Manuel Herz

Arthron . Cologne


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The Cologne area of Bayenthal is a neighborhood in search for an identity.When established in the middle of the 19th century, it was an industrial area that was dominated by the Kölnische Maschinenbau Aktienge- sellschaft, (Cologne Mechanical Construction Company.) This company was in fact the pride of German engineering and steel technology at its time, building amongst others several Rhine bridges, the roof construction of the Cologne Cathedral for its completion, and the roof of Cologne’s first main railway station.With its leading manufacturing and prestigious projects the company, and hence the neighborhood of Bayenthal was one of the high-tech hubs of its time in Germany. Continue reading Manuel Herz


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Jewish Community Center . Mainz

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Few Jewish communities used to surpass the one of Mainz in importance and tradition. During the Middle Ages being the major center of religious teaching, this importance can be traced back to a series of influential Rabbis, especially Gershom ben Judah (960 to 1040) whose teachings and legal decisions had impact on Judaism at large. His wisdom was deemed to be so large that he was given the name ‘Light of Diaspora’. The new Jewish Community Center of Mainz attempts to draw out this tradition. Continue reading Manuel Herz Architects