Practice Profile

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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 and one partner for China, eleven associate partners and more than 500 employees in thirteen cities 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.

In more than 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 590 prizes in national and international competitions, among them more than 310 first prizes and a large number of awards for exemplary architecture. More than 370 buildings have been constructed by gmp worldwide.

Amongst others in China, the exhibition and convention 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 Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai have been built. Further buildings are the opera houses in Chongqing, Qingdao and Tianjin as well as the Chinese National Museum in Beijing and the new Tianjin West Railway Station. South of Shanghai, Lingang New City, a city for 1.3 million people, is currently built after a gmp masterplan.

The Hanoi Museum was realized in 2010, adjacent the National Conference Center, which was finished in 2006. For the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil gmp realized 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 China, including the planning of Lingang New City for 1.3 million inhabitants.

Aside from Germany gmp is currently involved in projects in China, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Latvia, and Turkey to name but a few.