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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 ]

Stairway to Hell: A Spanish Skyscraper's Elevator Disaster

Stairway to Hell: A Spanish Skyscraper's Elevator Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2013

The 47-story luxury In Tempo tower in Benidorm, Spain was hyped as the tallest residential building in the European Union. Now a series of construction snafus -- including an inadequate elevator shaft -- have turned it into a national embarrassment. By Frank Patalong more... Comment ]

On Shaky Ground: A German Architect Remakes Saudi Arabia

On Shaky Ground: A German Architect Remakes Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2013

Eckhard Gerber is a socially progressive, successful architect with a passion for democracy. So why is he building prestige projects -- including a new National Library -- in a repressive place like Saudi Arabia? By Susanne Beyer more... Comment ]

Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles

Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2013

Stuttgart's train station, Hamburg's concert house and Berlin's airport: Three projects in Germany are currently competing to be seen as the country's most disastrous. SPIEGEL spoke to the star architects behind the construction sites. more... Comment ]

The Next Disaster? Berlin Lays Cornerstone of Troubled Palace

The Next Disaster? Berlin Lays Cornerstone of Troubled Palace

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2013

The cornerstone was laid on Wednesday on the reconstruction of the Berlin palace that was once home to Prussian rulers. The need for such a structure is debatable, and funding looks shaky. It could become yet another addition to Germany's collection of cursed construction projects. more... Comment ]