Architecture and the architectural discourse have become ever more important for the creative hub of Berlin. Whether new constructions or building redevelopments, interior design, landscape architecture or urban planning, projects related to the German capital stand for sophisticated concepts and high quality. The variety of ideas, the technical perfection with which it is implemented, and the attention to ecological aspects are essential factors which characterize the building culture in and from Berlin. The presentation of the 60 to 70 projects in eight chapters is accompanied by essays on exemplary aspects. These range from the architectural significance of Berlin for tourism, new interior design trends for bars and restaurants, and look at the newly developed city quarters and their relationship to neighboring local subculture scenes.
A newly revived building boom has again turned Berlin into an exciting place of experimentation in contemporary architecture. The city's controversial high-rise developments, ingeniously designed floor plans in residential buildings, landscaping influenced by social and ecological considerations and creatively conceived monument conservation projects are followed with great interest across the world. Discussions among both experts and the general public are geared towards reaching an understanding regarding which projects can be called successes and how these buildings contribute to the life of the city.
This volume presents the most interesting works both within and beyond the German capital designed by Berlin architects. This carefully curated selection is complemented by essays on selected themes, elaborating on the specific Berlin aspect in the international context: A discussion of the adaptation of intelligent house automation for private dwellings, the integration of climate protection into industrial areas, or the collaboration of architecture and art.
Berlin is a magnet for architecture enthusiasts the world over - but not just because of the city's own dynamic and innovative architectural landscape. The work of Berlin's architects and urban planners also enjoys an international reputation. Every year brings with it interesting developments: exciting new arts and cultural buildings, innovative ideas for more attractive homes; original designs for outdoor spaces and interiors; and cautious modernisations of famous architectural treasures.
This volume presents the most interesting projects in and from Berlin. Essays on selected trends and topics in architecture and urban planning augment the project overview, ranging from the boom of the Plattenbau tower block as housing for creatives to the reuse of urban airports.