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.
SOLARKIOSK INAUGURATES FIVE SOLAR PANELED MEDICAL CLINICS FOR ROHINGYA WOMEN IN COX’S BAZAAR, BANGLADESH
In a joint venture with 8minutenergy/Abundant Future Organization and the HOPE Foundation, SOLARKIOSK was able to install five solar powered mini-clinics within the HOPE Field Hospital for Women. The new clinics will provide inpatient and outpatient care, preventing unnecessary death and disability within the displaced Rohingya community.
In a short period over just a few months, the Bangladesh government together with many donor organizations has built new camps for approx. 800,000 refugees from the Rohingya commmunity in Myanmar. Bangladesh, being one of the poorest countries in the world, accomplished to prevent a human catastrophe in a remarkable endeavor, supported by the international community of donors and NGOs, among them HOPE International, a medical organization based in Bangladesh and lead by Dr. Mahmood. HOPE has built a huge compound to treat pregnant and traumatized women in the Rohingya camp.
Almost one year after the start of the Rohingya refugee crisis, continued efforts are still needed to further scale up health services for almost 1.3 million people aground in the Bangladeshi Area of Cox’s bazaar. The field hospital is one of very few health care facilities currently operating in the densely populated area. SOLARKIOSK was able to contribute its solar powered E-HUBB technology and implement 5 mini-clinics, each with 2kwP, equipped with air condition, fridges for medicaments and vaccination, ECG and other testing devices, treatment and delivery rooms. SOLARKIOSK and GRAFT believe that the solar powered clinics play a key role in implementing much needed health infrastructure among the Rohingya camps.
CEO Andreas Spiess said at the inauguration event: “Today we are very blessed to witness a heroic endeavor of the people of Bangladesh, who rescued their neighbors, the Rohingya minorities, from one of the largest humanitarian catastrophes globally. We in Europe can learn a lot from Bangladesh, who are themselves an underserved nation, when it comes to effective and caring charity. SOLARKIOSK is proud and grateful for its modest contribution of five solar powered mini-clinics for Rohingya women and in particular thanks to 8Minutenergy / Abundant Future Foundation for their never-ending support in making this challenging project a success.”
Critically acclaimed architects GRAFT designed the SOLARKIOSK as a modular, robust, secure, expandable, lightweight and beautiful kit of parts, to be assembled at its target location. The kiosk is an off-grid solution for sustainable energy provision: It will substitute extremely expensive unclean energy with low-priced and clean solar power and give access to services such as business, education, communication, health and many more. In the form of a clinic, this is enabling a superior level of medical services in off-grid settings.
SOLARKIOSK was founded in 2010 by German lawyer Andreas Spiess together with GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. A very special thank you goes to our engineering team Ben and Nas, who worked non-stop for many weeks to ensure the flawless technical operation of the clinics.
On October 4th, 2018, the vernissage of the exhibition “Social Design” takes place at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich. It presents relevant international projects and discusses the redesign of social systems as well as living and working environments.
A loom for starting a business, a house to build yourself or a SOLARKIOSK for local power supply: Social design is design for and with society. The consequences of the globally operating economy growth are becoming increasingly serious for people and the environment. Social design faces the rising imbalance in terms of resources, means of production and future opportunities and focuses on a new, equal exchange between individuals, civil society, state and economy.
Anyone can shape society! Share your knowledge, opinions and ideas in the exhibition forum.
Vernissage: Thrusday, October 4th 2018 – 7 p.m.
Exhibition: October, 5th 2018 – February, 3rd 2019
Where: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal
For more information about the exhibition please visit: https://museum-gestaltung.ch/de/ausstellung/social-design/
GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture at the 4th BEOS FORUM – Think ahead on Friday, September 21st 2018.
The lecture “Condensed Spaces” addresses a more effective use of inner city areas in order to fulfill the growing demands due to increasing population growth.
When: Friday, September 21st 2018, 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Where: eWerk GmbH | Halle F | Mauerstraße 78-80 | 10117 Berlin
For further information about the BEOS AG please visit: https://beos.net/beos-ag/wissen/beos-forum/
On Thursday, September 20th, 2018, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will give a keynote speech at the symposium of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development on the topic of “Vario Housing”. In the face of a global housing crisis, rising land prices and a blatant lack of affordable housing in conurbations, the issue of housing has moved into the centre of social debate.
How can residential construction be designed to be sustainable and fair? Does residential construction fundamentally need new approaches or can it not be taken up with the tried and tested?
When: September 20th 2018, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Hotel Oderberger, Berlin, Germany
Further information on the program and the registration form for the seminar can be found at: https://www.forschungsinitiative.de/variowohnungen/03-netzwerk/veranstaltungen/fachsymposium-wohnungsbau-092018/
GRAFT designed the masterplan of EQUILALAND, a theme parc that is all about the world of horses. The official opening ceremony takes place on Sunday, September 16 in Munich and visitors get the chance to take an exclusive look behind the curtains of the fantastic show. Five pavillons have been designed by GRAFT next to Showpalace Munich.
In the “Horse Spa”, the keepers can be examined during daily care. Those who do not have enough of this knowledge can take a seat in the “Children’s University”, where knowledge about the world of horses is imparted in a playful way.
For more Information about the EQUILA theme parc please visit:
In the context of the DAAD Alumni Seminar on “Urban Development and Future Planning in Europe” GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gives an impulse lecture and analyses good examples of modern housing concepts and urban interventions in the city.
The two-day event starts on Friday, 14.09.18, with impulse lectures and an evening program for exchange and networking. Topics include vulnerability and resilience in cities and architecture, people-oriented urban planning and international urban development.
When: Friday, September, 14th.2018, 2:40-3:15 p.m.
Where: Gaggenau, Landesakademie Schloss Rotenfels / BRD
Lars Krückeberg was selected as one of nine scholarship holders of the German Academy Villa Massimo Rome. The scholarship holders, who will start their jobs this week, belong to the elite of German artists and creatives. The stay abroad enables composers, writers, architects and visual artists to find inspiration and new artistic orientation.
GRAFT wishes Lars Krückeberg the best on his trip – we are looking forward to many tasks, synergies and new plans from Rome.
For more information about Villa Massimo and the other scholarship holders, please visit:
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
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.
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.
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
“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
For more information about the program, please visit the German website http://www.zfbk.de/portfolio/unbuilding-walls/
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.
Saturday, June 23rd 2018
Meeting point: Zietenstraße in front of the museum
Saturday, June 23rd 2018
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:
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 email@example.com
When: June, 20th 2018, 6:30- 8 p.m.
Where: GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
For more information about the Make City Festival and registration for the event please visit the website:
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
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/
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
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/
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/
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