“The Power of Design”: Michael Nguyen Photographs Munich’s Most Colorful Shopping Center Facade

The MIRA Shopping Center opened in 2008 in the Munich district Nordhaide. The West, North, and northern half of the Eastern facades, was made of colored lacquered metal panels which were placed on the walls to form prisms.

Since the sides of the prisms have different colors, the façade appears from the southwest and northwest in different colors. In between, a gradual transition takes place, so that the building changes dynamically as one passes by. In addition to the colored panels, the façade also contains panels made of polished aluminum, which reflect the sky and surrounding buildings.

The facade construction was awarded with the “DGNB Gold Award for sustainable buildings” in 2009. The shopping centre was planned by Chapman Taylor. The responsible project architect there was Ruprecht Melder. Léon-Wohlhage-Wernik-Architekten was responsible for the facade design.

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Michael Nguyen is a photo artist and documentary photographer living near Munich, Germany. He takes photographs since 1988. He has been living in Munich since 2007 and moved to Gauting near Munich in 2015. After a long break in the cultural sector and after a sickness he has dedicated himself 2018 entirely to art again. He is an artist and a photographic poet who moves away from the mainstream, at the same time blurs genres. Most of the time, he focuses on small, ordinary things but through the subjective lens, give them new perspectives, a new soul.






















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18-Year-Old Teddy Boy George Photographed by Friend Jurgen Vollmer in 1961 at Rabenstraße Stop in Hamburg

Jurgen Vollmer captured these images of George Harrison with wind-blown, slicked back hair during and after a ferry ride on Hamburg Lake in Spring 1961. By this time, The Beatles had adopted the brushed forward hairstyle worn by Vollmer, Astrid Kirchherr and Klaus Voormann. Vollmer recalled: “…occasionally George would comb his hair forward, but always combed it back again. He said the Rockers gave him funny looks.”

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In 1960, Astrid Kirchherr took some superlative photos of The Beatles in Hamburg. She took none at all in 1961, scaling back her work to help out Reinhart Wolf. His other assistant Jurgen Vollmer made up for it. Early in this second visit he asked George to go out with him for a few hours for a solo session, and George agreed, slipping into his leather jacket and greasing back his quiff. The others showed their intrigue with nods and winks. They knew Jurgen had a crush on George; he sometimes wore an I LIKE IKE badge he’d altered to read I LIKE GEORGE. “It was chemical,” said Jurgen. “I liked George the most. He was very quiet and shy, like me, and also a dreamer.”

This was an experimental day, because Jurgen had never done a photo session before. He was using a Rolleicord camera borrowed from Wolf, probably the same one Astrid had used for her first shoot. The results were similarly excellent. He fired off a role of twelve black-and-white photos on the Alster ferry, and eight more frames on the landing stage at Winterhuder Faehrhaus, and George’s character and youth shine fresh from the spring images.



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“Ulm Nest”: Sleep Capsules Are Designed to Protect Ulm Homeless People from Freezing to Death

Mobile sleeping pods were set up again in Ulm, a city in the south German state of Baden-Württemberg, where homeless people can spend the night. The “Ulmer Nester” are an additional offer of the homeless assistance in Ulm.

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The mobile sleeping pods are intended for people without a fixed abode who do not want to or cannot use the overnight shelter in Ulm. The “Ulmer Nester” are thus part of a concept for frostbite protection that the city of Ulm has developed together with the providers of assistance for the homeless. As in the previous year, one mobile sleeping facility is located at Karlsplatz in Ulm, the other at the Old Cemetery.

In the future, the two “Ulmer Nester” will always be set up during the cold months. According to the announcement, they were revised before their permanent use. For example, the seal was improved and the closing mechanism simplified. However, the work was delayed due to Covid-19.

If the mobile sleeping facilities are used, sensors send a corresponding message to the Caritas Association Ulm-Alb-Donau. This means that the next morning, an employee can visit the people who have spent the night there. The aim is also to provide information about other services for the homeless.











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One Nail – One Death: Monument to the German Victims of COVID-19 in Münster

In the cathedral in Schwäbisch Gmünd, a work of art made of thousands of nails commemorates those who died in the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 13,000 nails have been hammered into small blocks of wood in the Holy Cross Minster and lined up on steps in the church. “The multitude of the dead is so abstract, I couldn’t imagine it pictorially,” said Marios Pergialis, youth advisor at the Ostalb Deanery...

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Beautiful Landscapes Of The Speicherstadt in Hamburg, Germany By Alexander Schoenberg

According to Alexander Schoenberg: “I started this project in November 2016 and still working on it. The Speicherstadt in Hamburg, Germany is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations, oak logs, in this particular case. It is located in the port of Hamburg—within the HafenCity quarter—and was built from 1883 to 1927. The district was built as...

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This German Grandma Spends 30 Thousand Euros To Tattoo Her Whole Body

It’s not a joke. German grandma and tattoo model Kerstin Tristan spent 30 thousand Euros ($35,000) for body tattoos. It should not be said that it is impossible, when it comes to tattooing everything happens. More: Instagram Kerstin Tristan, who lives in Leipzig, Germany, has been a taxi driver for a long time and has been busy with daily chores. She wanted to add color to her ordinary...

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This German Teenager Creates Amazingly Intricate Hairstyles And Here Are The Coolest Ones

The hairstyles that Milena creates could be easily pictured on the head of any iconic Disney princess. This hairstylist from Germany is only 17 years old and she has already managed to come up with hundreds of different intricate hairdos loved by thousands of people from all around the world. Turns out, Milena got into doing hairstyles when she was only 6 years old. Of course, back then...

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Wooden Figure Of A Lady With Built-In Clavichord And Draws, c. 1780, Germany

This curious cabinet conceals a clavichord and several draws within the figure of an 18th century woman. Secret compartments are tucked away throughout the figure including the back of the head! Asymmetrical draws are concealed within her bodice and her foot acts as the instruments peddle. The figure originally wore an overdress and cap, as seen in image 2, and had previously been given a modesty...

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Beautiful Winning Photos From The GDT Nature Photographer Of The Year 2020

The German Society for Nature Photography (GDT) has selected its Nature Photographer of the Year 2020. Due to corona pandemic, voting was not carried out during the annual general meeting, but was completed online for the first time ever in the GDT’s history with great participation by members. Winner, Birds. Flurin Leugger – Takeoff. A coyote panics geese. (Photo by lurin Leugger/

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Street Artists Painted The Facade Of Local Supermarket In Hamburg With A Retro-Futuristic Mural That Reflects On Our Relationship To Groceries

The Low Bros painted the facade of another supermarket. Or more precisely, a former supermarket. The building is now hosting the Affenfaust gallery. It is located in the district of St. Pauli in the brothers hometown Hamburg. More: The Low Bros h/t: streeartnews Their mural „Happy Meal“ reflects on our relationship to groceries, especially how abstract the production of meat and dairy products has...

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