As our Living Screen House was selected as one of the finalists in the completed house category of 2017 World Architecture Festival Awards, we were required to present our work to the international jury on the 15th of November in Berlin. As it was a 3 day event from the 15th to 17th of November, our Director Clinton Cole, Operations Manager Hannelore Henning, Project Architect Ryan Ng and his wife and 7 month old baby girl took the opportunity to travel around Berlin to learn about its architecture, history, culture and heritage. Here are some places that we visited during our stay in Berlin.

The very first thing that caught our eye was the Fraternal Kiss (My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love), a famous graffiti painting on the East Side Gallery of the Berlin Wall

Interesting above ground pipes everywhere in Berlin. They are there temporary to carry off excess ground water from building sites and inject it into the sewer network in a controlled way

Not as many cranes as we have in Sydney

Berlin Hackescher Markt Station, originally opened in 1882 and is now one of the few stations that has preserved its original condition.

Jewish Museum Berlin by Daniel Libeskind, one of the most famous Deconstructivist buildings in the world.

Garden of Exile, the 49 tilted columns on a sloping ground planted with Russian olive trees above. This symbolises the feeling of disorientation of the Jewish following escape from Germany and arrival in a foreign country.

Moss-overgrown cobblestone paving can be seen everywhere in Berlin and is one of the main architectural features in Jewish Musuem Berlin.

The Memory Void, an emotional void space with the ‘Fallen Leaves’, a 10,000 steel faces covering the floor, symbolises all the innocent victims of war and violence. This is just one of the void spaces throughout the museum that represents the absence of Jews from German Society. The ‘cling’ sound from the steel faces when one walk over them is even more emotional and powerful when the sound echoing in this void space. Great work by the architect Daniel Libeskind and artist Menashe Kadishman.

The stormtrooper-looking Ottobock Science Center by Gnädinger Architekten

DZ Bank Building by Frank Gehry

Memorial to The Murdered Jews of Europe by Peter Eisenman

Memorial to The Murdered Jews of Europe by Peter Eisenman

The Brandenburg Gate, an 18th century neoclassical monument.

One of our most favourite building in Berlin, the German Chancellery by Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes.

House of the World’s Cultures in Berlin, a Germany’s national centre for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary arts in Tiergarten Park beside German Chancellery. It was designed in 1957 by the American architect Hugh Stubbins.

Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus by Stephan Braunfels

Some of the riverside buildings

Reichstag Building by Norman Foster

Potsdamer Platz

A breathtaking suspended oval roof structure that covers the 102m span of the central forum of the Sony Center of Berlin, designed by Helmut Jahn and Peter Walker.

Berliner Philharmoni by Hans Scharoun

Ampelmann, a very popular pedestrian signal in Germany

Studio Von Süden of Berlin Akademie der Künste, some music school or academy of arts hidden in the Tiergarten. Not sure who was the architect

Beautiful autumn colours in Tiergarten

Berlin Cathedral Church at Museum Island

On the 15th of November, Clinton and Ryan went to Arena Berlin, a huge brick indoor hall that hosts WAF. There were many booths and pods set up for finalist presentations and architectural products. It was interesting to see so many notable architects around the world including our fellow Australian talents such as Albert Mo and Eid Goh from Architects EAT, Ben Green from Tzannes, Andrew Burgess and Chloe Naughton. Although we did not win the category at the end of the day, it was still a rewarding day, mainly because our clients Walter and Laura came all the way to Berlin to give us support! It was definitely a day to remember and big congrats to Takashi Niwa from VTN Architects in Vietnam for winning the house category. A very well-deserved project!

  

Finally, it was time to head back to Sydney. We hope for the best in 2018!