OPENING OF GRAFT PROJECT “KABBALAH CENTRE DEUTSCHLAND”

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We are happy to announce the opening of the GRAFT project Kabbalah Centre Deutschland! It is a part of the new unique residential and commercial quarter with a mixture of historical architecture and contemporary reconstruction called BRICKS BERLIN SCHÖNEBERG, which will be developed on the grounds of the former Postfuhramt (post office) in Berlin Schöneberg.

The architectural concept translates one of the central ideas of the teachings of Kabbalah: gradual perception as spatial development along a path. If you want to find out more about the Kabbalah Centre Deutschland, please click here.

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HOTEL SPACE AWARD FOR OLD MILL HOTEL BELGRADE

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We are happy to announce that our project Old Mill Hotel Belgrade won an Annual Hotel Space Award in the 13th Modern Decoration International Media Award Competition. The GRAFT project was published in Issues no. 357 of the Chinese Modern Decoration Magazine and has now been chosen as a winner among 11 additional candidates out of competing 4,000 entries from 22 countries.

The International Media Award was founded by the Modern Decoration Magazine publishers in 2003 for giving awards to excellent interior design works from the perspective of media.

The awarding ceremony took place at the Hilton Hotel in Shenzen/ China on Monday the 7th of December. A summary of the event will be published in the January issue of the magazine.

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GRAFT PROJECT “SOLARKIOSK” SHORTLISTED FOR GREENTEC AWARD 2016

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We are very pleased to announce that SOLARKIOSK is shortlisted for a GreenTec Award 2016 in the category Energy.
Every year GreenTec Awards recognize projects and products that are setting new standards in terms of environmental technology and the promotion of an ecological lifestyle. Within the category “Energy”, the GreenTec Awards reward projects that identify smart approaches on how renewable energy can be made more efficient, applicable and innovative. Together with nine other contestants, SOLARKIOSK has been chosen for the next phase.
Only three projects however will be nominated for the final round. A jury consisting of industry, science and media representatives will choose two nominees. The third one will be determined in a public online voting starting at December 8th.

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GRAFT TREND LECTURE ON THE FUTURE OF WORK SPACES

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gave a trend lecture on Friday, November 20th at the Siemens Real Estate conference in Munich. Under the title “The Future of Work Spaces. Flexible Environments for Digital Nomads” he spoke about new working environments and how new learning and connectivity will change the real estate market in the near future.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT RAUMWELTEN

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On Friday, November 13th, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture at the platform for scenography, architecture and media “Raumwelten”.
He will speak about building immersive environments and the processes behind creative ideas. The event will be held in Ludwigsburg, Germany, where an interdisciplinary team of designers created spaces for different processes and tasks.

 

Wolfram Putz “Building Immersive Environments”

Raumwelten: Plattform für Szenografie, Architektur und Medien

13 November 2015 15:45-16:15

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GRAFT INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE

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In October, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a trend lecture at the Austrian network organization “Holzcluster”. He spoke about future trends and their impact on our working and living environment. At the event he was interviewed about the building material ‘wood’ and its potential in modern architecture. The German interview is now on youtube:

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THE FOUNDING OF THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SOLAR FOUNTAIN GGMBH

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The founders of Solar Fountain gGmbH Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT founding partner), Georg Bernwieser, Christine Janezic, Rolf Huber und Andreas Spieß (from left to right)
© Siemens Stiftung

We are very pleased to formally announce the formation of the non-profit organization Solar Fountain gGmbH. It is a joint project between SOLARKIOSK AG and the Siemens Stiftung, whose focus will be on establishing a reliable supply of clean energy, purified water, and quality products & energy services through implementations of solar-powered kiosks. Local entrepreneurs will operate all kiosks and their business activities will contribute to the social, economic, and environmental development of their communities.

Siemens Stiftung is the company foundation of Siemens AG. It was founded in 2008 and takes on non-profit projects in the fields of basic services, education, and culture. Since 2010, Siemens Stiftung has been implementing water kiosks in East Africa.

SOLARKIOSK AG enables and empowers the sustainable economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions. SOLARKIOSK AG fosters local entrepreneurship at the BoP by intertwining an inclusive business model with an award-winning technology solution: the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB. The first unit was successfully implemented in 2012. Since then, SOLARKIOSK has established six country subsidiaries and is involved with projects on three continents. By founding Solar Fountain gGmbH, SOLARKIOSK AG is committed to increasing engagement in the non-profit sector and maximize the positive impact in BoP communities by enabling access to safe drinking water and further crucial services.

The partnership between the two organizations began in 2013 when SOLARKIOSK AG was recognized as the winner of the Siemens Stiftung Empowering People Award. The competition recognizes technical solutions that achieve a sustainable improvement in the basic services of developing regions. The expertise and experience of both partners is being combined within Solar Fountain gGmbH to jointly strengthen the supply of basic services in developing countries.

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR OBJECT CARPET WINS RED DOT DESIGN AWARD

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Early this year GRAFT created some interior visualizations for the rug manufacturer OBJECT CARPET in order to promote their new rug configurator “RUGX-Konfigurator” at the international interior show imm cologne.

We are delighted to announce that the visualizations and the configuration tool will receive the Red Dot Design Award 2015 in the category “Communication Design”.

The Red Dot Award: Communication Design is hosted annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is geared to all creative minds with strong communication campaigns. With more than 7.400 applications from 53 countries in 2015, the Red Dot Award: Communication Design is one of the world’s largest design competitions today.

The awarding ceremony “Red Dot Gala & Designer’s Night” will take place on the evening of November the 6th at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

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GRAFT AT DEUTSCHE BANK EXHIBITION “STADTSINNE”

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The Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle invited GRAFT to design a sculpture interpreting the topic „StadtErtasten“ (“touching the city shape”). Yesterday it was displayed within the program of „STADTSINNE. Stadt sehen, riechen, schmecken, hören und anfassen!“ (See, smell, taste, hear and touch the city!) of the “Xenopolis” exhibition in the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin. Together with productions of the sound artist Christopher Dell and the smell researcher Sissel Tolaas, the GRAFT sculpture was presented on the Phantom Table and provided the opportunity, to experience the city of Berlin with all senses. The door handle cubes were created in cooperation with FSB – Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH.
The exhibition “Xenopolis” focuses on the city as a living organism and is presented as part of the event series “STADT/BILD Image of a City“. The project is a consortium of leading Berlin exhibition halls.

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NEW GRAFT PUBLICATION “IMMOBILIENREPORT 2016”

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The new Immobilienreport 2016 has been published on October 13th: GRAFT was commissioned to write the report for the German Zukunftsinstitut, a company committed to trend research and consultancy. The publication is the second study on trends within the real estate market and architecture written by GRAFT.

How will the design and construction of buildings be different from previous approaches? How does this affect and transform the processes of building, operating and using real estate? And how will architecture connect the virtual and the real world?

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BOUTIQUE DESIGN NEW YORK

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Christoph Korner, from GRAFT Los Angeles and Chair of Interior Architecture at Woodbury School of Architecture in Burbank, California, will be leading a panel discussion at Boutique Design New York on Monday, November 9, 2015.

 

November 9, 2015 at 2:30pm

Star Tech: Innovations That Will Take Interiors to the Outer Limits

Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 W 34th Street, New York, Hall 1E16

 

The panel will discuss recent and future trends in the use and application of new technologies in the hospitality industry. 3D printing, spray-on fabrics and holographic meeting rooms are shaping hospitality design today. Other panelists include Paige Francis, VP Global Brand Management, Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands (Aloft, Element, and Four Points), Giovanni Palma, Director, MDH Hologram, José Ignacio Domecq, CEO, Fractalia.

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GRAFT PROJECT “SOLARKIOSK” WINS 2015 ECOSUMMIT AWARD

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We are very happy to announce that SOLARKIOSK is one of three winners of the 2015 Ecosummit Award! The ceremony was part of the ECO15 London event that included 160 participants from various fields of green innovation and businesses that focus on green energy, mobility and buildings – the 3 pillars of the sustainable energy transition. In total, 46 companies pitched their projects to a distinguished audience and various panels discussed access to new sources of capital for smart green startups. For detailed information about the event and about other award-winning projects click on the link below.

Supervisory Board Member Mr. Andrew Reicher, attended the event in London along with Solarkiosk CEO Andreas Spiess, and received the prestigious Ecosummit Award on behalf of our company.

We are looking forward to the next Ecosummit 2016, which will be held in Berlin at the Radialsystem in April 2016.

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GRAFT LECTURE “FUTURE LIVING AND WORKING” IN AUSTRIA

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On Friday, October 9th, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a lecture at the Austrian network organization “Holzcluster”.
He spoke about future trends and their impact on our working and living environment as well as new opportunities for architects and urban designers.

 

Lars Krückeberg “Future Working and Living“

Zukunftszentrum Holz Steiermark: Von der Immobilien zur Mobilien – Leben, Arbeiten und Wohnen in bewegten Zeiten

09 October 2015, 12.00-18.00

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PLATOON MAGAZINE FEATURES SOLARKIOSK

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The Global Creative Network Platoon just published their second edition of PLATOON MAGAZINE with a focus on temporary spaces. With an article about SOLARKIOSK, they take a closer look at the projects efforts to address energy needs of rural communities in Africa: “As temporary structures, SOLARKIOSKs are a first step toward self- sufficiency for communities where no electricity is available, or energy comes at high financial and environmental costs.”

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ROOFING CEREMONY FOR HOTEL BOSTALSEE

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On September 4, we celebrated the roofing ceremony at the construction site of our Hotel Bostalsee in the South West of Germany.
The core of the GRAFT design is to capture and enrich the spirit of the specific location. In accordance with this idea, the building figure develops out of the surrounding topography. The building draws upon the impact and harmony of its context to create a new identity for the site and surrounding, creating not only a building, but a destination.
The gross building area consists of around 11,800qm, including the outdoor wellness areas and the covered parking spaces.

Photo © Peter Gross Bau

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ARCHITECTURE FOR A RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY

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Scenography, Narrative and Intention in Architecture for a curious and responsible Society

Thomas Willemeit, founding partner of GRAFT, will speak this Thursday, the 10th of September 2015 at the Strelka Institut in Moscow about the connection of architecture, technology and smartness, which will lead us to the understanding of architecture as an integral part of the nature of our global man made environment. He will introduce architecture not only as a result of needs and functions, limited by costs and laws.
The Strelka Institute is a non-governmental educational institution, which promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its education in cultural and physical landscapes in Russia and is aimed to young international specialists with backgrounds in architecture, design, the social sciences, and other fields.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT WINDMÖLLER GOLF CUP 2015

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On Friday, September 4th, the GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give an introduction about new ways in architecture at the Ronald Mc Donald House. He will speak about the courage to take the risk to go in the direction of the unknown to discover new connections, combinations and relations.

September 4th, 2015 4-5 pm
Lars Krückeberg “Neue Wege in der Architektur – Über eine gesunde Kultur des Risikos“
At: Family House Sankt Augustin – Bad Oeynhausen

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SOLARKIOSK TO BE FEATURED IN THE TV PROGRAM ‘MADE IN BERLIN’

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The TV program ‘Made in Berlin’ (RBB channel) will feature the GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK in an upcoming episode. The program focuses on the most interesting endeavors in Berlin’s thriving start up scene. It will feature interviews with the creative minds behind the SOLARKIOSK project, along with an in-depth look at the design and technical aspects of the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB.

The episode will air on the RBB channel on Wednesday, Aug. 26th 2015, at 10.15pm. It will also be available via RBB’s online livestream, as well as their online media library after the original airing. Some photos of the video shoot are available at the following link:

http://www.rbb-online.de/madeinberlin/portraets/solarkiosk.html

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GRAFT LECTURE AT „BDA“ IN MUNICH

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On Thursday, July 9th 2015 the GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a lecture at the Association of German Architects „BDA“ in Munich.
He will speak about innovation and creativity in relationship to the city and will show some of the current GRAFT projects in Munich, e.g. the extension and renovation of youth hostel Munich.

09.July 2015 19:00
Lars Krückeberg “Wie kommt Kreativität und Innovation in die Stadt?“
At: Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA Bayern, Türkenstraße 34, München

More information and the registration are available at the following link:

http://www.bda-bayern.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungen/artikel/2015/06/30/werkvortrag-graft.html

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GRAFT AND MAKE CITY

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From 11–28 June, the Make City Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives will be held in Berlin for the first time.
GRAFT is one of the founding partners and will host lectures and studio talks open to the public! If you’re interested in attending one of the events please register via the links below

THE POTENTIAL OF AN EMPTY CENTRE – SEEKING A MEANINGFUL RESOLUTION FOR THE MARX-ENGELS-FORUM

Monday, June 15, 6-8pm
The Marx-Engels-Forum, which lies between Alexanderplatz and the newest incarnation of the Stadtschloss, is one of the last expanses of undefined area in the centre of Berlin. Here the decision regarding the direction for the city’s future development will be mad: is our urban concept based upon a yearning to heal old wounds, or can Berlin create a new identity for itself? Which position does the creative urban community – always seeking new forms of expression – take on that matter? Can a dialogue between citizens be initiated, that would produce a response that goes beyond a simple yes or no? This panel discussion with the architecture bureau GRAFT and guests hopes to find out.
Panel
Thomas Willemeit (GRAFT founding partner)
Alexander Schwarz (David Chipperfield Architects)
Prof. Michael Mönninger (Journalist, Critic and Professor at HBK Braunschweig)
Antje Kapek (Fraktionsvorsitzende, Stadtentwicklungspolitische Sprecherin Bündnis 90 Die Grünen)
Moderation
David Kasparek (Journalist at “der architekt”)
Venue
ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Siemensstrasse 27, 10551 Berlin

REGISTRATION FOR The Chance of an Empty Centre

THE EVOLUTION OF LEARNING CITIES – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF BERLIN’S RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS

Thursday, June 18, 6-8pm
In addition to economic and demographic aspects, social innovation is playing an increasingly important role in the future development of residential districts. The demand from citizens to participate in the process is also having significant influence upon the direction of urban planning. But where can space be found to develop a radical, new and sustainable model city that respects both market realities and different lifestyles? What, for example, are the negative consequences of initiatives like Tempelhofer Feld 100%? Berlin is a city that’s open to innovation, combining sustainable urban development with active technology transfer: ergo, the perfect conditions for experimental, interdisciplinary city-making. Nevertheless, such debates need to turn talk into action. This workshop will sketch out a framework for the model development of an inner-city area in Berlin that respects both social and demographic changes as well as the need for sustainable approaches.
Presented by Triad Berlin and GRAFT

Panel
Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT founding partner)
Alexander Voigt (Expert and advisor of the Federal German Government on energy storage technologies)
Dr. Philipp Bouteiller (CEO Tegel Projekt GmbH)
Franziska Eichstädt-Bohlig (Urban Planer and Politician at Bündnis 90 Die Grünen)

Moderation
Stefan Richter (Triad)
Venue
ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Siemensstrasse 27, 10551 Berlin

REGISTRATION FOR The Evolution of Learning Cities

ECKWERK BERLIN – START WITH A WOODEN HOUSE

Friday, June 26, 2-4pm
With a proposal comprising of five high wooden housing blocks by the Spree, Eckwerk Berlin is trying to do everything right; seeking answers to social, economic and environmental issues via the creation of an urban housing cooperative that brings together the interests of the creative and architectural communities as well as those of investors and developers. The result: affordable, sustainable living and working space for new communities.
During this studio talk, representatives from architects GRAFT, Kleihues + Kleihues and the Cooperative for Urban Creativity (GuK) will lay out their vision. The participatory process they have initiated is already making the world a little bit better.

Panel
Wolfram Putz (GRAFT founding partner)
Johannes Kressner (Kleihues+Kleihues Architekten)
Andreas Steinhauser (Eckwerk)
Dr. Klaus Boemer (CEO Gewobag)

Venue
Märchenwald, Holzmarkt Strasse 35, 10243 Berlin

REGISTRATION FOR Eckwerk Berlin
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OLD MILL HOTEL WINS GOLD AND SILVER AWARDS AT THE 8TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS

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We are very happy to announce that our design for the Old Mill Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia, has been selected for the two prizes at the 8th Annual International Design Awards!
GRAFT was awarded with the First Prize in the Interior Design Competition “Renovation” and with the Second Prize in the category “Commercial”!

IDA honorary juries examined over 1000 entries submitted by architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics from 52 countries throughout the world. The coveted IDA Trophy will be awarded at the official biennial International Design Awards Ceremony at the Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles on May, 4.

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PRESENTATION OF GRAFT PROJECT SOLARKIOSK AT G20-B20 WORKSHOP IN ANKARA

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GRAFT founding partner and Solarkiosk CTO Lars Krückeberg has been invited to present the Solarkiosk project at the G20-B20 Workshop in Ankara.

G20-B20 WORKSHOP ON INCLUSIVE BUSINESS
SESSION 3: Role of Governments in Supporting Inclusive Business
-Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division Economic policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GMZ) of Germany
-Lars Krückeberg, Co-Founder and CTO, SOLARKIOSK and Dr. Maren Breuer, Head of Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN)

The G20 has sought to incorporate policy contributions from an ever-broader cross-section of society, which are organized under five groups: Business 20, Labor 20, Civil 20, Think 20, and Youth 20.

The Business 20 (B20) outreach group is an influential platform bringing together business leaders from G20 economies, and advocates for critical issues for enterprises. Each year, the B20’s principal task is to facilitate exchanges between business communities from different countries and to develop consensuses around critical issues for businesses. The B20 has been instrumental in providing links between global policymakers—including governments and relevant international institutions—and business communities around the world.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT INTERIOR DESIGN EMERGING SYMPOSIUM IN MIAMI

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On April 10, GRAFT founding member Christioph Korner will give a lecture at the 2015 INTERIOR DESIGN EMERGING SYMPOSIUM in Miami Beach, Florida.

The theme, “Blurred Lines”, refers to those narrow and vacillating borders between the designs of interior spaces and the objects, forms, and technologies that interact in and out of those spaces. “Blurred Lines” investigates the ever-evolving role of the Interior Architect or Interior Designer as one that creatively touches every part of the built landscape.
The symposium promotes interdisciplinary communication between interior design academics and those practitioners working in all facets of the design field. Influential designers and revolutionary thinkers who blur the lines every day as interior architects and interior designers will share space, ideas, and research findings.
The day-long event will feature keynotes and presentations by Christoph Korner, Karim Rashid and other leading design academics and practitioners. An interactive poster session and lively afternoon Pecha Kucha presentation will fully engage all symposium attendees.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BD WEST – BOUTIQUE DESIGN TRADE FAIR IN SAN DIEGO

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On April 8 GRAFT LA managing director  Christoph Korner will give a lecture at BD WEST – a Boutique Design Trade Fair. He will speak during the seminar “Design Mavericks” (1-2pm) at the San Diego Convention Center.

 

DESIGN MAVERICKS

BD THEATER, BOOTH #943

Creative forces whose projects have shaken up the status quo drill down with strategies for helping clients understand a cutting edge vision and for finding solutions to transform untried concepts into fabulous yet functional hospitality spaces.

 

Moderator: Mary Scoviak, Executive Editor, Boutique Design
Speakers: Christoph Korner, Founding Member, GRAFT; Erla Dögg Ingjalsdóttir, Principal, Minarc; Dezirae Janowicz, Director of Operations, Tandem; Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Principal, Minarc; Ilan Waisbrod, President, Studio GAIA

 

BDwest made its debut in April 2013, following the successful launch and subsequent growth of sister show Boutique Design New York (BDNY).
Presented by Boutique Design magazine, both shows were created to serve a growing demand for experiential design and a more specialized and personalized trade fair experience in hospitality—one that inspires, surprises and enlightens. And like its New York counterpart, BDwest delivered, garnering accolades from both attendees and trade fair exhibitors in year one.

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GRAFT PROJECT ECKWERK WINS
„ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW MIPIM FUTURA PROJECTS AWARD 2015“

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Last night the annual MIPIM Awards Ceremonies took place in Cannes, France, rewarding the most innovative and groundbreaking projects in real estate. We are very proud to announce that the “Eckwerk” project by GRAFT, Kleihues+Kleihues and GuK received the “Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Award”!
The jury focused on creativity, but also how the design responded to the client’s development brief, and considered the way in which it will impact and contribute to the surrounding architecture and community.

The unique design for Eckwerk was developed in an open dialogue between the architecture firms GRAFT and Kleihues + Kleihues, together with the GuK (Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität), as an exemplary building complex.
The main idea is to create an inspiring and lively space that enables relations between working and living, public sphere and privacy. At the same time the project aims to respond to the social, economic and ecological questions of our time.

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ECKWERK NOMINATED FOR MIPIM PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2015

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Apart from being nominated for the “AR Best Futura Projects MIPIM Award 2015”, our Berlin project ECKWERK is also among the finalists for this years ”MIPIM PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD”, which will be given to the public’s favorite project.
Eckwerk was developed in an open dialogue between the architecture firms GRAFT and Kleihues + Kleihues, together with the GuK (Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität).
The online vote was launched in early February and you can support the project via the following link:

 

http://mipim-peoples-choice-award.com/projects/eckwerk-berlin#container

All winners will be revealed during the prestigious MIPIM Awards Ceremony to be held on Thursday 12 March 2015 at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes.
For a list of the Mipim Awards 2015 finalists please go to:

 

http://www.mipimawards.com/mipimawards2015/awardsnomineeshortlist/shortlist-2015

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SOLARKIOSK WINS CONNECTED WORLD AWARD

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We are very happy to announce that the ongoing GRAFT project “SOLARKIOSK” won yet another award: On Monday evening, Connected World magazine honored innovative projects at a formal gala event in Birmingham, Alabama, and SOLARKIOSK won GOLD in the category “Power Generation”.
The Connected World Awards honor companies that have successfully leveraged IoT/M2M and connected devices to solve a critical pain point within their businesses while demonstrating quantifiable results. The recipients of the 2015 awards represent examples of what can be done today in the IoT (Internet of Things).

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR SOLARKIOSK REACHES LONG LIST FOR WAN SMALL SPACES AWARD

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The WAN Small Spaces Award is a new specialist category for the WAN AWARDS that celebrates small scale architecture. Rather than large scale, generous architecture and design, the need for small and perfectly formed spaces is becoming an economic necessity, pushing designers to go further with less. The GRAFT design for Solarkiosk is among the 25 projects that reached the next phase.

WAN will be announcing the Short List on March 3, 2015.

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SOLARKIOSK NOMINATED FOR 2015 ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

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The GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK is one of six finalists for the 2015 Encouraging Sustainability Award that is given out annually by ZEIT WISSEN magazine.

 

The award aims to recognize projects and initiatives from economy and science that contribute in a significant way to sustainable development. The award will honor winners in two categories: SOLARKIOSK AG is nominated in the category ‘Action’, which targets initiatives or companies with programs that make everyday life more sustainable. In the category ‘knowledge’, nominees include initiatives involved with education and research with a focus on sustainability.

 

Since 1946, the German publishing company ‘Zeitverlag’ has published the successful weekly magazine DIE ZEIT, which is noted for its journalistic excellence. With a circulation of roughly 500,000, DIE ZEIT is the most widely read national newspaper in Germany. In 2004 Zeitverlag introduced the science magazine ZEIT WISSEN which reaches 1 million readers. Since the magazine’s first issue, the topic of sustainable development has been a subject of growing importance. In February 2012 a new section, „Environment and Society“ was introduced along with a regular feature on sustainability.

 

The award ceremony for the prize winners will take place in Hamburg, Germany on the 24th of February.

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SOLARKIOSK NOMINATED FOR THE 2015 GSMA GLOBAL MOBILE AWARDS

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The GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK is among the nominees for the 2015 GSMA Global Mobile Award in the category Social & Economic Development – Best Mobile Product, Initiative or Service in Emerging Markets.

The Global Mobile Awards, this year in their 20th edition, are the most prestigious award that recognizes achievement and innovation in the mobile industry. Over 800 entries have been submitted for this year’s awards and the shortlisted candidates will be honored on March 3rd, 2015 in Barcelona during the GSMA Mobile World Congress. The Global Mobile Awards are judged by more than 300 independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics, and in some cases, mobile operator representatives.

The award ceremony will be hosted by the legendary British actor John Cleese and will honor more than 40 winners across nine categories. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT WACEE CONFERENCE IN GHANA

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On February 11, GRAFT and SOLARKIOSK founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a lecture at the 3rd “West African Clean Energy & Environment Exhibition and Conference”. This year’s event is organized by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK). It focuses on environmental protection, waste management and renewable energy development in the private and public sector in West Africa.

 

February 11, 2015

Lars Krückeberg: ”Sustainable Energy for BoP Communities: a Business Case”

Theme: Renewable Energy Options for Successful Businesses

At: WACEE “West African Clean Energy & Environment” Exhibition and Conference

Venue: Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana

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RING FREI!
GRAFT VS. AUER+WEBER VS. LAVA

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On Tuesday February, 10 the 3rd round of Architekturgalerie’s “RING FREI!” will take place. GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz, Achim Söding, and LAVA Partners, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, Chris Bosse will question each other in regard to their hostel projects. A verbal slugfest – bluntly and directly!

Wolfram Putz will also present the design for the new youth hostel in the city center of Munich.

 

REFEREE: Nicola Borgmann, Architekturgalerie München

LOCATION: Architekturgalerie München e.V., Türkenstr. 30, 80333 München

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GRAFT VISUALIZATIONS FOR OBJECT CARPET

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During the international interiors show imm cologne (January 19-25, 2015) OBJECT CARPET presented their interactive rug configurator “RUGX-Konfigurator”. The tool allows clients to test individual and customized solutions in different spatial situations. In order for customers to get realistic impressions OBJECT CARPET commissioned GRAFT to create interior visualizations for hotels and retail.

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BDA PARTNERTAG AT GRAFT STUDIO BERLIN

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On Friday, January 30, GRAFT hosted the 5th Partner Day of the Association of German Architects „BDA“ in their Berlin studio. The program of the event evolved around “Responsibility in Architecure”: GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gave a lecture on the subjects of “Community Commuters” and the mega trend “Health”.

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GRAFT HOTEL “RADISSON BLU OLD MILL” CELEBRATES OPENING WITH BIG MEDIA EVENT!

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In the white city of Old Belgrade, near the banks of the Sava River, GRAFT transformed the historic building of the “Old Mill” into a 4 Star hotel. On January 28 the “Radisson Blu Old Mill” opens with a big media event!

The overall concept of re-contextualization fuses the local heritage and the contemporary interior design into a singular whole: through grafting between old and new, the spirit of the Old Mill lives on in modern attire and becomes a new local landmark.

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GRAFT PROJECT ECKWERK NOMINATED FOR
„BEST FUTURA PROJECTS MIPIM AWARD 2015”

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We are happy to announce that our Berlin project „Holzmarkt Eckwerk“ is one two German projects nominated for MIPIM Award 2015 in the category “Best Futura Project!”

The design was developed in an open dialogue between the architecture firms GRAFT and Kleihues + Kleihues, together with the GuK (Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität). Eckwerk is an exemplary building complex that aims to respond to the social, economic and ecological questions of our time.

The main idea is to create an inspiring and lively space that enables relations between working and living, public sphere and privacy.

The viaduct is conceived as a multi-storey market place with five individual towers. Those towers are connected by the Berg Pfad, an architectural mountain trail. Below you can find the links to all the nominees as well as an article from the newspaper “Immobilienzeitung”.

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR YOUTH HOSTEL MUNICH IN “DJH EXHIBITION”

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From January 1 until February 14 the gallery “Architekturgalerie München” will show the GRAFT design for the new youth hostel in Munich under the title “DJH Präsentation”. The exhibition explores how the new design strategy of the Bavarian Hostelling Organization (DJH Bayern) connects tradition and modernity.

 

“DJH Präsentation”

20.1. – 14.2.2015

Architekturgalerie München

Türkenstraße 30

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BAU MÜNCHEN

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On January 20, 2015 GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture at BAU – the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems.

He will speak about “Living Spaces – Future Trends effecting Building and Architecture” and how to develop successful architectural projects.

 

Wolfram Putz „Living Spaces. Future Trends effecting Building and Architecture”

BAU 2015 München, Halle 4, Stand 311

Häefele, „Qualität als Erfolgsfaktor für gute Architektur. Auf dem Weg zu besseren Lösungen“

20. Jan. 2015, 4:50 pm

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GRAFT LECTURE AT DRESDEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

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On January 15th, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg and Mike Schlaich from the structural engineering company schlaich bergermann und partner will give a lecture at Dresden University of Technology. They will talk about the jointly developed light roof structure for VW Autostadt and how architects and engineers can collaborate successfully.

 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

6.30 – 8 pm

 

Address:

Beyerbau HS 118

George-Bähr-Straße 1

Dresden, Germany

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FOUR GRAFT PROJECTS NOMINATED FOR HEINZE ARCHITEKTENAWARD 2015

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With Family House Sankt Augustin, Autostadt Roof and Service Pavilion, Parametric Dream Room and Platoon Kunsthall, four GRAFT projects are nominated for the Heinze Architektenwettbewerb 2015! Apart from jury prizes there will also be public choice awards and you can vote for our projects with the following links:

 

Parametrische (T)Raumgestaltung: http://www.heinze.de/architekturobjekt/charit-parametrische-traumgestaltung/12611888

Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin: http://www.heinze.de/architekturobjekt/platoon-kunsthalle-berlin/12611294

Autostadt Dach and Service Pavillon: http://www.heinze.de/architekturobjekt/autostadt-neue-ausfahrt-dach-und-service-pavillon/12611954

Family House Sankt Augustin: http://www.heinze.de/architekturobjekt/ronald-mcdonald-elternhaus-sankt-augustin/12611202

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GERMAN STEEL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING PRIZE 2015

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schlaich bergermann & graft

 

The prize for the structural engineering category went to Mike Schlaich of Schlaich Bergermann & Partner from Berlin, who was recognised for his contribution to the roofing of the Wolfsburg Customer Centre. As is well known, the draft was produced by GRAFT, and the jury explicitly praised the close working relationship between the two offices. The structure’s “geometry virtually lacking in bending moments” enables a lightness that is at once both true and without ostentation in its design.

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SOLARKIOSK AT THE POWERING AFRICA CONFERENCE IN ADDIS ABEBA

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Lars Krückeberg was invited to present the Solarkiosk project at the prestigious Powering Africa Conference, which took place in the Ethiopian capital Addis Abeba on November 21 2014.

The 3rd Annual Powering Africa conference is a concentrated two-day meeting set to bring together senior level executives to drive forward investment in the African energy sector. The conference included speakers from organizations such as USAID, FMO, and IFC while focusing on power interconnections and alternative energy developments.

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FAMILY HOUSE OPENS WITH INAUGURAL EVENT AT SANKT AUGUSTIN

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The constructions for the family house in Sankt Augustin are completed – on November 21 the charity organization McDonald’s Kinderhilfe will open the doors for all interested visitor to take a look at the building designed by GRAFT.

 

The house will provide space for families with hospitalized children who are in the process of receiving medical treatment.
The house, a dynamic bended structure, finds its resting position on top of a small hill amongst the topographically interesting surroundings. In the ground floor, a long table centrally located in the public area serves as community space for the entire house. It is here that parents find the opportunity to engage in conversation with each other while preparing meals together, thus creating a reciprocal sense of support and understanding.

This center also has an elongated interactive ramp. This ramp has many community uses, such as a landscape with spaces for sitting and lying, a playground for children, a performance stage, and quieter working areas for parents.
It also connects to a large outdoor terrace. The extraordinary building structure is not just a space for rest and social interaction but also a positive and hopeful landmark.

Address:
Ronald McDonald Haus Sankt Augustin
Hans-Wilhelm-Lippe-Weg 1

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THIS IS MODERN: EXHIBITION OPENING IN DÜSSELDORF

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The Academy of Sciences and Arts in cooperation with the city of Dusseldorf is pleased to host the Exhibition ‘This is modern’ at the 14th International Architecture Biennale.

 

The exhibition will be shown once again in Dusseldorf:

 

Exhibition opening: 3.11.2014, 18:00

Location: Nordrhein-westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste in Düsseldorf

Exhibition Period: 3.11.2014 until 14.11.2014, Mon- Fri : 12:00 – 18 :00

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THE T-HOUSE TOUR

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GRAFT created a set design in cooperation with the Berlin opera company Novoflot, that experiments with new forms and structures of musical theater in motion. After an inaugural event at Radialsystem V in September, Novoflot continue their T-HOUSE TOUR in public urban spaces and show the “transforming house”, a mobile theatre structure, in front of Volksbühne, Berlin.

#1 Tour Opening: September 6th, 2014 at 20:00, Radialsystem V
# 2: October 16th-19th 2014, Square in front of the pavilion, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

 

 

Admission Free!

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PROJECT ‘MAKE IT RIGHT’ GOES (IFA)EXHIBITION

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International Relations

Young Architects from Germany

 

The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa)  present an exhibition of fourteen projects by young architects from Germany that have been completed abroad mainly since 2004. GRAFT  have been working on the project MAKE IT RIGHT (MIR) by reconstructing a quarter of New Orleans left badly damaged after Hurricane Katrina.

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GRAFT WINS SILVER AT THE GERMAN FEDERAL DESIGN PRIZE “DESIGNPREIS DER BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND”

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We are very happy to announce that our SOLARKIOSK project won an award at the prestigious Bundesdesignpreis in the category product design.
33 entries were nominated for the highest official design prize of the German Federal Republic. The award ceremony took place yesterday at the ministry of economics.

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TREND REPORT: LIVING SPACES 2015 – OUT NOW !

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GRAFT was asked by the German institute, ZUKUNFTSINSTITUT, to research living spaces.

 

How should public, commercial and private spaces be designed in the future to shape our quality of living?
The publication “Real Estate Report 2015” focuses on the trending topics about our built world. It´s a “must-read” for all planners and producers of spaces, from the real estate and construction sector, architects, product designers and retailers, to private builders and representatives of the mobility industry.

 

Main Topics:
o Pop-Up
o Neo-Biedermeier
o From Hospital to Hospitality
o Community Commuters
o New Relevance
o E-Mobility
o Living Spaces

 

Buy here: http://www.zukunftsinstitut.de/verlag/studien_detail.php?nr=124#schwerpunkte

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INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 2014

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The Autostadt Roof and Service was a winner at the International Architecture Awards.

GRAFT was commissioned to create a quiet area where the buyer of a new car could get familiar with all the functions in an almost private atmosphere. The space had to be protected from rain and direct sunlight, while allowing enough daylight to avoid the usage of energetically expensive and unnecessary artificial light.

GRAFT developed the idea of a horizontal leaf that protects the landscape underneath with its organic form. “WES-Landschaftsarchitektur” planned the landscape surrounding the roof. In the architectural application of this image, it was necessary to produce the greatest possible lightness: A special static principle allows for the unique roof structure to be anchored in just two points. It lays in the landscape and defines a clear and protected room. The planning of the structural framework was done by “Schlaich Bergmann und Partner”.

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HOLISTIC LIVING BERLIN: UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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Between the city centers of Berlin and Potsdam, three future-forward „Plus-Energy-Houses“ are currently under construction in the quiet neighborhood of the former Don Bosco residential area.The buildings, situated close to the lake “Großer Wannsee” and right nearby the forest “Forst Düppel” are famous for innovative sustainability concepts. The Plus-Energy-House are of a unique kind in Germany, offering the possibility to lease an electric vehicle (EV) as an addition to the rental agreement and thereby use excess energy of the house for electric mobility. The Facades of houses in Berlin-Wannsee are almost finished! Now the grounds of the energy efficient buildings can be designed which will be ready for rent at 1. November .

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SOLARKIOSK FEATURED AT LITTLE WOOD BERLIN

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Save the date:

 

Tomorrow CONTEMPORARY FOODLAB, GRAFT and SOLARKIOSK will start a temporary project on the GRAFT site at Invalidenstr/Ackerstr in Berlin Mitte!

The great initiative will transform the future home of the new GRAFT office into the pop-up food festival “Little Wood” with picnics, barbecues and workshops! Everyone is invited to join the opening event tomorrow
between 12 pm and 10 pm. There is also a SOLARKIOSK on display providing Little Wood with energy, light and music!

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HONORABLE MENTION FOR THE PROJECT ‘LOFT HAUSVOGTEIPLATZ’ AT THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS 2014

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The interior design of this Berlin loft is mainly characterized by the dynamic lines of the open, bright space and the shape of the customized dark cubes.

Intimate and serving features, such as bathrooms, the dressing room and the kitchen, are situated inside of and around the cubes. Due to their wooden surfaces, the cubes seem like pieces of furniture – the traditional fragmentation of spaces trough dividing walls become obsolete.

The axes of the loggias towards the square in front of the building form the starting point for the dynamics of the flowing interior. In order to visually support the sharp lines of the cubes, all paintings or power outlets were integrated into the walls of the cubes.

The staircase from the loft to the upper floor/ roof terrace is decorated with an individual and personal ceiling mural.

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THIS IS MODERN: GERMAN WERKBUND EXHIBITION VENEDIG 2014

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On the occasion of the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice and the one hundred year anniversary of the Werkbund exhibition in cologne in 1914 the German Werkbund Berlin presents an exhibition on the position of contemporary architecture and design in Germany:

22 German architects who are present in the public perception demonstrate their different positioning and opinions regarding a design task, the latter being the examination of the German pavilion in Venice, whose demolition was called for by the president of the federal chamber of architects a few years ago.

 

The building has now been designated as dilapidated and the architects were given the possibility of a new building on the same site. 22 different approaches in plans, sketches and models give the viewer the possibility of comparison and evaluation. By hosting this event the German Werkbund Berlin wants to fulfill his obligation to the critical dialogue between divergent attitudes and professional groups as well as illustrate its cultural aspect and standard.

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ALPITECTURE MEETS BIENNALE

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GRAFT and ten other architectural companies present their designs and projects in various exhibition concepts on “Topographic Structure” at the premises of the Palazzo Bolano.

 

The presentation of the projects takes place at the following events:
04.06. WELCOME
06.06. PECHA KUCHA NIGHT
07.06. ALPITECTURE & FRIENDS
08.06. FINISSAGE

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AIT AWARD 2014: SPECIAL MENTION FOR PARAMETRIC INTERIOR DESIGN

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Fear of dying, stress, disorientation – people who know intensive care units divine the innovations incorporated in this exemplary intensive care unit. The analysis of details, material, shape, and colour is particularly impressive as it is able to use the architectural design to generate a “soothing spatial world” – in an existing building. The project could thus also give an impulse for the modification and conversion of many intensive care units, which have not yet realised this effect of architecture and its significance for the patients.

 

With the aim to select the worldwide best projects in the field of architecture and interiors, the project “Parametrische (T)Raumgestaltung” received a Special Mention prize at the AIT Award 2014.

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