Haus W by Kraus Schönberg Architects

A family house by the name Haus W is a project of a London based architectonic office Kraus Schönberg Architects. Haus W is a private, low-energy dwelling for a young family in Hamburg, Germany. Economically sound, prefabricated house is composed of two parts – the upper and the lower level. The architects attempted to interconnect the interior spaces and secure an intensive contact with the garden by having almost the whole lower level section of the facade transparent.

The house is situated on a grassy plot of land, surrounded by lush vegetation of trees. It creates a simple orthogonal volume, which thanks to a multiple of square windows of various sizes gains a playful, dynamic appeal. The programs are pragmatically arranged between two levels. The communal spaces are situated on the lower level, while the upper one creates spaces for bedrooms, bathromms and childrens’ area.

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Spiegel Headquarters by Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Architects were tasked with designing a new, top-notch modern international headquarters for the company Spiegel. The building is in the north of Germany, in the coastal Hamburg. Architects have chosen a two-part composition that would openly communicate with its surroundings. The complex has a characteristic expression, enhanced by the choice of materials and their specific properties.

Since the current trend in Germany for new objects is sustainability, this one was not an exception. Both the investor and authors strived for fulfillment of all five of the categories such as energy consumption, environmentally friendly building materials or health and comfort. While this project was completed in 2011 it will take some time to evaluate some of the categories, since the results show after a longer use of the building.

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Hotel Forsthaus by Naumann Architectur

Hotel Forsthaus has been created by architecture studio Naumann Architectur and is located in the city of Ramsen, Germany. The building is interesting because of many elements, one of them is that guest rooms are “furnished” by a tree trunk. The hotel is a rebuilt weekend house in the middle of a forest transformed by architects to an exquisite hotel with eight guest rooms. Each room has a part of the story of this hotel written on its door.

The building was connected with the forest for decades as the keeper house. While rebuilding it to a hotel, the forest have not been damaged. The rooms are very fancy and each of them is different. The beauty of these interiors is in carefully chosen details, to mention a wooden sled hanging from the ceiling or silhouettes of deers on walls.

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Fashion Center Labels Berlin 2

HHF Architects have created a new fashion center Labels Berlin 2. At the beginning of the year 2007 they won the competition and in the spring this the fashion center opened its door. This complex houses a series of showrooms of well-known international brands. This exceptional concentration of top brands stores in one fashion center is complemented by public areas, concert hall, restaurants and lounge rooms.

The concept of the building was inspired by another fashion center Label Berlin 1 situated just few meters away. The facade of this historical building comprises a series of arched windows. Architects took advantage of this element and it became the key element of the design. Thanks to that they proofed that even a modern building can be embedded in the existing build-up area. The project is unique not as much for its shape or details, but its one of a kind construction. The entire concrete skeleton is perforated by water piping that serves for heating and cooling. The energy consumption was decreased by unbelievable 40%.

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House R

In the German town of Schondorf, close to the lake Ammersee, a German architecture studio Bembé Dellinger designed a villa which with its shape reminds us of the works of Rem Koolhaas or Coop Himmelb(l)au. The floors functionally interlock with each other and complement each other. An eye-catching detail are the windows framed in black steel which contrast with the white façade. There are more contrasting elements to be found on this design. The overall shape of the building is made out of mostly right angles and so offers a very dramatic effect. Acrylic glass cylinders of different sizes and randomly organized perforate the building’s exterior skin to continue through to the interior wall surface. This way interesting lighting of the interior by natural daylight can be achieved.

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