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.
"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.