AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE PRIZE: TWO AWARDS FOR GRAFT

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We are honored to announce that GRAFT has received two awards in this year’s edition of the American Architecture Prize (AAP). Our project “ausfahrt” Autostadt Roof and Service Pavilion was awarded with a Bronze Prize in the category Industrial Buildings. An Honorable Mention was given to the design of SOLARKIOSK in the category Small Architecture.

The official awarding ceremony took place at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City on October 25, 2016.

The AAP American Architecture Prize honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide.

For more information visit https://architectureprize.com/winners-2016/winner.php?id=2640

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PROJECT STARTS AT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE IN BERLIN

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GRAFT is happy to announce the official planning permission for Charlie Living.

Charlie Living is the first block of a new ensemble of buildings that will repair many of the gaps around Checkpoint Charlie on the Friedrichstrasse in central Berlin.

Charlie Living is a residential project, consisting of 241 apartments and 48 Service-Apartments. Its court yard will be an open and green space, available for the residents but also for people walking by. The western front continues the garden by horizontally planted trees that connect the green court yard with the roof garden.

The section on the Zimmerstrasse comprises apartments for rent with a common room and reception, along with an apartment hotel, shops and a restaurant. Its two-storey, slightly recessed plinth 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. This transparent, almost invisible structure becomes a connecting element that expresses the optimism and cosmopolitan character of the city after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The project is expected to be finished by 2019.

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LARS KRÜCKEBERG SPEAKS AT GLOBAL WELLNESS SUMMIT IN KITZBÜHL

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GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give a keynote interview on “Wellness through Design” at the Global Wellness Summit in Kitzbühl Austria on 18 October 2016. Together with Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses Hotel Resorts & Spas, he will share GRAFTs experience in creating spaces that affect the wellbeing of their users through a holistic architectural approach and good design.

 

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global wellness industries. The 2016 Summit are taking place October 17-19 in Kitzbühel in Tyrol, Austria under the theme of “Back to the Future.”

Please visit http://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/ for further information.

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CHRISTOPH KORNER TO PRESENT AT DESIGN WEEK MEXICO

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Christoph Korner will present “Architecture Activism” at this year’s Design Week Mexico in Mexico City. His presentation will be part of the “Creativity and Change Symposium”.

Christoph Korner is a founding member of GRAFT, an award winning design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Beijing. He is co-author of Architecture Activism, a book published by Birkhäuser De Gruyter. It documents ten projects that specifically address social problems and societal needs around the globe in which architecture is used as a means of actively fostering the development of livable places and environments. Among them is SOLARKIOSK, a self-initiated project that empowers people in off-grid communities by bringing clean energy and light into darkness.

About Design Week Mexico

Design Week Mexico® was founded in 2009 by Emilio Cabrero, Andrea Cesarman, Marco Coello and Jaime Hernández. Throughout its 8 year history, DWM has offered a programming with a wide range of proposals, exhibitions, conferences, installations and documentaries that generate a dialogue between professionals, students and general public to expand the thought that design is an integral part of life and has a significant impact on the way we relate in society.

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EXPO REAL 2016 – LECTURE WITH THOMAS WILLEMEIT

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GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit attends the roundtable on HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENTS – THE OFFICE AS MOVEMENT SPACE at the Expo Real group pavilion of the Federal Chamber of Architects (BAK), the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), the Alliance for affordable housing and construction of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Foundation of Baukultur and the Construction Cost Information Center (BKI) part.

Together with Burkhard Remmers (Wilkhahn) he talks about how architecture can promote occupational health. The discussion will be moderated by Inga Stein Barthelmes (BAK).

TIME 05th October, 2.45 pm

PLACE Expo Real 2016, Messe München, Halle A2, Stand 332

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FIABCI 2016

PARAGON APARTMENTS FINALIST FOR THE FIABCI PRIX D´EXCELLENCE GERMANY 2016

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The recently completed residential complex Paragon Apartments is one of this year’s finalists for the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Germany in the category Living. Another GRAFT project, the residential quarter TelTown achieved a top 20 placement in the same category. Every year the BFW Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen e.V. (Federal Association of Independent Real Estate and Housing Companies) and FIABCI Germany award outstanding project developments in Germany with this prize.
The Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Berlin on 4th November 2016.

 

Detailed information about the FIABCI Prix d´Excellence Germany: www.fiabciprixgermany.com

 

More information about the projects:
https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/paragon-apartments/
https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/teltown/

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WAVE – NEW LIVING QUARTER AT BERLIN’S WATER FRONT

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WAVE is one of GRAFT’s latest residential projects! Two new buildings will be situated directly by the water at the river Spree on the site of the former eastern harbor in Berlin. The construction will begin within this year.

The design focuses on the water front which seems to have washed out the edges of the building complex. The façade has a flowing organic shape. The interpretation of moving water is a formal transformation that links the water of the river Spree and the urban cubic design language of the Stralauer Allee.

On the ground floor there is space for community areas and a garden. All apartments directed towards the Spree have a spectacular view onto the river.

 

For more information visit: https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/wave/

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GRAFT Old Mill Hotel International Architecture Award 2016

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2016 GOES TO OLD MILL HOTEL BY GRAFT

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We are very delighted that our project Old Mill Hotel in Serbia received the International Architecture Award 2016. Organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the awards honor new and cutting-edge design.

 

The Old Mill Hotel presents the transformation of a historic building into a four star hotel. The overall interior concept of re-contextualization fuses the local heritage and the contemporary design into a singular whole: through grafting between old and new, the spirit of the Old Mill lives on in modern attire and becomes a new local landmark.

 

Along with the other winner projects, the Old Mill Hotel will be presented in a traveling exhibition called “The City and the World” that travels throughout Europe opening in Athens, Greece, in 2017. Additionally, all winning projects will also be published in the catalogue “New International Architecture” by Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.

 

All winning projects can be viewed on the following websites:

www.europeanarch.eu or www.chi-athenaeum.org

 

You will find more information about the Old Mill Hotel here:

https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/old-mill-hotel-belgrade/

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World Architecture Festival Eckwerk GRAFT

ECKWERK ANNOUNCED AS FINALIST OF WAF 2016

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We are very proud to announce that our project Eckwerk Holzmarkt is one of the finalist of the World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 in the category Commercial Mixed Use – Future Projects!

 

This year the shortlist includes 343 projects from 58 countries across 32 categories. Our submission will go on to compete against all the other entries in November. All finalists will present the projects live in front of delegates and the international jury at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The winners will then be announced on November 18th during the WAF Gala Dinner.

 

The Eckwerk project was developed in cooperation with Kleihues + Kleihues as well as GuK (Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität). The exemplary complex of buildings seeks to find the answer to the social, economic, and ecological questions of our times. The design takes on the characteristics and qualities of the location.

 

For more information about Eckwerk go to: https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/eckwerk/

To see the WAF shortlist go to: https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/2016-shortlist

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Richtfest Berlin Hauptstraße Bricks

ROOFING CEREMONY OF BRICKS SCHÖNEBERG

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On Thursday, June 23rd, the roofing ceremony of the former post office in the quarter of Berlin Schöneberg has been celebrated. The roof of the post office as well as the roof of its side wings will be activated to be used as office space. The construction project now successfully completed the first phase and this achievement will be celebrated.
The entire roof space of the listed post office and the surrounding building complex that are not in use to date will be developed. The roof of the side wings and the second rear wing will be reconstructed. A tower like structure from the 50s will be renovated as well. Completed by 2017, the building complex will present a unique design that fits within the listed building.

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Tag der Architektur Paragon, Villa M, Elternhaus GRAFT

FULL HOUSE AT THIS YEAR’S “TAG DER ARCHITEKTUR”

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Last weekend, owners and architects opened their buildings to the public all over Germany for “Tag der Architektur”! GRAFT also offered guided tours through three buildings: private residence Villa M (Berlin), multi-family condominium Paragon Apartments (Berlin) and family House Sankt Augustin (Sankt Augustin) attracted over 400 visitors on Saturday alone! We were overwhelmed by the great feedback – thanks to everybody who came out last weekend!

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THREE GRAFT PROJECTS AT DAY OF ARCHITECTURE

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Within the event “Tag der Architektur” (Day of Architecture) GRAFT offers guided tours through three of their projects in Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia. The respective project leaders offer guided tours through the buildings for interested visitors and present a unique insight into the building as well as into the design idea.

 

Berlin

Paragon Apartments, Danziger Straße 73-77, Prenzlauer Berg: open tours at 14, 15h30 and 17h

Villa M, Grunewald: guided tours are already fully booked

 

North Rhine-Westphalia

Family House Sankt Augustin: Registration via BDA Bonn: http://bit.ly/28O8rZT

 

We are looking forward to your visit!

 

This weekend, on June 25th and 26th the Day of Architecture takes place according to the motto “Architecture for All”. All over Germany, architects open their offices and offer guiding tours through their built objects.

 

You can have a look at all open projects and tours on the following homepage:

http://www.tag-der-architektur.de/

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Intersolar Europe GRAFT Lars Krückeberg

GRAFT LECTURE ABOUT SOLARKIOSK AS GATEWAY TO THE BASE OF THE PYRAMID

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On June 21, GRAFT founding partner and co-founder of SOLARKIOSK AG Lars Krückeberg is giving a lecture at the Intersolar Europe conference in Munich. “SOLARKIOSK: The Energy Gateway and Last Mile Distribution to the Base of the Pyramid” is about the self-initiated project by the GRAFT founding partners and Andreas Spiess. The kiosk was designed to be an off-grid solution for sustainable energy provision: It substitutes extremely expensive unclean energy with low-priced and clean solar power and gives access to information for future growth of rural communities.

Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition and conference for the solar industry and functions as trendsetter for industry developments. This year, it takes place from June 21 until June 24 in Munich.

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GRAFT goes Science, Article Paramtric Spatial Design

“GRAFT GOES SCIENCE”

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In cooperation with the hospital Charité Berlin, GRAFT released an article about noise reduction in intensive care units (ICU) that describes the measurable benefits of a reduced noise environment.

The paper was published by IPEM (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) in Psychological Measurements (IOPsience).

Together with the partners from Charité Berlin, GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit, developed a parametric spatial design to reduce detectable stress-inducing factors such as noise, light, disorientation and the lack of privacy, the design was supposed to enable a measurable improvement of the healing process and therefore a significant reduction of the occurrence of delirium and cognitive long-term damages.

The interior concept creates a homely atmosphere through its soft and flowing forms, the use of large surfaces and dark wood floor, indirect light and individually controllable lighting systems. Technical equipment and supply lines were arranged to suit the workflows and still disappear visually from the patient’s perception.

 

Read the full article here: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0967-3334/37/7/1041/meta

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Heimat2 at Architecture Biennale in Venice

HEIMAT2 AT GERMAN PAVILION AT THE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE

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The concept for Heimat2 that GRAFT developed with further project partners is now part of the exhibition “Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country” in the German Pavilion at this years’ Biennale di Architettura in Venice.

Heimat2 is presented along with all projects that took part in the Berlin Award 2016 this spring. The German Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment in cooperation with the German Architecture Museum (Deutsches Architekturmuseum) called for entries this year under the motto “Heimat in der Fremde” (home in foreign land) and therefore honored innovative projects that present an accommodation for refugees, as well as improvements in life quality, and the connectedness into the urban development.

The project Heimat2 does not have the claim to just build dwelling places, but to create quality residential villages that are architecturally appealing and socially integrative. The first building will be realized in 2016 in Berlin. Heimat2 is also working on other solutions on an international level.

www.graftlab.com/heimat2

http://www.makingheimat.de/

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GRAFT NEWS Biennale Venice 2016

GRAFT BOOK LAUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION AT BIENNALE OPENING IN VENICE

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GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit will present their new publication ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM with an official book launch event at BerührungsPUNKTE-Meetingpoint in Palazzo Contarini Polignac on Thursday, 26th of May from 11-12 am during the opening week of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition “Biennale Architettura” in Venice.

 

The book launch will be accompanied by a panel discussion with Ute Weiland (Alfred Herrhausen Society), Joee Osea Addo (Constructs LLC), and Rozana Montiel Saucedo (Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura). The discussion will be moderated by Francesca Ferguson (UrbanDrift).

Free entry with registration via: http://beruehrungspunkte.de/anmeldung/

 

In addition to the book launch event, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit will take part at a symposium of the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA (Association of German Architects) on Saturday, the 28th of May between 11 am and 1 pm at the German Pavilion in Giardini.

Linked to the Biennale contribution of the German Pavilion “Making Heimat – Germany, Arrival Country” the symposium addresses “The Relocation of Humanity” (Der Umzug der Menschheit) due to global refugee movements and climate change. Other participants are Heiner Farwick (President of BDA), Peter Cachola Schmal (Commissioner General German contribution to the Biennale and Director of DAM Frankfurt), Dr. Barbara Hendricks (Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan, (Deputy Director Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research), Prof. Dr. H. C. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Chairman of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)), and Doug Saunders (Author).

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Venice!

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GRAFT NEWS Architecture Activism Publication

NEW PUBLICATION ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM OUT NOW

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With the new publication ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM, GRAFT addresses social problems and societal needs around the globe in which architecture is used as a means of actively fostering the development of livable spaces and environments. GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit state that ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM is about contributing to the world, helping people in need, not just waiting for the next client, but doing something, being active.

The book portrays ten GRAFT projects that specifically follow this approach. Among them are Make It Right Foundation, SOLARKIOSK, and Heimat2. Projects on an international level that show that good design is not a first world privilege.

ARCHITECTURE ACTIVISM is published by Birkhäuser Verlag and is available from 23th May 2016.

http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/472267?rskey=wdzCVE&result=3

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GRAFT News Urban Nation Museum Berlin

GRAFT DESIGNS URBAN NATION MUSEUM IN BERLIN

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Since May 19th, another GRAFT project is ready for construction: the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art (UN Museum) in Berlin Schöneberg. The start of the project was officially announced in the presence of GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit, Secretary of Cultural Affairs Tim Renner, the director of the UN museum Yasha Young and the project initiators Markus Terboven (Gewobag) and Hendrik Jellema (Berliner Leben Foundation). After the completion in summer 2017, the museum will be a globally unique address for exhibitions, research, and exchange for urban art.

 

The architectural concept by GRAFT transforms the former residential building into a spectacular museum space. The building and its modular changeable facades will be a piece of art itself. The interior space spans across two floors and therefore creates unexpected space proportions, width, and height. Up to 7 meters high pieces can then be presented inside the museum. A gallery that crosses the museum like a high line enables the visitors to get a closer look at the artworks.

 

Urban Nation is an initiative of the Berliner Leben Foundation, which was founded in 2013 by the Berlin housing association Gewobag. The museum concept by Yasha Young will present urban street art in a new light and as an integral part of the city under the motto “Connect. Create. Care.”.

 

For more information got to: https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/urban-nation-museum/

Or: www.urban-nation.com

 

Copyright: URBAN NATION

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Zaatari Refugee Camp Solarkiosk Power

SOLARKIOSK BRINGS INTERNET AND POWER TO SCHOOLS IN ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP

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SOLARKIOSK and the satellite operator SES are pioneering the first-of-its-kind “Connected Solar School” to deliver electricity, educational tools, and broadband internet connectivity to schools run by UNICEF and Relief International within the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

Bringing together solar energy provided by the SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB and a broadband connectivity enabled by the SES’s AstraConnect broadband platform, the “Connected Solar School” will make it possible for teachers to use quality e-learning materials. The E-HUBB interior will become the administrative centre for teachers and will have a power node to charge solar lamps, laptops, printers, mobile phones, and tablets.

The Zaatari refugee camp currently houses more than 80,000 refugees and more than 300 students are attending four schools in the camp which are operated by UNICEF and Relief International.

To date, the SOLARKIOSK was erected in 10 countries, with 107 units, and impacted more than 800.000 people. The refugee camp school is one more possibility to help and make a change.

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GRAFT News Stadion Schierke

START OF CONSTRUCTION FOR ICE STADIUM SCHIERKE

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On Wednesday, May 18th 2016, the rebuilding of ice stadium Schierke officially started.

 

In 2013 GRAFT convinced the jury of the European architectural competition with the draft of a filigree roof made of glass fiber membrane and won the competition for renovating the stadium. The 2.400 m² large roof spans across the stadium with natural elegance and lightness and anchors on only two points. GRAFT developed the roof structure in collaboration with schlaich bergermann partner. It protects the space from rain, snow, and the sun, at the same time it offers a view towards the mountainside of the Harz and the sky above.

The stadium is one of the oldest natural ice stadiums in Germany and will now be reactivated. The new sports and leisure space in the Harz mountain range will be finished by December 1st 2017 and will then offer space for up to 4.900 visitors for a wide range of sports and events throughout the year.

 

For more information about the project go to: https://graftlab.com/portfolio_page/ice-stadium-schierke/

 

For current pictures of the construction site go to: http://www.webcam-profi.de/bilder/schierke-arena/image.jpg

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