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.
"The future of a residential high-rise?" – that is the title of this year's Bauwelt Congress. It will take place from 7 to 8 December in Berlin. gmp partner Stephan Schütz will also participate in the debate on the design of future high-rise buildings in urban spaces. In his lecture on 8 December at 10 am, Schütz will compare international examples with housing estates in Berlin.
The Heinze ArchitekTOUR Congress will be taking place in Berlin on 22 and 23 November. At the STATION Berlin, complemented by a product exhibition by leading manufacturers, a varied program of lectures will be presented, involving both industry experts and newcomers. The gmp founding partner Meinhard von Gerkan be participating as well; in his lecture on Thursday, 23 November, from 5 to 6 pm he will be presenting selected projects from his oeuvre.
From 8 to 10 November 2017, the trade fair FENESTRATION BAU China will take place in Shanghai. As the largest business platform in Asia, renowned exhibitors from all over the world will be presenting materials and services related to building again this year. The program is supplemented by numerous lectures. Within this framework, gmp partner Stephan Schütz will also be talking about "Flowing Spaces" by showing three gmp projects.
Design, culture and art are major topics in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou – and they also have an influence on the urban development. It will be discussed at the first edition of the “Guangzhou International Design Forum” from 9 to 10 November 2017: In addition to other international guests, gmp founding partner Meinhard von Gerkan is invited to hold a lecture.
The lecture series "Comparative Study on Architecture in China and Germany" is a solid element in the semester program at Tongji University in Shanghai. In this context, gmp partner Nikolaus Goetze will be reporting on his architectural experience as guest speaker on 8 November, focusing on the opportunities for the future of large cities.
Facades, technology and sustainable construction will be the main topic of this year's edition of the architectureworld trade fair on the 8th and 9th of November 2017 in the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord. The accompanying congress will be showing forward-looking works from architecture and urban development. In a lecture, gmp founding partner Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volkwin Marg will highlight selected projects from his multi-faceted oeuvre.
The eighth edition of the Warsaw Architecture Conversations is defined by a three-pronged theme. On Friday, 13th October 2017, from 3 to 7 pm, the focus is on "Competition – Masterplan – Design Standards". Markus Pfisterer, Associate Partner at gmp, will be talking about the architectural competition and its specific variations using examples from the gmp portfolio.
Hamburg‘s „Freunde der Kunsthalle“ meet Volkwin Marg for an architect talk. On 26th September, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm, at Campus Rainvilleterrasse in Hamburg, the gmp founding partner will outline the history of the successful architects’ practice and will explain its concept of architecture through selected projects – his passion for stadium construction plays a major role.
The Porsche Center in Leipzig by gmp will serve as design example for exhibition buildings on the Architects’ and Planners’ Day 2017 at the ACO Academy on 21st September, organized by AIT-Dialog. Markus Pfisterer, associated partner at gmp, will be presenting the project in a lecture from 12 pm onwards. It is a contribution to the format “Best Practice in Dialogue”, which focuses on details of built structures.
According to current statistics, over 70 per cent of the building investments in Germany are made in refurbishment. Strategies for the further use of historically evolved built environments, including those of the post-war period, are high in demand. Kicking off the post-war modernism discussion, gmp partner Stephan Schütz will be presenting his keynote speech at Baukulturwerkstatt the refurbishment of the Kulturpalast in Dresden.
Six possible locations and a lot of ideas for footbridges are in the focus of the Berlin edition of the “International Footbridge Conference 2017”, from 6th until 8th September. Together with Hartwich / Mertens / Ingenieure, Markus Pfisterer, associated partner with gmp, will show a design for the city on the river Spree. Under the title “Straight in Moment. Moabit Link to Europa City”, the presentation on 7th September at 11 am will deal with a new traffic node within the area around the main station.
The City-Hof ensemble in Hamburg is about to be demolished – although it is a listed building. On Saturday, September 2nd, gmp founding partner Volkwin Marg speaks about his efforts to preserve the buildings. The lecture is part of the exhibition “credit exhibit” at the Brandshof in Hamburg
Little is known yet about the plans for the Überseequartier Süd in the Hamburg HafenCity. An information event and panel discussion on 17 July at 7 pm explains the developments of the large-scale project: On the podium, gmp founding partner Volkwin Marg will be discussing with the representatives of different disciplines in the context of HafenCity.
One look at Shanghai from two perspectives: In a studio discussion at BDA Galerie Hamburg on 27th June 2017, gmp partner Nikolaus Goetze illustrates together with the photographer Jan Siefke the development of the Chinese metropolis. While Jan Siefke has captured his impressions as long-time inhabitant, Nikolaus Goetze reports his extensive experience in designing urban space.
Throughout Germany the “22nd Tag der Architektur” takes place on 24th and 25th June. In Hamburg, too, historic as well as contemporary buildings can be explored. One of them is the new headquarter expansion for Gebr. Heinemann by gmp, which has been completed at the beginning of 2017. In three guided tours on 24th June, the architect in charge, Andreas Weihnacht, will explain the interaction of the structure with its surrounding in the HafenCity.
This year again, the German „22nd Tag der Architektur“ aims to give the exclusive opportunity to explore a large numbers of buildings. On this occasion, the Kulturpalast Dresden opens its doors on Saturday, 24th June. A lecture at 1.30 pm as well as two guided tours from 2 pm onwards give insights to people who are interested in architecture of the recently re-opened Kulturpalast, that has been refurbished by gmp.
Architecture as frame and stage for theater and venues – together with top-level theater consultants and operators, Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Dipl.-Ing. Architects Meinhard von Gerkan takes part in a panel discussion on the occasion of the International Stage Technology Conference on 22nd June 2017 from 11 am until 3 pm at the Berlin Palais am Funkturm.
In a lecture on 19th June 2017 at 6.30 pm, Wu Wei illustrates the multifaceted working scope and experiences of an architect. It will be held on China Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and concentrates on “The Artisan Spirit in the Architectural Works of gmp”. Three projects are taken as example for the holistic approach of gmp – from acquisition of the project to the final realization.
Perspectives on the eventful history of Hamburg’s HafenCity – this is the topic of the lecture by Prof. Dr.-Ing. h.c. Volkwin Marg on Thursday, 8th June 2017, at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. At 7 pm, the gmp founding partner will review the formation process of the new city quarter and will take this as specific example to illustrate the decisive elements of city planning.
Tall Buildings are the objective of the lecture by gmp partner Nikolaus Goetze on 7th June at 1 pm: With the title “Winning Experiences in China”, it illustrates current skyscraper projects of his office – amongst others gmp’s highest ever building which is going up in Nanjing Financial City II. The all-day event in Milan is organized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the IUAV University of Venice and the Politecnico Milan.
When building stadia and sports facilities, architects have to take into account many requirements. On the occasion of the World Stadium Congress 2017, Dipl.-Ing. Architect Markus Pfisterer, associated partner at gmp shows in this context several examples of the gmp-oeuvre such as the new arena of FC Krasnodar in Russia as well as the sports facilities in China. The lecture will be held on 23 May in the course of a three days event in Doha, Qatar.
“Building insteel as a circular added value" ist the subject of the event of the Business Club Luxembourg and ArcelorMittal: On this occasion, gmp partner Nikolaus Goetze will hold a lecture. On 18 May, in the Honorary Consulate of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, he examines the importance of steel as material used in architecture through examples of gmp projetcs. The event starts at 5.30 pm and is organized by IHK and the Chamber of Architects of Düsseldorf.
This year, the 22nd International Workshop on the Design and Practical Realisation of Architectural Membrane Structures deals with “Textile Roofs”. On this occasion, on 17 May at 12.25 pm Dipl.-Ing. Martin Glass (gmp architects) illustrates in his lecture with the title „World Cup Membrane Structures“ several gmp stadia projects and their specific roof structures. The three day workshop takes places at the Archenhold Observatory in Berlin.
CDHK is to host the Tongji German Week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tongji University. As the part of this event, Mr. Wu is invited to deliver a speech titled Public · Art · Urban Space in a lecture themed Culture and Urban Architectural Planning.
Hubert Nienhoff, a passionate architect with a long-years track record on completed projects worldwide, reports on the tension-filled areas between architecture and moral, providing insights by being directly involved.
In the course of the FSB lecture series on the issue of “sacral buildings”, the gmp founding partner Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Dipl.-Ing. Meinhard von Gerkan speaks about the „Meaning as Guiding Principle of Architecture“ (original title: „Sinn als Credo der Architektur“). The lecture takes place on Thursday, 11 Mai, from 7 pm onwards, at GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig. A selection of international gmp projects will be presented.
Public urban space and architecture are closely interrelated, especially in cultural buildings. Their architecture reflects not only the history and morphology of each place, but also the culture in its entire complexity. These dependencies and expressions are illustrated by means of more recent examples from China and Germany.
How can the development of sustainable habitats be promoted? The GRIHA Summit (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), which will be held in New Delhi on March 2nd and 3rd, will address this issue. gmp-founding partner Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Meinhard von Gerkan will participate as key note speaker concerning the superodinated topic "Transforming Habitat”.
On the occasion of this year’s lecture series Hamburger Städtebauseminar, Prof. Dr.-Ing. h.c. Volkwin Marg speaks about future perspectives of urban development. On 8th February 2017, at 6.30 pm, the lecture of the gmp founding partner focused on experiences and reflections on Hamburg’s HafenCity as well as it demonstrates the context between urban planning and urban culture including examples of realized projects.
The "Global Design Sprint" will be held in Berlin on 18 January 2017. Nicolas Pomränke, Associate Partner at gmp, will also be taking part in this workshop organized by BuroHappold Engineering. In the context of the increasing importance of autonomous vehicles, industry experts are developing and discussing scenarios for three characteristic streets in the federal capital.
On the occasion of this year’s BAU in Munich trade fair, Kai Freitag, Head of IT at gmp, speaks about the methods of digital design, construction, and management. The lecture in german and english language takes part on Tuesday, 17th January 2017, from 1.45 pm to 3 pm, in Hall C2, Booth 309 and is a contribution to the topic of future building, for which “Building Information Modeling” (BIM) will be an indispensable tool.