Bach to the Future: Fans Want to Rebuild Composer's House

Bach to the Future: Fans Want to Rebuild Composer's House

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2014

In the city of Goethe and Schiller, classical music fans want another famous former resident to be honored in Weimar. They're seeking to rebuild the home of Johann Sebastian Bach, who composed some of his most important works in the city. By Karoline Kuhla more... Comment ]

Jailhouse Chic: Investors Remake Germany's Disused Prisons

Jailhouse Chic: Investors Remake Germany's Disused Prisons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

As inmate numbers in Germany steadily decline, some states are selling off unneeded correctional facilities to private investors. The result is a new brand of high-end apartments, hotels and event centers housed in renovated former prisons. By Stephan Degenhardt more... Comment ]

From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination

From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

Technology giants in the United States are building bombastic new headquarters to immortalize their grandiose ambitions, while inside they plan to turn traditional office culture on its head. By Thomas Schulz in San Francisco more... Comment ]

Macedonian Makeover: Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch

Macedonian Makeover: Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

The Macedonian government has spent huge sums turning its capital, Skopje, into a neo-baroque architectural nightmare. The project's gaudy excesses camouflage a disastrous economy and troubling record on human rights. By Till Mayer more... Comment ]

ECB Headquarters: Skyrocketing Costs for Skyscraper Project

ECB Headquarters: Skyrocketing Costs for Skyscraper Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Estimated costs for the European Central Bank's new headquarters in Frankfurt have more than doubled. As has been happening with so many major projects in Germany, its construction has been plagued by poor planning, oversight and execution -- and endless delays. By Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]

Sitting Pretty: Austrian Bus Stops Get High-Design Makeover

Sitting Pretty: Austrian Bus Stops Get High-Design Makeover

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

A tiny Austrian village has put itself on the design map by commissioning international architects to create local bus stops. The sophisticated structures are proving popular with locals. more... Comment ]

Depot Domiciles: Train Stations Become Hip German Homes

Depot Domiciles: Train Stations Become Hip German Homes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

Converting old train stations into living spaces is all the rage in Germany. They're charming and, often, affordable -- but making these buildings livable can be more difficult than people anticipate. By Michael Kröger more... Comment ]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Germany's Architectural Atrocities

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Germany's Architectural Atrocities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

Germany is famous for its architectural transgressions. But according to a historian who has compiled a photo collection celebrating the country's ugliest edifices, it's time we learn to embrace them. By Kristin Haug more... Comment ]

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2013

Chinese architect Ma Yansong has taken the West by storm with his organic, futuristic creations. With proposals to cover Tiananmen Square in thick forest and build a floating city over Ground Zero, no one can accuse him of playing it safe. By Kevin Holden Platt in Beijing more... Comment ]

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

Welcome to "Frau Gerold's Garden," a leafy urban oasis in Zurich made out of shipping containers. Such temporary hipstervilles, which combine trendy shops with food, music and urban gardening, are popping up all over the world -- but also priming the areas for development and gentrification. By Antje Blinda more... Comment ]