Half a year after the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new sports and leisure pool complex, „am Brauhausberg“, the topping-out ceremony for the project – which is currently being built to a design by architects von Gerkan, Marg und Partners (gmp) – will take place on 18 December.
On 26 November 2015, the “Lines of thought” exhibition opened at St. Peter’s Church in Riga, where Meinhard von Gerkan was baptized in 1935. The exhibition will run until 31 January 2016, and shows architectural designs by Meinhard von Gerkan created during the last 50 years. More than 150 original sketches are shown in St. Peter’s Church. First drawings for the design of the Berlin Tegel Airport – the project with which the practice’s history began – are presented as well as those for Berlin’s main railway station and the most important projects in Riga.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (Aachen) have been commissioned with the conversion and refurbishment of Ludwigspark Stadium in Saarbrücken. Conspicuous membrane roofs and a linking circulation level create a cohesive ensemble, which integrates the place’s landmarks to form a unique identity.
New headquarters for the 4,000 employees of CNPEC, the power corporation, are being built in Shenzhen to plans by gmp Architects – von Gerkan, Marg and Partners. For the new building in Longgang, in the east of the southern Chinese metropolis, the company had invited prominent architects such as OMA (Rotterdam), KPF (New York), Henn Architects (Munich) and other international practices to take part in a competition, in which gmp was selected as the winner.
The architects, von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, have completed the extension and conversion of Martin Luther School at Rimbach in 2015. The 1300 students of the grammar school, which is one of the most important educational establishments in Germany’s Odenwald region and has music as a key subject area, now have at their disposal 48 class rooms and 19 specialist subject rooms for music, art, and natural sciences.
At the beginning of 2015, the Dayuan International Center was completed in the western Chinese business metropolis Chengdu to plans by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners. The urban ensemble comprises buildings for housing, working and commerce. It is part of the Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone development area to the south of the provincial capital.
On 27 October the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) awarded an All Time Award for the Berlin Olympic Stadium at Koelnmesse’s Congress Centre North. The award was given in honor of both the operating company, Olympiastadion Berlin GmbH, and the designers of the extensive conversion (2000 to 2004), gmp – Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Berlin.
On Saturday, 24 October 2015, the foundation stone laying ceremony for „German House“ took place in Ho Chi Minh City. The building will be constructed in accordance with plans by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners. The building is designed to represent the Federal Republic of Germany, and in future will accommodate the German Consulate General with the associated visa office, trade associations, cultural organizations and the local offices of German companies
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners were able to prevail against the competition in the project for Vietnam’s National Exhibition and Trade Fair Center. From nine designs by international architects such as SAMOO Architects & Engineers (Korea), Atkins (Hong Kong) and NIKKEN SEKKEI (Japan), the client, Vingroup, selected the master plan and architectural concept of the Hamburg architects, and announced the result on the 3rd of October.
Construction work on the SIP Sports Centre has started in the Chinese city of Suzhou. The multi-functional sports center in Suzhou Industrial Park, designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, has been scheduled for completion in 2017.
The urban ensemble “Guanghualu SOHO 2“ for the SOHO China Group designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and partners (gmp) has been completed in Beijing’s Central Business District. The site at the Guanghua Lu is located in one of the prominent urban districts in the eastern center of Beijing, and consists of five houses with a curved building shape.
The new rehearsal building for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ballet company was opened on 4 September 2015 after a construction period of less than ten months. In a consortium with HOCHTIEF Solutions, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) carried out the new construction on the historic site of the former Rheinbahn depot „am Steinberg“ in Düsseldorf as part of a PPP contract placed by Düsseldorf City Council.
The new construction of Exhibition Hall 19/20 with its adjoining conference area, designed by gmp, is located at the northern main entrance of the exhibition grounds of Deutsche Messe AG in Hanover. The project has now been completed after a construction period of one and a half years.
The design for SOHO Fuxing Lu, an urban quarter with restaurants, shops and offices primarily intended for young start-up companies, adopts the scale and orientation of the neighboring blocks, integrates existing historic buildings and, in this way, adds to the important urban seam in the inner city using the existing urban development structure.
The 3Cubes office building designed by gmp for the Caohejing Business Park in the western part of Shanghai have now been completed. The office building complex with service functions in the basement floors has a total gross floor area of 60,000m² and consists of three cubic building volumes with different heights of between 35 m and 60 m.
China’s largest insurance company, China Life Insurance Company, has moved into its new Data Center in Shanghai-Pudong. After a design and construction period of six years – which is on the long side for China – the complex designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) was completed in June.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have won the design competition for the new construction of the Suzhou Library in China. The start of construction has been scheduled for 2016 and the opening of the complex for the end of 2017.
Exhibition on the occasion of the 80th birthday of gmp founding partner Meinhard von Gerkan / Five decades of sketches and drawings / Architecture Pavilion as exhibition and events venue
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) are designing the ICICLE Fashion Industry Park for the Chinese fashion brand ICICLE; the Centre includes a production facility with logistics center for the e-commerce business, as well as design and production workplaces with the company’s associated showrooms.
SF Express Group Co., Ltd, one of China’s leading logistics companies with over 340,000 employees worldwide, is intending to construct a new company headquarter building in the flourishing Qianhai District in Shenzhen. The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) were successful in winning first prize in the international competition for the new construction of the SF Express Headquarter Building, and the practice has been commissioned with the design of the high-rise office building with a gross floor area of 100,000 m².
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) were awarded 1st prize for their competition entry for the new construction of the Guangzhou City Museum. At the same time, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Madrid/Berlin) won the competition for the adjacent Science Museum which, together with the city’s new Art Museum (commissioned a year ago and being designed by Thomas Herzog Architects), will form the central cultural precinct of this third-largest Chinese city.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have won the international competition for the new construction of an IT industrial operation center with adjacent high-rise office block in Guangzhou for China Unicom, one of the leading Chinese telecommunications companies, and have been commissioned to carry out the design.
With a total area of almost 15 square kilometers and a planned gross floor area of approx. 30 million square meters, by 2020 the Qianhai district in Shenzhen will be developed into the most important transport intersection and commercial center in the Pearl River delta. Hong Kong can be reached from here within 30 minutes, and all other important cities in the region within an hour.
The focus of the Shenzhen metropolis is on national and international IT research and development. A core project for strengthening the IT industry is the „Shenzhen Software Industry Base“, for the first plot of which the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners won the design commission as part of an international competition in 2009; this has now been completed.
The architects practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) has – in a VOF negotiation procedure - been awarded the contract for the total refurbishment and modernization of the Mollier Building at Dresden Technical University.
“What is Vietnamese building culture?” This question is asked in a country the architecture of which was for many years defined by the former colonial powers, France and Japan, and by the separation of the country into North and South Vietnam with the two capitals, Hanoi and Saigon.
Precisely forty years after its introduction, the Berlin Chair designed by Meinhard von Gerkan for the furniture maker Walter Knoll is being re-launched. At this year’s Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile) from 14 to 19 April, Walter Knoll is presenting the re-edition of the chair designed by von Gerkan in 1975 for the VIP lounge of Berlin Tegel Airport, which was also designed by him.
With the exhibition „On old foundations. Building in a historic context“, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) exhibit a side of their oeuvre that is less well known to the general public: how to deal with historic buildings.
Sixteen young architects and aspirants to the profession from different countries are given the opportunity at the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac) to develop designs for a European Cultural Centre in Venice and to subsequently present their work to the public in Hamburg and Venice.
The architects practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) has won first prize in an urban design ideas competition for the restructuring of the parts to the north of the inner city and the Bussebart/Stadthafen area in the “Standort Stadthafen” planning section.
Meinhard von Gerkan was born in Riga on 3 January 1935; the city is located in Latvia which, at the time, was an independent country with a population of Latvians, Russians and Germans. The family belonged to the upper class of the German-Baltic population which – following the non-aggression agreement between Stalin and Hitler and the resulting cession of the Baltic states to the Soviet Union – was largely resettled in the Polish areas which had been under occupation since the beginning of the war.
As part of the event "The importance of public spaces in urban development", Meinhard von Gerkan will speak on the subject of "the importance of public spaces in urban development".
As part of the Sofia Architecture Week 2012, gmp-Partner Stephan Schütz will talk on the subject "Cultural Buildings - Stages for Urban Life" in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The South Tyrol Architecture Foundation organises regular lectures with well known speakers. On Friday 16 November 2012 Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan will speak on the subject "Architecture: meaning and message".
On Wednesday 14 November 2012, Magdalene Weiss will speak at the international symposium "Design for All – Space Design on Roads" in Seoul, Korea.
On Tuesday 13 November 2012, the "American Jesus Suite" concert will take place at the Berlin office: a composition by Stefan Wurz for Quartet PLUS 1, inspired by Michael Jackson’s pop songs.
The focus of Siegener Bautag 2012 is on exploring the boundaries between construction, technology, economy, ecology and form. Hence the event runs under the motto "To go to the limits…and beyond". As part of the event Prof. Dr.-Ing. h.c. Volkwin Marg will speak on the subject "Architecture as a synthesis of function, construction and interpretation" on Friday 9 November 2012.
Nicolas Pomränke will give the keynote speech on the 5th ForumMIRO in Dresden, Germany. He will speak on the subject "The architect's personal pride determines the character of the building".
gmp-Partner Hubert Nienhoff will be talking on Tuesday 6 November 2012 on the topic "Stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup".
On the 1st of November, the Hanse Viertel arcade in Hamburg celebrates the completion of extensive conversion . Hamburg’s traditional shopping arcade was technically upgraded and brought up to current environmental standards. As part of the press reception, which runs under the slogan "The Hanse-Viertel with a new, vibrant look", Volkwin Marg will give a talk on the architecture and the original design ideas for the shopping arcade.
In the context of the "Sustainability of buildings for mega-events - Transfer of knowledge" conference in Munich (29 to 30 October), Markus Pfisterer (gmp Director) will speak on the subject of "Functionality of mega-event buildings – Examples: FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championship".
The exhibition OrgaTec will host high-profile speakers such as Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan. On 23 October 2012 there will be several lectures, one of them a keynote address by Meinhard von Gerkan under the heading "Architecture: meaning and message".
As part of the "Global Economic Symposium (GES)" in Rio de Janeiro, Ralf Amann (Director at gmp) will take part in the round table discussion on the subject "Challenges encountered in the organisation of mega events".
On Thursday 11 October, the "Chamber music with different ensembles" Musitecture concert will take place at Völckersstrasse, Hamburg.
On Friday 28 September 2012, Nicolas Pomränke will take part in the second annual ‘juniors’ conference by the OAV (German Asia-Pacific Business Association) in Berlin and will be moderating the workshop entitled "Asian Megacities – challenges of urbanisation".
On Thursday 20 September 2012, Hubert Nienhoff will give a workshop lecture in Gelsenkirchen as part of the North Rhine-Westphalia VFA group members evening.
Katharina Glös and Rahel Bader come together for this concert and will be presenting 18th century solos and duets in our intimate and stylish setting.
At the 23rd VitrA Project workshop, which takes place on 6 September 2012, Nikolaus Goetze will talk on the subject of "Building in China and elsewhere" under the heading "Expat(riate)s: on building in foreign lands".
On the first day of the conference "SPONSORS Sports Venue Summit", Markus Pfisterer (gmp Director) will speak on the subject "Brazil, Russia, Qatar: can German stadiums be models for large international projects?" as part of the "Sustainability" forum.
The CHINA TIME initiative (9 to 25 August 2012) by the Hamburg Senate showcases, for the fourth time since 2006, Hamburg’s comprehensive expertise as a trading partner with China with about 200 events in the Hamburg region.
As part of the II Syposium "German Desk Latin America", Ralf Amann (Director gmp do Brasil) will speak in Rio de Janeiro about "Infrastructure Projects in Rio de Janeiro". He will talk on the gmp stadia, which are currently on the occasion of the Soccer World Cup 2014 under construction.
The association Architekturpreis Berlin e.V. extends an invitation to a debate on the subject of "What does the future hold for Tegel airport?" at the KutscherHaus, Kurfürstendamm, Berlin on 14 August 2012. Together with other well-known speakers, Stephan Schütz will be discussing the future of Tegel airport.
As part oft he Exhibition "Choreography oft the mass", which will be shown in Berlin from 6 June – 12 August 2012, Hubert Nienhoff will talk on the subject "Expression and Construction".
As part of the specialist conference "Medical facilities of the next generation, 2012" at the Japan Center, Frankfurt, Martin Bleckmann (gmp Director) will speak about the 1st Prize in the "City of Karlsruhe Medical Centre" architectural competition within the "Sustainable and innovative hospital project" theme section.
The "MEXCON 2012 Meeting Experts Conference" – the main professional congress of the Meeting and Events industry – will take place at the ICC Berlin from 18 to 20 June 2012.
As part of the lecture series "At home abroad? Reports from Germany and Brazil", Ralf Amann (gmp Director) will speak at the Goethe Institute in Rio de Janeiro about the stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
As part of the annual conference organised by Architecture Technique (AT) magazine, Nikolaus Goetze will give a public lecture at Tongji University, Shanghai on Thursday 14 June 2012.
As part oft he Exhibition „Choreography oft the masses", which will be shown in Berlin from 6 June – 12 August 2012, Prof. Dr. Volkwin Marg will talk on the subject "Choreography and Identity".
As part of the "World Stadium Congress 2012" (3 to 7 June 2012) in Doha, Qatar, Martin Glass will speak about stadium projects carried out by gmp.
As part of the "ArchitekTour 2012 – Higher, faster, bigger? - Architecture, sport + entertainment", Hubert Nienhoff will speak about the Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil, on Tuesday 5 June 2012, in Berlin.
At the 35th study conference “Action for a city worth living in”, the discussion will focus on the steps we need to take in order to allow for sustainable urban development that is fit for the future. Johann von Mansberg (gmp Director) will talk on the subject “New values in architecture – three examples from China”.
Johann von Mansberg (gmp Director) has been invited as a guest speaker by the "bridge to the future" in China and, on 15 May, will present outstanding gmp projects in China and Germany.
The exhibition "At ours, next door – Building and living in Altona" presents an important chapter in the urban history of Altona.
Architects gmp are represented at the Stadia Design & Technology Expo 2011 in Los Angeles.
On Thursday 3 May 2012, gmp invites the Boulanger Trio to give a concert which will take place at the Völckersstrasse office in Hamburg.
The poet Heinrich Heine, one of the most important German writers of the 19th century, is the focus of the programme featuring Marianne Kaiser (recitation), Philipp Jekal (baritone) and Thomas Benke (piano). The recital will take place in gmp’s Berlin office.
Markus Pfisterer (Director gmp) will be talking about "Dynamic Facade Lighting of the Arena National Stadium Warsaw". The talk will be part of the "Media Facade Summit" at the Städelschule in Frankfurt.
As part of the "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Developing country through football" event in Moscow, Hubert Nienhoff will speak on "gmp - Stadia for the FIFA World Cup".
During the "fensterbau frontale 2012" trade exhibition, which takes place in Nuremberg from 21 to 24 March, Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan will talk in the Architect’s Area on the subject of building in China.
On Tuesday 20 March, 2011, Prof. Volkwin Marg will take part in a debate on "Hamburg’s townscape": a debate between Jörn Walter, Volkwin Marg and Till Briegleb.
On Thursday 1 March 2012, Prof. Volkwin Marg will speak on the subject "The Krakow Aviation Museum and the proposal for an aviation and space-travel museum at Tempelhof Airport" as part of the "Berlin hebt ab!" (Berlin takes off) lecture series.
The 13th annual exhibition organised by the Berlin Architects’ Chamber is called "da! Architecture in and from Berlin" and shows a total of 69 projects by Berlin architects. Exhibits include the State Ballet School, Berlin by gmp as well as other exemplary projects.
Paulo Ferreira is a famous young genius who plays the modern bassoon. His style is completely unconventional and he plays this instrument solo with great radiance and virtuosity. An absolute must for those keen on musical exploration!
On Tuesday 21 February 2012 the "Textile Construction" event will take place at the Kutscherhaus, Berlin. The lecture series is organised by "Architekturpreis Berlin e.V".
gmp director, Martin Glass, will speak at the "Membrane constructions for the energy efficiency upgrade of buildings" symposium on the subject “Membrane projects by gmp Architects – experiences and outlook”.
Subject of the round table discussion at the Dresden State Theatre: "Which cities do we want to live in? Historic buildings or contemporary design".
Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan will talk on the subject "China and human rights" as part of the "Crisis dialogue – China, Europe and human rights" panel discussion on 11 January 2012.