In time for the timetable change on December 15, 2019, trains stopped for the first time at the new Elbbrücken metropolitan railway station. With the opening of this stop, the Elbbrücken Underground and S-Bahn station has been completed and passengers can now change directly from the S-Bahn to the Underground system at this new public local transport interchange. Commuters will now have the opportunity to change trains here on their way to Hamburg city center, which will take some of the pressure off the main railway station. Like the Underground station that has already been completed, the roof of the S-Bahn station and the connecting Skywalk were designed by gmp in cooperation with the structural engineers schlaich bergermann partner.
The Poly Greenland Plaza office complex, built to a design by gmp, has been selected for the Award of Excellence of the 2020 CTBUH Awards in the Urban Habitat–District/Master Plan category, which qualifies it as a finalist in the Overall Category. The ensemble of office towers and commercial buildings forms a unique address in the city environment. A generous sequence of plazas and an open shopping arcade create diverse urban qualities that link the complex with its surroundings.
The Hyparschale building in Magdeburg at the eastern bank of the River Elbe, which dates from 1969, is one of about fifty shell buildings by Ulrich Müther that are still in existence. Having stood empty for over 20 years, the refurbishment of the building in line with monument preservation guidelines is now starting to a design by gmp. The focus is on reviving the structure as an events and exhibition venue, as well as overhauling and repairing the concrete shell roof, which will once again bring to life the spatial effect of this hall with its column-free construction.
At the end of 2019, the Suzhou No. 2 Library will be opened to the north of the historic Suzhou city center. This means that this traditional cultural city will have more than “just” a new library. Embedded in a new park landscape, the new library building with its integrated specialist libraries, collections, and exhibition rooms also fulfills the functions of a culture center. The key feature of the library is the intelligent storage system with a capacity of seven million books—the first in the country. gmp had won the competition and received the commission in 2014.
On October 18, 2019, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), in cooperation with landscape architects Capatti Staubach, were announced as winners of the competition for the design of the new build-ing for Bavaria’s State Archives in Kitzingen. Of the 80 practices that had originally applied to take part, 25 were admitted to the competition. The new State Archive is intended to provide facilities for scientific work and also to be available to visitors and Kitzingen citizens. This meant that a holistic design concept was required that also includes the surrounding terrain with its proximity to the old city.
The plan is, in the years to come, to refurbish the concert hall dating from 1965 in accordance with conservation principles. In a two-stage process negotiated by the administration of the state capital, Kiel, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, together with the Kiel architects’ practice bbp, were successful in obtaining the commission. The refurbishment will focus on the acoustic and technical upgrade of the concert hall, with 1,400 seats for classical concerts as well as for theater performances, festivals, and congresses.
HafenCity is currently undergoing expansion in the Elbbrücken Quarter. Last summer, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) won the competition that was held to design a congress hotel with a large conference hall on this key site at the tip of Baakenhafen basin. After a comprehensive phase of revisions, the congress hotel is now presented in updated form.
Meinhard von Gerkan will be honored in Beijing on September 24, 2019, with the Liang Sicheng Prize – the highest distinction for architects in China. The news of the award coincides with the 20th anniversary of gmp’s building activity in China.
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been awarded first prize in the competition for the modernization and restructuring of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin from Hans Scharoun. The jury found that the design for the golden “ship of books” meets the demands of new, open libraries in the 21st century while at the same time preserving and again revealing the outstanding architectural qualities of this important academic library.
A new high-rise building makes its impact on the skyline of Hangzhou, the Chinese metropolis with 9 million inhabitants. The 130-meter-high tower is part of the extension and redesign of the GDA Plaza, a business center in the traditional business quarter of the city, which includes a shopping mall and hotel. Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), who had previously won the competition, were in charge of the design and implementation.
With its timeless and clear pattern language, the design by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners impressed the jury. The ensemble comprising the indoor sports swimming pool and health center at Otto-Runki-Platz continues the block structure of Neustadt and, at the same time, makes a link to the neighboring parks.
The aac spring workshop was focused on the Japanische Palais—the last element in Dresden’s museum landscape that still requires refurbishment. Under the guidance of Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz, the students developed designs that open the building towards Neustadt and the River Elbe, and convert the Japanische Palais into a “working collection” in which the general public is involved in the process of artistic creation. From August 15 the results will be shown in an exhibition in Dresden.
After just 24 months of design and construction, the topping-out ceremony for the Miquelallee school center was held at the building site on July 30, 2019. By using prefabricated wood modules, a temporary home of high quality was erected for two schools in very short time. The design concept of architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) also enables the modular building to be dismantled and rebuilt at another location.
In the competition for the China Telling Communications Building, the design by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) impressed the jury with its ensemble of two high-rise buildings that are linked by a shared podium landscape. The form concept of two floating cubes, which symbolize the different business sections of China Telling Corp., reflect the world of business in its widest sense.
Embedded in a landscape of wooded hills, the head office of the second largest Chinese power network operator has been created in the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou. The campus, which has been designed by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), places the architecture at the heart of nature: the buildings—some of which feature an atrium—have been developed to LEED sustainability standard and create a sequence of landscaped plazas and atriums, which are linked via bridges and footpaths.
An exhibition initiated by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) and the Shanghai fashion label ICICLE, places the two applied arts of architecture and fashion in a dialogue and establishes a relationship between the two disciplines. To mark 20 years of gmp in China, the exhibition will be shown in Germany from June 29 to July 12, 2019, as part of the Hamburger Architektur Sommer.
The Bucerius Kunst Forum has relocated to its new premises at Alter Wall 12 along the revitalized Alter Wall in the city center of Hamburg. The building block behind the listed historic facades of Alter Wall 2–32 is currently being completely reorganized to plans by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The art venue will be formally inaugurated at a festive event on June 6, 2019. And starting June 7, 2019, the public is invited to explore the new exhibition spaces.
As part of the upgrade of the A1 federal motorway, the new bridge designed by the engineers Leonhardt, Andrä und Partners (LAP) and the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) replaces the existing bridge across the Norderelbe River. The double cable-stayed bridge with its pylons of different heights will be visible from afar, marking the point at which it crosses the river. The project is included in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan for 2030.
A little more than one year after laying the foundation stone on the Springer Quarter site in April 2018, the next milestone has been reached: the topping out ceremony took place on 23 May 2019. On the former site of the Axel Springer publishing house, Momeni Group is realizing a new building with offices, apartments, commercial units and restaurants designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), and the existing historic listed high-rise building is being refurbished and upgraded to current energy conservation standards.
The flagship store of the ICICLE fashion label opened in Shanghai at the end of 2018. The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) were commissioned to design the two-story shop facade. The most important design element consists of a curtain of 800 porcelain tubes made in the traditional Chinese way.
Based on a 2016 feasibility study, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), in cooperation with developers Quest Investment Partners, were able to persuade the City of Hamburg to develop a residential and commercial building on the vacant plot at Cremon 1. With construction work having started in April 2019, it will now be possible to fill this site in the old city that has been vacant for a long time. In future, Cremon 1, together with the Haus der Seefahrt opposite, will once again form the portal that marks the entrance to the Fleet.
The 15-month construction schedule for the realization of Wuyuanhe Stadium on China’s popular holiday island of Hainan was tight – a challenge which, after having won the design competition, the architects of von Gerkan, Marg und Partners (gmp) were excited to take on. gmp managed to hand over the building designed for more than 41,000 visitors, on time for the opening in 2018. The proximity to the South China Sea characterizes the special atmosphere of the venue and provides the spectators with a unique panorama.
In Hangzhou, the new southern railway station built to a design by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) is starting operations. It is the third-largest station of the metropolis which, thanks to its favorable geographic position on the Yangtze River Delta, flourished culturally at an early stage and to this day is considered one of the most attractive cities in China. The transport intersection is part of the high-speed line between Shanghai, 180 kilometers away, and Kunming at a distance of 1,800 kilometers, and was built within the space of five years (2013–2018).
On March 26, 2019, Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister of Economics, and Pham Bình Minh, the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, ceremonially opened the German House, which was built to a design by gmp. The building is located in District 1, the commercial and cultural...
Shenzhen is growing: a new business district called “Super Bay City” is being created. In the competition for the Hengli Investment Group the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) submitted the winning design with a building complex consisting of three distinct blocks that are linked at the base. With a height of 250 meters, the Hengli International Building’s office tower with its adjacent conference center and “culture tower” forms an impressive landmark. “Sky gardens” at various levels provide a rhythm to the verticality of the soaring towers and are designed to be used as public amenity areas.
With the Shanghai Public Safety Education Training Base, a new attraction has been created in the Oriental Land park in Shanghai: a training center where children and young people can learn how to behave correctly in dangerous situations. In response to this special building brief, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have designed a sculptural complex of buildings. A parametrically designed facade consisting of diamond-shaped metal panels emphasizes the visual impact of the building and, depending on the angle of light, seems to merge the structure with the sky and the landscape.
The Olympic Sports Center in Suzhou, built to a design by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), has now opened. In a 47 hectare publicly accessible landscape park, a stadium, training and leisure pool, indoor arena, shopping center and extensive sports facilities for the surrounding residential areas have been completed. For the very first time in China, a single-skin cable network roof construction has been used to cover the large sports buildings. With their curved roofs, the buildings form a distinct ensemble and a new center of that part of the city.
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With the DAM Preis 2019 for architecture in Germany, the jury showed its appreciation for the reconstruction of an outstanding building in the Moderne style of the GDR in line with conservation principles and praised the new concept by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The converted building is home to the new concert hall for the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others, the new central library, and the “Herkuleskeule” cabaret venue. Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz, together with Nicolas Pomränke and Christian Hellmund, will receive the award from the German Museum of Architecture (DAM) at the awards ceremony on January 25, 2019 in Frankfurt.
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.