Houses are refuges for the dreams of people. Associative memories are embedded in many objects and details of our living and working worlds - architecture as a poetic phenomenon, so Gaston Bachelard philosophizes in his "Poetics of Space".
Architecture is thus more than pure constructed matter. Rather, it is to keep art in the limelight of a general state of transition, from the spatial idea through the built form to the sensations of the users.
Schilling Architects is continually expanding this multi-faceted knowledge of architecture. With each project the question arises about the nature and extent of architecture. In his architecture Johannes Schilling carries out a constant evolution of form and expression. History, social concerns and simple functionality may characterize the architecture, but it is determined by the sensitivity to absorb and reflect things in an expanded understanding. The reverberation that is generated in us by viewers and users is the real gain.
Thus the architecture remains equally accessible and full of lively surprises - in other words, a phenomenon.
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With a 30-strong team 3deluxe practices holistic design across all media and disciplines. Founded in 1992, the team is active in the fascinating world that straddles architecture and design, art and Pop culture, and, first and foremost: at the interface between the analog and digital world.
3deluxe injects charisma into organizations, spaces and objects. It develops an expressive and consistent image for them that cuts across all dimensions of sensory experience – and fascinates visually, grabs people emotionally, and acts as an enduring source of inspiration.
3deluxe unites professionals from five different areas, who bring their expertise to bear in the fields of architecture & interior design, communications design and brand building, not to mention film & interactive design. The elaborate projects by 3deluxe have met with international acclaim and received the most prestigious accolades in the creative industry.
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Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - the maximum utility value while taking up a cultural position that is of no less significance.
Architecture is always the outcome of intensive and complex teamwork. A transparent planning structure is an essential prerequisite and the tool employed by baumschlager eberle in their architectural work.
Controlling interdisciplinary ideas and activities is a key component of planning. It paves the way for recognition of the multi-faceted wishes and requirements of the client and their incorporation into the planning process.
A building designed by baumschlager eberle is characterised and largely determined by its context. It is the end product of a value-adding process based on a consideration of urban development, typological and building construction aspects.
For baumschlager eberle sustainability means not only taking due account of energy-related factors, but also developing an appreciation of aesthetic, social and cultural values. Only architecture respected by occupants and passers-by alike and valued in the literal sense of the word will endure, thus attaining a special form of sustainability.
The architectural objective pursued by baumschlager eberle is to generate the maximum utility value while taking up a cultural position that is of no less significance.
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magma architecture is a multidisciplinary architecture and design practice centered around its two founders: Martin Ostermann, who is an architect and designer, and Lena Kleinheinz, who was educated as a sculptor and architectural historian and has worked as an exhibition and interior designer.
As a team we seek to be part of a new paradigm within architecture – one that is expressionistic, rooted in non-linear form making, facilitated by new materiality and sustainable cutting edge technologies. At the core of our projects is a playful and meticulous exploration of space. This results in visionary buildings and breathtaking interiors creating a long lasting impression on their future users. Our clients are people who are looking for something radically different, something that gives them a unique identity.
All our past projects have received international architecture awards from highly acclaimed institutions such as the Royal Institute of British Architects; the American Institute of Architects UK; the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies; and the Westminster Society. Our projects have been nominated for the prestigious European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
They have attracted worldwide media coverage, starting with our first 150-square-metre installation in 2007 for an art museum in Berlin and culminating in our Olympic and Paralympic Shooting Arenas for the London 2012 Olympic Games. What all our projects share is our virtuous and unique concept of space.
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GRAFT - conceived as a ‘Label’ for Architecture, Urban Planning, Design, Music and the “pursuit of happiness”.
GRAFT was established in 1998 in Los Angeles, California by Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. Further offices followed in Berlin, Germany in 2001 and Beijing, China in 2004. GRAFT was conceived as a ‘Label’ for Architecture, Urban Planning, Design, Music and the “pursuit of happiness”.
Since the firm was established, it has been commissioned to design and manage a wide range of projects in multiple disciplines and locations. With the core of the firm’s enterprises gravitating around the field of architecture and the built environment, GRAFT has always maintained an interest in crossing the boundaries between disciplines and “grafting” the creative potentials and methodologies of different realities. This is reflected in the firm’s expansion into the fields of exhibition design and product design, art installations, academic projects and “events” as well as in the variety of project locations in Germany, China, UAE, Russia, Georgia, in the U.S. and Mexico, to name a few.
Our collective professional experience encompasses a wide array of building types including Fine Arts, Educational, Institutional, Commercial and Residential facilities. The firm has won numerous international awards. With a staff of talented architectural professionals and administrators,
GRAFT has the resources and technology necessary to execute a project from programming to design and through construction, including construction documents, construction administration, and governmental agency review phases. GRAFT has rigorously undertaken an increasing role in programming, master-planning and urban design. Additionally, our firm maintains successful relationships, as needed, with associate architectural and engineering firms and specialty consultants.
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The Jewish Centre for the Israelite Religious Community of Munich and Upper Bavariacomprises the main synagogue and the Gemeindehaus (community centre). It is a place of meetings and shared experiences, as well as a popular venue for cultural events ranging from book presentations and panel discussions to concerts.
With nearly 600 seats, Munich's main synagogue Ohel Jakob forms the heart of the local orthodox Jewish community, which numbers around 9,500 people. The "corridor of remembrance" linking the synagogue with the community centre commemorates the 4,587 Jewish citizens of Munich who were murdered by the Nazis.
The most striking part of the Jewish Centre is the east-facing synagogue. The building, which stands apart from the other buildings in the square, takes the form of an intricate steel and glass cube set on a solid stone base. Evocative of Solomon's Temple, the base provides a protective shell for the prayer room. The multi-layered glass construction, covered in a bronze mesh, symbolises the tents used by the Israelites in the wilderness. This is mentioned in the fourth book of the Old Testament in the line "How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob!", the quote engraved in gold at the entrance to the synagogue.