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Priced Out Rising Rents Are Putting the Squeeze on Germans

Housing shortages have become a serious issue in many German cities, where there is a shortfall around 2 million affordable apartments. A new study shows that the problem is hitting low-earners hard. Von Markus Dettmer und Hannah Knuth
13. April 2018, 17:57 Uhr

SPIEGEL Interview with Architect Herzog The Striking New Face of Hamburg

Architect Jacques Herzog has designed dozens of buildings together with his partner Pierre de Meuron. But his most controversial project to date, the Elbphilharmonie, is about to open in Hamburg. SPIEGEL spoke with Herzog about what the building's importance to the city. Von Ulrike Knöfel
2. November 2016, 16:48 Uhr

Hipster Village Berlin Nightlife Grows Up

For a decade, Bar 25 was one of Berlin's wildest clubs. Now, its founders want to create a new development on the site. It is to cater to former clubbers and preserve an element of 1990s Berlin. But the hurdles are high. Von Philipp Oehmke
4. September 2014, 13:58 Uhr

Resurrecting Königsberg Russian City Looks to German Roots

The Allies bombed the Prussian city of Königsberg into the ground in 1944. Residents of what is today the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, a desolate Soviet landscape, are considering rebuilding the city center to reflect some of its historical German architecture. Von Susanne Beyer
25. Juli 2014, 15:41 Uhr

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

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. Von Karoline Kuhla
3. April 2014, 15:17 Uhr

Jailhouse Chic Investors Remake Germany's Disused Prisons

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. Von Stephan Degenhardt
3. Dezember 2013, 13:06 Uhr

Macedonian Makeover Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch

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. Von Till Mayer
12. November 2013, 17:41 Uhr

ECB Headquarters Skyrocketing Costs for Skyscraper Project

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. Von Andreas Wassermann
28. Oktober 2013, 12:10 Uhr

Depot Domiciles Train Stations Become Hip German Homes

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. Von Michael Kröger
10. Oktober 2013, 16:24 Uhr

Made in China The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

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. Von Kevin Holden Platt
22. August 2013, 18:04 Uhr

Container Park Craze Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

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. Von Antje Blinda
13. August 2013, 15:18 Uhr

Stairway to Hell A Spanish Skyscraper's Elevator Disaster

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. Von Frank Patalong
12. August 2013, 14:13 Uhr