Tasked with designing a new space for the KfW Campus, a creative laboratory dedicated to addressing the future demands of the KfW Bank, GRAFT proposed the addition of two-stories to the company’s current location near the Gendarmenmarkt in the center of Berlin. This new creative lab is conceived as a clearly recognizable, accessible place of inspiration within the city block.
FROM DEATH STRIP TO FREESPACE For 28 years, Germany has been united – exactly as long as the Berlin Wall existed (1961–1989). On the occasion of this parallel, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler are curating the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls” at the German Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
The Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art—or Urban Nation Museum for short—is the first museum for urban art in Germany and is housed in a former residential building in the Schöneberg district of Berlin.
GRAFT’s proposal for the Viking Age Museum in Oslo is located in a unique historic and spatial setting as part of the open-air museum on the Bygdøy peninsula. The rich and colourful history of the Vikings as told in the exhibitions of the Viking Museum unfolds as one progresses through the museum and across the site that the new extension occupies.
GRAFT’s design for the building responds to the existing architecture of the Reichstag at the northern end of the Tiergarten. The form of the building reveals an immediate connection, emerging out of the ground like the “roots of democracy”. At its heart is a space that echoes that of the plenary hall in the Reichstag building and informs visitors about their visit.
The Russian Jewish Museum will inject a new lease of life into one of the most spectacular landmark buildings in Moscow, the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage by Konstantin Melnikov. The enormous, 154m x 54m structure will become the new home of the Russian Jewish Museum, accommodating a series of museum studios, a museum for children, a learning center, large multipurpose areas, temporary exhibition spaces, an 800-seat auditorium and smaller lecture halls, a restaurant and bar, a museum shop and space for office administration and museum staff.