LARS KRÜCKEBERG IN CONVERSATION WITH ANGELO CAPASSO IN ROME

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Save the Date: On the 31st of May, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will be part of a panel discussion with Angelo Capasso, author of ‘NATURANS – Landscapes in contemporary art.’ The book analyses the meaning of “landscapes” in the history of art – from the second half of the nineteenth century up to the present day and comes down to propose a possible answer to the oldest question: “What Is Art?”:

When: Friday, 31 May 2019, 5.30 pm

Where: Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome

More information: https://bit.ly/2W7RsMv

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR VOLOCOPTER

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Skyports and Volocopter announced a cooperation to build the first mobile Volo-Port for air taxis. UK-based global vertiport owner and operator Skyports and air taxi pioneer Volocopter unveiled plans for the Volo-Port – the physical landing pads for so-called eVTOL (electric take-off and landing). Construction of the first Volo-Port will be completed later this year. The partners plan to build it in Singapore for the scheduled public flight trials in the second half of 2019. A full-scale Volocopter vehicle is on display at the GreenTech Festival.

 

Ground-based vertiport infrastructure is critical to the success of future urban air mobility (UAM), including air taxi operations in congested cities.

Vertiports are the only physical infrastructure required for air taxis to commence operations in cities in the near future. Volo-Ports are designed to provide passengers with a seamless air taxi experience that is safe, secure, and relaxing.

 

In cooperation with GRAFT Architects and Arup, Berlin agency GRAFT Brandlab won the Volocopter international tender to produce the Volo-Port design.

 

Link to project page: https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/air-taxi-volo-port/

 

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KEYNOTE AT THE 25TH BRILLUX ARCHITECT’S FORUM IN BERLIN

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On the occasion of the 25th Brillux Architect’s Forum GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a keynote entitled “Moderne sucht Heimat”. Over the years, Brillux Architect’s Forum became an industry platform for dialogue and exchange, taking place in different locations each year. This year’s event focuses on the topic “Between convention and vision: impulses for the future of building”.

When: Monday, May 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

Where:  Gasometer Berlin, EUREF-Campus 18, 10829 Berlin

For more information please visit >> https://bit.ly/2wrb2Fl

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GRAFT LECTURE AT TRILUX PARTNER SUMMIT COLOGNE

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On the occasion of the TRILUX Partner Summit, GRAFT partner Sven Fuchs will give a lecture on “Light in harmony with architecture” in which he will, among other things, report on how visions shape thinking and acting at GRAFT. Trilux Light Campus is a prime example of how a vision became reality and how innovative spatial concepts emerge when light is in harmony with architecture.

When: Friday, 10 May 2019

Where: Trilux Light Campus, Cologne

More information: https://bit.ly/2W7RsMv

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GRAFT LECTURE AT QUADRIGA UNIVERSITY BERLIN

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GRAFT Director of Communications, Nora Zerelli has been responsible for the campaign of “Unbuilding Walls”, the German Biennale contribution 2018 curated by GRAFT and Marianne Birthler. On the 17th of May, she will give a lecture at Quadriga University focusing on the exhibition concept, the communication strategy as well as her experience as Project Lead.


When: 17 May 2019, 2 pm

Where: Quadriga University, Berlin

For more information please visit >> https://bit.ly/2UxPhRH

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BUNDESSTIFTUNG BAUKULTUR IN COLOGNE

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On the occasion of multi-part event series „Infrastructure and Elements of Public Space“, GRAFT Director of Projects Stefanie Götz will give a keynote on Ice Stadium “Schierker Feuerstein Arena”, followed by a workshop discussion.


When: Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Where: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

For more information please visit >> https://bit.ly/2UxPhRH

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GRAFT LECTURE AT AEDES METROPOLITAN LABORATORY IN BERLIN

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will giva a keynote on sketching in times of digital transformation. The keynote entitled “Crossmedia Sketching” deals with artistic and technical possibilities in the form finding process and gives an outlook on innovations in this field.


When: Friday, May 10, 9:15
Where: ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstrasse 18-19, 10119 Berlin

more information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2WxQVk9

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT THE FUTURE MOBILITY SUMMIT IN BERLIN

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On the occasion of the Future Mobility Summit in Berlin, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will hold a keynote entitled ‘Future Spaces for Mobility’. The keynote will cover topics of urban development in times of transforming transportation and a new urbanity.

When: April 8, 2019, 5:30 pm

Where: Gasometer, Berlin

More information on the event can be found on >> https://bit.ly/2H72RV0

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT THE ARCH + DSGN SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL

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GRAFT partner Sven Fuchs will give a lecture on April 5 at the ARCH + DSGN Summit in Istanbul. The keynote entitled ‘Less is Future’ will be about the big questions of our time and how they can be addressed by architects and designers.  Special focus will be on the chances of new technologies such as Virtual- and Augmented Reality and GRAFT’s related projects SOLARKIOSK or Parametric (Dream) Room Design.

 

When: April 5, 2019, 5 pm

Where: ARCH + DSGN SUMMIT, Istanbul, Turkey

More information on the event can be found on >> https://bit.ly/2WGTEr6

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DESIGN COMPETITION „BEYOND BAUHAUS – PROTOTYPING THE FUTURE“ IS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

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To mark the centennial anniversary of the Bauhaus design school, the ‘beyond bauhaus’ competition is calling visionary designers from across the world to contribute concepts and prototypes which address relevant social issues, and aim to make the world a healthier, fairer, more sustainable and better place. GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will be part of the Jury.

 

Apply until March 31st for a chance to travel to Berlin at the organizers’ expense and to present your project in an exhibition in Germany’s design capital this summer: www.beyondbauhaus.com

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT THE NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE 2019

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At in:situ, The New Zealand Institute of Architects​ Conference 2019, 11 accomplished international architects will visit Auckland to share insights about their work and the contemporary practice of architecture.

GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will speak at the conference alongside Reinier de Graaf, Ma Yansong and Sadie Morgan! His keynote takes place on February 14, 3:45-5:00pm at Spark Arena​ in Auckland, New Zealand​. At the end of his presentation there will be a question session facilitated by Christopher Hawthorne, the chief design officer of Los Angeles.

 

When: February 14, 3 pm
Where: New Zealand Architecture Conference, Spark Arena, Auckland, NZ
For more information please visit >> https://www.insitu.nzia.co.nz/

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT KNAUF ARCHITEC IN STUTTGART

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will hold a lecture on January 30 at Knauf Architec in Stuttgart’s Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle. The lecture entitled “Homeland and Identity, Departure and Experiment – What will shape architecture and urban planning in the future.” deals, among other things, with the effects of the advancing digitization in urban planning.

 

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 4:00 pm
Where: Knauf Business Days Architec, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart.
More information about the event can be found here: www.knauf-werktage.de/de/knauf-architec/

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JURY ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE UNBUILDING WALL TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

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The jury committee selected two winners from numerous applications from over ten countries for this year’s UMBUILDING WALLS Travel Grant on January 14. We congratulate Antonio Giráldez López with “MORE THAN WALLS” and Brooke Adams with “UNBUILDING HERE” to their convincing proposals and wish them much joy and success in the realization within the coming months. Follow us on Facebook to learn more about the projects as they unfold.

Thanks to everyone who sent in a proposal and helped make the first UNBUILDING WALLS travel fellowship a success.

 

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GRAND OPENING OF TRILUX HEADQUARTER IN COLOGNE

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Today we celebrate the completion and opening of the latest GRAFT project, the new headquarters of the German lighting company TRILUX in Cologne. The design of the rectangular building is strongly inspired by the client’s craft: light, refraction and reflections. The innovative Smart Workingscapes provide the optimal balance between spaces for privacy and communication.

 

Find out more about the project in our online portfolio.

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EXHIBITION TALK “THE SOLARKIOSK AS SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE” IN ZURICH

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As part of the “Social Design” exhibition at the Museum fuer Gestaltung in Zurich, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will talk to curator Angeli Sachs about the SOLARKIOSK as a social infrastructure instrument and the development of the project.

 

When: January 16, 6 pm
Where: Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, Toni-Areal, Zurich
For more information please visit https://museum-gestaltung.ch/de/events/der-solarkiosk-als-soziale-infrastruktur/

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GRAFT KEYNOTE “UNBUILDING WALLS” AT UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES KOBLENZ

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture about GRAFT and the Biennale exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS at the University of Applied Sciences Koblenz. The keynote is part of the lecture series ‘Profile der Architektur’.

 

When: January 16, 7 pm
Where: University of Applied Sciences Koblenz, RheinMoselCampus, Koblenz Karthause, Konrad-Zuse-Straße 1, 56075 Koblenz

For more information please visit https://www.hs-koblenz.de/architektur/die-fachrichtung/

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GRAFT LECTURE „DREAM, DESIGN, DELIVER“ AT THE KARLSRUHER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOY (KIT)

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Thomas Willemeit founding partner of GRAFT will give a lecture under the title “Dream, Design, Deliver” to students and interested guests in Karlsruhe on 28th of November 2018 in the context of the University´s lecture series Reality Check #4.

The lecture will focus on the professional background of GRAFT, on its aim to combine contrary approaches and on unconventional projects in the field of “Architecture Activism”.

 

When: Wednesday, 28th of November 2018, 7 pm

Where: Egon Eiermann Lecture Hall, KIT Karlsruhe

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GRAFT AWARDS PRIZE AT DESIGN COMPETITION WANNENRAUM

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will present an award on Friday, November 19, at the “Wunder. Wonda. Wannenraum” design competition. The requirement for the participants was to choose a marble block on site, from which they should then design their interpretation of a tub space. A total of eleven architectural firms took part in the competition.

 

When: November 16th, 6:00 pm

Where: Breitwieser, Hochäckerstraße 11, A-3430 Tulln

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GRAFT LECTURE “UNBUILDING WALLS – DEALING WITH THE LAST OPEN SPACES OF BERLIN”

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a keynote on Tuesday, November 27 at 6 pm for the Architekturpreis Berlin e.V.. The event is organized together with the commercial law firm ZIRNGIBL, the FUNK Gruppe and BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement GmbH. In his lecture “UNBUILDING WALLS – Dealing with the last Open Spaces of Berlin” Wolfram Putz will speak about the contribution to the 16th Architecture Biennial by GRAFT and Marianne Birthler.

 

When: 27th November 2018, 6:00pm

Where: KutscherHaus am Kurfürstendamm 50a / George-Grosz-Platz.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE IN ITALY

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gives a lecture at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Italy on Friday, 16th of November. The lecture deals with the development of the curatorial concept for the German Pavillion at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, which was created together with Marianne Birthler and ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM as a possible attitude for architects.

 

When: November 16, 10:45 am

Where: Aula Musmeci, Dipartimento di Architettura, Via Aldo Manuzio, 68L, Roma (ex Mattatoio)

For more information please go to >> http://architettura.uniroma3.it/?eventi=conferenza-di-lars-kruckeberg

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GRAFT DINNER SPEECH AT KFW-BAK ENERGY CONGRESS

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit is giving a dinner speech on Wednesday, October 24, at the Energy Congress organized by the Federal Chamber of German Architects and the KfW bank. The speech covers possibilities of reducing grey energy in the planning and construction process. The aim of the Congress is to provide a new outlook on how the building sector can support the energy turnaround.

 

When: Wednesday, October 24, 7pm
Where: KfW Bank, Berlin

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SCIENTIFIC STUDY CONFIRMS POSITIVE EFFECTS OF GRAFT ICU ROOM ARCHITECTURE ON HEALING PROCESS

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In 2013 GRAFT teamed up with healthcare professionals of Charité Berlin to examine and improve the Intense Care Unit rooms and help patients heal better. Today we are proud to share with you the positive outcome of our research and design:
The delirium rate of patients treated in the ICU rooms designed and planned by GRAFT was significantly lower (46%) compared to the patients treated in the standard rooms (76%).

 

Read more about our evidence-based design in the abstract of the official medical paper here: https://bit.ly/2AjdiRy

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GEORGIAN ARCHITECTURE EVENING AT DEUTSCHES ARCHITEKTURMUSEUM

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On Friday, September 28th, 2018, the exhibition “HYBRID TBILISI – Reflections on Architecture in Georgia” opens at the German Architecture Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt. Therefore the DAM hosts a Georgian Architecture Event with GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit and Georgian architect Giorgi Khmaladze. Willemeit  and Khmaladze will discuss the contradictions of the Caucasian metropolis Tbilisi which sees itself confronted by a growing number of spectacular new constructions and late Soviet form experiments.

 

The evening will be moderated by Peter Cachola Schmal, director of the museum. The talks will be held in English.

 

When: Tuesday, October 23rd, 7 p.m.
Where: Deutsches Architektur Museum, DAM Auditorium, Frankfurt am Main
Price: 5€/ 2.50 € reduced

 

For more information please visit: http://www.dam-online.de/portal/de/Start/Start/0/0/0/0/1581.aspx

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GRAFT LECTURE AT LEUPHANA UNIVERSITÄT LÜNEBURG

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On Monday, October 22, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gives a key note at the Institute of Urban and Cultural Area Research. The lecture with the title “Limits of Space in the Age of Mobility” deals with the topic of enhancement of space through an increase of connectivity.

 

When: Montag, October 22, 7pm
Where: Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Room C 5.029

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CURATOR GUIDED UNBUILDING WALLS TOUR FOR GESELLSCHAFT DER FREUNDE DER AKADEMIE DER KUENSTE

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On Saturday, October 27th, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krueckeberg will give a guided tour through the German Pavilion for “Gesellschaft der Freunde der Akademie der Künste”. He will explain the exhibition concept of UNBUILDING WALLS, curated by GRAFT together with the civil rights activist and politician Marianne Birthler for the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice.

 

When: October 27th 2018 , 11 a.m.
Where: German Pavilion at the Giardini of the Biennale di Venezia

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GRAFT LECTURE FOR PORSCHE

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On Saturday, October 20th, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit was invited to give a lecture on the future of urbanism and mobility for Porsche AG. Thomas Willemeit discussed, amongst other things, the systemic shift of renewable energy cycles and the extension of spatial perception through digital devices and screens.

 

When: October 20th, 11 am
Where: BRLO BRWHOUSE

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GRAFT KEYNOTE LECTURE AT 9TH ARCHITECTURE NIGHT IN BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will give a keynote at the Kunsthalle Goeppingen on Friday, October 19th as part of the “9th Night of Architecture”. In his lecture he will speak about the future of cities and how new urban developments will influence our perception of the city.

 

When: October 19th, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kunsthalle Goeppingen

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TBILISI RAILWAY HEADQUATER

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Masterplan and Urban Strategy

The masterplan created by GRAFT is integrated into the future-oriented business corridor of the Didube Chughureti quarter in the northern part of Tbilisi’s city center.

In addition to a public landscape, the project envisions two dynamically shaped office towers that will house the offices of the new headquarters of the Georgian railway company as well as a railway museum. The overall design focuses on an enriching working environment that takes a holistic approach to the well-being of its users and creates a wide range of functions for visitors and residents.

The project is currently in the negotiation phase.

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UNBUILDING WALLS TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP

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As a continuation of the exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, the curators of the German Pavilion, the architects GRAFT and the politician Marianne Birthler, are initiating and awarding two UNBUILDING WALLS travel grants worth 3,000 euros each.

In addition to classical research and design projects, initiatives, media documentaries or other conceptual ideas dealing with the subject of UNBUILDING WALLS will also be supported.

Carried by the idea of sensitizing the next generation to walls, boundaries and their implications, the curators would like to deepen the topic as a field of research. Students can apply with architectural and artistic projects about built, physical or strategic interventions aimed at overcoming barriers. The aim of the work may be designs and investigations on physical interventions or on the social and political significance of walls and borders.

 

Applications can be submitted between the 3rd of October and the 31st of December 2018 to media@graftlab.com

Find more details in the announcement and the application form here

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SINGLE PARENTING RETREAT FARFALLA VERDE

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The Single Parenting Retreat is located in the very south of Lake Garda, where a small peninsula reaches into the lake and offers a spectacular panorama over the water northwards to the Alps. GRAFT´s design follows the special characteristics of the place. The design integrates various functions that offer both children and their parents a diverse recreational program in breathtaking nature. GRAFT achieves the combination of organic design and natural conditions through the thematic following of the shape of the butterfly.

The design was developed in the context of a competition for a hotel for single parents, awarded by the Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel.

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GRAFT BIRDHOUSE

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The Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin invited GRAFT to take part in the Design Special in early autumn 2018 on the subject of wood.  The task is to design an extraordinary birdhouse. In addition to GRAFT, the invitation was addressed to seven other international architects and designers.

 

The idea for the design of the bird house was already born in 2007, when GRAFT won the competition for the realization of a pilot project for energy-efficient building with a zero-energy house on BIRDS ISLAND in Kuala Lumpur. The original design of the organic outer shell, which dissolves the wall and thus creates a new spatial structure, has been simplified for the birdhouse, but also retains its function and figure in this smaller format. Our principle here is unusual design that does not stop at everyday objects.

 

The issue of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin with the Design Special will be published on the 28th of September.

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OLD MILL HOTEL BELGRADE PART OF THE RADISSON COLLECTION

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The Old Mill Hotel Belgrade was promoted to the exclusive new brand in the Radisson Hotel Group portfolio – Radisson Collection. The Radisson Collection is a premium lifestyle collection of exceptional hotels located in unique locations. The Old Mill Hotel is situated in the white city of Old Belgrade, near the banks of the River Sava. GRAFT transformed the historic building of the “Old Mill” into a 4-star hotel. The ambitious interior concept embraces the existing historical structure and enhances it with new materials, colors and shapes, bringing out its original qualities and creating a unique visual experience.

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