21/07/2015: Opening

Meinhard von Gerkan opens his Architecture Pavilion with the “Lines of Thought“ exhibition

Design Meinhard von Gerkan with Volkmar Sievers
Project management
Kordula Noelle
Team, realization
Fabian Färber, Alisa von Gerkan, Uli Rösler, Michèle Watenphul, Steffen Lepiorz
Construction management
Raimund Kinski, Philippa Kannengiesser, Annette Walczynski
Structural engineering
Wetzel & von Seht
Building services
RMN Ingenieure
Landscape architect
WES LandschaftsArchitektur
Meinhard von Gerkan
670 m²

“Lines of Thought“
Meinhard von Gerkan – 50 years of architecture in drawings and sketches
Architecture Pavilion at Elbchaussee
Elbchaussee 139a
22763 Hamburg

Exhibition dates
6 July to 29 October 2015
Open every Thursday from 11:00 to 19:00 hours
and by arrangement via: [email protected]

A catalogue of the same name is available for the exhibition
Edited by Michael Kuhn with texts by Gert Kähler
Publishers: Jovis Verlag Berlin
ISBN 978-3-86859-376-1
EUR 78.00

Photography and Exhibition film
Hans-Georg Esch

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

On Sunday, 5 July 2015, the first exhibition was opened in the new Architecture Pavilion at the Elbhang between Elbchaussee and Oevelgönne museum port in Hamburg in front of 300 guests. Under the title „Lines of Thought – Meinhard von Gerkan – 50 years of architecture in drawings and sketches“, the drawings produced by Meinhard von Gerkan will be on view every Thursday until the 6th of September. The Architecture Pavilion – commissioned by von Gerkan – was itself opened jointly with the exhibition.

The double opening falls into an important year for gmp; 2015 is the year in which gmp will have been in existence for 50 years, and it is also the year in which von Gerkan celebrated his 80th birthday in January. The „Lines of Thought“ exhibition looks back over the last 50 years of gmp architecture, but most importantly pays homage to an architect who, to this day, develops his designs with the help of sketches. It is also intended as a plea for architects and designers to be able to put ideas and conceptual thoughts manually on paper, in spite of the ubiquitous proliferation of digital design applications.

From an archive of far more than 3,000 sheets, curator Michael Kuhn, Head of Communication at gmp, together with Meinhard von Gerkan, selected 125 originals relating to 39 projects. Kuhn is also the editor of the accompanying catalogue, to which architectural historian and journalist Gert Kähler has contributed the texts. The sketches selected are primarily those that exemplify von Gerkan’s ability to use just a few significant hand-drawn lines to capture the core and character of even very complex projects. In addition, the exhibition focuses on designs that exemplify the work, the development and the milestones of the practice. Therefore, the exhibition typically includes the first drawings for the design of Berlin Tegel Airport – the project with which the practice’s history began – as well as those for Berlin’s main railway station.

The sketches are exhibited on three levels in the new Architecture Pavilion designed by Meinhard von Gerkan. The building is as spectacular as its position on the Elbhang, below the main gmp address at Elbchaussee 139 and above Oevelgönne museum port. Access to the Pavilion is via the „Övelgönner Mühlenweg“ footpath that leads from Elbchaussee down to the bank of the River Elbe. The compact building faces north, where a terraced garden has been established using the topography of the terrain; on that side, which faces uphill, there are few windows, while on the south side facing the River Elbe there are large room-high windows and a range of generous terraces. All three stories are accessed via a shared entrance area on the first floor, although separate staircases leading to the basement and the second floor make it possible to accommodate different uses.

The use concept of the Pavilion is fully focused on architecture, its presentation and dissemination. The large room in the basement will accommodate the collection of architectural models that have been created by gmp over the decades, making them accessible to the public as a permanent exhibition. The two units above have been designed for multifunctional purposes; they will be used for changing exhibitions, events and also workshops. The top floor also includes rooms for work, which can also be used to accommodate guests.

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