The artificial intelligence is developing at an enormous pace and will solve ever more complex cognitive tasks, which so far only the human beings could perform. Reading or writing, or so called unstructured data, is handled by intelligent machines.
But we are still at the beginning of this quiet economic revolution. Most of us go the same way each day to their usual workplace. A few particularly beautiful working environments can be found in this issue of the German Domus. These are the headquarters of the big companies.
Like Siemens, for example. As one of the largest manufacturers of energy-efficient and resource-conserving technologies, it was a matter of course to establish a headquarters to meet the most demanding requirements. This begins with the natural stone, which decorates the ground floor and parts of the facade, and comes from the region. Goes to the toilet flushing, which is filled with rainwater, up to regenerative energy sources like photovoltaics and the use of geothermal energy.
In the port of Hamburg there is another imposing building that the German Domus presents in this issue. The office building of a Hamburg-based company emerged from a competition which the Berlin architects Gewers Pudewill could decide for themselves. The brick block opens on the third floor to a kind of window or city balcony, which is three floors high and provides direct view of the water and the Speicherstadt for the rooms behind.
In addition to all the big projects, inter-spatial solutions are equally bright. The Association of River Baths Berlin has been struggling for a bathing pass in the Spree for years. Sven Gatter observes the transformation of a former industrial area into a place of nature and relaxation. On the other hand, Matthias Jung documents the disappearance of cultural spaces that are threatened by the growing proportions of the Rhenish brown coal area.