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Modern Architecture

This city guide presents a selection of buildings of high architectural caliber, with the aim of offering you a new perspective of Freiburg. The focus sometimes is not so much on spectacular individual buildings, but on the quarter as a whole, as a reflection of the character and history of its time.

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"Haus Katharina-Egg" nursing home at Laubenhof

Freiburg

Borghammer, Jana, Wohlleber Architekten, 2008
The nursing home is divided into three residential areas for each nursing ward. Communicating hallways connect the individual areas with each other and the garden. This creates interesting visual perspectives from each lounge and residential area, while integrating the building structures into the smaller scale of their surroundings. The facades consist of cedar boarding with open joints and extensive glass panels with sliding doors that lead to the large patios and balconies.

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Archiepiscopal Archive

Freiburg

Archiepiscopal building authority (C. Hendrich and A. Bauhofer), 2002
Storage as a design principle: The red sandstone with many layers of artisanal stone working reflects the materiality of the historic city of Freiburg and demonstrates the building's function to the outside world. The 50 cm thick solid brick walls avoid temperature fluctuations, eliminating the need for mechanical climate control.

Only to be viewed from the outside.

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Architecture of the Exhibition and Conference Center

Freiburg

Sacker Architekten, 2000 (Construction phase 1) / 2006 (Construction phase 2)
Multifunctional, expandable, low use of resources: The first construction phase of the exhibition and conference center building consists of three multi-purpose exhibition halls. The second phase of construction saw the creation of the "SICK-Arena", including a main foyer and conference center. The building's large dimensions are skillfully integrated into the surrounding environment by way of simple, but subtle detailing and division.

To be viewed from the outside and inside (depending on events).

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Augustinermuseum architecture

Freiburg

Christoph Mäckler Architekten, 2010
One of the Upper Rhine area's most important museums presents art highlights from the Middle Ages to the 19th century in a former monastery. The museum has been present on this site since 1923. Modern exhibition rooms were created as part of a renovation in 2010. The Escher-like staircase in the foyer offers some initial insights into and through the exhibition halls, including into the former nave with its medieval cathedral figures. The renovated historic choir room under the roof adds a special ambiance to the exhibition.

To be viewed from the outside and inside.

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BIOSS laboratory building

Freiburg

ArGe Harter + Kanzler Architekten with Borghammer, Jana, Wohlleber Architekten, 2012
The laboratory building's iridescent gray brick facade integrates in the inner-city setting as a four-sided cube. A three-story glass facade extending slightly under the roof creates an inviting yet prestigious entrance area. Large glass panels open the public access areas up to the outside space and a courtyard that can be covered with sail shades for use as an event venue.

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Bugginger Strasse house

Freiburg

K9 Architekten, 2013
Passive house for a subsidized residential development in a central location of the 1960s Weingarten district. The new component, designed to enhance the city center, reflects the architectural structure of the detached buildings, while the shopping area along the street adds a new dimension for passers-by.

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Concert hall architecture

Freiburg

Dietrich Bangert Architekten, 1996
The Konzerthaus houses a world-class concert hall and thrives on the interplay of its interior and exterior and on the successful blend of the small-scale structure of the surrounding quarter and the building's large dimensions. The architecture with its large inviting loggia is a striking feature in the urban landscape and acts as a bridge from the old town to the western parts of the city.

To be viewed from the outside and inside (depending on events).

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Dieter-Wetterauer hall

Freiburg

Böwer Eith Murken Architekten, 2009
The particularity of this building, conceived as a hall with three courts, is its multi-purpose use on a small floor space: the roof of the recreational center can be used as an area for recess and sports by the neighboring Rotteck secondary school. An old maple tree has been integrated into the inviting entrance area. The full glass external wall of the dance and gymnastics studio is oriented towards this tree.

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District Administration Office (Landratsamt)

Freiburg

Lehmann Architekten, 2005
The new building in a park-like setting relates to the neighboring constructions in a number of ways. An old linden tree by way of a small courtyard marks the entrance. The glass outer shell consists of a double facade of box-type window modules with integrated installations for sun protection and night-time cooling.

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District Rieselfeld

Freiburg

Covering 70 hectares to the west of Freiburg, a new and attractive district has been growing steadily since 1995: Rieselfeld is the name of the district which is home to an exemplary concept as far as town planning and construction are concerned. It possesses extensive green areas and open spaces, and child care facilities, schools, businesses, restaurants, consultancies and modern service
industries can all be found within walking distance along Rieselfeld‘s traffic-calmed streets.

To be viewed from the outside, guided tours by appointment.

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Droste-Hülshoff secondary school

Freiburg

Hotz + Architekten, 2009
Squares dominate the floor plan and outline of the school building constructed by Behnisch & Partner in 1966. The building was converted into an all-day school during the renovation. The cafeteria has been located discreetly under the elevated cube. Accumulated layers of paint were stripped from the school's internal walls to once again reveal the contrast of exposed concrete and oak paneling. An unused version of the original plan was implemented to create the window apertures.

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Ensemble building

Freiburg

Böwer Eith Murken Architekten, 2013
Home to the outstanding Freiburg Ensembles for Old and New Music, Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Recherche, the Ensemblehaus provides the musicians with an ideal environment for recordings and rehearsals. Its solemn and serious facade reflects the quality produced in its bright and welcoming interior.

To be viewed from the outside and inside (depending on events).

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Farmers' house

Freiburg

Werkgruppe Lahr, 2014
Between tradition and modernity: The multistory wooden structure with a hybrid shell made from steel, cement, and glass elements represents the ambivalence of the farming Profession.

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Green City Hotel Vauban

Freiburg

Here we have an example of how modern architecture can be combined with modern ecological and social demands. Built according to passive construction standards, the Green City Hotel Vauban represents both sustainability and innovation. For example, over half the staff have mental or physical disabilities.

To be viewed from the outside, guided tours by appointment.

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Haslacher Strasse residential area

Freiburg

Melder & Binkert Architekten und Stadtplaner GmbH, 2012
Award-winning housing project in a challenging city planning situation due to the immediate vicinity of the busy highway feeder road.

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Herder building

Freiburg

Böwer Eith Murken Architekten with the University building authority, 2011
The former printing works of the Herder publishing house – a 19th century industrial building – was renovated and converted for the University of Freiburg. The northern courtyard is covered by a transparent cupola roof supported by four treelike branched steel supports. This has maintained the impression of the imposing building and created a fitting entrance area for the university facilities.

To be viewed from the outside and inside.

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House in the Sternenhof quarter

Freiburg

K9 Architekten, 2014
Numerous architectural qualities are apparent in the new residential district resulting from a competition by the Freiburger Stadtbau building authority. The top three prizewinners were given the chance to implement their visions of contemporary concentrated living subject to strict environmental and economic requirements.

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Karl Rahner Building

Freiburg

Archiepiscopal building authority (C. Hendrich, A. Bauhofer, N. Seemann, C. Schwer, J. Zeh), 2005.
The training institute of the archdiocese is a striking architectural element of the city, with its homogeneous brick cladding. The different functions are easily identifiable from the outside. A chapel integrated in the building creates a simple and impressive effect.

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Olympic Training Center

Freiburg

Harter + Kanzler Architekten, 2004
This building is a successful addition to the existing sports facilities. The topography has been utilized to create two separate entrances relating to their respective functions. The usage areas are grouped around a protected courtyard. Exposed concrete, graphite-black metal components, and oak come together in a harmonious fusion of materials.

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Passive High Rise

Freiburg

The high rise apartment block at Bugginger Strasse 50 was the world‘s first high rise with passive house construction certification and requires less than 15 kWh per year for its heating facilities. The renovation of the building produced a 78% saving in energy used for heating – despite the work allowing room for social aspects such as common rooms, guest apartments and even a concierge. The layouts of the individual apartments were improved in order to reflect demographic changes.

To be viewed from the outside, guided tours by appointment.

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Pathology Institute

Freiburg

Rolf + Hotz Architekten, 2006
The laboratory building's purpose is reflected in the precise facade of the cubic building structure. The interior is divided into clear zones, with laboratories on the north side and offices towards the south. The building also stands out thanks to its groundbreaking ecological overall concept.

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Physics Garden

Freiburg

Henne Korn Landschaftsarchitekten, 2010
The landscaping and plants in the 'Garten der Physik' represent the physics research procedure, in which the chaotic world is explained using models and organizational structures.

To be viewed from the outside and inside.

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Protestant Montessori school building

Freiburg

Spiecker Sauter Lauer, 2014
The Montessori school building is a striking sight on Merzhauser Strasse. Occupying a small plot, a cube in different shades of red extends towards the street over an open area supported by diagonally placed columns. This upper level is used as a gymnasium, with the classrooms and prayer and administration rooms located below. Rather than central teaching rooms, the school building uses an open and flexible learning environment in line with the Montessori concept.

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Protestant University of Applied Sciences Freiburg

Freiburg

Lamott + Lamott Architekten, 2012–2014
The annex increased the university's physical capacity by around a third. The building has a large lecture hall, a cafeteria with dining hall, seminar rooms and offices. It has been designed to create an open and transparent space to support communication. The large glass panels make optimal use of daylight, creating a welcoming atmosphere.

To be viewed from the outside and inside.

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Quartier Vauban

Freiburg

The model district Vauban is now known throughout the country as an environmentally conscious and family-friendly district. New forms of civic involvement and collective building are further characteristics of the traffic-calmed residential area. Individually designed housing forms show that sustainable living can be colorful and diverse. Passive construction, energy-plus construction and the use of solar technology are standard.

To be viewed from the outside, guided tours by appointment.

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Regional Administrative Council

Freiburg

Harter + Kanzler Architekten, 2004
A clearly structured administration building that creates a calming influence in a heterogeneous environment. Shielded on four sides, the courtyard and cafeteria offer a pleasant environment for employees and visitors.

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Rieselfeld Ecumenical Center

Freiburg

Kister Scheithauer Gross Architekten, 2004
An archaic monolith serves as an architectural vessel for two faiths. The sculptural effect of the building with a few precisely placed openings creates a stark contrast to the residential buildings and defines the center in Rieselfeld. Full-length sliding concrete panels allow for ecumenical services.

To be viewed from the outside and inside.

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Schlossberg Residence

Freiburg

This innovative energy concept of the new residential area ‘Schlossberg Residence‘ is based on improved insulation techniques and the use of local renewable energy sources such as wood pellets and a hydrodynamic screw providing this residential area with an almost independent means of energy production for heating. When compared to a standard newly constructed building there are primary energy savings of 90%.

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Solarsiedlung (Solar Estate)

Freiburg

Rolf Disch, 1999–2006
The positive-energy row houses are shielded from the busy Merzhauser Strasse by the "Sonnenschiff", a block of mainly commercial outlets.

To be viewed from the outside, guided tours by appointment.

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St. Ursula secondary school multipurpose hall

Freiburg

Fuchs Maucher Architekten with the University building authority, 2006
Large concrete elements with different depths and structures create a vivid relief on the facade. A glass foyer contrasts with the hall building and screens the tree-lined courtyard from Talstrasse.

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Student housing village at Seepark

Freiburg

Irion Graf Meier, 1966
ABMP Architekten, Amann Burdenski Munkel Preßler Architekten und Generalplaner, 2012
The estate was planned in the 1960s to accommodate 1,300 inhabitants in a park-like setting, with three- to eight-story buildings arranged in random formations across the site. Subsequent extensions were constructed according to the same proportionality and characteristics as the existing housing stock. Details such as a change from white to standard concrete and window apertures offset over different floors add a softer touch to the strict grid formation of the ready-mix concrete facades.

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The Heliotrope

Freiburg

Rolf Disch, 1994
Groundbreaking solar architecture with a pioneering technical role: The building rotates according to the position of the sun. A roof-mounted photovoltaic panel, composting toilets and a reed sewage system ensure self-sufficient operation

To be viewed from the outside, guided tours by appointment.

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United World College

Freiburg

Peter Kulka Architektur and Hotz + Architekten, 2014
Germany's first United World College was built on the site of a former Carthusian monastery. The classrooms are located in the monastery building, whose main elements date from the 18th century. The new canteen was built in the listed monastery gardens. Accommodation for students and teaching staff is located on the hill, in the form of a relaxed village community with residential cubes of different sizes. A reference to the long-gone Carthusian heritage.

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University Hospital emergency center

Freiburg

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, 2007–2012
The annex of the University Hospital including an emergency center ties into the existing Medical and Surgical Clinic. Two large atriums divide the elongated three-story building into three sections and a thoroughfare alongside the building allows easy movement between the different areas. A column grid on the reinforced steel frame allows great flexibility for any subsequent changes that may be required. The color scheme creates a welcoming atmosphere and serves as a signage system for better orientation.

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Universitätsbibliothek architecture (University Library)

Freiburg

Degelo Architekten, 2015
The library building constructed in the 1970s was renovated in terms of both energy and technology to reduce the operating costs. The library forms the cultural center of the city, together with the Municipal Theater and the university buildings I and II. The almost black, three-dimensional folded prismatic shape clearly stands out from the neighboring buildings and reflects them as fragments.

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Wintererstrasse Building

Freiburg

Wild Bär Heule Architekten, 2014
This apartment building is located on a hillside and resembles a split-level dwelling: however, the living units are oriented in up to three directions. A cascading effect is created on the main facade by stretching and moving the floor levels and by the sloping stepped floor plans – a dynamic ebb and flow.

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Zollhof square (customs hall square)

Freiburg

Atelier Dreiseitl, 2013
The large open-sided square marks the starting point for the new mixed working and residential district on the site of a former freight yard. Elements of the design conjure up images of the old railway tracks, alternating islands of greenery with stone surfaces.

To be viewed from the outside and inside.

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