In October, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a trend lecture at the Austrian network organization “Holzcluster”. He spoke about future trends and their impact on our working and living environment. At the event he was interviewed about the building material ‘wood’ and its potential in modern architecture. The German interview is now on youtube:
The founders of Solar Fountain gGmbH Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT founding partner), Georg Bernwieser, Christine Janezic, Rolf Huber und Andreas Spieß (from left to right)
© Siemens Stiftung
We are very pleased to formally announce the formation of the non-profit organization Solar Fountain gGmbH. It is a joint project between SOLARKIOSK AG and the Siemens Stiftung, whose focus will be on establishing a reliable supply of clean energy, purified water, and quality products & energy services through implementations of solar-powered kiosks. Local entrepreneurs will operate all kiosks and their business activities will contribute to the social, economic, and environmental development of their communities.
Siemens Stiftung is the company foundation of Siemens AG. It was founded in 2008 and takes on non-profit projects in the fields of basic services, education, and culture. Since 2010, Siemens Stiftung has been implementing water kiosks in East Africa.
SOLARKIOSK AG enables and empowers the sustainable economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions. SOLARKIOSK AG fosters local entrepreneurship at the BoP by intertwining an inclusive business model with an award-winning technology solution: the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB. The first unit was successfully implemented in 2012. Since then, SOLARKIOSK has established six country subsidiaries and is involved with projects on three continents. By founding Solar Fountain gGmbH, SOLARKIOSK AG is committed to increasing engagement in the non-profit sector and maximize the positive impact in BoP communities by enabling access to safe drinking water and further crucial services.
The partnership between the two organizations began in 2013 when SOLARKIOSK AG was recognized as the winner of the Siemens Stiftung Empowering People Award. The competition recognizes technical solutions that achieve a sustainable improvement in the basic services of developing regions. The expertise and experience of both partners is being combined within Solar Fountain gGmbH to jointly strengthen the supply of basic services in developing countries.
Early this year GRAFT created some interior visualizations for the rug manufacturer OBJECT CARPET in order to promote their new rug configurator “RUGX-Konfigurator” at the international interior show imm cologne.
We are delighted to announce that the visualizations and the configuration tool will receive the Red Dot Design Award 2015 in the category “Communication Design”.
The Red Dot Award: Communication Design is hosted annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is geared to all creative minds with strong communication campaigns. With more than 7.400 applications from 53 countries in 2015, the Red Dot Award: Communication Design is one of the world’s largest design competitions today.
The awarding ceremony “Red Dot Gala & Designer’s Night” will take place on the evening of November the 6th at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
The Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle invited GRAFT to design a sculpture interpreting the topic „StadtErtasten“ (“touching the city shape”). Yesterday it was displayed within the program of „STADTSINNE. Stadt sehen, riechen, schmecken, hören und anfassen!“ (See, smell, taste, hear and touch the city!) of the “Xenopolis” exhibition in the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin. Together with productions of the sound artist Christopher Dell and the smell researcher Sissel Tolaas, the GRAFT sculpture was presented on the Phantom Table and provided the opportunity, to experience the city of Berlin with all senses. The door handle cubes were created in cooperation with FSB – Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH.
The exhibition “Xenopolis” focuses on the city as a living organism and is presented as part of the event series “STADT/BILD Image of a City“. The project is a consortium of leading Berlin exhibition halls.
The new Immobilienreport 2016 has been published on October 13th: GRAFT was commissioned to write the report for the German Zukunftsinstitut, a company committed to trend research and consultancy. The publication is the second study on trends within the real estate market and architecture written by GRAFT.
How will the design and construction of buildings be different from previous approaches? How does this affect and transform the processes of building, operating and using real estate? And how will architecture connect the virtual and the real world?
Christoph Korner, from GRAFT Los Angeles and Chair of Interior Architecture at Woodbury School of Architecture in Burbank, California, will be leading a panel discussion at Boutique Design New York on Monday, November 9, 2015.
November 9, 2015 at 2:30pm
Star Tech: Innovations That Will Take Interiors to the Outer Limits
Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 W 34th Street, New York, Hall 1E16
The panel will discuss recent and future trends in the use and application of new technologies in the hospitality industry. 3D printing, spray-on fabrics and holographic meeting rooms are shaping hospitality design today. Other panelists include Paige Francis, VP Global Brand Management, Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands (Aloft, Element, and Four Points), Giovanni Palma, Director, MDH Hologram, José Ignacio Domecq, CEO, Fractalia.
We are very happy to announce that SOLARKIOSK is one of three winners of the 2015 Ecosummit Award! The ceremony was part of the ECO15 London event that included 160 participants from various fields of green innovation and businesses that focus on green energy, mobility and buildings – the 3 pillars of the sustainable energy transition. In total, 46 companies pitched their projects to a distinguished audience and various panels discussed access to new sources of capital for smart green startups. For detailed information about the event and about other award-winning projects click on the link below.
Supervisory Board Member Mr. Andrew Reicher, attended the event in London along with Solarkiosk CEO Andreas Spiess, and received the prestigious Ecosummit Award on behalf of our company.
We are looking forward to the next Ecosummit 2016, which will be held in Berlin at the Radialsystem in April 2016.
On Friday, October 9th, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a lecture at the Austrian network organization “Holzcluster”.
He spoke about future trends and their impact on our working and living environment as well as new opportunities for architects and urban designers.
Lars Krückeberg “Future Working and Living“
Zukunftszentrum Holz Steiermark: Von der Immobilien zur Mobilien – Leben, Arbeiten und Wohnen in bewegten Zeiten
09 October 2015, 12.00-18.00
The Global Creative Network Platoon just published their second edition of PLATOON MAGAZINE with a focus on temporary spaces. With an article about SOLARKIOSK, they take a closer look at the projects efforts to address energy needs of rural communities in Africa: “As temporary structures, SOLARKIOSKs are a first step toward self- sufficiency for communities where no electricity is available, or energy comes at high financial and environmental costs.”
On September 4, we celebrated the roofing ceremony at the construction site of our Hotel Bostalsee in the South West of Germany.
The core of the GRAFT design is to capture and enrich the spirit of the specific location. In accordance with this idea, the building figure develops out of the surrounding topography. The building draws upon the impact and harmony of its context to create a new identity for the site and surrounding, creating not only a building, but a destination.
The gross building area consists of around 11,800qm, including the outdoor wellness areas and the covered parking spaces.
Photo © Peter Gross Bau
Scenography, Narrative and Intention in Architecture for a curious and responsible Society
Thomas Willemeit, founding partner of GRAFT, will speak this Thursday, the 10th of September 2015 at the Strelka Institut in Moscow about the connection of architecture, technology and smartness, which will lead us to the understanding of architecture as an integral part of the nature of our global man made environment. He will introduce architecture not only as a result of needs and functions, limited by costs and laws.
The Strelka Institute is a non-governmental educational institution, which promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its education in cultural and physical landscapes in Russia and is aimed to young international specialists with backgrounds in architecture, design, the social sciences, and other fields.
On Friday, September 4th, the GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give an introduction about new ways in architecture at the Ronald Mc Donald House. He will speak about the courage to take the risk to go in the direction of the unknown to discover new connections, combinations and relations.
September 4th, 2015 4-5 pm
Lars Krückeberg “Neue Wege in der Architektur – Über eine gesunde Kultur des Risikos“
At: Family House Sankt Augustin – Bad Oeynhausen
The TV program ‘Made in Berlin’ (RBB channel) will feature the GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK in an upcoming episode. The program focuses on the most interesting endeavors in Berlin’s thriving start up scene. It will feature interviews with the creative minds behind the SOLARKIOSK project, along with an in-depth look at the design and technical aspects of the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB.
The episode will air on the RBB channel on Wednesday, Aug. 26th 2015, at 10.15pm. It will also be available via RBB’s online livestream, as well as their online media library after the original airing. Some photos of the video shoot are available at the following link:
On Thursday, July 9th 2015 the GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a lecture at the Association of German Architects „BDA“ in Munich.
He will speak about innovation and creativity in relationship to the city and will show some of the current GRAFT projects in Munich, e.g. the extension and renovation of youth hostel Munich.
09.July 2015 19:00
Lars Krückeberg “Wie kommt Kreativität und Innovation in die Stadt?“
At: Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA Bayern, Türkenstraße 34, München
More information and the registration are available at the following link:
From 11–28 June, the Make City Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives will be held in Berlin for the first time.
GRAFT is one of the founding partners and will host lectures and studio talks open to the public! If you’re interested in attending one of the events please register via the links below
THE POTENTIAL OF AN EMPTY CENTRE – SEEKING A MEANINGFUL RESOLUTION FOR THE MARX-ENGELS-FORUM
Monday, June 15, 6-8pm
The Marx-Engels-Forum, which lies between Alexanderplatz and the newest incarnation of the Stadtschloss, is one of the last expanses of undefined area in the centre of Berlin. Here the decision regarding the direction for the city’s future development will be mad: is our urban concept based upon a yearning to heal old wounds, or can Berlin create a new identity for itself? Which position does the creative urban community – always seeking new forms of expression – take on that matter? Can a dialogue between citizens be initiated, that would produce a response that goes beyond a simple yes or no? This panel discussion with the architecture bureau GRAFT and guests hopes to find out.
Thomas Willemeit (GRAFT founding partner)
Alexander Schwarz (David Chipperfield Architects)
Prof. Michael Mönninger (Journalist, Critic and Professor at HBK Braunschweig)
Antje Kapek (Fraktionsvorsitzende, Stadtentwicklungspolitische Sprecherin Bündnis 90 Die Grünen)
David Kasparek (Journalist at “der architekt”)
ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Siemensstrasse 27, 10551 Berlin
THE EVOLUTION OF LEARNING CITIES – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF BERLIN’S RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS
Thursday, June 18, 6-8pm
In addition to economic and demographic aspects, social innovation is playing an increasingly important role in the future development of residential districts. The demand from citizens to participate in the process is also having significant influence upon the direction of urban planning. But where can space be found to develop a radical, new and sustainable model city that respects both market realities and different lifestyles? What, for example, are the negative consequences of initiatives like Tempelhofer Feld 100%? Berlin is a city that’s open to innovation, combining sustainable urban development with active technology transfer: ergo, the perfect conditions for experimental, interdisciplinary city-making. Nevertheless, such debates need to turn talk into action. This workshop will sketch out a framework for the model development of an inner-city area in Berlin that respects both social and demographic changes as well as the need for sustainable approaches.
Presented by Triad Berlin and GRAFT
Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT founding partner)
Alexander Voigt (Expert and advisor of the Federal German Government on energy storage technologies)
Dr. Philipp Bouteiller (CEO Tegel Projekt GmbH)
Franziska Eichstädt-Bohlig (Urban Planer and Politician at Bündnis 90 Die Grünen)
Stefan Richter (Triad)
ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Siemensstrasse 27, 10551 Berlin
ECKWERK BERLIN – START WITH A WOODEN HOUSE
Friday, June 26, 2-4pm
With a proposal comprising of five high wooden housing blocks by the Spree, Eckwerk Berlin is trying to do everything right; seeking answers to social, economic and environmental issues via the creation of an urban housing cooperative that brings together the interests of the creative and architectural communities as well as those of investors and developers. The result: affordable, sustainable living and working space for new communities.
During this studio talk, representatives from architects GRAFT, Kleihues + Kleihues and the Cooperative for Urban Creativity (GuK) will lay out their vision. The participatory process they have initiated is already making the world a little bit better.
Wolfram Putz (GRAFT founding partner)
Johannes Kressner (Kleihues+Kleihues Architekten)
Andreas Steinhauser (Eckwerk)
Dr. Klaus Boemer (CEO Gewobag)
Märchenwald, Holzmarkt Strasse 35, 10243 Berlin
We are very happy to announce that our design for the Old Mill Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia, has been selected for the two prizes at the 8th Annual International Design Awards!
GRAFT was awarded with the First Prize in the Interior Design Competition “Renovation” and with the Second Prize in the category “Commercial”!
IDA honorary juries examined over 1000 entries submitted by architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics from 52 countries throughout the world. The coveted IDA Trophy will be awarded at the official biennial International Design Awards Ceremony at the Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles on May, 4.
GRAFT founding partner and Solarkiosk CTO Lars Krückeberg has been invited to present the Solarkiosk project at the G20-B20 Workshop in Ankara.
G20-B20 WORKSHOP ON INCLUSIVE BUSINESS
SESSION 3: Role of Governments in Supporting Inclusive Business
-Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division Economic policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GMZ) of Germany
-Lars Krückeberg, Co-Founder and CTO, SOLARKIOSK and Dr. Maren Breuer, Head of Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN)
The G20 has sought to incorporate policy contributions from an ever-broader cross-section of society, which are organized under five groups: Business 20, Labor 20, Civil 20, Think 20, and Youth 20.
The Business 20 (B20) outreach group is an influential platform bringing together business leaders from G20 economies, and advocates for critical issues for enterprises. Each year, the B20’s principal task is to facilitate exchanges between business communities from different countries and to develop consensuses around critical issues for businesses. The B20 has been instrumental in providing links between global policymakers—including governments and relevant international institutions—and business communities around the world.
On April 10, GRAFT founding member Christioph Korner will give a lecture at the 2015 INTERIOR DESIGN EMERGING SYMPOSIUM in Miami Beach, Florida.
The theme, “Blurred Lines”, refers to those narrow and vacillating borders between the designs of interior spaces and the objects, forms, and technologies that interact in and out of those spaces. “Blurred Lines” investigates the ever-evolving role of the Interior Architect or Interior Designer as one that creatively touches every part of the built landscape.
The symposium promotes interdisciplinary communication between interior design academics and those practitioners working in all facets of the design field. Influential designers and revolutionary thinkers who blur the lines every day as interior architects and interior designers will share space, ideas, and research findings.
The day-long event will feature keynotes and presentations by Christoph Korner, Karim Rashid and other leading design academics and practitioners. An interactive poster session and lively afternoon Pecha Kucha presentation will fully engage all symposium attendees.
On April 8 GRAFT LA managing director Christoph Korner will give a lecture at BD WEST – a Boutique Design Trade Fair. He will speak during the seminar “Design Mavericks” (1-2pm) at the San Diego Convention Center.
BD THEATER, BOOTH #943
Creative forces whose projects have shaken up the status quo drill down with strategies for helping clients understand a cutting edge vision and for finding solutions to transform untried concepts into fabulous yet functional hospitality spaces.
Moderator: Mary Scoviak, Executive Editor, Boutique Design
Speakers: Christoph Korner, Founding Member, GRAFT; Erla Dögg Ingjalsdóttir, Principal, Minarc; Dezirae Janowicz, Director of Operations, Tandem; Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Principal, Minarc; Ilan Waisbrod, President, Studio GAIA
BDwest made its debut in April 2013, following the successful launch and subsequent growth of sister show Boutique Design New York (BDNY).
Presented by Boutique Design magazine, both shows were created to serve a growing demand for experiential design and a more specialized and personalized trade fair experience in hospitality—one that inspires, surprises and enlightens. And like its New York counterpart, BDwest delivered, garnering accolades from both attendees and trade fair exhibitors in year one.
Last night the annual MIPIM Awards Ceremonies took place in Cannes, France, rewarding the most innovative and groundbreaking projects in real estate. We are very proud to announce that the “Eckwerk” project by GRAFT, Kleihues+Kleihues and GuK received the “Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Award”!
The jury focused on creativity, but also how the design responded to the client’s development brief, and considered the way in which it will impact and contribute to the surrounding architecture and community.
The unique design for Eckwerk was developed in an open dialogue between the architecture firms GRAFT and Kleihues + Kleihues, together with the GuK (Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität), as an exemplary building complex.
The main idea is to create an inspiring and lively space that enables relations between working and living, public sphere and privacy. At the same time the project aims to respond to the social, economic and ecological questions of our time.
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