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10 | 04 | 2014

2nd Prize in the Competition for the Campus of the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) in Vietnam

The proposal submitted by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten took 2nd prize in the international competition. On behalf of the Vietnamese government and subsidized by the World Bank, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the Ministry of Culture in the German Federal State of Hessen, the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) will be built on a 50-hectare plot of land 50 kilometers northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in a rapidly growing area with industrial complexes and housing projects. Based on leading international universities, the new campus in Vietnam will be built with approx. 5,000 students in mind and boast facilities for teaching and research, sport and welfare, a science center, and student and staff accommodation. Covering a total surface area of approx. 330,000 m², the buildings will be built in two stages. The KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten design creates a state-of-the-art learning environment as well as places for interaction and communal living. The campus design is based on three aspects, which at the same time stand out for a holistic structure:

1. community and collaboration: The student dwellings, which are located at irregular intervals in the natural surroundings, are conceived as places with central plazas and create an environment for social interaction and communication.

2. Nature and open space: The campus buildings are positioned in an extensive area of nature. The greened open spaces are intended to enable students to relax and promote an appreciation of the environment as a valuable resource.

3. Creative thinking and intellectual cooperation: The main university complex embraces six university buildings with a library and study room. They are configured around a central plaza and form the heart of the campus university. As a public area the campus plaza is intended to promote collaboration and interaction.

07 | 04 | 2014

A minaret from Germany: FAZ newspaper journalist Rainer Schulze reports on the construction of the Great Mosque in Algiers

The world’s third biggest mosque, which will bring together cultural and religious institutions, is currently under construction in the Bay of Algiers. An extensive park links the main buildings such as entrance arcades, the minaret and the Prayer Room with the buildings in the south such as the cultural center, the library, and the Imam school (a theological college). A mere six kilometers east of the historical city center and close to the airport, with up to 120,000 visitors every day the new mosque is a catalyst for new urban expansion. In the April 6, 2014 edition of the Sunday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, the journalist Rainer Schulze reports of the construction of the Great Mosque in Algiers.

 

Quotation from the report:

“On behalf of the Algerian Ministry of Religion, thousands of Chinese are building a superlative Islamic sanctuary here on the outskirts of the capital. The Great Mosque of Algiers is much more than just a mosque. It is a new district with a cultural center, park, cinemas, boutiques, tea houses, university, library, student residence and the tallest building in Africa: The minaret is 265 meters high and is actually a high-rise that accommodates a museum and research facilities. The mosque will be a piece of high-class German workmanship: The Maghreb hall-mosque with classical modernist influences was designed by Frankfurt architects KSP Jürgen Engel.”

 

See too:

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/unternehmen/moscheebau-in-algerien-ein-minarett-aus-deutschland-12881743.html

 

Source: FAZ.net

14 | 01 | 2014

1st prize for the Meixi Urban Helix | New landmark of the urban expansion in Changsha, China

In Changsha, China, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International won out against international competitors in the architecture competition with its concept for the Meixi Urban Helix. In the two-stage competition, participation in which was by invitation only, the design submitted by the German architects was awarded first prize. The concept masterfully highlights the start of the new urban axis on Lake Mexi and creates a multi-functional, public space, which opens up to the city. In total the spiral is up to 88 meters in diameter and around one kilometer long. Along its entire length the ramp will feature diverse facilities, from micro-hospitality outlets to children’s play areas to sun decks and various areas of greenery. The Meixi Urban Helix comprises a six meter wide accessible ramp, which spirals to a height of 30 meters. As a vantage point it affords visitors a panorama view of the urban expansion and of Lake Mexi. The Urban Helix is due to be completed in 2015.

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