Inspired by my research for the BLOG entry about the surprisingly high number of very diverse German Castles, I am wondering how is our modern architecture doing?
No reason to worry, it is doing fine. My research shows that there seems to be no lack of fresh ideas and that there is still budget available for experimenting.
But as far as I know, lengthy German approval processes & regulations seems to be a real pain in the neck. The planning & approval of the harbor buildings in Cologne (pls., see the 3rd tableau below, in the upper corner left-hand-side) shall haven taken 7 years according to the architect!
Okay, and of course, it is annoying to experience cost explosions – in particular in case of public buildings financed by the tax payers & sponsors.
Thinking of our lovely Elbphilharmonie with its ultimate sound system in Hamburg (nickname: “Elphi”) that ended up with final cost of € 866 mio, which is 11,24 times higher than originally planned, German tax payers become nervous if they look at the new airport in Berlin that is still under construction.
Possibly, it would be faster and cheaper to build a new City of Berlin around an existing airport….?
However, here is just a glimpse into German modern architecture…