AND THE GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2020 GOES TO…

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The new TRILUX light campus in Cologne, in the categories “Interior Design” and “Excellent Product Design – Lighting”.

For our client we developed an innovative office building, and jack be nimble contributed the lighting concept to present the products of the lighting manufacturer in all areas of the new building in a creative and modern manner.
Congratulations to Trilux and jackbenimble! We are happy having contributed the “cloud” installation in the entrance area. The TRILUX lamp “Parelia” designed by GRAFT can also be found throughout the entire building.

Jury Statement by the German Design Council: “Special solutions, such as the “cloud” installation hanging sculpturally from the ceiling of the reception area or the “cloud” provide an especially impressive and representative demonstratation of what is possible and lend the brand a high level of competence with regard to modern lighting design. An interesting combination of exclusive lighting design an elegant design idiom.”

More on the TRILUX blog: https://bit.ly/2sKuMVM

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UNBUILDING WALLS TRAVEL GRANT 2019 RESULTS

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We’re happy to share the realized projects of our two „Travel Grant 2019“ winners Brooke Adams and Antonio Giraldez Lopez.

Last year, GRAFT together with Marianne Birthler curated the German Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice with an exhibition entitled „Unbuilding Walls“, dedicated to the 28th anniversary of the inner German border wall. The exhibition examined the unique spatial phenomenon of the void of the border zone, illustrated by twenty-eight projects that have since attempted to recode and reinhabit the former death strip in different ways.

In order to keep the spirit of UNBUILDING WALLS alive, we decided to grant two travel fellowships of 3.000 € each to two winning student’s proposals examining the topic of built, physical or strategic interventions aimed at overcoming barriers, taking the form of a concrete project or of political nature.

The topic for the next GRAFT Travel Grant Call will be announced soon, so stay tuned if you are interested in applying!

Click here to learn more about Antonio and Brooke’s finished projects >>> Project Page UNBUILDING WALLS TRAVEL GRANT 2019

Special thanks go to Antonio and Brooke for their efforts and outstanding results!

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GRAFT JOINS AS A FOUNDING SIGNATORY OF ITS GERMAN WING

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GRAFT joins the worldwide collective Architects Declaration on Climate Breakdown and Biodiversity Loss Emergency as a founding signatory of its German wing!
We hope that every German architectural practice will join us in making this commitment.

Our world is under siege by a climate and a biodiversity crisis and the collective considers both as the biggest problems of our time. Buildings and their construction play an important part, as they account for around 40% of all carbon dioxide emissions. Architects Declare calls upon architects and clients to complete a paradigm shift, towards a regenerative, self-sufficient, ecologically sustainable architecture.

In general, the collective aims to: raise awareness concerning the twin crises, a faster transition to regenerative solutions, share and distribute knowledge, evaluate new projects according to the collective’s goals and encourage clients to do the same, augment existing structures as a CO2-saving alternative to new buildings, take buildings’ life cycle into account more, integrate more sustainable design principles, reduce building waste further by furthering cooperation between contractors, engineers and clients, further the use of ecologically responsible materials and reduce resource squandering.

For more information and to join us please visit >> de.architectsdeclare.com

The list of signatories will be updated regularly.

“The dependence of humanity in an increasingly changing environment becomes more and more obvious. In the Anthropocene, what we have designed must be understood as part of this changed concept of nature and prove worth preserving over generations.

GRAFT sees itself in the context of an architectural scene that aims to experiment with an innovative formal vocabulary and joyfully integrates the opportunities of new technologies, not only in our daily practice, but in an array of projects worldwide that focus on the development of underserved communities.”

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LETTERS TO THE MAYOR EXHIBITION AT DAZ BERLIN

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Please join us for the exhibition opening of “Letters to the Mayor” at DAZ Berlin, with a contribution by GRAFT.

What ideas, visions and expectations do architects and stakeholders of the city have for Berlin?

As part of a global exhibition project, the DAZ, together with Storefront for Art and Architecture from New York, has invited 100 international architects and city stakeholders to formulate their ideas for a sustainable Berlin worth living in and to address them directly to the government.

These letters with suggestions for a livable, sustainable Berlin will be officially handed over to the Governing Mayor Michael Müller at the opening on November 15, 2019 at DAZ and he will discuss individual letter topics with Matthias Böttger, DAZ.

Opening: Friday, 15 November 2019, 19h00

Exhibition: 16 November 2019 – 2 February 2020, Wed – Sun 3 – 8 pm

More Information: https://bit.ly/2NKplhv

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GRAFT LECTURE IN LISBON

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On the occasion of the Family and Brands Summit 2019 organized by Brands Lab International, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will give a lecture entitled ‘Global Future Living Trends in Architecture’.

Family and Brands will be a two day event to present projects, Brands and investment opportunities in front of like-minded professionals from real estate, branding, development, investment, architecture and sustainability that will join forces to grow and share different perspectives from different parts of the globe. FAB 2019 will be opened by Portugal’s governmental representatives.

When: November 15, 2019, 14h00

Where: Palacio Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal

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WALL OF OPINIONS EXHIBITION AND TALK

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From November 4th – 10th Berlin celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in seven days and seven locations. Among them a GRAFT exhibition and talk.

In 2018, Marianne Birthler and GRAFT founding partners Thomas Willemeit, Wolfram Putz and Lars Krückeberg showed “Unbuilding Walls” in the German Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice. The curators used the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to examine the effects of this 28-year-long division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon. During the preparations, the journalist and documentary filmmaker Maria Seifert travelled to border walls all over the world. The resulting video installation “Wall of opinions” shows the people she interviewed, and was part of the Venice exhibition.

On the 10th of November there will be a talk accompanying the exhibition. Panelists will be the curators Marianne Birthler together with the GRAFT founding partners Lars Krueckeberg, Thomas Willemeit and Wolfram Putz, interviewed by Maria Seifert.

EXHIBITION

When:

Monday, 4. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Tuesday, 5. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Wednesday, 6. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Thursday, 7. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Friday, 8. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday, 10. November, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: Brandenburger Tor, opposite the program pavillon, Berlin

More information: https://bit.ly/2C0RslV

TALK

When: Sunday, November 10, 2019, 18:00 – 19:00 Uhr

Where: Brandenburger Tor, Programmpavillon, Platz des 18. März, Berlin

More information: https://bit.ly/32WVt6E

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GRAFT PANEL IN ROME

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krueckeberg will be part of a panel alongside Franco Stella, Massimo Alvisi and Luca Montuori at University Roma Tre in Rome.

30 years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin remains an open construction site. Architecture has strongly marked the appearance and identity of the city. How has the face of Berlin changed today? Where do we stand with German and European reunification? And above all: what is the Italian contribution to all this?

When: Monday, 4 November 2019, 18h00 – 19h30

Where: Università Roma Tre,  Aula Adalberto Libera in L.go Giovan Battista Marzi, 10, Rome

Free admission – Registration per mail: eventi.architettura@uniroma3.it

Language: Italian

PARTICIPANTS:

Franco Stella, Architect (Architect of the reconstruction of the Berlin Imperial Castle as “Humboldt-Forum”)

Lars Krückeberg, Architect (Visiting professor at Roma Tre University, Villa Massimo Scholar 2018/19)

Massimo Alvisi, Architect (Founder of Alvisi Kirimoto and G124 tutor)

Luca Montuori, Councilor for Urban Planning of the Municipality of Rome

GREETINGS: Prof. Luca Pietromarchi, Rector of the University of Roma Tre; Prof. Giovanni Longobardi, Director of the Department of Architecture

MODERATION: Francesca Sforza, La Stampa

CONCLUSIONS: Viktor Elbling, Ambassador of Germany in Italy

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SOCIAL DESIGN LECTURE AND PANEL TALK

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a talk and take part in a panel discussion at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe is currently showing the traveling exhibition SOCIAL DESIGN that presents 25 international projects in the fields of urban space and landscape, housing/education/work, production, migration, networks, and the environment. Among them is also GRAFT’s Solarkiosk, an adaptable off-grid power supply solution. Find more Information the SOLARKIOSK in our online portfolio. The event is hosted by Friedrich von Börries.

Exhibition tour

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 5pm – 6pm
Where: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany.

Panel Talk

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7pm – 8:30pm
Where: Foyer of HFBK, Hamburg, Germany

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GRAFT WINS GERMAN RESIDENTIAL AWARD

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Our housing project PARAGON APARTMENTS was awarded with a first prize last week. The Award Deutscher Wohnungsbau is the first German client award in the typology of multi-storey apartment buildings. Official supporters include the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the biggest European trade fair for real estate and investment Expo Real and the architecture magazine Baumeister. We are very honored and thankful for this recognition!

 

The jury included Cornelia Dörries, architecture journalist und author, Isa Fahrenholz, journalist for the architecture magazine Baumeister, Reiner Nagel, chairman of Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Ulrich Nolting, CEO of InformationsZentrum Beton, Amandus Sattler, Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Josef Schmid, Member of the regional comitee housing, construction and infrastructure, as well as Prof. Sophie Wolfrum, professor at TU Munich.

 

Find out more information on the project in our online portfolio.

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT FUTURE FORUM BY BMW WELT

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will give a talk on the occasion of the launch of the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt, a platform which illuminates different facets of the future, inviting visionaries and experts from various industries and disciplines to take visitors on their journey into the cities of the future in exciting formats. His keynote “Futopolis. Dissolving Borders” describes future urban developments that challenge the relationships between people and nature, infrastructure and the public and private sphere. The Keynote will be followed by a panel talk on the topic of “Mobility in the City of the Future” with speakers Dr. Ayesha Khanna (CEO and Co-Founder ADDO AI Singapore), Martina Starke (Director Munich Studio Designworks), Antony Douglas (Head of Customer & Communications BMW Group Mobility Services Strategy) and Thomas Willemeit.

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7pm
Where: BMW Welt, Munich, Germany
Watch the livestream on Instagram or Facebook.

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GRAFT AT EXPO REAL

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Meet us at this year’s Expo Real on 7th – 8th October 2019!

As a special highlight, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a keynote on future work environments demonstrated by latest GRAFT projects.

When: Monday, 7th of October, 11am

Where: Expo Real Munich, TLG Immobilien / Hall 3, Booth 111

More >> http://www.tlg.de

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14TH GERMAN ARCHITECTURE DAY

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GRAFT Founding Partner will participate in two panels at this year’s German Architects’ Days with the overarching topic “Relevance – Shaping Spaces”.

10:55 – 12:10h / Room 4:

Panel discussion: ‘Economy – Falling down, getting up, carrying on – The rocky road to success abroad’

Participants: Jette Cathrin Hopp (Snøhetta), Prof. Roland Dieterle (Spacial Solutions), Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT Founding Partner)

16:00 – 17:00h / Room 1:

Panel discussion: ‘Occupational Policy – Development and Partnership – What is International Assistance?’

Participants: Anna Heringer (Architect), András Szekér (Project Lead Habitat for Humanity), Michael Grausam (humantektur), Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT Founding Partner)

When: Friday, September 27, 2019, 11:45 am
Where: bbc Berlin Congress Center

More informationen >> https://bit.ly/2nw2NX7

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GRAFT KEYNOTE IN LEIPZIG

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On the occasion of Heinze Symbosien GRAFT Founding Partner Lars Krückeberg will give a keynote entitled ‘Dream. Design. Deliver’. It will be on the notion of ‘skin’ in architecture, exemplified by current GRAFT projects.

When: September 24, 2019, 2:30 pm

Where: Heinze Architektur Symbosien, Täubchenthal, Wachsmuthstr. 1, 04229 Leipzig

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GRAFT ANNIVERSARY

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This year marks the 18th anniversary of our Berlin office, exactly 21 years after founding the company in Los Angeles!

To express our gratitude towards all supporters along our “Coming of Age” journey, thriving on three continents, we invited to a jubilee celebration at Berlin’s Holzmarkt last weekend.

Special thanks go to Michael Müller (Governing Mayor of Berlin) for the welcoming speech, BRLO for GRAFT Anniversary beer, the amazing crew of Holzmarkt, Katerschmaus and Säälchen, Sonja Alhäuser for creating an extra-special Anniversary ice-cream sculpture, Frank Duske for an outstanding live performance by Kat Koan and every single person wo helped us celebrate this magical night!

Photo (c) Marie Wonka

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT IFA 2019

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On the occasion of the conference ‘Shift Automotive’ at IFA 2019, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture entitled “Changing parameters: the future of mobility“. The overarching topic of this year’s conference is “The Digital Revolution in Mobility – Future Needs, Innovations and Visions”.

Sharing models for cars or jobs are part of a new urbanity that requires innovations in mobility and blurs old boundaries. The city and its periphery are converging, and distances within the city will become increasingly shorter in the future. The physical and mental mobility of society is growing, and with it the field of activity of architects.

In our studios, we are currently not only concerned with building design, but also with mobility concepts for the near and distant future. For some years now, GRAFT has been working with leading providers in the field of electromobility and developing concepts at the interface between architecture and mobility.

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 4:15 pm
Where: IFA, Messe Berlin

More informationen >> https://bit.ly/323xFgy

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ICE-STADION SCHIERKE WAS AWARDED WINNER AT ICONIC AWARDS 2019

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We are proud to announce that our project ICE-STADION SCHIERKE was honored „Winner“ at this year’s ICONIC AWARDS in the category „Innovative Architecture“. ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture, established by the German Design Council, is the first independent international architecture and design competition to take into account the interplay between the various disciplines. The focus of the award is on holistic production and interaction between the trades in the context of architecture.

 

Learn more about ICE-STADION SCHIERKE in our portfolio.

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GRAFT KEYNOTE AT HITZACKER SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

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GRAFT Founding Partner Thomas Willemeit, alongside Marianne Birthler, will give a lecture on UNBUILDING WALLS and the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon at Hitzacker Summer Music Festival; Germany’s oldest chamber music festival:

When: Saturday, August 8, 2:30pm
Where: VERDO Concert Hall, Dr.-Helmut-Meyer-Weg 1, 29456 Hitzacker

More information >> https://bit.ly/2Zq8ynm

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GRAFT PANEL: LARS KRÜCKEBERG AT DEMANIO MARITTIMO KM 278

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On July 19th 2019, for the ninth year in a row, architecture, arts and design will be celebrated at km 278 of the Adriatic coast, on Marzocca beach (Senigallia). This year’s main theme is Eurotopia, interpreted both as the last “possible utopia” and as a space for representation and for social, cultural and professional development. GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will participate in a panel on Biennale 2019 with the title “May we stand on interesting beaches”.

 

When: July 19th, 1pm
Where: Marzocca Beach, Senigallia, Italy

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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

RaumZeitCollage

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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