OPEN STUDIOS AT VILLA MASSIMO: FINAL CELEBRATION AND EXHIBITION

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg was selected as one of nine scholarship holders of the German Academy Villa Massimo Rome. The scholarship holders, who started their jobs in September 2018, belong to the elite of German artists and creatives. The residency enables composers, writers, architects and visual artists to find inspiration and new artistic orientation. Visitors of the final celebration had the chance to visit his studio and exhibition on Solstice, Equinox, Meridian and the Equation of time. 

We cordially congratulate Lars to his successful exhibition!

For more information about Villa Massimo and the other scholarship holders, please visit: www.villamassimo.de

Exhibition text (available in German and italian only)

Relativer  Kosmos – fragmentierter Oikos

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Die Menschen haben schon immer nach oben geschaut, um aus den vermeintlichen himmlischen Gesetzen von Bewegung im Weltraum (dem Kosmos) ihren Lebensraum (den Oikos) zu ordnen. Augustus ließ auf dem Campo Marzio eine gewaltige Sonnenuhr als urbanes Konzept planen, um aus den ewigen Regeln der Sonnenbahnen die Legitimation seiner Regentschaft und der Pax Romana für die bekannte Welt abzuleiten. Sonnenuhren funktionieren immer nur lokal und durch die Ekliptik der Erdbewegung und dem Phänomen der Zeitgleiche läuft die wahre Zeit schneller oder langsamer als unsere Uhren im Jahr: unsere Zeit und damit unser Raum ist relativ.

 Dieses Raumzeit-Phänomen wird durch die Installation eines katoptrischen Meridianes – also durch einen Gnomonspiegel reflektierend – und seiner Zeitgleichenabweichung deutlich gemacht. Ein Meridian beschreibt die genaue Achse zwischen Norden und Süden und verankert den Sonnendurchgang aller Tage des Jahres exakt auf sich. Die Raumfigur der Zeitgleiche allerdings zeigt die wahre Bewegung der Erde, die sich je nach Nähe zur Sonne mal schneller oder langsamer dreht und damit die Länge unserer Minuten, Stunden und Tage verändert: die Abweichung der Raumzeit von der globalen Konvention einheitlicher Tage, das Relativieren von vermeintlich ewigen Ordnungsprinzipien, wird so räumlich anschaulich und begreifbar.

Die Wahrheit von Zeit und Raum ist eine Frage der Perspektive.

Ästhetischer ReKonstruktivismus

Die Geschichte der Architektur oszilliert ebenfalls zwischen der Suche nach gültigen Regeln und der Sehnsucht nach künstlerischer Freiheit. Gerade Rom in seiner fragmentierten Ästhetik eines vierdimensionalen Palimpsests fordert bis heute eine persönliche Standortbestimmung zwischen der Regelhaftigkeit eines Winckelmann mit seinem Gebot der Nachahmung idealer Formen und der radikalen Freiheit eines Piranesi, der virtuos das Zerbrochene in einer eigenen Wahrheit neu formiert. In einer zunehmend fraktalen Welt und Gesellschaft fasziniert auch heute der Versuch das vermeintlich Unpassende, Fremde, ja Gegensätzliche im Dienste einer Synthese zu neuer Gestalt und möglichen Wahrheit zu ordnen. So mögen neue, komplexere und adaptierfähige Regeln entstehen um unsere dynamische Gesellschaft, unseren Oikos immer wieder neu zu ordnen.

Works on show:

  • Katoptrischer Meridian 2018/2019
  • Architektonisches Kaleidoskop 2018/2019
  • Rom Model 2018/2019
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DAY OF ARCHITECTURE 2019 IN COLOGNE

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On the occasion of Architecture Days 2019 in Cologne GRAFT Project Lead Sara Gómez will give three guided tours at one of our recently completed projects ‘TRILUX Light Campus’.

The design of the cubic structure is heavily inspired by the client’s craft: light, refraction and reflections are mirrored throughout the building’s architecture. A continuous, staggered glass façade creates another mirror figure depending on the viewer’s perspective. The building houses office and exhibition areas as well as communication zones.

When: Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Guided Tours: 12:00, 16:00, 18:00

Where: TRILUX Light Campus, Mathias-Brüggen-Straße 75, 50829 Cologne-Ossendorf

Meeting Point: Reception Hall

For more information please visit >> https://bit.ly/2EMd3QT

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GRAFT DESIGNS INTERNATIONAL RETAIL BRAND PRESENCE FOR MERCEDES-BENZ

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The world’s first retail outlets with Mercedes-Benz’s new brand identity can already be seen in car dealerships in Hong Kong, Beijing, Budapest and Istanbul. For three years, GRAFT has been working on concept development and engineering creating design guidelines and planning tools that will be implemented at sales and service locations around the world. The planning catalogue ranges from specifications for the facade and roof design to the interior design of customer contact areas, including media integration and furniture design.

Together with the creative agency TRIAD from Berlin, GRAFT won a two-stage competition against renowned international competitors. The concept of a new, seamless customer experience with modular “touchpoints”, developed in close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz and TRIAD, responds to changing offline and online customer expectations. With the goal of developing a customer-oriented retail experience, GRAFT’s striking architecture and high-quality interior design creates flowing transitions from inside to outside.

Link to project page: https://bit.ly/2KYrkhh

Photo Credit: © Hiepler Brunier

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GRAFT LECTURE IN MUNICH

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Heinze regularly organises lecture days in order to foster in-depth dialogue between players of the building sector – from planning over science to economy ­– thereby promoting innovation and progress in the construction sector.

This year’s anniversary marks the highlight of the Heinze ArchitekTOUR, where architects and planners in eight German cities were invited to one-day lectures. As part of this, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture entitled “At Home on Three Continents”.

When: June 6, 2019, 7:00 pm

Where: Showpalast München, Hans-Jensen-Weg 3, 80939 Munich

More information: https://bit.ly/2WAgmpp

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GRAFT LECTURE AT LUXURY BUSINESS DAY IN MUNICH

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On the occasion of Luxury Business Day in Munich GRAFT Partner Georg Schmidthals will hold a keynote entitled “Architecture Matters” in which he will talk about the future in architecture and urban design based on current GRAFT projects , from classic planning for residential buildings, over hotels, health care industry to commercial and cultural buildings, as well as self-initiated and socially sustainable projects.

When: Thursday, 6 June 2019, 12:30 pm

Where: EY, Arnulfstraße 59,  80636 Munich

For more information please visit >> https://bit.ly/2Msq7B9

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GRAFT LECTURE AT NABEK IN BERLIN

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On the ocassion of the event “Architecture and Energy” organized by NaBEK (Sustainable construction in development cooperation and disaster relief) GRAFT Senior Project Lead Sebastian Massmann will give a lecture on SOLARKIOSK, in which he will share his experience as Technical Director in the design process, development and construction of the energy-autonomous sales kiosk.

With SOLARKIOSK, GRAFT and Andreas Spiess have built an infrastructure instrument that can create an impact from the bottom up, cooperating directly with local people and developing their community.

When: Friday, May 24, 2019

Where: Centre Francais, Berlin

More Informationen: https://bit.ly/2QDZt70

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