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.
In his lecture, gmp founding partner Meinhard von Gerkan is providing a look behind the scenes of his architectural project as well as the philosophy that has shaped his work since the beginning.
Markus Pfisterer and Bernd Gossmann will present the school campus Miquelallee Frankfurt am Main, designed in modular timber construction, on the second day of SCHULBAU.
On the occasion of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, Christian Hellmund presents the Magdeburger Stadthalle at the theme evening of Saxony-Anhalt's Chamber of Architects.
In the context of his "Li Dehua & Luo Xiaowei Guest Professorship" Nikolaus Goetze deals in this lecture with gmp projects in Germany - from door handles to airports.
On 7 November, Nicolas Pomränke, associate partner at gmp, will give a lecture as part of the lecture series "Bauen im Kontext" at hochschule 21 in Buxtehude.
On November 2, Johann von Mansberg, Director at gmp, will give a lecture at the FENESTRATION BAU China 2018 trade fair workshop in Beijing on the sustainability aspect of prefabricated buildings.
On Friday, 2 November, Stephan Rewolle, associat partner at gmp, will give a lecture at the FENESTRATION BAU China 2018 trade fair, adressing the question of how high-quality working environments can be created in industrial areas.
On Wednesday, 24 October, gmp partner Nikolaus Goetze will give a lecture on mobility as part of the Master in Design Engineering program, a collaborative degree program between the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
In the winter semester 2018/2019 Nikolaus Goetze will take over the "Li Dehua & Luo Xiaowei Guest Professorship" as the Chair of Architectural Design at Tongji University in Shanghai. In his inaugural lecture on 10 October, he dealt with how museums can be designed in the future.
Every year, the international real estate industry meets in Munich: gmp will also be present at Expo Real, which takes place from 8 to 10 October 2018. For a personal appointment, contacts from the Hamburg and Berlin offices will be available in Hall B2, Stand 430 on both days of the fair.
When the 13th International Conference on Advanced Building Skins takes place in Bern (Switzerland) on 1 and 2 October, gmp will also be represented: Urs Wedekind, Associate Director at gmp, will talk about "Facade design in foreign markets - First double skin facade in Vietnam" at 10:45 am on 2 October.
“Contraction and Relaxation – New Spatial Concepts for Headquarters Architecture” – that is the title of the lecture on 27th September by gmp partner Stephan Schütz on the occasion of the 2nd Super Tall Building Industry International Summit, which is scheduled to be held on 27-28 September in Shenzhen, China.
The sixth edition of DETAIL's lecture series, "The Future of Building", on 20 September in Munich will focus on modular building. In his lecture at the symposium, Dipl.-Ing architect Christian Hellmund, Director at gmp, will talk about the Gasteig Interim, for which gmp has recently been awarded the contract.
On 13. September, Sara Taberner Bonastre (gmp) will be part of at the VII. Latin American Symposium on Tensile Architecture in the capital of Peru. Her presentation will showcase relevant projects from the gmp portfolio.
On 6 September, the 10th "Stiebel-Eltron Dialogue on the Evolution of Architecture" will take place in the space of BER Airport, at which Hans-Joachim Paap will give a lecture on the topic “Energy Efficiency in Transportation Structures - Demands and Reality”.
The project Deutsches Haus by gmp in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is the first DGNB-certified building in Vietnam. In a lecture by gmp partner Nikolaus Geotze next Saturday and a photo exhibition during the Vietnam Energy Efficiency Building Week 2018 taking place from 25 August to 1 September at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi, visitors can learn more about the building.
Under the headline "Building Bridges - Brücken bauen ", experts from all over the world will meet from 26 to 28 June for the International Baukultur Days 2018 in Venice. Markus Pfisterer, Associate Partner at gmp, will be presenting bridge constructions from the gmp portfolio in a Pecha Kucha format as part of closing panel on 27 June.
The recently reopened Kunsthalle Mannheim considers itself as a "museum in motion". The new building is conceived as a 'city in the city'. On the occasion of the synposium "The Museum of the Future", gmp partner Nikolaus Goetze will be giving a tour of the house on 21 June, explaining the architecture, together with the team of the Kunsthalle Mannheim.
On 14 June, Nicolas Pomränke, associate partner of gmp, will be part of the "Architecture and Acoustics" conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. His contribution focuses on the relationship between architectural appearance and the acoustic demands of a building based on the examples of the Kulturpalast Dresden, Neues Tempodrom Berlin and Qingdao Grand Theater (China).
SOHO Fuxing Plaza (Shanghai, China) by gmp was announced recently by CTBUH as a Finalist project for the Tall + Urban Innovation Conference Awards, in the category of Urban Habitat. Stephan Rewolle, associate partner of gmp, will give a presentation together with the director of design from SOHO China, Yang Yicheng, on the conference in Chicago on May 31st.
Magdalene Weiss, assoziierte Partnerin bei gmp, ist Teil des Panels beim International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development in Shanghai, welches am 15. Mai in den Räumlichkeiten der Tongji Universität in Shanghai stattfindet.
Markus Pfisterer, associate partner at gmp, will be speaking at the World Stadium Congress 2018 in Amsterdam, taking place from 7-9 May. The monumental stadium project by gmp in Krasnodar, Russia will be the focus of various panel discussions with other high profile speakers of the international architecture scene.
"Can architecture heal?" This question is the subject of a new exhibitionat the AIT-Architektursalon Hamburg from 9 to 31 May 2018, showing buildings from the fields of health, nursing, teaching, and research. The book "Healing Architecture" of the same name will be presented at the vernissage on 8 May, where gmp founding partner Volkwin Marg will be speaking about international projects by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects.
The reconstruction of the Kulturpalast Dresden will soon be celebrating its first anniversary. In recognition thereof, the Industrieclub Sachsen has invited the gmp founding partner Meinhard von Gerkan to give a lecture on 24th April providing a look behind the scenes of this architectural project as well as the philosophy that has shaped his work since the beginning.
Smart Cities, innovative forms of mobility and the challenges of city planning in the future – these are the topics of the third edition of IGSI UrbanLab from 23 to 27 April in Berlin, which has extended an invitation to international experts. Once again, gmp is part of this conference, which provides a knowledge transfer and networking opportunities, especially between Germany and India.
In a lecture on 3 April at “The 14th International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo”, Wu Wei talks about Architecture and Sustainability. A number of projects are taken as example for the approach of gmp relating to the subject matter.
On Friday, (30 March) the NDR will be broadcasting a new episode of “Nordtour”, including a feature with Volkwin Marg. Theme of the program is “Zurück in die 80er in Hamburg”.
Magdalene Weiss, Associate Partner at gmp, will be speaking at the “2018 complicated façade innovative design and construction“ conference in Shanghai. Other high profile speakers of the international architecture scene participating at the event are, among others, Peng Huijun (Norman Foster) and Zhu Yue (SOM).
As part of the Day of Action Communicating Architecture at Bücherbogen in Berlin on 14 March at 6 pm, the topic of brutalism and post-war modernism will be discussed in a panel debate. Participating in the panel discussion is gmp partner Stephan Schütz, who will be speaking about the Kulturpalast Dresden in a separate lecture beforehand.
At the symposium on building technology on 5 March 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, it is all about the exchange of practical experience: By invitation of academy members Stefan Polónyi and Klaus Bolling, gmp’s founding partner Volkwin Marg will report on the construction planning processes during major projects.
What does a good school building have to fulfill? The participants of the architects‘ slam will be asked about this question on 7 February as part of the trade fair SCHULBAU 2018 at the Hamburg Cruise Center Altona. The gmp architect Robert Friedrichs will illustrate his recent experience in the planning of a new building for the Gyula Trebitsch School in Hamburg-Tonndorf.
The term "Baukultur" (building culture) becomes the central concept of the discussion: On 1 February, starting at 6.30 pm, at the 13th edition of the JUNG Architekturgespräche in Munich, well-known speakers from the architecture scene will focus on the question of creating a livable environment. Among them is also Stephan Schütz, partner at gmp. A subsequent get-together invites you to a professional exchange.
In the last two decades a number of industrial architecture projects have been realized by gmp in China. They all are creating a whole new character for landscapes and urban areas. With the title “Industrial Buildings in an Urban Context”, a new publication impressively illustrates this approach. The book launch on 26 January in Shanghai is accompanied by an exhibition, featuring the esthetics and functional design in architecture and fashion.
As part of a lecture at the NORDAKADEMIE, Hochschule der Wirtschaft in Elmshorn, Volkwin Marg will speak about the "Choreography of the Masses" on 25 January, starting at 5.30 pm. Thus, the gmp founding partner and architect of significant, international stadiums reflects on these from the fields of politics and business.
A review on Berlin after the fall of the wall: On 24 January at 8 pm, the Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin presents Hubert Siegert’s documentary film “Berlin Babylon” as a digital premiere. Following the screening, Siegert will host a discussion with the film’s protagonists, and dominant players in Berlin’s urban redevelopment Meinhard von Gerkan and Hans Stimmann.
Nikolaus Goetze will illuminate contemporary architecture in Vietnam in the mirror of tradition and present on 24 January 2018. The lecture by gmp partner and manager of the offices Hamburg-Elbchaussee, Shanghai and Hanoi is part of a guest lecture for the Institute for Industrial Construction and Constructive Design of the Technical University Braunschweig, and will take place in the Architekturpavillon.
The KAP Forum in Cologne dedicates an "evening about architecture and life" to Volkwin Marg. On 23 January, at 7 pm, the gmp founding partner will speak about his multifaceted oeuvre. Andreas Grosz, curator and director of the KAP Forum, and the journalist Dr. Oliver Herwig will pose the question, which milestones have played a special role in Volkwin Marg’s work. The event is already fully booked.
The Roundtable of the Urban Land Institute Switzerland on 16 January at the Zurich airport focuses on the development of AiportCities. Hans-Joachim Paap, associate partner at gmp, will be explaining in this context the challenges of large-scale projects. Using the example of the airport BER project, of which he was in charge for many years, he will be giving insights into the processes behind the scenes.
The Hamburger Denkmalverein extended an invitation for a discovery tour through the Hanseviertel, Hamburg’s first shopping passage entirely made of brick. The response has been great: The two guided tours on 12th January, followed by a lecture by Volkwin Marg, are fully booked. There, the gmp founding partner and architect of the Hanseviertel will be providing insights into its design history.