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.
As part of the event "The importance of public spaces in urban development", Meinhard von Gerkan will speak on the subject of "the importance of public spaces in urban development".
As part of the Sofia Architecture Week 2012, gmp-Partner Stephan Schütz will talk on the subject "Cultural Buildings - Stages for Urban Life" in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The South Tyrol Architecture Foundation organises regular lectures with well known speakers. On Friday 16 November 2012 Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan will speak on the subject "Architecture: meaning and message".
On Wednesday 14 November 2012, Magdalene Weiss will speak at the international symposium "Design for All – Space Design on Roads" in Seoul, Korea.
On Tuesday 13 November 2012, the "American Jesus Suite" concert will take place at the Berlin office: a composition by Stefan Wurz for Quartet PLUS 1, inspired by Michael Jackson’s pop songs.
The focus of Siegener Bautag 2012 is on exploring the boundaries between construction, technology, economy, ecology and form. Hence the event runs under the motto "To go to the limits…and beyond". As part of the event Prof. Dr.-Ing. h.c. Volkwin Marg will speak on the subject "Architecture as a synthesis of function, construction and interpretation" on Friday 9 November 2012.
Nicolas Pomränke will give the keynote speech on the 5th ForumMIRO in Dresden, Germany. He will speak on the subject "The architect's personal pride determines the character of the building".
gmp-Partner Hubert Nienhoff will be talking on Tuesday 6 November 2012 on the topic "Stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup".
On the 1st of November, the Hanse Viertel arcade in Hamburg celebrates the completion of extensive conversion . Hamburg’s traditional shopping arcade was technically upgraded and brought up to current environmental standards. As part of the press reception, which runs under the slogan "The Hanse-Viertel with a new, vibrant look", Volkwin Marg will give a talk on the architecture and the original design ideas for the shopping arcade.
In the context of the "Sustainability of buildings for mega-events - Transfer of knowledge" conference in Munich (29 to 30 October), Markus Pfisterer (gmp Director) will speak on the subject of "Functionality of mega-event buildings – Examples: FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championship".
The exhibition OrgaTec will host high-profile speakers such as Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan. On 23 October 2012 there will be several lectures, one of them a keynote address by Meinhard von Gerkan under the heading "Architecture: meaning and message".
As part of the "Global Economic Symposium (GES)" in Rio de Janeiro, Ralf Amann (Director at gmp) will take part in the round table discussion on the subject "Challenges encountered in the organisation of mega events".
On Thursday 11 October, the "Chamber music with different ensembles" Musitecture concert will take place at Völckersstrasse, Hamburg.
On Friday 28 September 2012, Nicolas Pomränke will take part in the second annual ‘juniors’ conference by the OAV (German Asia-Pacific Business Association) in Berlin and will be moderating the workshop entitled "Asian Megacities – challenges of urbanisation".
On Thursday 20 September 2012, Hubert Nienhoff will give a workshop lecture in Gelsenkirchen as part of the North Rhine-Westphalia VFA group members evening.
Katharina Glös and Rahel Bader come together for this concert and will be presenting 18th century solos and duets in our intimate and stylish setting.
At the 23rd VitrA Project workshop, which takes place on 6 September 2012, Nikolaus Goetze will talk on the subject of "Building in China and elsewhere" under the heading "Expat(riate)s: on building in foreign lands".
On the first day of the conference "SPONSORS Sports Venue Summit", Markus Pfisterer (gmp Director) will speak on the subject "Brazil, Russia, Qatar: can German stadiums be models for large international projects?" as part of the "Sustainability" forum.
The CHINA TIME initiative (9 to 25 August 2012) by the Hamburg Senate showcases, for the fourth time since 2006, Hamburg’s comprehensive expertise as a trading partner with China with about 200 events in the Hamburg region.
As part of the II Syposium "German Desk Latin America", Ralf Amann (Director gmp do Brasil) will speak in Rio de Janeiro about "Infrastructure Projects in Rio de Janeiro". He will talk on the gmp stadia, which are currently on the occasion of the Soccer World Cup 2014 under construction.
The association Architekturpreis Berlin e.V. extends an invitation to a debate on the subject of "What does the future hold for Tegel airport?" at the KutscherHaus, Kurfürstendamm, Berlin on 14 August 2012. Together with other well-known speakers, Stephan Schütz will be discussing the future of Tegel airport.
As part oft he Exhibition "Choreography oft the mass", which will be shown in Berlin from 6 June – 12 August 2012, Hubert Nienhoff will talk on the subject "Expression and Construction".
As part of the specialist conference "Medical facilities of the next generation, 2012" at the Japan Center, Frankfurt, Martin Bleckmann (gmp Director) will speak about the 1st Prize in the "City of Karlsruhe Medical Centre" architectural competition within the "Sustainable and innovative hospital project" theme section.
The "MEXCON 2012 Meeting Experts Conference" – the main professional congress of the Meeting and Events industry – will take place at the ICC Berlin from 18 to 20 June 2012.
As part of the lecture series "At home abroad? Reports from Germany and Brazil", Ralf Amann (gmp Director) will speak at the Goethe Institute in Rio de Janeiro about the stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
As part of the annual conference organised by Architecture Technique (AT) magazine, Nikolaus Goetze will give a public lecture at Tongji University, Shanghai on Thursday 14 June 2012.
As part oft he Exhibition „Choreography oft the masses", which will be shown in Berlin from 6 June – 12 August 2012, Prof. Dr. Volkwin Marg will talk on the subject "Choreography and Identity".
As part of the "World Stadium Congress 2012" (3 to 7 June 2012) in Doha, Qatar, Martin Glass will speak about stadium projects carried out by gmp.
As part of the "ArchitekTour 2012 – Higher, faster, bigger? - Architecture, sport + entertainment", Hubert Nienhoff will speak about the Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil, on Tuesday 5 June 2012, in Berlin.
At the 35th study conference “Action for a city worth living in”, the discussion will focus on the steps we need to take in order to allow for sustainable urban development that is fit for the future. Johann von Mansberg (gmp Director) will talk on the subject “New values in architecture – three examples from China”.
Johann von Mansberg (gmp Director) has been invited as a guest speaker by the "bridge to the future" in China and, on 15 May, will present outstanding gmp projects in China and Germany.
The exhibition "At ours, next door – Building and living in Altona" presents an important chapter in the urban history of Altona.
Architects gmp are represented at the Stadia Design & Technology Expo 2011 in Los Angeles.
On Thursday 3 May 2012, gmp invites the Boulanger Trio to give a concert which will take place at the Völckersstrasse office in Hamburg.
The poet Heinrich Heine, one of the most important German writers of the 19th century, is the focus of the programme featuring Marianne Kaiser (recitation), Philipp Jekal (baritone) and Thomas Benke (piano). The recital will take place in gmp’s Berlin office.
Markus Pfisterer (Director gmp) will be talking about "Dynamic Facade Lighting of the Arena National Stadium Warsaw". The talk will be part of the "Media Facade Summit" at the Städelschule in Frankfurt.
As part of the "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Developing country through football" event in Moscow, Hubert Nienhoff will speak on "gmp - Stadia for the FIFA World Cup".
During the "fensterbau frontale 2012" trade exhibition, which takes place in Nuremberg from 21 to 24 March, Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan will talk in the Architect’s Area on the subject of building in China.
On Tuesday 20 March, 2011, Prof. Volkwin Marg will take part in a debate on "Hamburg’s townscape": a debate between Jörn Walter, Volkwin Marg and Till Briegleb.
On Thursday 1 March 2012, Prof. Volkwin Marg will speak on the subject "The Krakow Aviation Museum and the proposal for an aviation and space-travel museum at Tempelhof Airport" as part of the "Berlin hebt ab!" (Berlin takes off) lecture series.
The 13th annual exhibition organised by the Berlin Architects’ Chamber is called "da! Architecture in and from Berlin" and shows a total of 69 projects by Berlin architects. Exhibits include the State Ballet School, Berlin by gmp as well as other exemplary projects.
Paulo Ferreira is a famous young genius who plays the modern bassoon. His style is completely unconventional and he plays this instrument solo with great radiance and virtuosity. An absolute must for those keen on musical exploration!
On Tuesday 21 February 2012 the "Textile Construction" event will take place at the Kutscherhaus, Berlin. The lecture series is organised by "Architekturpreis Berlin e.V".
gmp director, Martin Glass, will speak at the "Membrane constructions for the energy efficiency upgrade of buildings" symposium on the subject “Membrane projects by gmp Architects – experiences and outlook”.
Subject of the round table discussion at the Dresden State Theatre: "Which cities do we want to live in? Historic buildings or contemporary design".
Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan will talk on the subject "China and human rights" as part of the "Crisis dialogue – China, Europe and human rights" panel discussion on 11 January 2012.