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Mini Living: A building for urban house-share in Shanghai

This is what the Mini Living Complex is about to look like. Photo: BMW Group

As urbanisation continues to gather pace, attractive living spaces in large cities are becoming increasingly sparse. Indeed, more people than ever are living within a shrinking footprint. With Mini Living, Mini is addressing these developments and creating the first co-living project in China. Together with Chinese project developer Nova Property Investment Co., Mini is about to transform a former industrial complex in Shanghai into a multi-layered co-living initiative made up of apartments, working spaces and cultural/leisure offerings. The conversion work is slated to begin before the end of this year.

Interview with Tassilo Bost: “I wanted to combine private accommodation with the view to the harbor.”

Interiot designer Tassilo Bost © Westin
Interiot designer Tassilo Bost
© Westin

The Elbphilharmonie has had to overcome a few difficulties until its completion. However, it’s fascinating shape, the artful wave design referring to the water around it as well as the union between the old Kaispeicher, a former warehouse building, with modern glass architecture make it already to a landmark of Hamburg’s Hafencity. And also at the inside, too, the building wants to set an example – as in the bathroom concept of the integrated hotel Westin. In this interview, Tassilo Bost talks about his design – and why the “sublimity of a location” can practically become an erotic experience in a bathroom with a view.

Versatile platform: imm cologne 2017 promotes contract business

Motorola Headquarters, Chicago/USA (architecture by Gensler), Scope Seating by COR
Foto: COR

Exhibitors and trade visitors appreciate imm cologne as a platform for contract business. The equipping of hotels, shops and other projects is of increasing importance for manufacturers from the furniture and interior design segments. In Cologne from 16 to 22 January 2017 they will present a diverse offering for these segments, from new products through individual consultation to tailored solutions.

Design history you can touch

© GAG Köln
© GAG Köln

The Germania housing estate in the Höhenberg district of Cologne, just ten minutes by car from Koelnmesse, is a remarkable architectural achievement in its own right. Built between 1920 and 1928 on the former grounds of the Germania coal mine, some of the architects involved in its planning were amongst the leading names of the time. The result reflects different architectural styles of the Weimar Republic that have come together in a harmonious whole as a work of architecture. Even at the time it was considered exemplary for urban residential building. Weimarer Strasse is also home to another special find: no. 15, Paul-Schwellenbach-Haus. A historic house museum has been set up here to convey the feeling of living in the 1920s.

Sanitary facilities for 7,000 refugees at Tempelhof Airport

© Geberit
© Geberit

The emergency accommodation at Tempelhof Airport provides space for up to 7,000 people – spread over six hangars with around 28,000 square metres of floor space plus another 110,000 square metres outdoors. Eventually, there is to be one “hotel box” containing a toilet and shower for every 15 residents. Sanitary technology expert Geberit has supplied the sanitary facilities for the emergency accommodation in Berlin.