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On March 22, 2018, the builders, the contractor Bauwerk Capital and the architects of GRAFT jointly celebrated the completion of the shell construction as an important milestone of the residential project WAVE Waterside Living in Stralauer Allee in Berlin.
Project developer Bauwerk Capital headquartered in Munich brought Bavarian hospitality and atmosphere to the Spree for the topping-out ceremony. The event was celebrated with a total of 200 guests.
The two-part building complex WAVE Waterside Living Berlin with 161 condominiums will be completed by spring 2019.


Photo: The Kreuzberg yodelling queen Doreen Kutzke is surrounded by Thomas Willemeit, Wolfram Putz and Lars Krückeberg, all Founding Partners of GRAFT, Jens Portale, Polier KoHa AG, Jürgen Schorn, Managing Partner Bauwerk Capital, Roderick Rauert, Managing Partner Bauwerk Development and Alexander Sälzle, Project Manager Bauwerk Development (from left to right).


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For the third year in a row the office space turnover in Berlin, Germany has reached a new record while the rate of rentable office spaces is still sinking. How can the need be operated facing the sharpened situation and which requirements will the office of the future have to deal with?


The Real Estate Forum takes place in Hotel de Rome in Berlin. On tuesday, March the 20th Graft founding partner Thomas Willemeit will portrait the requirements and concepts for the office of the future during his lecture “Work enviroment 4.0” on the side of Ulf Buhlemann and Marcel Sedlák.


When: March, 20th, 17:00-18:30

Where: Hotel de Rome, Behrenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin

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In May 2018 a huge lettering will be created as a monument for freedom in front of Berlin’s central station entrance facing Washingtonplatz. The project is part of the new “be Berlin” #FREIHEITBERLIN (FREEDOMBERLIN). As a result, the tag will become the new monument in the dimensions of 25 meters times 2,5 meters.  GRAFT will design the lettering in cooperation with GRAFT Brandlab GmbH.


Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, Berlin Partner and local artists called all citizens of Berlin to participate and design a piece of freedom: “Berlin lives and loves freedom. We, as citizens of this beautiful city, will never forget, that peace and freedom are not always natural state. With this project, we want to commit to our self-evidence that the capital has developed through its history and place a creative landmark towards cosmopolitanism and tolerance since it’s the 28th annual of Berlin’s reunion, the same time period the wall was dividing our city.”


As a part of the project “Denk Mal an Freiheit” the three GRAFT founding Partner Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit have a clear point of view towards the topic: “Berlin is and will be rebellious, but still searching. The art and the courage of breaking boundaries and deconstructing walls are a part of the city’s character- which is the city’s biggest potential for the future. The project #FreiheitBerlin portraits that perfectly.”


Berlin Art Bang, known for their effective project „THE HAUS“, are looking for creative co-designers for the first part of the project. Marco Bollenbach, Jörn Reiners and Kimo von Rekowski, who are part of the art collective Die Dixons, say: ”After the team of Berlin Partner told us about the project, it was obvious for us, that we have to be a part of it. Berlin is our city and we will support everyone who stands up for freedom, art, and tolerance.”


Everybody has the chance to apply and design the six letters BERLIN. There is one condition: The designs have to be adaptable on every letter and visualize the sense of freedom.


The installation will be a part of Berlin’s first Mural Festival, which will take place from May the 14th until the 21st, 2018.

Everyone interested can apply with their idea until April 13th on www.be.berlin.

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On Friday March 9 2018 the builders on the site, the client Trockland, and the GRAFT architects commonly celebrated the topping out ceremony on the project site of “Charlie Living“. The constructed complex will be composed by 241 apartments and 48 service-apartments in future. Moreover a building with a mixed function will repair the historical gap. It will comprise apartments for rent with a community space and reception along with an apartment hotel, shops, and a restaurant on an area of 33,200 sqm in total.


The building is structured in a two leveled base that picks up the line of the adjacent historical buildings and frames a glazed section that picks up the height of the former Berlin Wall at this point. The courtyard is characterized by domestic and non-native plants and creates a green oasis in the urban surrounding, creating a calm atmosphere. A roof garden completes this hybrid “garden city” in the heart of Berlin.


The project will be completed in 2019.

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On Thursday, March 8th, the annual ReCon (Real Estate Conference Berlin) takes place in the atrium of the Kollhoff Tower, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. The topic of the conference is the ongoing conflict in the residential policy, between the rise of new buildings and the governmental regulation. Is housing really affordable for everyone?

During the conference, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit takes part in a panel discussion, analyzing the urban building plot models and trying to answer the question about aspiration and reality on the side of Anne Keilholz (CEO of STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH), Daniel Riedl (CEO & Chairman of BUWOG group), and Florian Schmidt (District Councillor for the Department of Construction, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg).

The discussion will be moderated by Niclas Karoff (Chairman of TLG IMMOBILIEN AG).


When: Thursday, March, 8, 2018, 3:30 pm

Where: Greenberg Traurig, Atrium, Kollhoff Tower, Postdamer Platz 1, 10785 Berlin


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On Friday, March 9, the Berlin Chamber of Architects is organizing a celebration to mark the opening of its annual exhibition “da! Architecture in and from Berlin “. 66 construction projects are presented here as an example of current Baukultur in Berlin. Among them is BRLO Brwhouse, the mobile brewery by GRAFT, which has been constructed in the Berlin Park am Gleisdreieck in 2017. It is shown in the exhibition category Office, Commerce & Trade.


The vernissage on March 9 begins at 7 pm at stilwerk Berlin, Kantstraße 17 in 10623 Berlin.


The exhibition will be open from March 10 to April 7, from 8 am to 8 pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Admission is free.

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With the lecture „Building destinations“, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit addresses the increasing relevance of sustainable hospitality concepts, their opportunities and challenges in the course of future urban developments and trends.

The lecture is part of the supporting program “Hospitality – More than design” by the Heinze Networking Company and the Landesmesse Stuttgart in co-operation with the R + T- world’s leading trade fair for roller shutters, gates and sun protection. It takes place On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 between 2 and 6 pm and is a meeting of decision-makers from the architecture, design, and the interior industry.


When: February 28, 2018, 2 – 6 pm

Where: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH, Messepiazza 1, 70629 Stuttgart


The participation as well as the entrance to the R + T are free of charge.
Further information on registration: https://hospitality.heinze.de/

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Since February 2018, the latest GRAFT publication FUTOPOLIS. Stadt, Land, Zukunft is available. Together with the Zukunftsinstitut, GRAFT is presenting a study that sheds light on the development of the megatrend urbanization and raises the question of the design of our living spaces in the future.


More and more people live in cities around the world, making them the most powerful actors and key problem solvers in a globalized world. Therefore, FUTOPOLIS not only captures changes and trend phenomena in large cities, but also shares a view into urban as well as rural habitats as places of identity. In both places, open and forward-looking thinking are crucial.


The connectedness of cities so called “Smart Cities” currently arise high hopes for an evolution, because a smart city by definition includes all important aspects for a livable city: information, connectivity, mobility, security and sustainability.


This creates new opportunities, though technology alone is not the answer. Challenges for the next stages of urban evolution are alternative housing solutions, new technical and social infrastructures, improving mobility and promoting culture, education and health.



Further information: https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/futopolis/

The publication is only available in German.

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On Tuesday, February 20, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a lecture at the 28th annual start for real estate decision-makers QUO VADIS 2018 in Berlin. He will explain why developing countries such as in Africa are increasingly establishing themselves as drivers of lean solutions and as a good example with learning character also for the urban metropolises of tomorrow.

With his lecture “The Future of Residential Living. Learning from Africa “, Lars Krückeberg questions the permanent dynamics of the real estate industry a with clear visions of the future.

The event Quo Vadis is dedicated to the future topics of the real estate industry and is organized by the networking company Heuer Dialog.


When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 12:15 pm

Where: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany


For further information visit: https://www.heuer-dialog.de/veranstaltungen/10876/quo-vadis-2018

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On February 5, Germany has been united exactly as long as the Berlin Wall existed (1961-1989) – 28 years. On the occasion of this parallel the curators of the German Pavilion Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit, and Marianne Birthler presented first details about their exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS today at an official press conference at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Berlin. State Secretary Gunther Adler and the Director of the Berlin Wall foundation Axel Klausmeier also gave speeches.

With UNBUILDING WALLS, the curators also use this parallel as an opportunity to examine the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon.


Further information about the exhibition and press material can be looked up on the official website www.unbuildingwalls.de


The 16th International Architecture Biennale will take place from May 26th to November 25th 2018 (Preview May 24th and 25th) in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and around other venues in Venice.

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The seventh presentation of the Top hotel Opening Award is fast approaching! Embedded in the “Top Hotel Day”, an illustrious award ceremony will be held on February 3rd to decide whether the Hotel & Spa Seezeitdlodge will be the winner in the “Leisure” category. The award ceremony will begin at 10.15 with a jury talk on the FOKUS Hotel stage, the award ceremony will start at 11.30 and will be moderated by Michael Sporer (Bayerischer Rundfunk).


When: Saturday, 03.02.2018

Where: Messe Stuttgart, Messepiazza 1, 70629 Stuttgart, Germany

Day ticket: from 30,-€

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THAT WAS 2017!

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An eventful year lies behind us in which we were able to complete several projects and put ourselves to task in assignments and competitions. Some projects we will carry over into the coming year, including the Architecture Biennale in Venice. In cooperation with Marianne Birthler, we are curating the German Pavilion in 2018 under the title “Unbuilding Walls”, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.


We wish you a pleasant end to the year and good luck and success for 2018 – we look forward to the challenges of the New Year!


Many thanks to all our partners and companions who enrich, support and challenge us in our professional lives.

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After 18 months of construction time the Feuerstein Arena at the foot of the Harz Mountains in Schierke will officially open on Friday December 15th and be open to the public from December 16th.


In 2013, GRAFT won the European architecture tendering for the reactivation of the former natural ice stadium and convinced the jury with their unique roof construction, developed in collaboration with schlaich bergermann partner.

The roof structure of 2,700 square meters is anchored in just two points, positioning itself with natural lightness and elegance. The historic stadium area has been transformed into a multifunctional arena becoming a touristic attraction for the area and is available for leisure activities in winter time as well as during the summer months. Two new buildings on the eastern and western side of the stadium host the gastronomic offer and further functional spaces.


The opening begins with a warm welcome by the mayor of Wernigerode Peter Graffert and carries on with three short welcoming speeches of the Minister for Regional Development and Transport in the state of Saxony-Anhalt Thomas Webel, the Minister for Economy, Science and Digitalization in the state of Saxony-Anhalt Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann as well as of GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg.


The celebrations begin at 3 pm with a light art project followed by some public events like an ice hockey penalty-shot-series, an ice dancing show and an ice disco in the evening.


For further information visit the German webpage https://www.schierker-feuerstein-arena.de/


For more information about the project, please visit https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/ice-stadium-schierke/


(Image by Matthias Bein)

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BRLO BRWHOUSE is part of the exhibition „Berlin – Madrid Public.Space“, which is opening on Wednesday evening, 06.12.2017 at the Chamber of Architects in Berlin.


The exhibition was developed together with the Chamber of Architects Madrid (COAM) and shows 14 selected projects of the public area, which stand as example for the younger urban development of both metropolises.


The head of the Chamber of Architects Berlin Christine Edmaier will open the exhibition together with José Ezquiaga, head of the Chamber of Architects Madrid.


The exhibition takes place within the symposium „Berlin – Madrid: architecture in consultation“, which supports the international debate about the constructed environment and discusses current occupational questions.



When: December, 6th, 2017, 7 pm

Where: Chamber of Architecture Berlin, Alte Jakobstraße 149, 10969 Berlin


Entry free


For further information please visit the German website https://www.ak-berlin.de/nc/baukultur/veranstaltungen/ausstellungseroeffnung-berlin-madrid-public-space.html?event=334

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture for students of the Technical University of Vienna on Tuesday, December 05th 2017. Within the tarp_, The Airport_city Research Project of the University he will give an overview of the recent GRAFT projects.


The lecture takes place at the auditorium 7 – Schütte-Lihotzky in the main building.


When: 05.12.2017, 7 pm

Where: TU Vienna, main building, auditorium 7 – Schütte-Lihotzky

Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna/ Austria in court 2, staircase 7



For further information visit http://www.raumgestaltung.tuwien.ac.at/nachrichten/graft.html

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz participates at the symposium „Shared Building“ taking place on Monday, December 4th in Berlin. Initiated by the creators of Holzmarkt, the event aims to start a discussion on changes in the utilization of buildings also in terms of future sustainability.

Within this topic area the utilization concept of the project Eckwerk will be also discussed in conversation with Jan Kleihues of Kleihues + Kleihues and further participants.


The Holzmarkt invites planner, architects, developer, politicians and interested parties, to discuss the future of sustainability of building and utilization. Therefor innovative utilization concepts, development approaches, practical examples and legal challenges are being considered.


When: Monday, December 04th, 2017 / 7-9 pm (entry 6.30pm)

Where: Säälchen, Holzmarkt, Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin


For the registration, please send a mail to symposium@holzmarkt.com

For more information about the project Eckwerk, please visit www.eckwerk.com/en

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On Friday, November 24, 2017, the celebrations for the topping-out ceremony of the new office building of Trilux in Cologne took place.

GRAFT designed a modern building, which supports establishing an address as an attractive location by its landmark effect. On four floors both work- and meeting rooms as well as areas for different showrooms and an auditorium are planned. A two-storey reception area is conceived as a prominent shop window and public space. It is both a spacious area for meetings and gatherings as well as a display space at the same time.

The new building is set to be completed in 2018.

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On Monday, the 27th of November 2017, GRAFT architect Annette Finke is giving a lecture at the conference light technique of the OSRAM GmbH in Berlin.

With the title „Healing Architecture – Parametric Spatial Design in intensive care units“ she constitutes the impact of architecture and design during the healing process of patients in intensive care with the GRAFT project of the same name.

Along Annette Finke there will be more guests at the conference, dealing with the leading questions „(How) affects light?“ and „What is light doing?“.

When: November 27th, 2017, lecture by GRAFT architect Annette Finke 2.45 pm

Where: OSRAM GmbH, Nonnendammallee 44, 13629 Berlin


For further information please visit http://www.optecbb.de/aktuelles/dokumente/171127_Flyer_HFK_Lichttechnik_OSRAM_Stand_171025.pdf

For the registration go to http://optecbb.de/lang/de/anmeldung_20171127_hfk_licht.php

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At this Year’s “Heinze Architektour Congress” in Berlin, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit is going to give a lecture.

The congress is beginning with an opening event on the 22nd of November and takes place until the 23rd. With a varied program newcomer of the architecture branch as well as well-known architects are going to present.

The organizer Heinze supports architects and planner in Germany with detail planning and is multimedia information partner for building and equipment products.


When: Wednesday, November 22nd 2017, 11.15 am

Where: STATION Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4-6, 10963 Berlin


For more information visit: https://architektour.heinze.de/architektour/kongress-berlin/

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit is going to be chair of the judging panels in the categories of INSIDE: Retail and INSIDE: Health and Education at the World Architecture Festival WAF 2017 taking place in Berlin from November 15th to 17th. As part of the festival there is going to be the award-ceremony to honor architectural projects, which either have been completed or are still in progress.
Besides the ceremony there will also be a comprehensive program with different seminars, workshops, guided tours, parties, and more.


When: 15th to 17th of November 2017
Where: Arena Berlin, Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin


For more information about the program and the event, please visit: https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com

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