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.
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.