The Iller Hydroelectric Plant in Kempten, Germany designed by Becker Architekten took home three architecture awards in the last year. Organic in form, the concrete power station is more sculptural than industrial, making a far greater visual impact than some boring old plant. Plus, the project also included the construction of a pedestrian and bike bridge across the Iller River.
The huge number of plain tiles (8350 pieces) and the chosen range of colour lead to an interplay between the very traditional building material in its almost handmade haptic quality and the pixel-like apearance of the whole facade from a distance.
Architecture firm AZPA (Alejandro Zaera-Polo Arquitectura) plans to transform a German power plant into a densely-forested “green mountain”, which will in turn be a landmark public space for a town.
The project started as a competition for the redevelopment of the “Zentralplatz”, the main square in Koblenz. This square, the Zentralplatz (Central Square), not only connects the various districts of Koblenz with each other but also has an important function as a public transport interchange and place where various pedestrian flows come together.
The ErlebNest is a design of Germany’s Cambium GmBH, a company that specializes in rope and bridge courses. It can be integrated into such a course or installed as a standalone treetop retreat. Cambium designed the ErlebNest to blend into the natural forested environment and says that it uses natural materials in its construction.