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Whoever said "size doesn't matter" clearly wasn't an architect, because trying to fit an apartment into a 21 sq m (226 sq ft) room is no mean feat. That's exactly what Berlin-based architecture and design studio Spamroom has done through clever use of available vertical space and a multi-purpose central unit.

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You no longer need a mountain or sheer cliff face to enjoy the thrill and challenge of technical climbing. Rock gyms have sprouted up across cities and suburbs around the world, providing a climbing option for those that don't have access to mountains. These gyms don't usually look anything like real rock, but a German company has a plan to construct climbing "mountains" out of an artificial material that it says looks and feels like the real thing. Read More
A design by international architecture firm OMA has been selected for the new Axel Springer media center in Berlin. The design is aimed at encouraging collaborative working in a digital age. It was chosen in the final round of a competition ahead of designs by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Buro Ole Scheeren. Read More
Located just outside the center of Berlin in Germany, Propeller Island City Lodge is an unusual hotel with "artistic" rooms that include flying beds and upside down fittings. The rooms and interior objects have all been created by the German artist Lars Stroschen, in an attempt to create a hotel that is a "living work of art". While sleeping in a coffin or a recreated dungeon might not be what you imagined a trip to Berlin to be like, the hotel no doubt leaves an impression and we thought it merited a mention on this Friday the 13th. Read More
There is no doubt that Berlin is at the center of the European music industry, with over 700 music companies nestled amongst a city filled with museums, theaters, clubs and concert venues. What could be better fitting for such a creative hub than a hotel inspired by music? The nhow Berlin claims to be Europe's very first music hotel, complete with recording suites, music managers and hotel staff who also happen to be music college graduates. Read More
Hoax or hopeful? Sky high or pie-in-the-sky? German architect Jakob Tigges has unleashed a daring plan to create a man-made mountain in Berlin – not exactly a feature you instantly associate with the German city, but if this “project” gets approval that could change. According to The Berg website, Berliners are getting behind the project as another tourist-attracting (money-making) option for their fair city. Read More
The implementation effective infrastructure seems to be to lagging behind the development of electric vehicles themselves, but a new joint project announced by Daimler AG and energy provider RWE AG could be another sign that the tide is turning in terms of developing widespread systems that will allow EV's to make the transition to the mainstream. Read More
December 6, 2005 The 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) system developed for the 406km/h, 987 bhp Bugatti Veyron sportscar will be shown for the first time by Ricardo at the 4th International CTI-Symposium held in Berlin this week. The twin-clutch gearbox of the Bugatti Veyron combines the dynamic advantages of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic to an as yet unparalleled level of perfection. One significant differentiation criteria compared to the classic automatic gearbox is that no torque converter is used as a moving-off element. Instead, the gearbox has a twin clutch that is composed of two wet-running multi-disc clutches. Read More
Munich/Berlin, Feb 15, 2005 Later this month, Berlin will become the first German city to start using ticket-free "mobile-phone parking". For a trial period of one year, the Berlin districts Mitte, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Tempelhof-Schoneberg will be trying out an alternative to the parking meter designed to make parking more convenient for the user. There'll be no need to make your way to the ticket machine, and no need to search for change. You can park as long as you like, and you won't have to pay until you leave, when you will be charged for every three minutes that you've parked. The Berlin local governments will benefit as well, as monitoring car parks will be easier and more money will flow into the city coffers. Siemens Business Services will be operating the service in cooperation with Mobile Parking GmbH and T-Mobile. Read More
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