International Relations. Young Architects from Germany

Interior Architecture

plasma studio – Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, 2005/2006

plasma studio – Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, 2005/2006, Fourth Floor; Photo: diephotodesigner.de
plasma studio – Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, 2005/2006; Photos: diephotodesigner.de
plasma studio – Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, 2005/2006, elevator lobby; Photo: diephotodesigner.de
plasma studio – Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, 2005/2006, folded glass dividing wall between the bathroom and the living area; Photos: diephotodesigner.de
plasma studio – Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, 2005/2006, folded glass dividing wall between the bathroom and the living area; Photos: diephotodesigner.de

More than virtually any other type of building, hotels are characterised by the linear repetition of identical units. The architects at Plasma Studio overcame this stereotypical symmetry by breaking up the surfaces of corridors and rooms with geometrical shapes which create a completely new sense of space.

Architectc: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne
Project team: Anneli Giencke, Christian Täubert

MUELLER KNEER ASSOCIATES – The Cotton House, Manchester, 2003/2004 en

MÜLLER KNEER ASSIOCIATES – The Cotton House, Manchester, 2003/2004, View of the "house within a house"; Photo: Rolant Dafis
MÜLLER KNEER ASSIOCIATES – The Cotton House, Manchester, 2003/2004; Photos: Rolant Dafis
MÜLLER KNEER ASSIOCIATES – The Cotton House, Manchester, 2003/2004, View into the restaurant + "house within a house"; Photos: Rolant Dafis
MÜLLER KNEER ASSIOCIATES – The Cotton House, Manchester, 2003/2004, Perspective "soft cnclosure"; Photo: Rolant Dafis

This luxurious bar and restaurant is located in a listed Victorian warehouse in the heart of Manchester. The area is the first destination for many visitors to the city and has been the focus of a public and private investment and reconstruction programme aimed at radically rejuvenating the inner city.

Architects: Olaf Kneer, Marianne Müller
Project team: Yacira Blanco

Meuser Architekten – German, British and French Embassies, Astana, 2004–2008

Meuser Architekten – British embassy Astana, 2004–2008, lobby; Photos: architects
Meuser Architekten – British embassy Astana, 2004–2008; Photos: architects
Meuser Architekten – German embassy, Astana, 2004–2008, Kazakh ornament wall decoration, corridor; silhouettes wall decoration, waiting room; Photo: architects
Meuser Architekten – British embassy Union Jack wall decoration, corridor; Photo: architects
Meuser Architekten – French embassy Astana, Tricolore wall decoration, lobby; Photo: architects

The three European embassies have moved into a pre-existing office block in Astana, a city which only became the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997. The architects created a concept for the space, organised all three renovations according to the varying requirements of each country, heightened security standards, and coordinated the three moves from the old embassies. Only limited aesthetic changes were possible.

Architects: Philipp Meuser
Project team: Martin Spielau, Andreas Ullrich, Miriam Weber, Elena Boyko