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