DESIGN THINKING TAG @ UNIVERSAL HOME

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On March 23rd, 2017, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will be at the Design Thinking Tag of Universal Home.

He gives a talk about Future Living Spaces and explains his vision of living in the future.

The Design Thinking Tag is all about a transdisciplinary workshop-day for members of the Universal Home-community.

It concludes an impulse session with talks from experts in Design, Manufacturing and Architecture, followed by an introduction into the methods of Design Thinking and a Break Out Session.

We wish all participants a lot of joy during this interesting program.

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CAELA LIGHTING SYSTEM RECEIVES WIN AWARD 2016

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The CAELA LED luminaire received the prestigious WIN Award 2016 (World Interieur News Award) for its marvelous design. GRAFT designed this lighting system together with the talented designers at Zumtobel.

Only two products in each category receive the award. In the category Lighting Products CAELA is one of them.

The award ceremony took place at the new Design Museum in London. On February 23th 2017 many designers came together to celebrate the best products of the year.

CAELA LED luminaire can easily be integrated into a lighting management system. Read more about it on our project page.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: ARCHITECTURE, COHABITATION, SMART ENERGY

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will discuss the future of cohabitation in cities on march, 16th in Düsseldorf. His conversational partners are Mischa Kuball (artist), Birgit Roth (Deutsches Institut für Stadtbaukunst at TU Dortmund) and Marie-Therès Thiel, who is group executive manager at innogy SE. The discussion will be presented by Elke Buhr, chief editor of the magazine Monopol.

The event is part of a series of discussions titled Interdisziplinär (interdisciplinary), organised by Monopol magazine in cooperation with the Innogy Foundation. Scientists discuss contemporary societal questions with artists, philosophers and architects.

The discussion takes place in Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and is free of charge. It will be held in german. Due to capacitary limitations the hosts kindly ask you to register for the event. Please send an email to lichtgestalten at monopol-magazin.de and let them know how many people you are bringing.

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DA! ARCHITECTURE IN AND FROM BERLIN

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Upcoming Friday the Architektenkammer Berlin will celebrate the opening of the annual exhibition with the topic of architecture in and from Berlin. Of course a project by GRAFT is also included. The visitors will find information about the environmentally sustainable houses that were built in 2014 in context of the holistic living-project.

The vernissage takes place from 8 p.m. on at stilwerk Berlin, Kantstraße 17 in 10623 Berlin.

The exhibition will be open from march 11th until april 8th (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., monday to saturday).

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CHRISTOPH KORNER FROM GRAFT LA TO LECTURE AT IDEC IN CHICAGO

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Christoph Korner, Chair of Interior Architecture at Woodbury University and Managing Director of GRAFT Los Angeles, will give two presentations on Thursday, March 9th, as part of the IDEC 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Korner will talk about perception based architecture for contemporary health care design, using GRAFT’s project for an ICU at the Charité Hospital in Berlin as a case study. His second presentation will focus on the use of a hybrid class structure in a Contemporary Interior Architecture History course at graduate level.

 

The conference, organized by the Interior Design Educators Council, is themed ‘Design,  Research, and Education’ and hosts several presentations about research, education, and creative scholarship in the field of interior architecture.

The mission of The Interior Design Educators Council is the advancement of interior design education, scholarship, and service.

 

For more information visit http://www.idec.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4262

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BRICKS BERLIN – PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED

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GRAFT has been commissioned to develop the new BRICKS complex on the grounds of the former Postfuhramt (post office) between Hauptstrasse and Belziger Strasse in Berlin Schöneberg close to Akazien-Kiez. The planning permission has now been granted by the city of Berlin. Within the next years an ensemble of a mixed-use complex of new buildings and renovated historical buildings with three courtyards will arise within the vibrant heart of Berlin’s Schöneberg district.

GRAFT’s design envisages a total of 127 new rental apartments, along with commercial units for offices, retail and restaurants, as well as an organic supermarket, a school, spaces for the university, a taekwondo school and Kabbalah Centre, which has already been completed in 2015.

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GRAFT HOME. STORY.

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We are proud to announce the release of our newest publication GRAFT. Home. Story.
It is great to see this extensive documentation of our residential and hospitality projects!

GRAFT Home. Story. entails around 60 projects with detailed description and a well-filled catalogue of pictures and plans.

Read more about this first overview over the visionary work of GRAFT on our project page.
Or of course in the book itself.

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GRAFT @ THE LABORATORY ARTS COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE

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The London/ L.A.-based Laboratory Arts Collective chose GRAFT as a contributor for their recent magazine issue BUILD.

The Laboratory Arts Collective made it their task to re-define what a magazine is. Their aim is to explore a concept in its whole with every edition. They create original experiences for curious minds. It’s a great fit between GRAFT and the Collective and we are happy about this cooperation. You can find a thought by GRAFT in the addendum next to a rare photography of one of our built projects.

Get your hands on the issue, before it is sold out.

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SOLAR CLINIC INAUGURATION IN JORDAN

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg is currently in Jordan. He is attending the inauguration of the SOLAR CLINIC in Al-Mafraq, which he conceptualized and initiated over a year ago as CTO of SOLARKIOSK.

We are proud that GRAFT’s design for SOLARKIOSK has been implemented in such an important project. The clinic has been realized by SOLARKIOSK and the Siemens Foundation. It will be operated by the Jordanian Ministry of Health. It is the first structure of its kind, enabling a superior level of medical services in off-grid settings.

The solar clinic provides basic health care for the local people in the host community close to Al-Mafraq solely powered by a 8KW independent solar system. The staff is able to treat up to 75 people per day. Syrian refugees as well as Jordanian citizens benefit from the possibility of blood and urine testing, services like medical ultrasound and mother-child-care. Once the Syrian refugees use the facilities of the solar clinic, they are registered for the Jordanian health care system.

SOLARKIOSK was founded by GRAFT partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit and German lawyer Andreas Spiess. It aims at providing clean, affordable energy and connectivity even in remote regions. So far SOLARKIOSK has implemented 240 operational EHUBBsin Ethiopia, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Vietnam and , 1 Connected Solar School and 1 refugee Solar Clinic in Jordan.

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GRAFT AT BAU 2017 IN MUNICH

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will be present and  give talks at this year’s edition of BAU 2017 in Munich.

Wolfram Putz will talk about the “Diversity in Modular Design” in the context of Systematic Building at Forum A4 the DETAIL research – Building the Future hosted by the architectural magazine DETAIL. The event will take place on Thursday, January 19th, 3.10 p.m. in Hall A4/338.

Friday, January 20th at 11:30 a.m. he will give the audience insights into the topic of “Living spaces – Living communities” at Forum C2 The Future of Building hosted by the magazines Bauwelt and DBZ . The talk takes place in Hall C2/309.

 

See the Supporting Program of the BAU 2017 here: http://bau-muenchen.com/trade-fair/supporting-program/forums/index.html

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BRLO BRWHOUSE OPENING

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Saturday, January 14th 2017 the BRLO BRWHOUSE at Berliner Gleisdreieck opened for public and is from now on fully functioning as the gastronomic hot spot it has been built as.

Our clients, the craft beer-brewer BRLO Berlin are happy to see their business up and running and so are we. The free standing building is made of overseacontainer in a modular building method. Due to this you can easily dismantle the building and build it up at another place. For now it is planned to stay at Gleisdreieckpark for three to five years.

GRAFTIES at the party were the founding members Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. They immediately made plans for the next cooperation with BRLO. This time it is about crafting Beer. Look out for the first edition of GRAFT Beer!

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GRAFT CHRISTMAS PARTY 2016

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Last weekend the whole GRAFT-Office went on a road trip. We drove to the beautiful Harz region, visited one of our projects there, the Ice Stadium Arena Schierke,  and took the Harzer Schmalspurbahn up to the Brocken mountain . At night it was all about the stars. We had a great costume party where everybody dressed up as a celebrity.

It has been a great experience from the first minute on. Thank you all for being the awesome team you are!

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ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM BOOK LAUNCH

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Thank you to everyone who came out to our book launch at Eckwerk Berlin yesterday! We are proud of our recent publication ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM, including descriptions of ten projects we worked on in the last years.

GRAFT founding members Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit were talking about their practical projects as well as their theoretical understanding of their work at GRAFT.

Followed by this four cooperating partners in projects discussed their role and their experiences during their work with GRAFT.

Mario Husten from Holzmarkt eG, HW Pausch, involved in the Heimat2-project, Jenny Scharrer from KfW Bankengruppe and co-founding partner at SOLARKIOSK AG Andreas Spieß gave interesting insights during this discussion. Thank you to Ulrich Müller from Architektur Galerie Berlin for hosting this evening!

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GRAFT AT WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL IN BERLIN

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will be speaking at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin on Thursday 17th of November on the Main Stage at 11 a.m. The key note “Architect as Instigator” addresses the role of the architect as an active initiator for projects fostering the development of livable places and environments for people in need around the globe. With social sustainable projects like Solarkiosk or Make it Right the key note will also give an insight in GRAFTs book “Architecture Activism” which was recently published by Birkhäuser De Gruyter.

 

Key Note”Architect as Instigator” by Lars Krückeberg, Thursday 17 November 2016, 11.00-11.40, Main Stage

For more information visit: https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/2016-seminar-programme

 

As our project Eckwerk Holzmarkt is also one of the finalists for the WAF Awards 2016 in the category Commercial Mixed Use – Future Projects, GRAFT and Kleihues + Kleihues will present the project in front of an international jury of architectural experts.

 

The World Architecture Festical (WAF) is an annual festival and awards ceremony for the international architecture industry. Under the theme “Housing for everyone” this years WAF  will take place at Arena Berlin from 16th till 18th November.

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BRONZE FOR PARAGON APARTMENTS AT THE FIABCI PRIX D´EXCELLENCE GERMANY 2016

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The GRAFT project “Paragon Apartments” received the bronze award of the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Germany 2016 in the category “Housing”, awarded by the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and the BFW Federal Association of Free Real Estate and Housing Companies. GRAFT Founding partners Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit, as well as our client Yeheskel Nathaniel, Managing Director of Trockland Management GmbH, accepted the award at the ceremonial gala event at the Ritz Carlton Berlin last Friday.

The jury praised the successfully implemented concept of the project Paragon Apartments. At the crossroads of Danziger Strasse and Prenzlauer Allee in Berlin, the conversion of a former hospital building and the expansion with two new buildings resulted in a living quarters consisting of 217 high-quality rented apartments, a kindergarten, a café and an organic supermarket.

The FIABCI Prix d’Excellence is the first and only nationwide competition for project development and is regarded as the most important prize in the real estate sector.

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AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE PRIZE: TWO AWARDS FOR GRAFT

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We are honored to announce that GRAFT has received two awards in this year’s edition of the American Architecture Prize (AAP). Our project “ausfahrt” Autostadt Roof and Service Pavilion was awarded with a Bronze Prize in the category Industrial Buildings. An Honorable Mention was given to the design of SOLARKIOSK in the category Small Architecture.

The official awarding ceremony took place at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City on October 25, 2016.

The AAP American Architecture Prize honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide.

For more information visit https://architectureprize.com/winners-2016/winner.php?id=2640

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PROJECT STARTS AT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE IN BERLIN

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GRAFT is happy to announce the official planning permission for Charlie Living.

Charlie Living is the first block of a new ensemble of buildings that will repair many of the gaps around Checkpoint Charlie on the Friedrichstrasse in central Berlin.

Charlie Living is a residential project, consisting of 241 apartments and 48 Service-Apartments. Its court yard will be an open and green space, available for the residents but also for people walking by. The western front continues the garden by horizontally planted trees that connect the green court yard with the roof garden.

The section on the Zimmerstrasse comprises apartments for rent with a common room and reception, along with an apartment hotel, shops and a restaurant. Its two-storey, slightly recessed plinth picks up the line of the adjacent historical buildings and frames a glazed section that picks up the height of the former Berlin Wall at this point. This transparent, almost invisible structure becomes a connecting element that expresses the optimism and cosmopolitan character of the city after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The project is expected to be finished by 2019.

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG SPEAKS AT GLOBAL WELLNESS SUMMIT IN KITZBÜHL

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a keynote interview on “Wellness through Design” at the Global Wellness Summit in Kitzbühl Austria on 18 October 2016. Together with Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses Hotel Resorts & Spas, he will share GRAFTs experience in creating spaces that affect the wellbeing of their users through a holistic architectural approach and good design.

 

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global wellness industries. The 2016 Summit are taking place October 17-19 in Kitzbühel in Tyrol, Austria under the theme of “Back to the Future.”

Please visit http://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/ for further information.

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CHRISTOPH KORNER TO PRESENT AT DESIGN WEEK MEXICO

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Christoph Korner will present “Architecture Activism” at this year’s Design Week Mexico in Mexico City. His presentation will be part of the “Creativity and Change Symposium”.

Christoph Korner is a founding member of GRAFT, an award winning design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Beijing. He is co-author of Architecture Activism, a book published by Birkhäuser De Gruyter. It documents ten projects that specifically address social problems and societal needs around the globe in which architecture is used as a means of actively fostering the development of livable places and environments. Among them is SOLARKIOSK, a self-initiated project that empowers people in off-grid communities by bringing clean energy and light into darkness.

About Design Week Mexico

Design Week Mexico® was founded in 2009 by Emilio Cabrero, Andrea Cesarman, Marco Coello and Jaime Hernández. Throughout its 8 year history, DWM has offered a programming with a wide range of proposals, exhibitions, conferences, installations and documentaries that generate a dialogue between professionals, students and general public to expand the thought that design is an integral part of life and has a significant impact on the way we relate in society.

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