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a+u 2022:11 Feature: Berlin

a+u 2022:11

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English + Japanese / 160 Pages / 219 x 292 mm / 600 g

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a+u’s November issue features the most recent wave of construction in Berlin. Thirty-two years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall – a period longer than the life of the wall itself – and the city has entered a new phase of normalization, with the genre, styles, and values of architecture being decidedly different from those of the post-Reunification euphoria. While major initiatives such as the restoration of Museum Island have brought glory back to the many monuments of historic Berlin, this current period of so-called normalization has benefited from Berlin’s “putatively abnormal, vacated, fragmented, and duplicative condition,” as outlined by Florian Hertweck. Berlin became a cultural capital that attracted young, risk-taking creatives, with opportunities for cross-disciplinary experimentations and collaborations. Self-determined building groups sought to provide well-designed and affordable housing by negotiating unwanted urban pockets and well-planned construction schemes.

While a+u 16:08 provides a comprehensive index to the landmarks of Berlin from Schinkel to the post-Reunification construction boom, this issue highlights 14 recent works that range from the restoration of Neues Museum to the conversion of an abandoned grocery store in the former East Berlin into a residence. They are representative of this new chapter in the city’s remarkable history. A series of thematic essays, on Museum Island, on Schinkelplatz, on the Tempelhof site, on building groups, underscore the complexities and challenges in this transformative process. (a+u)

Axel Springer Campus
Space Group of Floating University e.V. 16
Floating University Berlin
Brandlhuber+Emde, Burlon; Muck Petzet Architekten 24
David Chipperfield Architects 34
David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap
Architects 42
Neues Museum
Museum Island 52
Barry Bergdoll
Schinkelplatz 60
Rafael Moneo
Kulturforum 68
100 Tempelhof 76
Alfredo Thiermann
Berlin – From Castle in the Air to Creative Metropolis 84
Florian Hertweck
Tanja Lincke Architekten 94
House on the Spree
augustinundfrank/winkler Architekten 100
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Hoidn Wang Partner 102
Barkow Leibinger 108
Apartment House Prenzlauer Berg
Sauerbruch Hutton 112
Haus 6
Baugruppen – Made for Berlin 118
Barbara Hoidn
FAR frohn&rojas 128
EM2N Architekten 136
New Housing on Briesestrasse
June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff 144
Building Group Kurfürstenstrasse
Deadline Architekten 148
Berlin – From Critical to Populist Reconstruction 156
Wilfried Wang