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25 | 11 | 2015

1st prize for Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

The design by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International for the new Shenzhen Art Museum and Library complex was awarded 1st prize, thus successfully winning the final round, which included designs by Steven Holl Architects and Mecanoo. Other contenders included teams of Chinese architects, as well as OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and Baumschlager Eberle. The design by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International consists of three elements, which together form an ensemble: an art museum, a library and archive, and in the middle a public space, the 'Culture Plaza'. The Museum of Modern Art has different-size spaces, in which art can be displayed across an exhibition area that covers approx. 15,000 m². The library, whose footprint, like that of the museum, measures 80 x 80 meters, features a four-storey reading room with approx. 1,000 desks. The international architects' competition for the cultural complex was held by Shenzhen Art Museum and Shenzhen Library.

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05 | 10 | 2015

DGNB Platinum Award for HumboldtHafenEins office building in Berlin

On Monday October 5, 2015 at EXPO REAL 2015 in Munich, the HumboldtHafenEins office building in Berlin became the very first edifice to receive the Platinum Award from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The 90.4 % it achieved was the highest DGNB score ever for a new office building in Germany. With a gross surface area (GSA) of around 30,000 m², the structure at Humboldthafen was constructed for OVG Real Estate according to a design by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, Frankfurt / Berlin. In April 2011 the design took 1st prize in an architects’ competition. With regard to the sustainability assessment, BuroHappold Engineering advised the project developer in the role of DGNB auditor. With a view to reducing energy consumption levels, the new edifice has an integrated combined heat and power unit, a ventilation system with 75% heat recovery, and a low-energy cooling system. With exterior sun protection and triple sun protection insulated glazing, the facade also contributes to high energy efficiency. Environmentally-friendly materials create a pleasant working environment for the approx. 780 employees of the main user, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and the second tenant, the pharmaceuticals company Sanofi Pasteur MSD (SPMSD). Thanks to all the individual measures, the primary energy requirement is approx. 30% lower than the legally required standard.

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02 | 09 | 2015

Laying of the foundation stone for the new ILB building in Potsdam

From now on, the new building project for the Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB) will be growing in height. Accordingly, a ceremony marking the laying of the foundation stone was held on Wednesday September 2. The new ILB headquarters will have some 700 state-of-the-art workstations and will bring the main business development facilities of the federal state of Brandenburg together in a single location. With a total surface area of approx. 27,500 m² (GSA), the new ILB building is one of the year’s largest new construction projects in the state capital Potsdam. The administrative building, which is divided into three U-shaped structures, is located at the interface between Potsdam railway station and Nuthe Park, and is surrounded by natural meadows. A pavilion structure, it opens out to the countryside around it, while blending in sensitively with the surroundings. In 2012, the design submitted by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was awarded 1st prize in an architects’ competition, ahead of 18 other entries. In October 2014 permission was granted to dig the excavation pit, followed in spring 2015 by overall building permission. Construction of the shell is due to be completed in spring 2016. The bank’s move to the new building is envisaged for late 2016.

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