The magazine HOUSING ARCHITEKTUR shows the variety of built residental architecture and urban planning of the office MÄCKLERARCHITEKTEN. Different areas of living, from single-family houses to multi-storey buildings to urban quarters are presented.
The introduction article on „House and city, part and whole – and the question: Who serves whom?“ was written by Gerhard Matzig, arts editor and senior architecture critic at Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The new magazine by MÄCKLERARCHITEKTEN
“Nowadays, commercial and office building architecture is mostly either glass, cool, and abstractly inaccessible, or employs effects foreign to architecture, and resorts to the spectacular to attract attention. Mäckler’s architecture always aims to have to something to do with the location, its history and the ambience, to correspond with the surroundings and advance them. (…) With regard to office architecture as well, Mäckler’s quality offensive, his on-going fight to avoid modern architecture becoming bland, his efforts to restore the dignity of forgotten techniques and materials, and his concern to ensure the beauty of both the architecture and cities alike is to the benefit of developers, users, and the general public.“
Falk Jaeger (Autor / Author OFFICE ARCHITEKTUR)
The Zoofenster is almost 119 m high and therefore one of the tallest buildings in Berlin. It is a complex, tiered development that responds to its urban environment in a number of ways. The complexity of this location and its function in the urban setting are also reflected in the plan layout. The medium-rise block with its hotel, restaurants and retailing is open to the public, which allows the urban space at street level to filter into the building.
JOVIS 2013 / ISBN 978-3-86859-327-3, Christoph Mäckler Architekten (ed.)
Frankfurt’s skyline has a new highlight: Tower 185 – Germany’s fourth-highest office building – marks the gateway to the new Europa district in Frankfurt am Main and adds a new dimension to the city’s silhouette. Typical forms and materials found in the neighbouring buildings – beige stone walls and slate roofs – characterise the perimeter block at the base. The office wings fan out like welcoming arms. A large teardrop-shaped plaza and adjoining arcades with shops and restaurants provide ample opportunities to linger and also guide visitors to the entrance.
JOVIS 2012 / ISBN 978-3-86859-152-1, CA Immo, Christoph Mäckler Architekten (eds.)
The municipal Augustiner Museum founded in 1923 is housed in a former monastery in the heart of Freiburg’s lively old town district just a few minutes’ walk from the cathedral. Its comprehensive collection of ecclesiastical artworks makes it one of the most important museums in south-west Germany. Planning work for a conversion to cope with modern requirements began in 2002, and the first phase of the work was completed in 2010. This book presents the chequered history of the museum and illustrates, through a number of fascinating pictures, the new appearance, which is in some ways fundamentally different.
ROMBACH VERLAG 2011 / ISBN 978-3-7930-5075-9, Augustiner Museum & trustees (eds.)
The OpernTurm high-rise office block is located on one of the most important city squares in Frankfurt am Main. Together with the old Opera House and the facades around the square, it creates a true city ensemble. By using the same material, a yellow natural stone, the perimeter block development communicates with the buildings around Opernplatz. The design allowed the adjoining Rothschild Park to be extended and opened up in the direction of the city.
JOVIS 2010 / ISBN 978-3-86859-048-7, Christoph Mäckler Architekten (ed.)
with contributions by Werner Oechslin and Heinrich Wefing
This book describes 22 projects carried out between 1990 and 2008 which are characterised by the idea of the rematerialisation of modern architecture, a reconciliation between tradition and modernity. Retrieving surface and volume in the facade, understanding the properties of the materials, the ageing characteristics of structures and the self-evident truths in architectural expression are dealt with here.
BIRKHÄUSER 2008 / ISBN 978-3-7643-6273-7, Christoph Mäckler (ed.)
This book describes the development of “Portikus”, the internationally acclaimed gallery for contemporary art in Frankfurt am Main. The gallery, located on an island in the middle of the River Main and accessed via the old bridge, is based on the history of the location and in typological terms relates to the Frankfurt of the Middle Ages.
NIGGLI 2006 / ISBN 978-3-7212-0602-9, Christoph Mäckler Architekten (ed.)
In the context of the discussion surrounding transparency and solidity in architecture, building with stone has taken on a particular significance in recent years. Spread over numerous thematic chapters, this book explores the modern use of stone in international architecture. The comprehensive appendix contains illustrations of 116 types of natural stone, a systematic catalogue of all their essential material properties and a selected bibliography on the subject of stone.
BIRKHÄUSER 2004 / ISBN 3-7643-7014-9, Christoph Mäckler (ed.)