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BERLIN / PARIS, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 – On Tuesday night the annual MIPIM Awards Ceremonies took place in Paris, France, rewarding the most innovative and groundbreaking projects in real estate. We are very proud to announce that our project WAVE waterside living berlin was awarded the best residential building in the world. The futuristic project alongside Berlin’s riverside won the MIPIM Award 2020 in the category ‘Best Residential Development’ against 228 competitors from 45 countries!

In 2015 our project Eckwerk was awarded with the Architectural Review Mipim Futura Projects Award. We are very proud to hereby continue our success on the banks of Berlin’s river Spree at the Mipim Awards, the ‘Oscars of the Real Estate Industry’!

The prominently staffed jury led by Méka Brunel, CEO of Gecina, shortlisted the best projects in each of the eleven competition categories. The winner was determined on the basis of the jury evaluation and the public voting, which took place online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WAVE is the only project from Germany that could convince the jury.

Visit our WAVE project page to find out more:
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We’re delighted to be part of this year’s Architecture Day Berlin on July 26th and 27th, 2020 with three of our recently completed residential projects Charlie Living, Bricks and WAVE!

Whilst we appreciate the rich interest in our tours, please note that due to the pandemic, we can only admit people with confirmed registrations to the tours.

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The jury committee selected two winners from numerous applications from over fifteen countries for this year’s GRAFT Travel Grant. We congratulate Sindhuri Nandhakumar and Franziska Martin with „Where is our trash?” and Katherine Ball with “Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Floating University Berlin” to their convincing proposals and wish them much joy and success in the realization within the coming months.

We released the open call for this year’s Travel Grant prior to the outbreak of Covid-19. In order to honor the efforts and time that went into the numerous applications, the jury decided to still award this year’s grant, and give the scholars the chance to adapt their projects in the most safe and feasible ways in times of the pandemic, especially in the light of current travel restrictions.

We would like to sincerely thank all applicants for their contributions of an extraordinarily high quality to this year’s call for projects!

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Winning Proposal Nr. 1: ‘Where is our trash?’


For this project, Sindhuri and Franziska will study the story of Danish trash, and go into the nuances of how, a country that is a leader of carbon neutrality and waste management, is still contributing to a very important problem: exporting waste and placing strains on countries that might not be best equipped to handle it.

While official statistics from the government of Denmark show that only a few countries, like Germany and Turkey, receive its trash, this hides an important truth. The journey doesn’t end here. Germany, for instance, exports its own trash, including some that come to its shores from Denmark. When these items are exported onwards to other countries, lile Malaysia, India or Indonesia, the German government marks them as ‘recycled’. That makes for an attractive statistic. After all, shipping plastic waste can be less expensive than storing it at home. But it takes a toll on the countries receiving them.

The research of ‘Where is our trash’ will be depicted in a multi-media story: a podcast and a photographic website — that details the journey of plastic from Denmark to Germany and onwards with interviews with stakeholders including city authorities, trash sorters, environmental experts and residents affected by the trash.

Above all, the two stipendiats are interested in the solutions. How are local communities organising against these practices?

Winning Proposal Nr. 2: ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Floating University Berlin’


To respond to climate change and its consequences for the built environment, Katherine Ball’s  interdisciplinary project brings together art, architecture, education and the environment. It picks up the thread of UNBUILDING WALLS and follows it through fluid territory to the nexus of water, energy, and agriculture. Working with the medium of water, one of the most fugitive resources, it inquires: What might we learn from water, an entity that is in perpetual migration? How might a deeper relationship with water help us think in new ways about migration and adapting to change? Where will this fugitive resource lead us at the end of stationarity?

With the support of GRAFT Travel Grant, this summer Katherine will travel to Berlin to perform public research in a polluted rainwater basin receiving the runoff from the former Tempelhof airport. This basin is the location of Floating University Berlin, an educational experiment that brings together neighborhood residents (including the local

mosque, refugee camp, garden colony, and police station) with students and professors from 25 universities across Europe. Katherine has been involved with Floating University since 2018 when she was awarded a Bundeskanzlerstipendium to work on it for a year as the “Water Filtration and Infiltration” Artist in Residence, during which she developed a biological water filtration system that filtered polluted water on site (

Katherine will continue to play an active role as a member of the Floating University e.V. that has had over 10,000 visitors since its foundation.

In the upcoming months as a GRAFT Travel Grant Scholar Katherine will undertake three applied research activities at Floating University Berlin:

. Grow a vegetable garden in the rainwater basin that experiments with different sources of water.

. Organize a series of water rituals in the basin, with the intention of helping people form deeper relationships with water.

. Work on a prototype for a self-cleaning rainwater basin in collaboration with Raumlabor Architects. The prototype is scheduled to be built at Floating University in 2021.The prototype is set in the polluted rainwater basin inhabited by Floating University Berlin. Polluted water enters the basin, but only clean water leaves.

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1974 – 2020

Our dear friend and inspiring sparring partner Iepe Rubingh is dead. His big heart stopped beating on May 8th 2020.

A curious date, as he was an inspiring historian and storyteller about the complicated relationship of Germany and the Netherlands. We spent many nights at the Schwarz Sauer Bar in Berlin discussing the future of Europe in these changing times. Loving his native country, he made Berlin his second home and became a joyful builder of bridges between Rotterdam, Berlin and the world.

He was our favorite Dutch football fan. With no other would we wear the orange jersey during games of the Elftal that we used to watch together. After some years, we would even shyly hum the Dutch anthem, which he had taught us during tournaments. We particularly celebrated when both our teams played against each other. He would honestly cheer for Germany in 2014, as did we for his team, when it was their turn to try.

He used to joke, that if global warming and rising sea levels would cause the Netherlands to flood, we would form a joined country, becoming unbeatable in football for decades to come.

We shared the love for combining assumed opposites into something ambiguous and new. His invention of Chess Boxing became a sport and an art piece, and is a fixed reference point in all our discussions and lectures at GRAFT. It mirrors perfectly our mutual philosophy about the beautiful complexities of the world and of the unique chances for inspiring surprises it holds. Unforgotten is also the office Christmas party, when most Grafties learned about creativity through their first Chess Boxing match during the Championship Fights in Berlin. And some of us still have their shoes that walked through the 500 liters of color from his art project PAINTING REALITY at Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin.

Whenever we could, we would meet up under the stars in the open somewhere. Floating down the rivers in Germany with our friends was the entry point to be invited to his summer sanctuary at the Ardèche – sleeping out in the cold without a tent, taking an ice bath on the frozen lake or talking at the camp fire about our fathers, who passed too soon.

Iepe was a man with a hunger for life. Always curious for new challenges, he once joined a climbing trip, coming with no experience from the flattest country in Europe.

Sharing the rope with my friend, I felt the joy to stand with Iepe on top of Mont Blanc.

The highest mountain I ever climbed.

We all miss him.

Wolfram, Lars, Thomas and the Grafties

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Trentini Spaces and Design have created a new platform for design discussions, the first talk show for architects and designers on Zoom – Trentini Talk Show. The first season of the show is hosted by Vēsma K. McQuillan, an architect and a professor from Kristiania University College in Oslo.

Every week, an internationally recognized professional in their field will be invited to discuss current topics in architecture and design. 

GRAFT Founding Partner Thomas Willemeit will be guest in the third live stream discussion entitled “Architecture as a Medium”.

More information on Arch Daily >>> or Trentini’s Website >>>

When: 23 April 2020, 3 PM (CET)

Where: Zoom (link will follow)

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GRAFT Brandlab, the Berlin-based agency for brand innovation and partner company of GRAFT, continues its success story of recent years with a new top-caliber dual leadership. As of April 15th, 2020, Nikolaus Hafermaas and Rico Zocher, two experienced and internationally esteemed partners, will head GRAFT Brandlab as its new managing partners. Through their strategic competence and innovative media experience, they strengthen the unique creative profile of the agency in close partnership with GRAFT architects. As a result, the Berlin-based agency significantly expands its expertise in strategic consulting services and the innovative integration of multimedia experiences into the physical environment.

Established in 2014 by the GRAFT founders Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit together with Linda Stannieder, GRAFT Brandlab has consistently taken a holistic approach to the creation of brand experiences, and this new move represents a strategically important step in this development. Nikolaus Hafermaas and Rico Zocher plan to expand and strengthen specific service areas and to enhance and refine its strategic brand consulting profile. Through progressive brand innovation concepts and multidimensional experiences, the agency will place greater focus on enriching the interface between digital and physical brand experiences.

Together, Nikolaus Hafermaas and Rico Zocher broaden the unique profile of GRAFT Brandlab both at a management level and in its creative and conceptual profile.

Nikolaus Hafermaas is an award-winning artist, designer and professor at the renowned ArtCenter College of Design in California, whose Berlin satellite studio he continues to lead as executive director. He began his career at Triad Berlin, where he worked as CCO and principal partner.

Rico Zocher was most recently managing director at Superunion in Hamburg and has 15 years of agency experience (including various positions at MetaDesign). The economics graduate also has experience of the client side through work with Hugo Boss and Verti Insurance.

Together, they will develop forward-looking ideas for GRAFT Brandlab’s international client base. Linda Stannieder, who with an interdisciplinary team steered GRAFT Brandlab to success within a few years, is leaving the agency at her own request to pursue new professional challenges. She is confidently handing over ongoing projects, clients and employees to the new managing partners.

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In view of the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus we have taken all necessary precautions in recent weeks to protect the health of all employees, their families and our customers. With the help of efficient digital routines we are able to continue all current projects as planned.

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Our founding partner and CEO Thomas Willemeit will hold a keynote entitled ‘DISSOLVING BORDERS’ at the multinational software corporation SAP’s headquarter in Walldorf, Germany.

With SAP Design Talks experts from some of the world’s strongest brands are invited to share their inspiring stories behind the design of their products.

The award-winning talks have hosted many renowned design experts from brands as diverse as BMW, Amazon, Ubisoft, Coca-Cola, Nike and Cirque du Soleil. They take place at SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, with additional locations in Bangalore, Montreal and Shanghai.

Date: February 26, 2020

Where: SAP HQ, Walldorf, Germany

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We’re delighted to announce that our project Ice Stadium Schierke Feuerstein Arena was nominated for the AIT Award in the category Sports and Leisure.

A total of 943 projects were registered. After a preliminary check for completeness, 877 competition entries from 47 countries were admitted to the AIT Award 2020 l Best in Interior and Architecture.

In autumn 2019, architects, interior designers and designers worldwide were invited to submit implemented projects for the AIT Award 2020 l Best in Interior and Architecture. The competition, which was launched in 2012, immediately became one of the largest competitions for architecture and interior design worldwide with entries from 47 countries. As in previous years, the AIT Award 2020 l Best in Interior and Architecture combines interior design and architecture in one prize and focuses on the world’s architectural centres (Europe, North America, Middle East and Far East). This year’s AIT Award is divided into 14 different categories. All types of architectural projects and interiors completed after 30 June 2017 were eligible for submission. An internationally renowned jury consisting of architects and interior designers awards one first prize per category as well as 2nd and 3rd prizes and special mentions.


Walter Angonese, Walter Angonese Architekt, IT-Kaltern

Kim Marc Bobsin, Seel Bobsin Partner, DE-Hamburg

Ester Bruzkus, ester bruzkus architekten, DE-Berlin

Simon Frommenwiler, HHF Architects, CH-Basel

Werner Frosch, henning larsen architects, DK-Copenhagen

Marieke Kums, Studio Maks, NL-Rotterdam

Roger Riewe, Riegler Riewe Architekten, AT-Graz

Amandus Samsøe Sattler, Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, DE-Munich

Christian von Wissel, HSB, DE-Bremen

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From March 10 – 13, 2020 GRAFT will be present at the international real estate fair MIPIM in Cannes. You will find us with a booth at the German Pavilion ( Riviera Hall, Booth R07.G38), as well as a shortlisted candidate with our project WAVE at MIPIM Awards in the category Residential Development. The Award Ceremony will take place on March 12 at Palais de Festivals in Cannes.

We very much appreciate your voice in the elections of the Award winner, but even more to see you there!

For meetings with our founding partner Thomas Willemeit please contact us via email (>>> or via telephone ( >> +49 (0) 30 30645103-17)

For more information on the GRAFT booth please visit the >>> Website of the German Pavilion on MIPIM

More information on the award can be found on the >>> MIPIM Award Website

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On the occasion of African Drone Forum in Kigali,  Rwanda our Founding Partner Lars Krueckeberg will give a a keynote. Since winning the competition in 2019, GRAFT is the designer for the landing infrastructure and landing pads, so called VoloPorts, of fully electronic air taxi Volocopter.

Emerging technologies can play a vital role in improving the lives of people in hard-to-reach rural communities across the continent, increasing resilience, and leapfrogging existing infrastructure to deliver significant socio-economic benefits. The African Drone Forum is a timely multi-stakeholder engagement programme that will take place in 2020 in Rwanda, a country already using drone technology to improve the lives of its citizens. This Forum will showcase the latest drone technology, convene experts and regulators together in a Symposium, and challenge drone companies to take part in flying competitions with real-world elements.

When? February 5-7, 2020

Where? Kigali, Rwanda

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We are delighted to announce that our lately completed residential project ‘WAVE waterside living berlin’ was shortlisted for the MIPIM Award in the category ‘Best Residential Development’!

The final winner will be announced during MIPIM on 12 March 2020 at Palais des Festivals in Cannes! We hope to see you there.

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More on WAVE >>> on our project page

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GRAFT Founding Partner will be a workshop speaker on the Foreign Trade Day Architecture, Planning and Construction on the topic ‘Europe and Africa – Building New Partnerships together’.

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Where: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

More information >>> on the website of NAX

Workshop with GRAFT Founding Partner Lars Krueckeberg: ‚Sustainability in Africa – What does it take?‘

13h00 – 14h30

Workshop Participants:

S. E. Dr. Abdallah Saleh Possi, Botschafter der Vereinigten Republik Tansania

– Phyllis Chege, Afrika kommt! / GIZ

– Lars Krückeberg, GRAFT (Solarkiosk)

– Ludwig Pfeiffer, Ludwig Pfeiffer Hoch- und Tiefbau

– Erwin Nolde, Nolde & Partner

– Till Gröner, supertecture / Young Bavarian Architects

– Thilo Vogeler, Foreign Trade Chamber for East Africa. Kenya

Presenter: Katja Hellkötter, Constellations International

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Save the Date: Our founding partner Lars Krueckeberg was one of the winners of the Villa Massimo scholarships for the academic year 2018/19. On January 25 and 26 the scholarship holders’ works, which was created during the residency in Rome, will be on view at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Join us!

When: January 25 and 26, 2020

Where: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin GERMANY

More information >>> on the website of Villa Massimo.

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On the occasion of H.O.M.E magazine’s 20st birthday we were invited by the editors to design „THE HOME 2020“, which can be seen fully fitted out in the magazine’s jubilee edition! The 3D Modell and VR Tour can be seen for the first time at imm cologne January 13-19, 2020 and throughout Europe afterwards.

Address: Imm Cologne, Messe Köln, Halle 11.2 H-020/J-021

Date: January 13 – 19, 2020

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GRAFT and Marianne Birthler announce a second round of Graft Travel Grants!

2018 marked the 28th anniversary of the fall of the inner German border wall and the point at which the Wall had been gone for exactly as long as it had existed. GRAFT and Marianne Birthler, the curators of the German Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, took this parallel as an opportunity to explore the topic of “UNBUILDING WALLS”. Following on from the exhibition and the issues it raised, the curators announced two Travel Grants with a value of 3000 € each.

Applications should be sent to and be submitted by 14 March 2020.

Find out more on the project page >>

Applications Documents can be downloaded >>> here!

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We’d like to wish you Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year! We’re already looking forward to 2020, with lots of exciting news and projects to share with you in the coming months.

Carry on reading for our highlights of 2019 and a sneak peek to 2020 here >>>

Yours sincerely,
Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit, Sven Fuchs, Dennis Hawner, Georg Schmidthals and all GRAFTies

(c) Besher Alyoussef

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On the occasion of Management Forum in Starnberg GRAFT Partner Georg Schmidthals will give a keynote entitled ‘Flexible Workspaces – Workplaces for Digital Nomads’. The overarching topic of the conference is ‘Future Offices 2019’.

When: November 3, 2019, 9:30 am

Where: Management Forum Starnberg, Maximilianstraße 2b, 82319 Starnberg, Germany

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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.”

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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 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 >>

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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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

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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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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.



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

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

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

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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:

Language: Italian


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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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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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.


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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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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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 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

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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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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:

Exhibition text (available in German and italian only)

Relativer  Kosmos – fragmentierter Oikos


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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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

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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.

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Photo Credit: © Hiepler Brunier

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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

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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

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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

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