BRLO BRWHOUSE WINS THE INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2018

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In August 2018 the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies selected GRAFTs project BRLO BRWHOUSE as the winner of this year’s International Architecture Award for the best new international architecture 2018.

 

The International Architecture Awards reflect the change of global architecture, presents current design directions by leading architecture offices and gives an important global overview of new developments in the different typological themes.

 

For more information about the awards, please visit the website of the Chicago Anthenaeum museum of Architecture and Design: www.chi-athenaeum.org

or the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies www.europeanarch.eu

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BRICKS TOPPING OUT CEREMONY

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On Friday, July 20 2018, GRAFT Architects together with the client Trockland and the builders inaugurated the shell of BRICKS on Schöneberger Hauptstraße.

The two new buildings are part of the former postal buildings already renovated by GRAFT, which are situated over the entire block between Schöneberger Hauptstraße and Belziger Straße. The two new buildings on opposite sides of the complex will complete the block and close the two remaining gaps within the overall structure.

The two new buildings comprise a total of 128 apartments and offer space for commercial and retail use. The building on the Hauptstraße opens its facade and provides public access to the inner courtyards of the complex.

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EXPO DUBAI 2020

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GRAFTs submission for the German pavilion has been shortlisted for the Expo 2020 Dubai among five other projects.

 

The architecture of the pavilion creates a symbiosis of efficiency and progress paired with beauty of the landscape and a comprehensive thought of sustainability.

 

A special focus is on the long-term performance of the construction: All components and materials are easy to dismantle and separate, so that the entire structure can be reused elsewhere or recycled.

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INTERNATIONAL BAUKULTUR SYMPOSIUM VENICE

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will lead a delegation of 60 participants of the International Baukultur Symposium through the German pavilion on the 28th of June. He will explain the exhibition concept of UNBUILDING WALLS, the German contribution to the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice.

The International Baukultur Symposium “Building Bridges” will take place in Venice from 26th of June to 28th of June 2018. During the three-day program the Federal Foundation for Building Culture invites to various lectures and symposia on the cultural development of the building landscape.

The exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS reacts to current debates about nations, protectionism and demarcation. This year Germany is reunited for 28 years – as long as the inner German Wall existed. With reference to this parallel, the effects of division and the process of healing are examined as a dynamic spatial phenomenon.

 

When: June 26th-28th 2018, UNBUILDING WALLS on June 28th 2018, 12.30 pm

Where: German Pavilion, Giardini Biennale di Venezia

 

For more information about the program, please visit the German website https://www.bundesstiftung-baukultur.de/en/network/international-network-meetings/international-baukultur-symposium-0

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GERMAN PAVILION AT ZENTRUM FUER BAUKULTUR

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“Walls are temporary structures. Our exhibition asks the question: What happens after a wall comes down? Even if it disappears completely, it usually leaves behind very unusual spaces.”

On June 26, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krueckeberg gives a lecture in the Zentrum fuer Baukultur of the State of Saxony and discusses the topic of the exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS, shown at the Architecture Biennale in Venice. GRAFT is curating this year’s German Pavilion together with civil rights activist and politician Marianne Birthler.

The lecture is part of the program “Semper, Selbermachen und andere Stichworte zur Baukultur”.

When: June 13th-30th 2018, UNBUILDING WALLS on June 26, 2018, 6pm

Where: ZfBK – Zentrum für Baukultur Sachsen, Schlossstrasse 2, Dresden

Free entry

For more information about the program, please visit the German website http://www.zfbk.de/portfolio/unbuilding-walls/

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TAG DER ARCHITEKTUR 2018

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This weekend, on June 23th and 24th the Tag der Architektur 2018 (Day of Architecture 2018) takes place according to the motto “Architecture stays!”. All over Germany, architects open their offices and offer guiding tours through their built projects.

 

GRAFT offers guided tours through the URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART in Berlin and the Schierker Feuerstein-Arena Saxony-Anhalt. The respective project leaders offer guided tours through the buildings for interested visitors and present a unique insight into the design idea.

 

 

Berlin

Saturday, June 23rd 2018

URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART, Bülowstraße 7, 10783 Berlin
Open tours on at 1:30 and 3 p.m.

Meeting point: Zietenstraße in front of the museum

 

Saxony-Anhalt

Saturday, June 23rd 2018

Feuerstein Arena, Am Winterbergtor 2, 38879 Wernigerode
Open tours at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.

 

We are looking forward to your visit!

 

You can have a look at the program of the Tag der Architektur 2018 with all open projects and tours around Germany on the following homepage:

http://www.tag-der-architektur.de/

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MAKE CITY 2018 STUDIO TALK: UNBUILDING WALLS

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On Wednesday, June 20th 2018 GRAFT will host a Studio Talk about “Unbuilding Walls”, the German contribution to the 16th international architecture Exhibition in Venice 2018 as a part of the Make City Festival at their office in Berlin.

 

With the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls”, GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit together with Marianne Birthler, respond to current debates on nations, protectionism and division.

 

In that context chosen projects will be presented to portrait the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon and focuses on architectural projects in the former death strip. Among them is the Berlin Wall Memorial, which counts to the few places, where the original structures are mostly preserved.

 

The event is subject to registration!

 

Please register at pr@graftlab.com

 

When: June, 20th 2018, 6:30- 8 p.m.
Where: GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
Heidestraße 50
10557 Berlin

 

For more information about the Make City Festival and registration for the event please visit the website:
http://makecity.berlin/en/

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UNBUILDING WALLS AT THE CONFERENCE „FORMER EUROPEAN BORDER AND THE GREEN BELT”

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On Sunday, June 17th 2018, the conference „Former European border and the green belt. Networks and opportunities of cooperation in a European border area” takes place at the visitor center of the Berlin Wall Memorial.

 

GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit and Marianne Birthler, who are among the curators of the German pavilion at this year’s architectural exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, will give a lecture about the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls”.

 

“Unbuilding Walls” explores the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon and focuses on architectural projects in the former death strip. Among them is the Berlin Wall Memorial, which counts to the few places, where the original structures are mostly preserved.

 

The conference is organized by the German National Committee of ICOMOS e.V., IUCN, the Berlin Wall foundation, the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, the BUND, the state office of Brandenburg for preservation of monuments and the archaeological state museum.

 

When: June 17th-19th 2018, Unbuilding Walls on June 17th 2018, 8 pm

Where: Berlin Wall Memorial – visitor centre

Bernauer Straße 119

13355 Berlin

 

For more information about the program, please visit the German website https://sharingheritage.de/veranstaltungen/konferenz-iron-curtain-and-green-belt-das-erbe-des-eisernen-vorhangs-2-2/

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT THE IMMOEBS REAL ESTATE FORUM 2018

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On Friday, June 15th 2018, this year’s Real Estate forum by the IMMOEBS e.V. takes place with the theme “CROSS INNOVATION”.

 

Within the event, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gives a lecture “Heimat and Identity, Start and Experiment – What will shape architecture and urban planning in the future”. Therefore he talks about the developments of cities and their physical as well as digital spaces, and themes like mobility and connectivity, which will get more important for future building, and present different forward-looking projects by GRAFT.

 

The aim of the Real Estate forum is to inform and support companies with the help of experts of science and practice about the opportunity of integrating the potentials of other industries.

 

When: Friday, June 15th 2018

Where: Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt, Römerberg 9, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

 

For more information about the event, please visit the German website https://www.my-immoebs.de/cms.260/show/immobilienforum

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE ROMA ARCHITECTURE DAY

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gives a lecture on 14th of June 2018 at the ROMA architecture day in Burgau.

 

With his theme “Living Spaces – Living Communities” he thematises the developments relating to population growth in the cities and the consequences for land utilization, the compression of living space and architectural concepts. Thereby he presents different solutions of GRAFT, which corresponded to this development.

 

ROMA is one of the leading brands for sun protection systems with high standard to functionality, aesthetics and durability. Besides GRAFT, there are four more architecture offices, which introduce their ideas and works and discuss the theme.

 

When: June 14th 2018, 3pm

Where: ROMA Forum, Industriestraße 38, 89331 Burgau

 

For further information about the event and registration, please visit the German website http://at.roma-campus.de/

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG AT DEUTSCHER IMMOBILIENTAG 2018

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On Thursday June 14th 2018, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gives a lecture at the German Real Estate Day 2018 in Hamburg.

Within his lecture “Unlimited Thinking, Creating Spaces” he is talking about future architecture regarding energy intelligence, digitalization and mobility and how architecture increase the quality of our living spaces. Thereby he presents several projects of GRAFT.

 

For two days (14th and 15th of June) the German Real Estate Day in Hamburg, Germany, opens with this year’s theme “Gate to the Future” to a wide audience and connects expertise with networking. Numerous real estate experts will inform and discuss current themes of this industry within an extensive program.

The congress will be opened by the president of the real estate association (IVD) Jürgen Michael Schick. The program on the 14th of June will be moderated by Marco Seiffert (moderator at radioeins and rbb).

 

When: June 14th 2018, 2:00 pm

Where: Schuppen 52, Australiastraße 52, 20457 Hamburg

 

The participation is for free. For further information about the program and the registration, please visit the following German website: https://deutscher-immobilientag.de/programm/donnerstag/

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG AT THE FIANDRE ARCHITECTURAL SURFACES

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As part of the curating team of the German contribution to the current La Biennale di Venezia, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gives a talk at the event of Fiandre Architectural Surfaces in Berlin on Wednesday, June 13th.

 

The event will be opened by Dr. Stefano Luconi (Iris Ceramica Group), which offers impressions of the 16th international architectural exhibition in Venice and a panel to discuss this year’s Biennale theme “FREESPACE”.

 

Therefor Lars Krückeberg presents the theme “Unbuilding Walls” of the German pavilion, which is curated by GRAFT together with Marianne Birthler. He explains the role of architecture within the healing process of the former German division.

With the theme of the Italian pavilion “ARCIPELAGO ITALIA. Projects for the future of the inner territories of the country” the curator Mario Cucinella (MCA) connects “FREESPACE” with the revitalization of the rural areas of Italy.

Christine Edmaier (president of the chamber of architects) analyses and explains the view of GRAFT and Marianne Birthler regarding the Biennale theme.

 

Following the panel there is the opportunity to get in touch with the speakers and the participants at a get-together afterwards.

 

When: Wednesday,  June 13th 2018, 6:30 pm

Where: FAB Architectural Bureau

At the Sarotti-Höfe/ Mehringdamm 55, 10961 Berlin, Court 3, Entry D

 

For further information about the event, please visit http://www.fab-architectural.com/events/berlin/event-22-berlin/186

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UNBUILDING WALLS AT THE GROHE DIALOGUES

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The curators of the German pavilion at this years La Biennale di Venezia, GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit together with Marianne Birthler, will be presenting their Biennale contribution at the “Grohe Dialogues” in the Kabbalah Centre Berlin on Thursday June 07th 2018 .

The curating team will introduce their exhibition  “Unbuilding Walls – From Death Strip to Freespace” and discuss interfaces, which are significant for the development of culture and the life together.

 

As partner of the exhibition, the “GROHE Deutschland Vertriebs GmbH” organizes the GROHE Dialogues 2018 with the topic “Trends, Theses and Typologies” , which will be moderated by the director of the S AM Swiss Architecture museum Andreas Ruby and Sabine Gotthardt (Director Business Development, Architecture & Real Estate, Central and West Europe).

 

When: Thursday, 07th June 2018, entry 6:45 pm, beginning 7:30 pm

Where: The Kabbalah Centre, Hauptstraße 27, 10827 Berlin – Entrance E, 4th floor

 

For more information about the event and the registration, please visit the German website https://www.grohe-dialoge.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=18383085

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BLACKROCK REAL ESTATE OFFSITE

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On Thursday, June 07th 2018, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg presents a lecture about the future of architecture and urban planning at an event of BlackRock in London, who is one of the leading suppliers of investment management, risk management and consulting services for institutional and private clients.

Within his lecture “Future of Architecture”, Lars Krückeberg will talk about trends and developments in the industry and present several projects of GRAFT.

 

When: Thursday, 07th June 2018, 10 am

Where: Drapers Gardens, London EC2N 2DL, United Kingdom

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SHOW PALACE MUNICH WINS AN IDA DESIGN AWARD

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In the 11th edition of the annualy international Design Awards (IDA) GRAFTs project “Show Palace Munich” has won Gold in the category Architectural Designs. The official award ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 22 to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design.

 

IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide that is conceptualizing and producing great work. Farmani Group assembled IDA in 2007 which has now become one of the leading Design Awards in America, awarding and promoting hundreds of designers each year.

 

For further information and the full winner list please visit: www.idesignawards.com

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LECTURE “UNBUILDING WALLS” AT THE BAUHAUS-UNIVERSITY WEIMAR

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As part of the curating team, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will report about the German contribution to this year’s international architecture exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in the context of the seminar “Freespace” on Thursday, May 31st 2018 in Weimar. The seminar is part of the lectures theory and history of modern architecture in the professor ship architecture and urbanism at the Bauhaus university in Weimar. Besides the explanation of the design context, he will also touch upon the content and production of the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls”.

 

Free admission to the public lecture.

 

When: Thursday, 31.May.2018, 7 pm
Where: Oberlichtsaal, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8
99423 Weimar

 

For further information please visit:
https://www.uni-weimar.de/en/architecture-and-urbanism/news/news/titel/unbuilding-walls-vortrag-von-lars-krueckeberg-buero-graft-zum-deutschen-pavillon-auf-der-diesjaehr/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail

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ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE VENICE – OPENING OF “UNBUILDING WALLS”

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The official opening of the German Pavilion at the La Biennale di Venezia takes place this Friday, May 25th at 12.30 pm. With their exhibition “UNBUILDING WALLS“, the curators Marianne Birthler, and Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit of GRAFT examine the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon:

For 28 years, Germany has been united – exactly as long as the Berlin Wall existed (1961–1989). On the occasion of this parallel, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler are curating the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls” at the German Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.

The exhibition responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division. In the German Pavilion, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler will take the parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon. With reference to “Freespace,” the central theme of the Architecture Biennale proposed by Grafton Architects, special focus will be given to outstanding examples of urban and architectural design that address aspects of division and integration.

By analyzing architectural projects on the former border strip, the question of what happened on this unprecedented void in the middle of a new capital will be examined. The heterogeneity of the multitude of approaches, typologies, protago­nists, and results show the breadth of architectural debates and solutions. Taking the experience of the inner-German Wall as a starting point, the exhibition will also examine historical as well as current barriers, fences and walls beyond Germany’s specific national perspective. In the course of the preparations for Unbuilding Walls a journalist team travelled to border walls around the world. This work will be shown at the German Pavilion as well.

 

EVENTS FRIDAY, MAY 25TH 2018

 

11 am
Press Conference, German Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale, 30122 Venedig

Speakers:
Secretary of State Gunther Adler
Curators of the German Pavilion Marianne Birthler, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit

 

12:30 pm
Opening German Pavilion,  Giardini della Biennale, 30122 Venedig

Speakers:
Secretary of State Gunther Adler
President of the German Bundesrat Michael Müller
Curators of the German Pavilion Marianne Birthler, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit

 

Please visit www.unbuildingwalls.de for further information on the exhibition and press material.

 

The 16th International Architecture Exhibition 2018 is open from May 26th until November 25th at the Giardini and Arsenale as well as further places in Venice/ Italy.

Official Biennale website for further information: http://www.labiennale.org/

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VILLA M WINS THE GERMAN TGA-AWARD 2018

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On February 20th, the Jury of this year’s TGA-Award met at the publishing house Berlin and determined the winner for 2018. GRAFTs residential project “Villa M” convinced in the category “new building” and was selected as this year’s winner.

 

The official award ceremony took place on May 8th at the IHK Berlin (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin) during the “Berlin energy days”, which provide an overview about political, economical and technical developments around energy efficiency, renewable energies, energy supply and energy services in Germany.

 

Organizer of the German TGA-Award 2018 is the HUSS-MEDIEN GmbH, which counts to one of the big independent specialist publisher.

 

For more information about the TGA-Awards, please visit the German website http://www.tga-praxis.de/

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NAX-EXHIBITION „CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE.MADE IN GERMANY.“ IN TIANJIN

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The network for architecture exchange NAX is presenting the exhibition CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE. MADE IN GERMANY. at the Tianjin International Design Week. Next to GRAFT, over 40 architectural offices with more than 100 projects are exhibited.

The Tianjin International Design Week displays different exhibition pieces under this year’s theme “EAST X WEST – from region to culture” from May 11th to the 16th 2018.

The official opening ceremony took place on May 11th and was attended by the mayor of Tianjin.

 

When: May 11th until 16th 2018

Where: Tianjin International Design Week,

#23 Beining Park,

North Zhongshan Road,

Hebei District, Tianjin, China

 

For more information about the NAX-exhibition, please visit http://www.nax.bak.de/eng/network-partners/contemporary-architecture-made-in-germany/

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THOMAS WILLEMEIT ASSIGEND AS JUROR FOR 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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