SOLARKIOSK SELECTED AS A SEMIFINALIST FOR THE BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE

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We are delighted, that GRAFT’s project SOLARKIOSK has been selected as a Semifinalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

 

SOLARKIOSK, along with sixteen other Semifinalists has been selected out of 460 entries over a period of four months by members of the Challenge Review Committee, which includes more than a dozen long-standing reviewers as well as external advisors and experts.

 

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge program has been highlighting and celebrating exceptional examples of “whole systems” design across many sectors for the past 10 years. Launched in 2007, the program has been widely regarded as “socially-responsible design’s highest award”.

 

The 2017 Fuller Challenge Semifinalists are examples of innovative, multi-pronged approaches to addressing critical problems in agriculture, architecture, climate change, community, planning, education, ecology, economic, development, energy, human health, materials, sanitation or environmental and social justice.

 

You can read more information about the Buckminster Fuller Challenge program here.

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UNBUILDING WALLS

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Berlin, August 16, 2017

 

On August 16, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) announced the curators of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2018: Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit of GRAFT together with Marianne Birthler will curate the German Pavilion in Venice 2018. The architects working together with the former Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic were selected by the ministry on the recommendation of the selection committee for their submission to the open competition entitled “UNBUILDING WALLS”.

 

The exhibition “UNBUILDING WALLS” responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division. As the world grows together, walls are increasingly being discussed and built that divide people from one another. Walls can denote division, power and exclusion, but also protection.

 

In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years – exactly as long as the inner German border wall (1961-1989) existed. In the German Pavilion, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler take this parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon. With reference to the central theme of the Architecture Biennale “Freespace” devised by Grafton architects, special focus will be given to outstanding examples of urban and architectural design that address aspects of division and integration.

 

The inner German wall, whose existence and deconstruction became a symbol for the failure of dialogue and its overcoming, serves as a starting point and background for the current international debate on exclusion and division.

 

For the official German press release published by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) please click here.

 

 

Image credit original photo: Felix Torkar

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PARAGON APARTMENTS NOMINATED FOR THE “DEUTSCHER BAUHERRENPREIS 2018”

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The residential project PARAGON APARTMENTS is nominated for the “Deutscher Bauherrenpreis 2018” as one of 33 other selected projects.

 

The “Deutscher Bauherrenpreis” is one of the most important awards for residential development in Germany and is offered by the working group “KOOPERATION” existing of the head organization of the housing industry GdW, the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA (Association of German Architects) and the German Cities Council and is supported by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Reactor Safety (BMUB).

 

The Jury of the competition for the “Deutscher Bauherrenpreis 2018”, with the leader Dipl.- Ing. Heiner Farwick, president of the BDA, met on the 14th and 15th of July 2017 and made the decision about the nominations out of 173 submitted projects. Main aim of the award is to create high quality and economic viability at the same time while the residential markets are increasingly developing. Furthermore the exceptional role of the client is meant to be emphasized.

 

The award ceremony takes place on the 21th of February 2018 within the building industry exposition “bautec” in Berlin.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT THE BCCG SUMMER EVENT

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gave a lecture at the summer event of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V. (BCCG) on the 18th of July 2017. The event took place on the roof terrace of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel at the Ku’Damm in Berlin.

 

Organized by the lawyer Sabine Usinger, leading people of the Berlin real estate industry as well as politicians met exclusively to discuss the development of the City West in Berlin.

 

The lecture and following panel discussion focused on the high-rise development and its chances and risks for the area.

 

For more information about the event and the program, please visit the German Website:  http://www.bccg.de/BCCG_12/Events.html.Termindetail=480

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SOLARKIOSK IS PART OF THE ECODESIGN ROADSHOW

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Solarkiosk is going to be presented within the Ecodesign Roadshow at the “Reconsider Design” exhibition, which occurs during the opening of the Gdynia Design Days 2017 on the 30th of June 2017. The location of the event is the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia, Poland.

Alongside of Solarkiosk, 29 other successful examples of ecological Design from the Baltic Sea Area are going to be presented. The aim of the Ecodesign Roadshow is to make Ecodesign more common and to support the substitution of knowledge and experience among each other. In addtion to that belongs the travelling exhibtion, which includes forward-looking products and ideas of different types. Alongside the exhibtion occur three lectures and a discussion (in Polish) with the theme Ecodesign.

 

Gdynia Design Days 2017: 30th of Juni – 9th of July

Opening: 30th of June, from 18h00

        with curator guidanced tour at 20h00

Entry free

For more information and the program, go to gdyniadesigndays.eu

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GRAFT LECTURE OF FOUNDING PARTNER LARS KRÜCKEBERG IN BERLIN

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GRAFT founding Partner Lars Krückeberg will be giving a lecture at the official opening ceremony of  the Berlin establishment of Cadstudio on Friday, the 23rd of June 2017. As one of many interesting guests he is going to present projects and the approach of GRAFT Architects, due to the claim of “Dream. Design. Deliver”.

You are welcome to join the lectures from 10 am to 1 pm to get a closer look behind the GRAFT scenes or to come together at the BBQ afterwards.

 

Location:           nhow Berlin, Stralauer Allee 3, 10245 Berlin

Time:                 10h00 to 13h00 – Information & lectures

13h00 to 16h00 – Come together with BBQ and music

 

For more information about the lectures and the registration visit http://www.cadstudio.com/berlin2017

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GRAFT LECTURE AT VITRA HEADQUARTERS IN VIENNA/ AUSTRIA

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On Thursday, June 22nd, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz is giving a lecture at the Vitra Headquarters in Vienna/ austria. With “Work space 4.0 | we work, we build, we live” he will present new flexible work environments. The event is part of “Architekturgespräche”, a lecture series organized by ap35. Co-speakers are Ignacio Velasco Martin of MVRDV and Harald Höller of Granz & Sue Architekten

Where: Vitra Headquarter, Schottenring 12, 1010 Wien/ Austria

When: 18h30 entrance, 19h00 start

For more information about the talks and for registrations visit: http://www.architekturgespräche.at/

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KICK-OFF-EVENT TO THE “TAG DER ARCHITEKTUR 2017” @ BRLO BRWHOUSE

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During the “Tag der Architektur” (Day of the Architecture) GRAFT offers three guided tours through one of our recently finished projects. The “Tag der Architektur “has its safe mark in most calendars of architecture-enthusiasts. Since the amount of projects grew during the years the period of time increased too, from one to actually two days. June 24th and 25th. On both days architecture offices open their offices or show their recently finished projects to the public. GRAFT partakes as well and presents the BRLO Brwhouse, a brewery and tavern at the same time, whose design is based on oversea-container.

The Architektenkammer Berlin (architectural association Berlin) organised a panel discussion regarding the topic Architecture and Acceptance. The event takes place on June 20th, from 3 to 5 pm in the public area of the young brewing company BRLO. Alongside with GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg, Katrin Lompscher (Senator for urban development and living), Florian Schmidt (local politician responsible for building, planning and Facility Management in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg), Matthias Bauer (Quartiersrat Schöneberger Norden) and Benita Braun-Feldweg (Architect), discuss about the future culture of building in Berlin. The panel will be hosted by Uwe Rade (editor taz) and Christine Edmaier (President of “Architektenkammer Berlin”).

The fact that new housing solutions have to be built is not up for debate, everyone agrees on that. The question that causes conflict is where the new projects are going to be built. What kind of participation modells for the public is adviceable for the future regarding the designing and building? These topics will be discussed by the experts on the panel.

You are welcome to participate in this event. It is free of charge but due to the limited amount of seating space we kindly ask you to sign up for the event on this homepage: www.ak-berlin.de. Please also state the number of people who are going to accompany you.

The discussion will be held in german.

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FOUNDING PARTNER LARS KRÜCKEBERG AT TDI

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One of the GRAFT founding partner, namely Lars Krückeberg, has been invited to partake at a panel during the “Tag der Deutschen Industrie 2017”. At this event there will be given speeches  by chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and other politicians like Alexander Dobrindt, Martin Schulz, Christian Lindner or Cem Özdemir among others. Besides that there will take place further panels. You can browse through the complete program on the homepage.

Lars Krückeberg will be part of the panel regarding the topic Leader:in Influencer. This panel is about why some trends have an influence on the economy and some don’t. This raises the question which conditions must be preexisting to stimulate innovation. The host Ina Karabasz (editor at Handelsblatt) aims at sketching a picture of how the future could look like.

You can only attend the event with a personal invitation.

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FOUNDING PARTNER THOMAS WILLEMEIT GIVES A TALK AT HOCHSCHULE BOCHUM

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On June 1st, 2017 GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit gives a talk at the Hochschule Bochum. His presentation is part of the series of events called Architecture Summer Talks and adresses the students of architecture in Bochum. Willemeit will give insight into the work and office culture at GRAFT. He will present a collection of projects, planned and realised by GRAFT. And he will talk about what it means to work at a hybrid office like GRAFT.

The event starts at 6 pm in the Blue Box Bochum. There is no entrance fee and you also don’t need to sign up for this event. The event will be held in german.

Please check the Facebook Eventpage for further information.

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TOPPING OUT CEREMONY AT TEMPLINER STRASSE

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On May 17th 2017 the builders on site and the GRAFT architects commonly celebrated the Topping out ceremony on the project site of Templiner Strasse. Next to the Templiner Park in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg 109 new apartments as well as two new supermarkets on the ground floor are currently under construction. On approximately 4400 sqm and six floors there is enough space for flats with two to six bedrooms. 80 % of the apartments are already sold or reserved for future buyers.

The architecture by GRAFT realigns with the surrounding historic structure of houses. Their angular façade can be understood as a modern comment on the nearby located old buildings. Every apartment will be equipped with a balcony that will be oriented towards the green courtyard. The balconies will create an entity with the vertical garden.

Inside the apartments the flexible bathrooms show an interesting room-concept.

The project will be completed in 2018.

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CORNERSTONE-CEREMONY AT WAVE

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On 16th of may 2017, the cornerstone has been laid for the project at the Spree: WAVE water side living. Two buildings facing the Spree and offering space for 161 apartments will be built on this location. The GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit attended this event together with members of Bauwerk Capital, the principal of this project.

We are looking forward to bringing these extraordinary buildings to life in cooperation with Bauwerk Capital and our construction partners.

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GRAFT WINS SILVER AT THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2016

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After receiving a GOLD award in the category RENOVATION, GRAFT also wins SILVER for BRLO BRWHOUSE  in the architectural category Sustainable Living/Green at this year’s IDA Awards. GRAFT designed a free standing and modular construction consisting of oversea containers. The building offers space for a restaurant, a beer garden and a brewery for the young company BRLO.

The International Design Award was established in 2007 in order to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide, conceptualizing and producing great work.

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GRAFT WINS GOLD AT THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2016

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GRAFT has been honored with the International Design Award 2016. The work for Kabbalah Centre in Berlin Schöneberg has been awarded with the IDA GOLD AWARD, in the categories ARCHITECTURE RENOVATION. The Kabbalah Centre is part of the Bricks complex, which is still under construction. We are pleased and proud to receive this award for an exciting project we developed for Trockland Real Estate. Founded in 2010, Trockland Management GmbH is an investment and project development company focusing on unconventional real estate assets.

The Kabbalah Centre is part of the Bricks complex, which is still under construction.

This year the jury of professionals chose between over 1000 entries from 52 countries.

The members of the jury at IDA included Alice Blackwood Editor, Design Quarterly, Kahi Lee – Host, HGTV’s “Design on a Dime”, Style Network’s “My Celebrity Home”, Melissa Sterry – Interdisciplinary Design Scientist, Founder, Societas, Josh Rubin – Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and Publisher, Cool Hunting, Martin Venzky – Stalling, Senior Advisor, CMU STeP, Jeffrey Nemeroff – Co-Founder, Creative Director, Entra Magazine, Jordan Landes-Brenman CEO, Haute House PR & Marketing, Raj Nandan – Managing Director, Indesign Group, William Menking – Founder, Editor-in-Chief, The Architects’ Newspaper, Nicole Lloyd – Senior Art Buyer, Deutsch, Inc., Rebecca Epstein Kong – Co-founder, Artware Editions, Aaron Kenedi – Editor-in-Chief, Print, Geraldine Grisey – Editor, Punky B Fashion Diary.

The International Design Award was established in 2007 in order to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide, conceptualizing and producing great work.

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GRAFT IN ISTANBUL

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On May 12th 2017 the Architektenkammer Berlin inaugurates the exhibition “Wohnungsbau in Berlin. Wer baut für wen?” at the foyer of the Architectural Association Istanbul.

There are 23 residential housing projects from Berlin exhibited. Among them GRAFTs project Paragon Apartments.

During a symposium on saturday 13th these projects are discussed. They serve as examples for contemporary Berliner residential building practice. This practice is enlightened and compared to trends in residential building in Istanbul.

You can visit the exhibition itself from May 12th until June 9th 2017. The entrance is free of charge.

Architectural Association Istanbul:
TMMOB Mimarlar Odası İstanbul Büyükkent Şubesi
Kemankeş Cd. No:31, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi,
34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

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GRAFT RECEIVES PRIX VERSAILLES 2017 FOR BRLO BRWHOUSE

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GRAFT has been awarded with the Prix Versailles 2017 for exterior design. The exceptional container-architecture of the BRLO BRWHOUSE stood out from the rest and persuaded the jurors.

It is the third time this award is granted. Since 2015 it is given out annually to architectural projects that combine cultural and commercial aspects of architecture.

The BRLO BRWHOUSE in Berlins Park am Gleisdreieck persuaded the jury, consisting of aus François de Mazières (Vorsitzender), Manuelle Gautrand, Guo Pei, Toyō Itō (Pritzker 2013), Gilles Lipovetsky, Guy Savoy, Wang,Shu (Pritzker 2012) and Minja Yang with its modern and at the same time industrial aesthetic of the containerbased building.

Another interesting aspect is the connection between the brewery in Berlin and the time-honored palace in Versailles. This building is not seen as a rolemodel of aesthetics but as an example of functional, commercial architecture of its time with high standards regarding quality and aesthetics.

This is exactly the kind of sustainability, GRAFT stands for.

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TALK BY GRAFT FOUNDING PARTNER THOMAS WILLEMEIT IN MUNICH

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GRAFT Founding partner Thomas Willemeit has been invited to give a talk at the  8th Institutional Real Estate Symposium, presented by BNP Paribas in Munich.

He will discuss the topic of “Realty in the Smart City: Living-, Trade- and Officeconcepts of the Future”.

The invited speaker at the symposium and the audience aim to discuss the essential questions in real estate business as an investment.

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GRAFT @ TINY BAUHAUS SALON VI

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On April 21st DOM Publisher is holding an event at Bauhaus Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung. The reason for this event is their recent publication “Handbuch und Planungshilfe – Flüchtlingsbauten: von der Notunterkunft zum kostengünstigen Wohnungsbau”.

GRAFT contributed their project HEIMAT2 to this publication. Dr. Lore Mühlbauer (Architect and Co-Publisher) and Yasser Shretah (Architect and Co-Publisher) were quite interested in the idea behind this project and invited founding partner Lars Krückeberg to participate in the discussion.

Together with Dr. Margaretha Sudhof (Secretary of State, Senate for Finances, Berlin), Melanie Karbasch (Architect, Salzburg), Van Bo Le-Mentzel (Founder oft he Tinyhouse university und Curator of the Bauhaus Campus Berlin) as well as Dr. Philipp Meuser (Architect and Publisher) he will discuss recent and future challenges of the refugee movement. The discussion will be presented by Katharina Stahlhoven (Curator Tiny Bauhaus Salon).

The event starts at 5.30 p.m., it will be held in german and ends approximately at 7 pm. The entrance is free of charge and you don’t need to sign up for it.

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THOMAS WILLEMEIT IS MEMBER OF THE JURY AT WAF 2017

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This year GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will be part of the jury at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The festival takes place November 15th to 17th. During this event the winners of the WAF Awards will be announced. You can still enter the competition and there take part in it with projects that are still in the planning phase but also those that have been completed yet.

Besides the award-ceremony where the winners among the 350 finalists are presented there is also an extensive program including seminars, guided Tours through Berlin, parties and workshops.

You can get a ticket for this event to early-bird-conditions until July 21st.

The WAF takes place for the 10th time. On the occasion of this jubilee they created a manifesto where they name the topics that are going to have an increasing impact on the architecture business in the future. Projects that tackle the connected problems can still enter the award until May 18th.

The jury with Thomas Willemeit will debate about the projects during this summer.

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DETAIL SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN DECIDED

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Last week GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz acted as jury-chairman of the DETAIL Scholarship.
His colleagues during this jury-activity were Thomas Haltenhof (Schüco International KG), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Winfried Heusler (Schüco International KG), Prof Andreas Hild (Hild und K Architekten), Angelika Hinterbrandner (former scholarship holder and Master-student at Technische Universität Graz), Dr. Sandra Hofmeister (chief editor at DETAIL) as well as Hon. Prof. Meike Weber (DETAIL).

The DETAIL Scholarship includes 500,- € per month, a free year-long subscription to the DETAIL magazine, access to the databank of DETAIL, events and the permission to use the wide network of DETAIL and their partner Schüco (corporate expert in building envelopes). It aims at supporting young architects, that’s why students who are already or will soon be enroled in an architects Master-Study can apply.

The jury decided in favor of these four young and promising candidates:

– Lionel Esche (Universität der Künste, Berlin)
– Maximilia Anne Maria Ott (Technische Universität Dresden)
– Benno Schmitz (Technische Universität Berlin)
– Jakob Zöbl (Technische Universität Graz)

GRAFT congratulates the recipients of the scholarship. We hope for an inspirational time during your studies and wish you all the best.

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