The Kikula in Altoona-Park St.Pölten serves as a creative interface between children and artists, art and nature. It conveys different forms of visual and performing arts in a playful and integrative way, thus promoting cross-generational cultural understanding. The prerequisite for this is a space that connects different art and cultural media, creators and learners, as well as the diverse nature of the park. A structure in which thresholds and borders are replaced by a flowing landscape.
In Schierke, a district of Wernigerode at the foot of the Harz Mountains, GRAFT was commissioned to renovate a listed natural ice rink. GRAFT proposed a dramatic roof structure anchored at just two points, which provides protection from rain, snow and sunlight but also frames the view of the mountains and sky beyond—its characteristic poise and elegance is indeed a response to the surrounding landscape.
The Showpalast seats 1,700 spectators in front of a 40-metre-long stage specially designed for the unique horse show. The layout ensures that all visitors have a clear and close-up view of the stage due to the limited number of rows.
With the inclusive mix of living, shopping, creative offices, galleries, hotels, restaurants, cinemas, and night clubs, DOWNTOWN strives to become the new 24 hour lifestyle centre of Dalian.
Yantai Qidi Science and Technology Park is planned as a world-class environment for technological development combining high-quality offices with living and leisure.
City Center is a mixed-use, 18 million square feet development by MGM Mirage that features buildings by several world-renowned architects. The unique 76 acre urban resort is located in the heart of Las Vegas’ famed Strip and is a collection of luxury hotels, condominiums, casinos, shopping facilities, and entertainment venues, which include Aria, Vdara, the Mandarin Oriental, Veer Towers and Crystals. To date, it is the largest privately financed development in the history of the United States and is also the largest LEED Certified project in the world.
After two decades of infrastructural and urban development, China is now also expanding rapidly in the tourism sector. To promote faster growth, the Chinese government declared several “tourism formation zones”. One of these is the area around the spectacular Changbai volcano in the province Jilin. GRAFT was asked to design and plan the “Changbai Mountain Slopes”. The entire project extends to six million m² at three different locations.
Conceived as a singular object, this project challenges the traditional city scale in a desert master development zoned for vehicles. While the density of program was a driving factor for this approach, it was primarily driven by the desire to create a large-scale interior world, detached from the surrounding developments.