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[Translate to English:] James-Simon-Galerie Aussenansicht

A temple for the arts

In 2018, David Chipperfield’s multifunctional James-Simon-Galerie building was opened on Berlin’s Museum. Like a balcony to the city, it offers impressive views of the Pleasure Garden (Lustgarten) and the new Berlin Palace (Stadtschloss) while also serving as an entrance area.

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Architect Daniel Schneider on destinations, hotel concepts and marketing.

We are meeting Daniel Schneider from the architects Monoplan at the “Trends in hotel design“ technical symposium in Hamburg to discuss architecture, interior design, and branding. With an office in Zurich and a teaching position in Heilbronn as well as international projects, he could be said to be just passing through – next stop: Dubai and Oman. We discussed destinations, hotel concepts and marketing.

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“F&B concepts in the hotel industry” symposium

Another symposium organised by the journal Hotelbau was held on 21 March 2019 at Le Méridien at the main railway station in Munich. As usual, emco was one of the sponsors for this event. This time, the symposium focussed on planning, design and operations in the Food & Beverage sector.

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The Robot Science Museum in Seoul

The Turkish architectural practice Melike Altınışık Architects (MAA) has won the international bid for the Robot Science Museum in Seoul (South Korea). The city’s local government called for museum concepts raising public awareness and interest in robotics and robots.

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Architecture as a forum for art

Art has many forms, but it always needs a stage – whether this is in a public space, museum or theatre. One of these locations is the Stage Theater im Hafen on the River Elbe in Hamburg, which was built in 1994 with a tent-like design. At the time it was the venue for the musical Buddy.

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The stuff that arts are made of

Linguistically speaking, the German word for art (“Kunst”) could be said to be made of plastic (“Kunststoff”). So the name suggests something else entirely than disposable cutlery and throw-away shopping bags. The Germans also use the word “Plastik” to refer to a sculpture, which makes it seem only right to create a sculpture out of plastic. Indeed, the 20th century material has had a considerable influence on the art of this era. It has democratised and trivialised art, removed the value from the raw material and transformed the artist from a lonely workshop creative to a designer of mass goods. With 105,000 tonnes of plastic rubbish produced every year in Germany, we are not far away from the concept of throw-away art.

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“I fight for the reputation of plastic.”

400 Fontanes, 500 Beethovens, 600 Nuremberg Madonnas: Ottmar Hörl is famous for his monumental sculptures of plastic figures. A career involving more plastic than practically any other artist’s career. And he has fought more consistently than any other artist against the elitist pricing policy of the art world.

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Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna

The “Lake Vera: Paparazza Moderna” exhibition will be held at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein from 2 February to 7 July 2019. The exhibition reveals the homes of great masters of modern architecture – in an unusual way.

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Colourful plastic for fresh office helpers

Get away from grey office life and into some colour: white walls, grey floors – most offices aren’t colourful, but rather sad and demotivating. …

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Architecture for the Northern Lights

Jávri Lodge is a boutique hotel in Saariselkä, Finland. The building was once used as a ski lodge by former President Urho Kekkonens – and he also welcomed state visitors here. In 2017, the building was extended to include a new main entrance, a dining room and four new hotel rooms – in three additional copper-clad volumes with their very own architecture.

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[Translate to English:] Ausstellungsstück des Künstlerkollektiv „formafantasma“

Mastermind’s creation: Office furniture made from recycled waste

For the NGV Triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, design duo “formafantasma” presented a piece of work that forms part of an ambitious research experiment looking at the recycling of electronic waste. Among other things, the “ore streams” project features furniture concepts which were developed using discarded computers and phones.

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