The name Brooklyn Rapid Transit Powerhouse refers to a large coal-fired power station built at the end of the 19th century to generate electricity for Brooklyn’s streetcar system. Built as a steel skeleton construction typical of the time with a representative façade composed of red-brown brick, the building is situated on an extensive site along the branching Gowanus Canal, which until decommissioning was the supply route for the power plant’s coal and water.
1914–2014: the period of world history which the 2014 Architecture Biennale revolves around is the century in which the modern world has come about, a technological and globalised world. A central element in this development: the dream of flying has become a reality, for everybody.
Good architecture is created in a dialogue. And it takes social responsibility. An optimal solution for a building project can only be achieved when one asks the right questions. Often these are unusual questions, sometimes simple, and frequently they seem to want to combine what cannot be combined. It is this work process which is used by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners to create architecture.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) are designing the new rehearsal building for the ballet company of Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In a consortium with HOCHTIEF Solutions, they were commissioned by Düsseldorf City Council in a PPP scheme. The new ballet building will be created on the historic site of the former Rheinbahn depot “am Steinberg” in Düsseldorf, between the listed tramway depot and the back of the housing development at Kopernikusstrasse.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been successful in winning the competition for three office towers near the southern railway station in Shanghai, and have been commissioned with the design of the project. Vanke Co., Ltd. is one of the largest real estate companies for housing in China and wants to extend its range of activities into the office building sector; for this purpose, the company has selected a site in a desirable up-and-coming business area.
In the southern Chinese city of Dongguan – a city of several million – a basketball stadium has been completed to plans by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The building can be seen from afar and is a landmark that provides identity and orientation to the people in the new district of Liaobu. The stadium has space for nearly 15,000 visitors and can be used for sports and other events; it is the new main competition venue for one of the most successful Chinese basketball teams, the Dongguan Leopards.
At Tesdorpfstrasse 8 in Hamburg, near the Dammtor railway station, a new office building has been completed to a design by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) which meets top energy conservation standards and is likely to receive the gold certificate under DGNB rules.
Five books on the work, views and approaches of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been published in recent months. The œuvre of the practice is very diverse, and similarly the authors approach their subjects – which couldn’t be more varied - in very different ways: from building in a historic context via the design and construction of Chinese cultural venues through to a view behind the curtain of large German construction sites, the books illustrate examples of gmp’s work in text and images.
The design by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, with JB Ferrari, for a new children’s hospital at the Lausanne University Hospital has won first prize in an international competition. The hospital is to provide 85 beds and an accident and emergency unit for children, and is provisionally scheduled to open in 2019. The design concept includes light-flooded open areas with much greenery, which are intended to make a hospital stay as agreeable as possible for patients and their relatives. Today, the entry will be presented to the public in Lausanne.
A new football stadium for Tripoli: the groundbreaking ceremony for the National Stadium in the new sports park, which was designed by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) took place on Wednesday 26 February 2014. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Seidan, the German Ambassador, Christian Much, the football legend Franz Beckenbauer and the gmp Project Manager, Hans-Joachim Paap. gmp has been commissioned with the scheme design for the project as well as the detailed design.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new construction of the German Service Centre in Foshan, a city in the south of China, will take place on 25 February 2014. In 2013, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners were successful in winning this competition which was open to German architectural practices with a Chinese partner.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned with the design of a new urban development project on a 45 hectare site in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. It comprises a transportation hub including five underground railway stations, a border control point and numerous commercial areas. Above ground there will be a range of tower blocks of different heights with apartments, shops and offices to form multi-functional city quarters.
Für den Neubau des Probebühnenzentrums am Deutschen Theater in Berlin findet heute die Grundsteinlegung statt. Neben der Berliner Senatsbaudirektorin Regula Lüscher, dem Staatssekretär für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten André Schmitz und Ulrich Khuon, Intendant des Deutschen Theaters, hält Stephan Schütz, Partner des Architekturbüros von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp) eine Rede. Den ersten Preis im internationalen Wettbewerb um das neue Probebühnenzentrum haben die gmp-Architekten bereits 2010 gewonnen.
On 28 November, Meinhard von Gerkan received the 2013 ULI Germany Leadership Award. This award is being given by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Germany for the ninth time, and is intended to recognise personalities in real estate and public service. The award will take place as part of the annual Urban Leader Forum in Berlin.
With their newly designed corporate image, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have won the Iconic Award which was initiated by the German Design Council. In the Communication category, their corporate design achieved the top “Best of Best” accolade. Furthermore, gmp’s 2012 “Choreography of the Masses” exhibition also received awards – this time from two institutions: in the Architecture category, the exhibition was declared the winner of the Iconic Award; in the Event Design category, the show won the 2013 Red Dot Design Award.
Die Architekten gmp · von Gerkan, Marg und Partner weisen Vorwurf der Täuschung durch den BER-Ausschussvorsitzenden Martin Delius entschieden zurück – Durchsuchungsbeschluss hätte bei Kommunikation mit gmp jederzeit vermieden werden können.
Three stadiums by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) received the most important international architectural awards for sports and leisure buildings. At this year’s IOC/IAKS Awards, the Bao’An Stadium in Shenzhen, China, received a gold medal in the “Major outdoor stadiums” category. The Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China won another gold in the “Pools and wellness facilities” category. And the Warsaw National Stadium in Poland received the bronze medal in the “Major outdoor stadiums” category.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners are taking part in the 2013 West Bund biennial festival in Shanghai by entering three of their projects. At their stand they are presenting – in text, image and film – buildings that reflect part of their wide-ranging oeuvre: the Poly Plaza office...
Today, the Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Bavaria is inaugurating its new archive in Nuremberg with a special ceremony. The new building, which was designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), took three years to build and is located on a former factory site in the direct vicinity of the existing main building. With 34 kilometres of shelving, the State Church archive now has more than twice the storage space compared to previously and, in addition, accommodates a restoration workshop and enough space for visitor rooms.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) together with Knippers Helbig, Structural Engineers, have won first prize in the limited implementation competition for the new construction of a pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Baakenhafen basin in HafenCity. The jury decided unanimously in favour of the design, which was followed in the ranking by two third places for Ingenhoven Architects, in cooperation with Werner Sobek, and R+ Architects, in cooperation with Dr. Binnewies, Engineering Consultants.
After a construction period of four years, the city of Gelsenkirchen is this weekend celebrating the opening of its new town hall, which was converted to plans by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). In addition to speeches, tours of the premises and other festivities, gmp founding partner Volkwin Marg, town planner Kunibert Wachten and architectural critic Dieter Bartetzko will be talking about this new building on old foundations in a round-table discussion.
The international touring exhibition, “Designing in Dialogue. The architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners”, is hosted by the Chinese National Museum, Beijing, which was converted and extended by gmp Architects. For this purpose, gmp is cooperating with the Chinese architectural magazine UED and Verseidag AG.
Die Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp) haben den ersten Preis im Wettbewerb für den Neubau des Sport- und Freizeitbades am Brauhausberg in Potsdam gewonnen. Mit ihrem Entwurf für das Sportbad einschließlich 50m-Wettkampf-Sportbecken und Sprunganlage, Familien- und Spaßbad, Saunalandschaft, Wellnessbereich und Fitnessclub setzten sie sich in Arbeitsgemeinschaft mit HMI Hartwich/Mertens/Ingenieure, big Bechtold Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH und Capatti Staubach gegen 15 Mitbewerber durch.
In order to provide a new roof to the open ruin of the convent building of the Lindow monastery, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) contribute their experience in the construction of membrane roofs in a pro bono commission.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have won first prize in the competition for the extension of Gebr. Heinemann Headquarters in Hamburg’s HafenCity. The new building designed for the Hamburg-based, tradition-rich trading company impressed the jury as “an independent urban-planning and architectural contribution characterized by timeless, harmoniously self-contained architecture.”
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have won first prize in the competition for the design of the Elbbrücken Underground station. The station will be located in the future district of the same name, at the eastern end of Hamburg‘s Hafencity, and will, at least for the time being, be the end station of the recently opened U4 Underground line.
Results of the workshops of the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac), which was founded by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), will be exhibited at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center from 11 to 20 April 2013.
With their design for the Tianjin Exhibition Centre, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) won the 1st prize of an international design competition. To win the prize the practice had to prevail against competition from FUKSAS, HHP, NBBJ/BIAD and others.
Outstanding personalities involved in the discussion on museums will each give a lecture at the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac), which was founded by Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg; the subject will be the “Museum of the Future”.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) will build the new State Fire Brigade School in Wurzburg. In the summer of 2012, gmp were awarded the contract following a negotiated tendering procedure and the company has now presented its design to Wurzburg’s Commission for Urban Design and Architecture.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been awarded the contract to design the new Kunsthalle Mannheim. This was the decision made by the Kunsthalle‘s jury in Mannheim on Monday 3 December 2012.
For their design of the new surgical centre of University Hospital Erlangen the Aachen architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) were awarded first prize. The decision was made by the 13-strong jury after deliberating the merits of 17 submitted entries.
The Grand Theater occupies the key position in the newly built Culture Park of Tianjin. The circular shape of the roof construction corresponds with the existing Museum of Natural History so that an architectural dialogue of an earth-bound and a “floating” circular volume is created to both ends of the park. Earth and sky represent a fundamental thinking in Chinese philosophy.
On 10 October 2012, Fraport and Lufthansa start operations in the xtension of gate A at Rhein-Main airport, Frankfurt, which has been designed and implemented by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The inauguration will take place on 2 October.
The finalists competing for the "International high-rise building prize, 2012", which has been organised by the City of Frankfurt am Main since 2004, have been selected. In addition, the jury has awarded special recognition for the revitalisation of the existing Deutsche Bank Towers (Frankfurt am Main), which was carried out by gmp in cooperation with Mario Bellini Architects.
On 13 September 2012, the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac) inaugurated its new home in the premises of the former Nautical College in Hamburg at the Campus Rainvilleterrasse. Thus, the aac, whose goal is to support the education of young architects, will fulfill its role as an educational establishment.
Barely two years after the groundbreaking ceremony, Hamburg-Harburg Technical University will be inaugurating its new main building tomorrow, on time for the scheduled completion date. Designed by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), a new building comprising both historic and new parts has been created at the site of the former Schwarzenbergkaserne (Schwarzenberg Barracks).
An exhibition of selected arts and culture buildings in China by gmp as part of China Time 2012 in Hamburg, in cooperation with Shan Fan.
An exhibition by Architects gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners at Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi under the patronage of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Brazil.
Exhibition in the former warehouse of the Fagus Factory, Alfeld, marking its 100-year anniversary and its award of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status has been extenden until 31 December 2012
The design by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), which was honoured with first prize in an international competition, converts a former industrial heritage building to the north of Bologna into a modern technology park.
Following the Football European Championship UEFA EURO 2012, in this book the Akademie der Künste in Berlin focuses on the stadium as a key public space and as a venue for holding mass events
Im Rahmen der Ausstellung "The football cathedrals", die vom 7.06. - 26.08.2012 in Valencia, Spanien gezeigt wird, werden neben weltweit realisierten Stadien auch gmp Projekte vorgestellt.
Following the Football European Championship UEFA EURO 2012, the exhibition in the Akademie der Künste in Berlin focuses on the stadium as a key public space and as a venue for holding mass events.
The 2012 German lighting design prize was awarded in Hamburg on 24 May 2012. In the "International Project" category, the lighting design for the "Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center" in Shenzhen, China was awarded first prize. The lighting design was carried out by lighting designers Conceptlicht GmbH, Traunreut.
gmp architects are masters of stadium construction. The architects planned and built two new stadia in Warsaw and Kiev for the European Football Championship in Poland and the Ukraine in June 2012.
On Mai 21, 2012, the opening of Architectural Design Exhibition of the National Museum of China was held at the National Museum of China in Beijing.
First prize in Aachen: the jury of the competition for the Corporate Center of the Trianel municipal utilities network has selected the submission by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) as the winning entry.
The Academic Senate of Hamburg’s HafenCity University (HCU) has unanimously decided to award an honorary doctorate in architecture to the well-known Hamburg architect and holder of the Federal Cross of Merit, Professor Volkwin Marg. The awards ceremony takes place on Friday 27 April at the Hamburg Town Hall.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been awarded first prize according to the jury in an international competition to build the Culture Center in the newly created Changzhou city center - competing with KSP – Jürgen Engel Architects, Arata Isozaki and other leading practices.
On Thursday, 2nd December 2010, there will be a panel discussion on the quality of the main railway station area in Berlin.
On 29th November, Stephan Schütz will be giving a talk on construction work on existing buildings, as part of the "Weiter BAUEN - Positionen zum Bauen im Bestand" Monday lecture series at the Faculty of Architecture, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
A panel discussion on the subject of “Building in China. What China still wants (or will tolerate)” will be held on 24th November 2010 in connection with the Cities Unknown photo exhibition by HGEsch at the Carlswerk in Cologne.
On 23rd November 2010, Professor Meinhard von Gerkan will be speaking on the subject of “Building for Art”, as part of the TUHH post-graduate lecture series.
From 5th November 2010 to 30th January 2011, architects von Gerkan, Marg und Partner are putting on an exhibition about the design and construction of China’s largest maritime museum. The globally active Hamburg architectural firm has come up with an imaginative approach that incorporates the seafaring concept in the new museum structure itself.
This year, for the first time, aac is offering a workshop in Vietnam. The workshop is conducted by the aac, in corporation with the Vietnam Architects Association (VAA).
Taking examples from Cape Town to Brasilia, the exhibition on gmp's most recent sports stadiums at the Architekturmuseum der TU München shows how state-of-the-art technology and the genius loci can best be integrated. Exhibition Duration: 22.4.-20.6.2010