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THOMAS WILLEMEIT IS IN THE JURY FOR THE LEAF AWARDS 2018

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit was selected to be part of this year’s jury for the „ABB Leading European Architects Forum Awards 2018“. The LEAF Awards are an annual awards ceremony, founded in 2001 with the aim to connect designated architects, designers, developers and suppliers from all around the world.  It recognises innovative architectural design projects and celebrates excellence in building design on an international scale. Every year each entry project is judged within its specific category by a leading panel of esteemed industry experts from around the world. Typically the LEAF Awards receive over 200 entries from a variety of architectural practices with recently completed or almost completed building design projects.
On the side of Thomas Willemeit the jury will be represented by Kai-Uwe Bergmann (Bjarke Ingels Group), Sir Peter Cook (Crab Studio, Winner of “Lifetime Achievement of the Year” 2017), Werner Frosch (Henning Larsen) and Viviana Mucettola (Zaha Hadid).

 

The Price giving ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 18th in Germany.

 

For more information about the LEAF Awards visit:
http://www.arena-international.com/leafawards/

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PANEL DISCUSSION “LIGHT AND WORK” IN BERLIN

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On Thursday, April 19th, the specialist symposium „Future of Work“ by the Gegenbauer Holding SE & Co. KG takes place in cooperation with the Bauhaus Council Berlin and discusses present questions about new operating modes and the future changing process because of artificial intelligence.

The event will be opened by Hartmut Engler (member of the Gegenbauer management board) and the leading curator of the Bauhaus-Archive Dr. Sibylle Hoiman.

 

During the symposium GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg takes part in a panel discussion, which deals with the topic “Light and Work” and will share his architectural expertise.

 

When: Thursday, April 19th 2018, 4pm

Where: Bauhaus Archiv Berlin, Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 Berlin

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TRIPLE NOMINATION FOR THE DAM AWARDS 2019

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With a triple nomination GRAFT architects enter the competition for the annual DAM Award 2019, which is granted by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM (German Museum of Architecture) since 2007. Among 100 nominated buildings, the projects BRLO BRWHOUSE in Berlin, “Feuerstein Arena” in Schierke, as well as the Hotel & Spa “Seezeitlodge” at the Bostalsee represent GRAFT in the competition for outstanding architecture in Germany. The winners will be announced by the end of January 2019 with a festive ceremony and the opening of an exhibition in the German Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt.  All nominated projects will be published in the annual “Architekturführer Deutschland”.

 

For more information about the DAM Price please visit: http://www.dam-preis.de/de/

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WAVE TOPPING OUT CEREMONY

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On March 22, 2018, the builders, the contractor Bauwerk Capital and the architects of GRAFT jointly celebrated the completion of the shell construction as an important milestone of the residential project WAVE Waterside Living in Stralauer Allee in Berlin.
Project developer Bauwerk Capital headquartered in Munich brought Bavarian hospitality and atmosphere to the Spree for the topping-out ceremony. The event was celebrated with a total of 200 guests.
The two-part building complex WAVE Waterside Living Berlin with 161 condominiums will be completed by spring 2019.

 

Photo: The Kreuzberg yodelling queen Doreen Kutzke is surrounded by Thomas Willemeit, Wolfram Putz and Lars Krückeberg, all Founding Partners of GRAFT, Jens Portale, Polier KoHa AG, Jürgen Schorn, Managing Partner Bauwerk Capital, Roderick Rauert, Managing Partner Bauwerk Development and Alexander Sälzle, Project Manager Bauwerk Development (from left to right).

 

© obs/Bauwerk Capital GmbH & Co. KG/conpic.net

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE THE REAL ESTATE FORUM

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For the third year in a row the office space turnover in Berlin, Germany has reached a new record while the rate of rentable office spaces is still sinking. How can the need be operated facing the sharpened situation and which requirements will the office of the future have to deal with?

 

The Real Estate Forum takes place in Hotel de Rome in Berlin. On tuesday, March the 20th Graft founding partner Thomas Willemeit will portrait the requirements and concepts for the office of the future during his lecture “Work enviroment 4.0” on the side of Ulf Buhlemann and Marcel Sedlák.

 

When: March, 20th, 17:00-18:30

Where: Hotel de Rome, Behrenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin

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PROJECT “DENK MAL AN FREIHEIT!” –
“THINK ABOUT FREEDOM!”

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In May 2018 a huge lettering will be created as a monument for freedom in front of Berlin’s central station entrance facing Washingtonplatz. The project is part of the new “be Berlin” #FREIHEITBERLIN (FREEDOMBERLIN). As a result, the tag will become the new monument in the dimensions of 25 meters times 2,5 meters.  GRAFT will design the lettering in cooperation with GRAFT Brandlab GmbH.

 

Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, Berlin Partner and local artists called all citizens of Berlin to participate and design a piece of freedom: “Berlin lives and loves freedom. We, as citizens of this beautiful city, will never forget, that peace and freedom are not always natural state. With this project, we want to commit to our self-evidence that the capital has developed through its history and place a creative landmark towards cosmopolitanism and tolerance since it’s the 28th annual of Berlin’s reunion, the same time period the wall was dividing our city.”

 

As a part of the project “Denk Mal an Freiheit” the three GRAFT founding Partner Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit have a clear point of view towards the topic: “Berlin is and will be rebellious, but still searching. The art and the courage of breaking boundaries and deconstructing walls are a part of the city’s character- which is the city’s biggest potential for the future. The project #FreiheitBerlin portraits that perfectly.”

 

Berlin Art Bang, known for their effective project „THE HAUS“, are looking for creative co-designers for the first part of the project. Marco Bollenbach, Jörn Reiners and Kimo von Rekowski, who are part of the art collective Die Dixons, say: ”After the team of Berlin Partner told us about the project, it was obvious for us, that we have to be a part of it. Berlin is our city and we will support everyone who stands up for freedom, art, and tolerance.”

 

Everybody has the chance to apply and design the six letters BERLIN. There is one condition: The designs have to be adaptable on every letter and visualize the sense of freedom.

 

The installation will be a part of Berlin’s first Mural Festival, which will take place from May the 14th until the 21st, 2018.

Everyone interested can apply with their idea until April 13th on www.be.berlin.

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TOPPING OUT CEREMONY AT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

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On Friday March 9 2018 the builders on the site, the client Trockland, and the GRAFT architects commonly celebrated the topping out ceremony on the project site of “Charlie Living“. The constructed complex will be composed by 241 apartments and 48 service-apartments in future. Moreover a building with a mixed function will repair the historical gap. It will comprise apartments for rent with a community space and reception along with an apartment hotel, shops, and a restaurant on an area of 33,200 sqm in total.

 

The building is structured in a two leveled base that picks up the line of the adjacent historical buildings and frames a glazed section that picks up the height of the former Berlin Wall at this point. The courtyard is characterized by domestic and non-native plants and creates a green oasis in the urban surrounding, creating a calm atmosphere. A roof garden completes this hybrid “garden city” in the heart of Berlin.

 

The project will be completed in 2019.

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PANEL DISCUSSION – AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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On Thursday, March 8th, the annual ReCon (Real Estate Conference Berlin) takes place in the atrium of the Kollhoff Tower, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. The topic of the conference is the ongoing conflict in the residential policy, between the rise of new buildings and the governmental regulation. Is housing really affordable for everyone?

During the conference, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit takes part in a panel discussion, analyzing the urban building plot models and trying to answer the question about aspiration and reality on the side of Anne Keilholz (CEO of STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH), Daniel Riedl (CEO & Chairman of BUWOG group), and Florian Schmidt (District Councillor for the Department of Construction, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg).

The discussion will be moderated by Niclas Karoff (Chairman of TLG IMMOBILIEN AG).

 

When: Thursday, March, 8, 2018, 3:30 pm

Where: Greenberg Traurig, Atrium, Kollhoff Tower, Postdamer Platz 1, 10785 Berlin

 

For further information about the event visit:

https://www.gtlaw.com/de/events/2018/03/recon-2018

For the registration please visit:

https://surveys.concep.com/s/e5672ba8c3f8f70027368db245e1ea2068ae0345

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HOTEL & SPA SEEZEITLODGE NOMINATED FOR THE TOP HOTEL OPENING AWARD 2017

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The seventh presentation of the Top hotel Opening Award is fast approaching! Embedded in the “Top Hotel Day”, an illustrious award ceremony will be held on February 3rd to decide whether the Hotel & Spa Seezeitdlodge will be the winner in the “Leisure” category. The award ceremony will begin at 10.15 with a jury talk on the FOKUS Hotel stage, the award ceremony will start at 11.30 and will be moderated by Michael Sporer (Bayerischer Rundfunk).

 

When: Saturday, 03.02.2018

Where: Messe Stuttgart, Messepiazza 1, 70629 Stuttgart, Germany

Day ticket: from 30,-€

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THAT WAS 2017!

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An eventful year lies behind us in which we were able to complete several projects and put ourselves to task in assignments and competitions. Some projects we will carry over into the coming year, including the Architecture Biennale in Venice. In cooperation with Marianne Birthler, we are curating the German Pavilion in 2018 under the title “Unbuilding Walls”, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

 

We wish you a pleasant end to the year and good luck and success for 2018 – we look forward to the challenges of the New Year!

 

Many thanks to all our partners and companions who enrich, support and challenge us in our professional lives.

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OFFICIAL OPENING OF FEUERSTEIN ARENA

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After 18 months of construction time the Feuerstein Arena at the foot of the Harz Mountains in Schierke will officially open on Friday December 15th and be open to the public from December 16th.

 

In 2013, GRAFT won the European architecture tendering for the reactivation of the former natural ice stadium and convinced the jury with their unique roof construction, developed in collaboration with schlaich bergermann partner.

The roof structure of 2,700 square meters is anchored in just two points, positioning itself with natural lightness and elegance. The historic stadium area has been transformed into a multifunctional arena becoming a touristic attraction for the area and is available for leisure activities in winter time as well as during the summer months. Two new buildings on the eastern and western side of the stadium host the gastronomic offer and further functional spaces.

 

The opening begins with a warm welcome by the mayor of Wernigerode Peter Graffert and carries on with three short welcoming speeches of the Minister for Regional Development and Transport in the state of Saxony-Anhalt Thomas Webel, the Minister for Economy, Science and Digitalization in the state of Saxony-Anhalt Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann as well as of GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg.

 

The celebrations begin at 3 pm with a light art project followed by some public events like an ice hockey penalty-shot-series, an ice dancing show and an ice disco in the evening.

 

For further information visit the German webpage https://www.schierker-feuerstein-arena.de/

 

For more information about the project, please visit http://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/ice-stadium-schierke/

 

(Image by Matthias Bein)

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BRLO BRWHOUSE AT “BERLIN – MADRID: PUBLIC.SPACE”

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BRLO BRWHOUSE is part of the exhibition „Berlin – Madrid Public.Space“, which is opening on Wednesday evening, 06.12.2017 at the Chamber of Architects in Berlin.

 

The exhibition was developed together with the Chamber of Architects Madrid (COAM) and shows 14 selected projects of the public area, which stand as example for the younger urban development of both metropolises.

 

The head of the Chamber of Architects Berlin Christine Edmaier will open the exhibition together with José Ezquiaga, head of the Chamber of Architects Madrid.

 

The exhibition takes place within the symposium „Berlin – Madrid: architecture in consultation“, which supports the international debate about the constructed environment and discusses current occupational questions.

 

 

When: December, 6th, 2017, 7 pm

Where: Chamber of Architecture Berlin, Alte Jakobstraße 149, 10969 Berlin

 

Entry free

 

For further information please visit the German website https://www.ak-berlin.de/nc/baukultur/veranstaltungen/ausstellungseroeffnung-berlin-madrid-public-space.html?event=334

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GRAFT LECTURE AT TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY VIENNA

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture for students of the Technical University of Vienna on Tuesday, December 05th 2017. Within the tarp_, The Airport_city Research Project of the University he will give an overview of the recent GRAFT projects.

 

The lecture takes place at the auditorium 7 – Schütte-Lihotzky in the main building.

 

When: 05.12.2017, 7 pm

Where: TU Vienna, main building, auditorium 7 – Schütte-Lihotzky

Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna/ Austria in court 2, staircase 7

 

 

For further information visit http://www.raumgestaltung.tuwien.ac.at/nachrichten/graft.html

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GRAFT AT SYMPOSIUM “SHARED BUILDING”

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz participates at the symposium „Shared Building“ taking place on Monday, December 4th in Berlin. Initiated by the creators of Holzmarkt, the event aims to start a discussion on changes in the utilization of buildings also in terms of future sustainability.

Within this topic area the utilization concept of the project Eckwerk will be also discussed in conversation with Jan Kleihues of Kleihues + Kleihues and further participants.

 

The Holzmarkt invites planner, architects, developer, politicians and interested parties, to discuss the future of sustainability of building and utilization. Therefor innovative utilization concepts, development approaches, practical examples and legal challenges are being considered.

 

When: Monday, December 04th, 2017 / 7-9 pm (entry 6.30pm)

Where: Säälchen, Holzmarkt, Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin

 

For the registration, please send a mail to symposium@holzmarkt.com

For more information about the project Eckwerk, please visit www.eckwerk.com/en

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GRAFT LECTURE AT CONFERENCE LIGHT TECHNIQUE

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On Monday, the 27th of November 2017, GRAFT architect Annette Finke is giving a lecture at the conference light technique of the OSRAM GmbH in Berlin.

With the title „Healing Architecture – Parametric Spatial Design in intensive care units“ she constitutes the impact of architecture and design during the healing process of patients in intensive care with the GRAFT project of the same name.

Along Annette Finke there will be more guests at the conference, dealing with the leading questions „(How) affects light?“ and „What is light doing?“.

When: November 27th, 2017, lecture by GRAFT architect Annette Finke 2.45 pm

Where: OSRAM GmbH, Nonnendammallee 44, 13629 Berlin

 

For further information please visit http://www.optecbb.de/aktuelles/dokumente/171127_Flyer_HFK_Lichttechnik_OSRAM_Stand_171025.pdf

For the registration go to http://optecbb.de/lang/de/anmeldung_20171127_hfk_licht.php

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE ARCHITEKTOUR CONGRESS 2017

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At this Year’s “Heinze Architektour Congress” in Berlin, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit is going to give a lecture.

The congress is beginning with an opening event on the 22nd of November and takes place until the 23rd. With a varied program newcomer of the architecture branch as well as well-known architects are going to present.

The organizer Heinze supports architects and planner in Germany with detail planning and is multimedia information partner for building and equipment products.

 

When: Wednesday, November 22nd 2017, 11.15 am

Where: STATION Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4-6, 10963 Berlin

 

For more information visit: https://architektour.heinze.de/architektour/kongress-berlin/

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE ARCHITECTUREWORLD

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On November 08th 2017 GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit is going to give a lecture at the convention trade fair of architectureworld in Duisburg-North. The lecture „Dream. Design. Deliver.“ deals with different challenges of the development of architecture.

 

The architecture branch is going to meet at November 08th and 09th to discuss themes such as facades, techniques and sustainable building. This year there will also be the first Milestone-Award for outstanding architecture and the German Hotel Day, which supplements the themes with interior design, facade construction, techniques of hotel groups, private hotels and senior residences.

 

When: Wednesday, November 08th 2017, 10.45 am

Where: Kraftzentrale at the Landschaftspark Duisburg-North, Emscherstraße 71,

47137 Duisburg-Meiderich

 

For more information about the event and the registration, please visit: https://architectureworld.com

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE NAX – EVENT

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a podium lecture at the NAX event „International Future Trends in Architecture – New Technologies, New Mobility, New Living Arrangements“ on the 7th of November. Within the podium theme „On the Way to the Future: How Do We Live and Work Tomorrow?“ his lecture titles „Work Environments 4.0“.

 

The Network for Achitecture Exchange NAX supports architects, engineers and specialist planners on their way abroad.

At this year’s advanced training course topics such as flexibility, mobility, home office, flat hierarchies, part-time models, automatization, and digitalization will be discussed.

 

 

When: November, 7th, 16-20h, lecture by Wolfram Putz 16.20h Podium I

Where: Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen, Bierstadter Strasse 2, 65189 Wiesbaden

 

 

For more information about the event, please click here.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE PLANER CONVENTION

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On November the 07th, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture about new mobility-infrastructures and the challenge and chance of residential and urban planning that come with it.

 

The Planer Convention is organised by the Grundfos GmbH and aims to discuss the future of building technology and the digitalization of facility management with invited experts.

 

When: Tuesday, November 07th 2017, 11.30 am

Where: Westhafen Pier 1, Rotfeder-Ring 1, 60327 Frankfurt a.M.

 

For more information and tickets, please visit http://www.grundfos.de/planerconvention2017

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APASSIONATA SHOWPALACE OPENS IN MUNICH

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After about 12 months of construction, the show palace designed by GRAFT is the first building of the APASSIONATA Park in Munich. The new large-scale project is located in the district of Fröttmaning in the immediate vicinity of the Allianz Arena and is a new theme park for the city of Munich. It officially opens on Sunday, November 5th with the premiere show of “Equila”.

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