The architectural practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners was founded by Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg in 1965. Since its inception it has grown to include four additional partners, one partner for China, eleven associate partners and more than 500 employees in ten offices in Germany and abroad.
gmp is one of the few practices with a generalist position, which takes responsibility for a project from the design idea and its realization right through to the interior design.
Their architectural interpretation is characterized by the Vitruvian ideals of solidity, longevity and beauty. Based on the understanding, architecture earns the quality of sustainability in the sense of permanence, when not only the climatic conditions and the corresponding use of materials are accounted for, but also when the house, as an envelope for the diversity of human existence, is designed in an obvious manner. Above and beyond these demands, they build in different cultural circles in accordance with certified guidelines and in consultation with the client.
In the past 45 years Meinhard von Gerkan, Volkwin Marg and their partners have planned and constructed buildings in most major German cities. They have designed small scale homes, hotels, museums, theaters and concert halls, office buildings, commercial centers and hospitals as well as research, educational and sports facilities, buildings for transportation, trade and industry buildings and master plans.
gmp became internationally known as a team of airport architects when, in 1975, the Berlin Tegel building with its drive-in airplane terminal for "stacked parking" was established. This innovative design has been further developed to transform the departure and arrival halls at Stuttgart and Hamburg airports.
They are internationally recognized not only for their projects like the New Trade Fair in Leipzig, the Rimini Exhibition Center or the Christ Pavilion for the EXPO 2000, but also for their designs. Key examples are the designs for the reconstruction and roofing of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin or Berlin Central Station, which was completed in 2006.
gmp has succeeded in winning more than 580 prizes in national and international competitions, among them more than 280 first prizes and a large number of awards for exemplary architecture. More than 340 buildings have been constructed by gmp worldwide.
Amongst others in China, the exhibition and congress centers in Nanning and Shenzhen, the Shanghai Pudong museum and the Zhongguancun Cultural Center in Beijing as well as the Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen and the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center have been built. Further buildings are the opera houses in Chongqing and Qingdao as well as the Chinese National Museum in Beijing and the new Tianjin West Railway Station.
In the year 2006 in Hanoi/Vietnam the National Congress Center was finished. The Hanoi Museum was realized in 2010.
In South Africa three World Cup stadiums, in Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth were finished in 2009. For the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil gmp realizes the stadiums in Brasília and Manaus.
Von Gerkan, Marg and Partners have demonstrated town-planning competence with their visionary proposals for "Stuttgart 21" for the Deutsche Bahn, HafenCity Hamburg, and the urban master plan of Bucharest/Romania, as well as many urban projects in Chi-na, including the planning of Lingang New City for 800,000 inhabitants.
Aside from Germany gmp is currently involved in projects in China, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Latvia, and Qatar, to name but a few.
Berlin Central Station
Berlin Olympic Stadium
Century Lotus Sports Park
Moses Mabhida Stadion, South Africa
Cape Town Stadion, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Bay Arena
Exhibition and Event
Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center
Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center
Grand Theater, Chongqing
Qingdao Grand Theater
National Museum of China, Beijing
Museum for the History of Hanoi
State and Community
Headquarter of Ministry of Public and Security, Vietnam
Lingang New City, China