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.
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.