sited within the city adjacent to the new Tempelhoff Park. The new building should be viewed as a point of departure and is directly associated to the city’s commitment to future urban development within this area.

The Square 3 Buildings, near Alexanderplatz
Architects: LAVA + Moritz Gruppe
Square 3 Towers Berlin
image from architects
The Square 3 Buildings – 28 Feb 2013
Three towers of gold, silver, and bronze and three diagonally shaped city blocks make up THE:SQUARE³, a new mixed use development inspired by sport that revitalises a unique urban quarter in Berlin. The project is just nine minutes from Alexanderplatz, the very heart of the city, and located near Europe’s largest urban nature reserve and a sports hot spot.

Abandoned cabaret theatre discovered in Berlin
Design: LAVA
Gartenstraße Berlin Mitte
picture from LAVA
Gartenstraße Berlin Mitte – 22 Nov 2012
An old cabaret theatre from the roaring ’20s has been uncovered in the heart of Berlin. The semi-derelict music hall theatre, built in 1905 on Gartenstraße in Berlin Mitte, has been buried in 30 tonnes of rubble since 1934 when it closed, perhaps as part of a crackdown on the cabaret scene by the Nazi regime.

House O, Potsdam-Mittelmark, near Berlin
Design: Peter Ruge Architekten
Haus O
picture © Werner Huthmacher
Haus Potsdam-Mittelmark – 19 Oct 2012
The site lies upon a hill in a beautiful small village in the district Potsdam-Mittelmark in a fantastic scenic situation with breathtaking views over the nearby lake. The surroundings are dominated by a combination of historical and modern mansions. As many of the old large trees on the site should be kept as possible.

Truman Plaza, Zehlendorf
Design: Wiel Arets Architects (WAA)
Truman Plaza
picture : Jan Bitter
Truman Plaza – 10 Sep 2012
The Truman Plaza consists of offices, retail, health and sports facilities, which together form an urban setting around a central plaza within a leafy borough on the edge of Berlin. Located in Berlin Zehlendorf, the building parallels the adjacent Clayallee and is part of a larger master plan that balances its historical urban context with its integration of a delicate onsite forest.

H10 Berlin
Design: Architect Jan Kleihues
H10 Berlin
photo : Hagemeister
H10 Berlin Hotel – 4 Sep 2012
This four-star hotel building on Joachimstaler Straße off the famous Kurfürstendamm, is a successful example of the integration of modern craftsmanship reconciled with a historical architectural ensemble. An eight-story cube was added to the listed school building from 1889 by architect Jan Kleihues.

bambooline berlin
Peter Ruge Architekten
bambooline berlin
image from architects
bambooline berlin – 14 Jun 2012
The bambooline berlin explores the cities urban development and proposes a new approach for the temporary, interim use of sustainable urban wasteland. A new, imaginary band complements the historically developed lines of the Berlin cityscape: the Berlin bambooline.

JOH 3 – New Apartmenthouse Johannisstraße 3, Berlin-Mitte
Berlin-Mitte Apartmenthouse
photo © L Paffrath
New Apartmenthouse Johannisstraße 3 – 31 May 2012
Property development group Euroboden is realizing a unique residential building at Johannisstraße in Mitte, Berlin’s downtown district. J. MAYER H. architects’ design for the building, which will soon neighbour both Museum Island and Friedrichstrasse, reinterprets the classic Berliner residential building with its multi-unit structure and green interior courtyard.

BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin
BMW Guggenheim Lab New York
photo : courtesy Atelier Bow-Wow
BMW Guggenheim Lab – 3 Apr 2012
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is pleased to announce that the BMW Guggenheim Lab will open in the Pfefferberg complex, in Prenzlauer Berg. This building – a temporary public space and online forum encouraging open dialogue about issues related to urban living – will offer free public programs from 15 Jun – 29 Jul 2012.

Recent Berlin Building Designs

Oil Silo Home
Oil Silo Building
picture from architect
Oil Silo Home Berlin
The design proposal is a 100% self-supporting housing solution for the post-oil world. It’s highly structurally stable, waterproof, efficient to assemble and disassemble, and has the capacity for prefabrication and mass production.

Humboldt Box
KSV Krüger Schuberth Vandreike
Humboldt Box
photo : Nelson Garrido
Humboldt Box
This 27m high building seems very choking when integrated in the landscape, but it is only temporary, it will be dismantled when, in 8 years from now, its mission has been completed and when the Humboldt Forum is constructed. Holding exhibitions and events this building has also a store on the ground floor and a restaurant on the top.

Hotel nhow
nps tchoban voss
Hotel nhow Berlin
photo : Roland Halbe
Hotel nhow Berlin

Architecture in Berlin

Major Berlin Building Designs, alphabetical:

Academy of Arts, Pariser Platz
Behnisch, Behnisch + Partner
Akademie der Künste Berlin
photo © AW
Akademie der Künste

AEG Turbine factory
Peter Behrens Architect
Berlin Turbine building
photograph © Isabelle Lomholt
Berlin Turbine building : Modern Architecture

Altes Museum, Mitte
Karl Friedrich Schinkel Architect
Altes Museum Berlin
picture © Isabelle Lomholt
Altes Museum Berlin

Am Kupfergraben 10 gallery building
David Chipperfield Architects
Am Kupfergraben 10 Berlin
photo © Ioana Marinescu
Am Kupfergraben 10

Berlin Hauptbahnhof central station
Gerkan, Marg & Partners
Berlin Hauptbahnhof
photo © Adrian Welch
Berlin Hauptbahnhof redevelopment

Berliner Dom, Mitte

Berliner Dom
photo © AW
Berliner Dom Building

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate
photograph © Isabelle Lomholt
Brandenburg Gate

British Embassy, central west part of city
Michael Wilford and Partners
British Embassy Berlin
image © Adrian Welch
British Embassy Berlin

Daimler Financial Services Headquarters
Renzo Piano /Christoph Kohlbecker
Debis Building
photograph © Adrian Welch
aka Debis Building, Potsdamer Platz

DZ Bank Building, Pariser Platz, Mitte
Frank Gehry Architects
DZ Bank Building Berlin
picture © Isabelle Lomholt
DZ Bank Building

Deutsches Historisches Museum Building
I. M. Pei – redevelopment architect
Deutsches Historisches Museum
photo © AW
Deutsches Historisches Museum

Embassies of the Nordic Countries
Masterplan Design : Berger + Parkkinen
Nordic Embassies Berlin
picture © AW
Nordic Embassies Buildings Complex

Federal Chancellery, Tiergarten
Axel Schultes & Charlotte Frank
Federal Chancellery Berlin
image © Adrian Welch
Federal Chancellery Buildings

Fernsehturm – Alexanderplatz Tower, Mitte
Hermann Henselmann / Jörg Streitparth
Berlin Tower building
image © Isabelle Lomholt
Alexanderplatz Tower building

Galeries Lafayette, Friedrichstrasse, Mitte
Jean Nouvel Architects
Galeries Lafayette Berlin
photo © AW
Galeries Lafayette Building

Hansaviertel Buildings
Design: various architects including Gropius, Niemeyer
Hansaviertel Building
photograph © Adrian Welch
Hansaviertel Buildings – Mod. Architecture

Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie, Kreuzberg
Rem Koolhaas Architects / OMA
Checkpoint Charlie Building
image © Isabelle Lomholt
Checkpoint Charlie Building

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Tiergarten
Hugh Stubbins, Düttmann and Mocken
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
image © Adrian Welch
Haus der Kulturen der Welt : Congress Hall

Holocaust Memorial, Friedrichstadt, Mitte
Peter Eisenman
Holocaust Memorial
picture © AW
Holocaust Memorial

Internationales Bau Ausstellung Buildings
Design: various architects
IBA Housing
photo © AW
IBA Housing

Jewish Museum building
Daniel Libeskind Architect
Jewish Museum Berlin
picture © Bitter Bredt
Jewish Museum Berlin

Kaiser William Memorial Church
Egon Eiermann
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche
picture © IL
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche

Linkstrasse Buildings, Tiergarten
Richard Rogers Partnership
Daimler Office Berlin
picture © Adrian Welch
Linkstrasse Building

Marie-Elisabeth Lüders Building
Stephan Braunfels
Marie Elisabeth Luders Building
picture © AW
Marie-Elisabeth Lüders Building

National Gallery Berlin, Potsdamer Platz
Mies van der Rohe Architect
Neue National Galerie
photo © Adrian Welch
Berlin Gallery building – Modern Architecture

Netherlands Embassy Building
Office for Metropolitan Architecture – now OMA
Netherlands Embassy Berlin
photo : Christian Richters from OMA
Dutch Embassy Berlin building

Neues Museum Redevelopment, Mitte
David Chipperfield Architects
Neues Museum Berlin
photograph : David Chipperfield Architects
Neues Museum Building

Neue Staatsbibliothek, Berlin-Tiergarten
Hans Scharoun & Edgar Wisniewski
Neue Staatsbibliothek
picture © Isabelle Lomholt
Neue Staatsbibliothek

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