In this edition of modern architecture projects, we take a look at Germany and what impressive contemporary buildings they have created over the years.
Throughout Germany, you can find fascinating architecture, but a lot of it is quite conservative. However, when an architect is given the opportunity to branch out and create a more modern design, they often jump at the chance.
Back in 1963, the magnificent concert venue was opened and has since become a landmark of Berlin, as well as being renowned for extraordinary acoustics.
The Philharmonic was constructed because the original was destroyed during World War II. In 1956, the tender was put out, and 14 architects were encouraged to take part. After a year, Hans Scharoun’s project won, and after 37 months, it opened its doors in 1963.
The cost to create the building was around 17 million, which in today’s world, would be approximately 35 million euros.
The tent-like design is a distinctive yellow, making the building stand out from the crowd. It is designed in such a way to ensure those attending can see the stage perfectly.
The hall offers incredible acoustics and makes the sound better and feel closer to those watching. In total, the hall has 2,440 seats, and it is said that each of the instrument tones can be heard from any seat in the venue.
Based in Düsseldorf, the Colorium is a development that was designed by British architect, William Alsop, who also designed the Peckham Library in South London. Also referred to as the LEGO building, the Colorium is famed for its multi-coloured exterior. It consists of 18 floors and covers a land area of 12,400 m2.
It was built in 2001 and has since become a symbol of the modern world and is now a swanky hotel! The hotel features a Sky Lounge & Bar called THE VIEW and this is located on the 16th floor, boasting stunning panoramic views. There are also two meeting rooms that can hold up to 80 people. To add to the luxury, it also features a fully equipped gym, Finnish sauna and waterfall showers.
In the centre of Frankfurt in Germany lies the MyZeil shopping mall, which was designed by Massimiliano Fuksas, an Italian architect. It was officially opened in 2009 and took around seven years to build.
The impressive building is made up of sculptured glass and creates a dynamic space. The venue is 77,000 m2, spread across six floors and includes an array of shops, kids’ areas, restaurants, a fitness centre, leisure spaces and parking.
BMW is a German multinational company that designs and manufactures both automobiles and motorcycles. In Germany, you will find a few BMW buildings but there’s one that stands out, the BMW Welt.
Construction began in 2003, and the concept was to create a building that is futuristic and covered with both steel and glass. The construction of the BMW Welt building required an incredible 4,000 tonnes of steel! The interior of the building consists of curved bridges, balconies and monumental stairways, creating a contemporary style and open-air feel.
The building was complete by 2007, and it is now a place where you can learn about the history of BMW along with discovering some of the incredible machines they create. The venue can be hired out for events, has a museum and vehicles available for purchase.
Daniel Libeskind designed a 432,300 m2 office and retail space named Kö-Bogen in Düsseldorf and it was opened in 2013. The building is made up of straight and curved geometry to try and blend in with the surroundings. It consists of two buildings that feature green roofs and are 26m high.
It has since been awarded LEED Platinum certification for being a green building, and in 2014, it was awarded “Best Urban Regeneration Project”.
These are just some of the magnificent modern architecture projects in Germany. We hope that you have found it both informative and interesting.
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