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.
On Wednesday 30 November 2011, Magdalene Weiss and Sven Plieninger of schlaich bergermann and partners, will speak at the Tongji University in Shanghai on the subject: "Design Challenge – Sports Stadiums: the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre".
The imitation of birdsong in music is the theme of this program by Bernadett Mészáros (harpsichord), Julia Krenz (flute), and Anne-Katrin Schenck (soprano).
An architect and a communication designer in dialogue: Hubert Nienhoff and Sibylle Schlaich, Managing Partner at Moniteurs, will speak in Ludwigsburg about the Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg airport.
On Thursday 17 November 2011 the gmp concert with "Swingin’ Words" will take place at the Völckersstrasse office in Hamburg. "Jazz is my voice – the Gershwin Story" – that is the title of the show by Antje Birnbaum, Akos Hoffmann and pianist Nikolai Juretzka, in which the three artists recapture the glorious dance film era of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
On 14 November, Markus Pfisterer will speak at the Design Forum of “ASPIRE4SPORT” on the subject "The vision of developing the next generation of sports arenas and stadiums".
As part of the friendly international footballmatch, Christian Hoffmann (Associate Partner), together with other high ranking representatives from politics and commerce, will participate in a round-table discussion.
As part of a series of events organised by the Russian magazine "Project Baltia", Prof. Volkwin Marg will give a talk on Wednesday, 9 November 2011.
In addition to other well-known speakers, Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan will speak on Friday, 4 November 2011 on the subject ARCHITECTURE.guide.line.
The Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK) presents this year’s German contribution to the 9th International Architecture Biennial in São Paulo, Brazil. 20 projects were selected from over 140 submissions, including the Cape Town Stadium in South Africa.
Hans-Joachim Paap will give a talk at the 2011 AIT Acoustics Symposium in Berlin – "The acoustic quality of rooms – sound design & acoustic finishes". The event has been jointly organised by AIT Magazine and the Fraunhofer Institute for the fifth time.
At the Brazil Forum of the 22nd IAKS Congress, Hubert Nienhoff will speak about "Stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil".
Olympiastadion Berlin Site Visit with both the stadium Managing Director and Markus Pfisterer (gmp Director) involved in retrofitting.
On 15 October 2011, at the "Zodchestvo" Moscow Architecture Festival, Hubert Nienhoff will speak on the subject "gmp – dialogue-based design: global projects – local identity".
The Art of Building/Architecture departments of the Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg and Munich academies are organising a meeting from 13 to 15 October 2011 to discuss the topic "Town planning in a democracy".
On 11 October 2011, Hans-Joachim Paap will take part in a round table discussion on the post-airport design concept for Tegel Airport. The result of the round table discussion on possible post-airport scenarios will be broadcast on the Inforadio (rbb) programme on Sunday, 16 October 2011 at 11 am.
The "Vision Lounge" talk show lasts one hour and presents visionaries and players from Germany. Prof. Volkwin Marg will talk about visions for the cities of the future and about worldwide projects planned and built by gmp.
The next Musitektur concert takes place on 31st March, with Marie Biermann in concert. She will be singing songs of Brecht and Prévert, Hans Albers and Udo Lindenberg, but above all Biermann songs, rarities familiar to virtually no-on-Hamburg tavern songs.
Markus Pfisterer, gmp Director, will be talking at the "Coliseum SUMMIT 2011 – Sports venues Know-how for the Middle East" in Doha/Qatar about "Cathedrals of Sport".
Markus Pfisterer, Director gmp, will be talking at the "Qatar Construction Summit 20112".
As part of the German-Brazilian Business Fair in Rio de Janeiro, Hubert Nienhoff is taking part in the workshop entitled "Mega events – strengthening cooperation and business opportunities".
At the 2011 German-Brazilian Economic Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Ralf Amann, Diretor gmp do Brasil, will speak at the seminar "Building Culture, Technology, and Sustainability in the Urbanization Process."
Future of the city. Mobility, energy, intelligent networks, ownership vs. access? Dieter Läpple (HCU), Philipp Rode (LSE), and Enno Maass (Managing Director of aac – Academy for Architectural Culture) discuss the future of the city at Kultwerk West in Hamburg.
Hubert Nienhoff is giving a talk at the Sponsors’ Sports Venue Summit 2011
Ralf Amann, Diretor gmp do Brazil, will be speaking about the technical details of stadium construction during the XVI Engineering Weeks at the Bauru Campus of São Paulo State University.
The "Santiago 2041" event will be focussing on sustainable urban development. In this context, Ralf Amann (Diretor gmp do Brasil) will be giving a talk on the subject of future visions for the cities of tomorrow.
Key features of the 15th Project Workshop at the Agrippinawerft in Cologne will be the project report by architect Hubert Nienhoff (gmp partner).
Prof. Volkwin Marg will be speaking on the subject of "Architecture between New and Old" during the specialist conference on Cultural Heritage and Culture Management, which forms part of the supplementary subject of Culture Management at the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel.
This year’s Chamber of Architects’ Open Day is on Saturday 25th June 2011, and once again gmp Berlin is taking part.
On Friday 24th June 2011, Meinhard von Gerkan will be speaking at the 11th edition of the Hamburg International Symposium on Sport and the Economy at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.
On 23rd June, one of six one-day lecture events under the banner of "Water World – Maritime Move" series. Along with other speakers from distinguished architectural firms, Volkwin Marg will be speaking on the subject of "Urban Design and the Waterfront – Three Decades of Experiences".
As part of the programme accompanying the exhibition "From Berlin to Brasília – Stadiums by the Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners", Hubert Nienhoff will be talking together with Knut Göppert, schlaich bergermann and partner about "Architects and Engineers in Dialogue".
On Wednesday, 15th June, Prof. Volkwin Marg is giving an introductory talk on the exhibition "From Berlin to Brasília – Stadiums by the Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners" in the Alvar Alto Kulturhaus in Wolfsburg, Germany.
On Tuesday, 31st May 2011, gmp director Martin Glass will be speaking at the Technische Universität Berlin about recent large scale membrane structures.
Berlin Central Station – Europe’s largest train station for long-distance, regional, and local transport - celebrates 5th anniversary on 26th of May.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup championships will be held in Qatar. In this connection, gmp director Markus Pfisterer will speak among other experts on "Stadium and Venue – Design and Development" in Doha/Qatar.
On Wednesday, 18th May, Wu Wei is giving in Beijing a talk on the National Museum of China.
As part of the programme accompanying the Paul Bonatz exhibition, Meinhard von Gerkan will be talking about transport buildings and urban planning in Tübingen.
On Wednesday, 11th May 2011, gmp Partner Nikolaus Goetze will be speaking at the National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE) in Hanoi about the Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners.
On Tuesday, 10th May, Prof. Volkwin Marg is giving a talk on the exhibition "Designing in Dialogue – The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners" at the University Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile.
Following the February concert of "Russian Impressions of the 20th Century" in the Hamburg Musitektur series, the Russian theme continues at the Berlin office on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011 with a recital by young Russian pianist Daniil Danilenko.
On Thursday, 14th April 2011, gmp director Martin Glass will be speaking at an IHK Brazil event about his experiences in Brazil and the current opportunities for business in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup.
The Chinese specialist periodical Area China invites you to the 10th discussion in its series of ‘Area Dialogues’ events at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai, on 30th March 2011. The ‘Beauty of Built Things’ is the theme on this occasion.
Meinhard von Gerkan is giving a talk on the exhibition "Designing in Dialogue – The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners" at the University of Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City .
A major topic of the eco-summit is the city of the future. Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan will present his vision of TXL+ Smart Green City based on Tegel Airport.
Architectureworld is Europe’s biggest architectural get-together. In his talk, Meinhard von Gerkan will be offering a glimpse of his ongoing work at gmp, talking among other things about projects in Germany and in China