On December 6, 2018, Volkwin Marg together with the gmp team received the awards from the Association of German Architects (BDA) during an official awards ceremony. In addition to a 1st prize for the office building project at Hamburg’s HafenCity, the Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) received a 3rd prize for the Gyula-Trebitsch School in Hamburg-Tonndorf, as well as a special mention for the garden pavilion building housing a library.
On December 6, 2018, the new Elbbrücken Underground station of the U4 line will be ceremonially opened. The station was designed by gmp in cooperation with the structural engineers schlaich bergermann partner (sbp). Located at the Elbbrücken bridges at the end of the new HafenCity district, the Underground station with its conspicuous roof construction is a milestone in the development of HafenCity. From December 7, 2018, all visitors to HafenCity can, for the first time, arrive at the new stop and view the growing HafenCity vista from the platform at the Elbe River.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) produced a town-planning design for the precinct of Deutsche Linoleum-Werke (DLW) in Bietigheim-Bissingen, which nestles into the grown urban structure and combines new forms of living and working with conventional typologies. The idea is to create owner-occupied homes, affordable housing for rent, as well as special forms of housing such as living/working accommodation, studios, and small apartments. The concept includes longish building blocks along the railway tracks and the main road that screen the new quarter from the considerable noise from these sources.
In the Chinese metropolis Shanghai, another project for the Shanghai Caohejing Hi-Tech Park Development Corp. has been completed to a design by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp). Influenced by the specific conditions of the place, the dynamic of the passing traffic, the crisscrossing pathways and visual relationships, the building symbolically contributes to the urban development of this originally industrial part of the city. Xinzhou Plaza has been conceived as a prismatic glass volume bearing on monumental pilotis—a building with an experimental character that makes its architectural mark.
The Binhai Cultural Center at Tianjin, the metropolis in the east of China, which includes five cultural buildings by international architects, has been created to a masterplan by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). With the concept of a roofed-over cultural concourse, gmp has created a specific typology for this unique project. The inverted umbrella-like structures are a distinct architectural element and unify the art and cultural buildings that were designed by different architectural practices.
The Guangxi Culture & Art Center in the Nanning metropolis in southern China has been ceremonially opened. Following the completion of similar projects in Tianjin, Chongqing und Qingdao, this is the fourth grand theater to be completed by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in China. Nanning, the capital of Guangxi province, now has the benefit of this type of venue which, with its wide-ranging cultural events program, is very popular in China and thus adds to the city’s attractiveness. Following the completion of Nanning’s trade exhibition and conference center, this is gmp’s second building for the city that adds its distinct appearance to the city’s skyline.
The new facade by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp) imparts a lightness and a sculptural effect to the modernized hotel tower, which can be seen from afar. Its angled vertical elements and the alternating closed and glazed panels create a play of light and shadow. Horizontal ledges are inserted every two stories, thus creating a calm facade geometry with balanced proportions. In addition to the external envelope, gmp designed the multifunctional “Glasshouse” to add a venue with a special atmosphere to the hotel complex.
The Greenland Towers soar 284 meters into the sky above Zhengzhou metropolis in eastern China. The sil- houettes of the towers are characterized by the sky lobbies, recesses that are inserted offset at various levels. Designed as public spaces in the vertical, the sky lobbies are prestigious amenity areas for the offices, providing the unusual experience of being able to enjoy an outside terrace at a height of up to 240 meters. In total, the Greenland Central Plaza complex, which was built to plans by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), comprises about 746,000 square meters of gross floor area.
The Deutsche Theater in Berlin has put its new Rehearsal Stage Center into operation. The new building designed by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners fits snugly into the courtyard of the theater and respectfully complements the adjoining listed buildings. In spite of its slender exterior appearance, the build- ing accommodates three rehearsal stages in the exact dimensions of the original stages in the main theater. For the first time, the rehearsals of the DT can take place at one central location, thereby optimizing the logistical processes in the various workshops.
Besides the venues for this year’s World Cup, Krasnodar Stadium is one of the newest stadium buildings in Russia. In dialogue with the client, gmp ∙ Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners have developed the building from the urban design aspects through to the last detail, throughout the design and construction period. The result is a high-quality football arena to UEFA guidelines that provides a unique experience to spectators: whereas from the outside there is a reference to the amphitheater of antiquity as the generic type of venue for all modern stadiums, on the inside the world’s first 360 degree screen of its kind offers new opportunities for media display.
Subsequent to the new building of the Kunsthalle Mannheim being handed over to the city and its citizens in an official ceremony at the end of 2017, a three-day grand opening follows at the beginning of June. With the artworks, which have moved into the various exhibition areas of the old and new buildings during the last months, the intended coexistence of art, architecture, and urban landscape can be experienced as designed by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners.
Last weekend, the Baaken Park in HafenCity was officially opened with a two-day opening fair. For the first time, numerous visitors used the new Baakenhafenbrücke to reach the park. The slender steel construction is the result of a competition initiated by the HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, which was won in 2013 by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in cooperation with structural engineers Knippers Helbig from Stuttgart.
By 2020, an innovation campus with offices and laboratories for young companies in the high-tech field will be developed in Suzhou, the eastern Chinese metropolis. The total of 330,000 square meters of gross floor area is provided in five building clusters of different sizes, which are arranged offset from each other around a park and lake landscape. In the spring of 2018, the design by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) and WES landscape architects won first prize in the competition for the project.
From 2020, the Gasteig Cultural Centre in Munich will move to an interim location in Munich Sendling for the five year refurbishment period. As a result of a two-stage negotiated procedure, gmp has been commissioned to design the new temporary concert hall and the conversion of the adjoining hall E. The practice’s design combines an effective, sustainable, modular building method with the requirements of an acoustically sophisticated concert hall for the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and many other artists and guest orchestras.
In the cultural and recreational park in Chorzów, Poland, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have converted the Śląski stadium. Yesterday it has been officially inaugurated by a friendly match: On Tuesday, March 27, the Polish national squad played against Southkorea’s national team. With the completion of the venue the Silesian province has been given a new sports venue for track and field competitions to international standard.
The foundation stone ceremony for the new head office of the online trader Jingdong (JD.com) took place at Chengdu, the commercial metropolis in western China, at the end of 2017. The building was designed by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), who won the international competition in the previous year.
On Wednesday 10 December 2014, Nikolaus Goetze will give a talk on the subject „On Old Foundations. Building in a historical context“.
On Monday 8 December 2014, Volkwin Marg will speak at the “Literarische Salon” in Hannover on the architecture of sports stadiums.
On Thursday, 4 December 2014, Meinhard von Gerkan will give a lecture at Tongji CAUP, in a ceremony for conferring him as Advisory Professor of Tongji University. All colleagues are all welcome to attend.
Stefan Hofmann speaks at Strelka Institiut in Moskau on planning FIFA stadiums.
As part of the “South East Asia Airport Expansion Summit”, Nikolaus Goetze will speak in Hanoi on “Past & Future – Airport Architecture by gmp” on Monday, 25 August 2014.
gmp has designed the old and the new airport for Berlin. The former, Tegel, is still praised, the latter, Berlin Brandenburg, has still not been opened. It seems that it is not possible to approach the future of airport construction responsibly without knowing its past. Meinhard von Gerkan, Hartmut Mehdorn, Robert Grosch and Philipp Bouteiller provide remininscences, assessments and pleas.
On Friday 14 March 2014, Volkwin Marg will speak at the international symposium “Health Care of the future – Healing Architecture + Communication” in Berlin. As part of the event Volkwin Marg will talk on the subject “Architecture + Health”.