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09 | 04 | 2019

Cornerstone ceremony for the German embassy in Algiers

On April 9, 2019 the cornerstone was laid for the German embassy's new chancellery by Ambassador Ulrike Knotz and the Wāli of Algiers, Abdelkader Zoukh. Spanning 4,240 square meters overall, it will house office and administration spaces, as well as the visa section. The expansive, light-flooded atrium will form the communicative center and heart piece of the new building. With its light louver façade, the structure is set to dovetail with the existing architecture, dominated by clean lines and façades rendered in white plaster.

04 | 04 | 2019

Topping out ceremony for the Alexander Quarter in Berlin

Following the invitation of the building contractor, project enterprise “European Student Housing Fund” and “The Student Hotel,” and the general contractor Züblin AG, a topping out ceremony was held in Berlin on Thursday April 3, 2019. On this occasion, all those involved in the project gathered for a friendly get-together with representatives of the worlds of politics, business and the media. Located in the direct vicinity of Alexanderplatz and the “Alexa” shopping center, an urban building block for hotel and office use is swiftly arising in the form of the “Alexander Quarter”. The 7-9-story-high structure will feature 475 hotel rooms, office spaces and communal spaces, with the latter including a library, lounges, co-working spaces, gaming areas and a fitness studio. The two different finishes of plaster (hotel) and architectural concrete (office) mark out the areas for hotel and office use. Life-size façade mock-ups provided those in attendance with an idea of what the finished building will look like, and how the different uses may soon be easily recognized from the outside. The building works are to be completed before August 2019 and the new hotel will open before the end of the year.

13 | 03 | 2019

2. Prize for THE FIZZ apartment building in Hamburg

For the new THE FIZZ apartment building on Holstenwall in Hamburg we designed a three-level structure that provides space for 235 apartments on eight stories. Our contribution to the International Campus AG competition won a prize in the two-tier selection process. What makes our design special is the shape of the succinct gate frame at the Holstenwall entrance, as well as the planning of the versatile residential and business premises. The expansive grid arranged around an axis makes a flexible layout of differently sized apartments possible. The visual division into three parts of the structure further creates protrusions that may be used as terraces. On the ground floor, the apartment building opens up towards the city via arcades and provides space for a generous foyer and retail premises. The façade with its sculptural brickwork corresponds with the height of the neighboring buildings.

01 | 03 | 2019

2. Prize for the high-rise on the end of the harbor mole in Frankfurt

Our design for the architecture contest for the hotel high-rise on the end of the harbor mole in Frankfurt’s Ostend district was awarded the second prize. The first prize went to Berlin office Barkow Leibinger. The prominent position is set to lend the towering 60-meter-high structure special importance as the building will make an impact on Frankfurt’s skyline and will be visible from afar. On a floor area of 26,000 square meters (GFA) Hamburg hotel group B&L wants to house 300 hotel rooms up until the 12th floor, as well as a further 120 guest rooms by hotel brand Clipper (Boardinghouse) on the floors above. A public intermediate floor is planned for the 12th floor, which will house a panorama bar. Our design is a striking tower that in its stand-alone architecture holds its ground between the bridges and the ECB double tower. The sculptural podium with its parabolic arches includes additional hospitality outlets to enliven the waterfront. The glass façade envelops the structure like a grand drape with folds and allows for views of the banks of the River Main and Frankfurt’s skyline from the rooms. 

23 | 01 | 2019

First prize for Bio-Pharmaceutical Enterprise Accelerator in Shenzhen

In September last year, the design for the campus area around the Bio-Pharmaceutical Enterprise Accelerator Shenzhen by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International in collaboration with Chongqing and Vanke garnered a first prize. The Pharmaceutical Enterprise Accelerator campus is being realized in the Pingshan district, east of Shenzhen, on a site measuring around 106,035 m². It consists of eight building sections, which form the campus for biotechnology and the innovation center with incubators and accelerators for startups. The design comprises not only the campus area for biotechnology and premises for startup companies, but also allows for an entire district to arise thanks to additional cultural and leisure facilities for children and adults. The buildings contain apartments, retail units, cultural amenities and places of work and, with their low story heights, stand facing the neighboring park. <xml></xml>

07 | 12 | 2018

BDA Award for the Hamburg Süd Headquarters

The administrative center of Reederei Hamburg Süd has been awarded BDA Hamburg’s 2018 architecture prize. The heritage high-rise by Prof. Cäsar Pinnau dating from the 1960s was completely renovated and has had a new seven-story office extension plus a two-story underground parking garage added to it. The renovation project included, amongst other things, improving energy efficiency and replacing the façades. Awarded only every three years, the BDA award is of particular importance to us. At its meeting in May this year and after several tours, the jury awarded three first prizes, five second prizes and another nine third prizes from the total of 89 entries submitted. The other first prizes are nothing to be sneezed at either – Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie and the Gebr. Heinemann HQ by gmp. >>> further information

30 | 11 | 2018

Siemens’ Campus Erlangen holding a topping-out ceremony

Siemens’ new Campus Erlangen is taking shape. At what is currently northern Bavaria’s biggest building site, Siemens AG is holding a topping-out ceremony for the first module, together with representatives of the city, the developer, Siemens Real Estate, and the construction company. The complex comprises not only eight office buildings but also three parking garages and a bicycle parking garage. Some 7,000 employees will be working here, spread over an area of more than 100,000 m². The buildings will be occupied gradually as of mid-2020. Then the second module will follow, with the new and prestigious reception building for the Siemens Campus. An entirely new urban district is being constructed in the south of the city of Erlangen, on a land area of some 54 hectares. The new campus with office, research and laboratory workplaces, along with hospitality and service businesses, will open out onto the city, interlinking the company with its surroundings. The design by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, which won first prize at the architecture competition in 2015, combines the preservation of a number of existing Siemens heritage buildings with a great many new buildings. As well as being responsible for the masterplan, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was also commissioned with the general planning of the construction work for modules 1 and 2.

05 | 11 | 2018

Gold FIABCI Prix d’Excellence real estate award for UPPER WEST

<xml> </xml> The UPPER WEST high-rise in Berlin has won the Gold FIABCI Prix d’Excellence real estate award. At 119 meters in height, this hybrid high-rise located next to Berlin’s Gedächtniskirche is one of the German capital’s tallest buildings. With its impressive height and its elegant lines, the 34-story UPPER WEST erected for Strabag Real Estate GmbH marks the beginning of the Kurfürstendamm on Breitscheidplatz. Together with its neighboring high-rise Zoofenster, the tower forms a gateway and a landmark visible from afar. Its uses are manifold – offices, a Motel One, a sky bar and retail units. The architecture by LANGHOF® and KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten allows for all units to have their own unique address thanks to separate lobbies. Along with prizewinner UPPER WEST in the commerce section, the upTOWNHOUSES in Hamburg received an award in the residential section, with the jury commending not only the successful overall concept which comprised architecture, logistics and economic viability, but also aspects such as sustainability and integration into urban planning. The competition was organized by BFW Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen and FIABCI. >>> to the project

30 | 10 | 2018

Opening of new SAP branch in Eschborn

On Monday, October 29, 2018, SAP celebrated the inauguration of its new branch in Eschborn. The eleven-story, twin-block high-rise on the edge of the Eschborn Süd office district has the capacity to house 500 employees. Its modern architecture concept was the brainchild of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, Frankfurt; it was commissioned by Groß & Partner and realized together with OFB Projektentwicklung. Around 45 meters in height, this office building was erected in well under two years. Its sustainable architecture concept garnered it a Gold rating from the LEED certification program. This working environment with a net surface area of about 9,000 m² (as per a German standard in industrial office space) is ideally suited to the requirements of a software company, with classic offices, design thinking spaces and areas that can be used flexibly as workstations for staff who only occasionally work in the office. The playfully staggered box-type windows in the façade of this black high-rise have their own stringent logic – the inside window apertures are arranged in a regular grid pattern which allows the office space to be divided up flexibly. A parking garage with 453 parking spaces is located right next to the building.

26 | 10 | 2018

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten expands executive team

The management board at KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH has now been expanded to include Ulrich Gremmelspacher, Matthias Koch, Hannes Meisehen and Christian Eichinger. Joining existing directors Jürgen Engel, Sebastian Schöll and Thomas Busse (KSP International), they will be responsible for projects and competitions. Moreover, they will be looking after and developing particular areas of business such as general planning, construction management, human resources and the fields of IT and BIM, with their growing significance. Focusing on challenging subjects reflects a major expansion within KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten’s successful decentralized organization. This will mean that the company’s specialist knowhow is better coordinated over all sites. Since June 1, the activities of our Chinese company in Beijing have been run by Markus Lauber as General Manager.

06 | 08 | 2018

Two projects have received an Iconic Award

The Meixi Urban Helix has won an Iconic Award, emerging as the winner in the category “Innovative Architecture.” As “Best of Best,” the new building on the Deutsche Bank Campus in Frankfurt/Main has additionally received an award for “Innovative Architecture.” These international prizes are awarded annually by the German Design Council for outstanding holistic architecture and interior design. The Meixi Urban Helix orchestrates the starting point of a new urban axis on Lake Meixi in Changsha, China. As a vantage point, it offers a panoramic view out over the planned urban sprawl and the lake. It rises above an artificial island and consists of an accessible ramp six meters in width which twists up in a spiral to a height of 30 meters. Deutsche Bank’s transparent new building interprets the crystalline façade structure of the neighboring natural-stone building as a glass façade. The two slabs stand at different angles, making for a multiplicity of interesting reflections.

05 | 06 | 2018

Groundbreaking ceremony for the “Jean Monnet 2” office complex in Luxembourg

June 4, 2018 saw the groundbreaking ceremony for the European Commission’s ‘Jean Monnet 2’ office complex in Luxembourg. JMO2, a consortium comprising KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure and the French engineering firm EDEIS in Illkirch, was commissioned with all performance stages, including general planning, for the entire project. The around 90-meter high office tower and the seven-story, approx. 180-meter long block have a total surface area of approx. 19,000 m². Boasting a tower, peripheral block building and forecourt, the urban composition creates an inviting gesture intended to embody the principle of openness propagated by the European Union. Alongside office space for more than 3,600 employees, the complex features various special areas such as a conference center and auditorium, a library, various hospitality facilities including a staff restaurant, a fitness and sport area, and a medical center. The prestigious entrance hall extends the entire depth of the building and links all the various sections with one another.

02 | 05 | 2018

Here we go: Laying of the foundation stone for the GfK headquarters in Nuremberg

From now on the newbuild for the global market research company GfK (Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung) will be growing skywards on the Kohlenhof site in Nuremberg. To this end, a ceremony marking the laying of the foundation stone was held on Friday, April 27. According to plans drawn up by the firm of architects KSP Jürgen Engel in Munich and Frankfurt/Main, alongside the newbuild for GfK with a gross surface area of approx. 53,000 m², a new parking deck will also be built. Over the coming years the 11-hectare former industrial and railroad site will be transformed into a new office location. The state-of-the-art, 6-story office complex will be divided into three buildings that are linked with one another and sport a clinker façade and large windows that interpret the robust, industrial character of the former railroad site. Cutting-edge building services engineering and automation, not to mention terraces and greened courtyards for breaks ensure a high degree of comfort and a communicative working environment. It is hoped the newbuild will be awarded LEED certification in Gold. The project is being realized by a consortium comprising Aurelis Real Estate GmbH & Co. KG, Pegasus Capital Partners GmbH, and Art-Invest Real Estate.

11 | 04 | 2018

Laying of the foundation stone for the Alexander Quartier in Berlin’s Mitte district

On Alexanderstrasse in Berlin’s Mitte district, the European Student Housing Fund and The Student Hotel are together building a nine-story office and hotel building for which a ceremony marking the laying of the foundation stone was held on April 10, 2018. A hotel, student apartments, and office space will be built across a surface area of 24,900 m². In total there will be 457 apartments measuring 16 to 23 m², with in each case 10 rooms grouped around a communal kitchen. There will also be long-stay rooms with their own kitchen available. The communal living concept also includes a library, a laundry room, lounges, meeting rooms, co-working spaces, gaming areas, and a fitness studio on the publicly accessible ground floor. The three sections, i.e., hotel, student apartments, and offices will have different facades, which overall though nonetheless represent a uniform quarter. The Student Hotel Berlin will network students, start-ups, freelancers and the local community with one another and be completed in 2019.

28 | 02 | 2018

Commission for WIKA Development Center

WIKA’s new development center is to be realized in Klingenberg. The new 21,450-m² building for the manufacturer of high-grade pressure, temperature and level measurement technology is divided into three sections: a development center and an entrance and administration building. The development center will contain production and developer areas with workstations and laboratory facilities. Training and office spaces will be located in the entrance and administration building. A marketplace links these two building sections and serves as a communication zone and event venue. What really sets the design apart is its open structure, which enables production without disruptive installations and allows the office spaces to be used flexibly. The façade reflects WIKA’s emphasis on high-tech products, its dynamism and potential for innovation. The materials glass and aluminum stand for precision, longevity and transparency. More information on the project is available here >>>

31 | 01 | 2018

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten goes Instagram

As of today, the KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten Instagram account is online. Alongside the website and our Facebook page, the KSP Instagram profile is a welcome addition to our social media activity. In Germany 15 million people use the micro photo blog, while worldwide there are 800 million users monthly, and 500 million on a daily basis. Photography is an important medium for promoting architecture but goes beyond pure documentation – it is also an artistic form of expression, which time and again gives rise to exhibitions at and publications by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten. Alongside photographs of buildings there are articles about staff recruitment and daily office life. The Instagram page also offers an opportunity to link our buildings that users interested in architecture have photographed #upperwestberlin #humboldthafeneins ... Link to Instagramaccount

15 | 09 | 2017

Topping-out ceremony for SAP dual tower in Eschborn

On September 15, 2017 the topping-out ceremony for the new SAP high-rise was held in the presence of Eschborn’s Mayor Mathias Geiger, guests from the worlds of business and politics, and the future tenant SAP Deutschland. The 11-story, 43-meter high dual tower is being built on behalf of Groß & Partner and OFB Projektentwicklung according to plans by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, Frankfurt/Main. Together with another structure, the newbuild on the outskirts of the office location Eschborn-Süd is being built as part of a major development project. In a prominent setting, the innovative edifice enhances the entire area, and will give Eschborn a structure with landmark character. On completion in 2018 the building will have rental space of around 9,000 square meters. The adjoining parking deck will provide approx. 450 new parking spaces. The elegant office tower offers future tenants optimum working conditions and is characterized by a sustainable construction. There are hopes for LEED certification in Gold.

06 | 07 | 2017

Opening of the new Surgical Centre at the Munich Hospital “Rechts der Isar”

The new Surgical Centre North of Munich’s hospital Rechts der Isar was formally opened on July 04, 2017 by Dr Ludwig Spaenle, Bavaria’s Minister for Economic Affairs. Commissioned by the Free State of Bavaria, represented by the State Building Planning Department Munich 2, the hospital extension is planned by KSP Jürgen Engel Architects of Munich. With a total of eight new operating theatres, the new complex also houses the Vascular Surgery with general and intensive care unit and the polyclinic. Covering a total surface area of 10 000 sq. metres the 4-storey annexe links as fourth wing with the present Neurological Centre and augments the hospital’s prevailing finger structure. The entire building is now given a new, comprehensive entrance with free-standing stairway from the Ismaninger Strasse. In future, patients, visitors and staff will access the new northern centre via the slightly elevated forecourt. The State of Bavaria has invested 44 million Euro for the new hospital construction.

30 | 06 | 2017

Opening of the Steigenberger Hotel High-rise in Lörrach

June 29, 2017, marked the inaugural ceremony of the Steigenberger Hotel in Lörrach upon invitation by hotel management. A four star superior hotel high-rise with affiliated boarding house has arisen to the east of the central station in the heart of the city. The project profits from its excellent infrastructural connection to the nearby Swiss metropolis Basel. The hotel tower was constructed on behalf of the Dr Karl Helmut Eberle Foundation according to plans by Külby & Külby, Lörrach - the Berlin office of KSP Jürgen Engel Architects was responsible for the facade planning. Twenty floors with a height of 63 metres offer 178 rooms and suites, 10 conference rooms plus a fitness and wellness centre on the 19. floor. A basement car park is also available for guests. Adjacent to the tower is a single-storey restaurant structure with dimensions of 23 x 23 metres. The open square created in front of the hotel and restaurant leads to the Belchenstrasse. Made of fibreglass concrete elements and aluminium panels, the facade is designed to optically integrate every two floors and thereby lends the building a scale that is appropriate to its environment. A 4-storey boarding house with 42 apartments has also been constructed within the building complex.

29 | 06 | 2017

New ILB Construction Marks the 25 Jubilee of the Brandenburg Förderbank

On Thursday. June 29, 2017, the new building of the Brandenburg funding bank ILB at Potsdam’s main railway station formed the festive setting for celebrating the jubilee “25 Years ILB” and for the traditional ILB summer party. The jubilee was jointly celebrated by around 550 guests in the presence of Dietmar Woidke, Minister President of the State of Brandenburg, Christian Görke, Finance Minister, and the entire ILB board of directors. This new ILB domicile with around 700 workplaces now concentrates Brandenburg’s central economic promotion facilities at a single location. With a gross floor area (GFA) of ca. 27 500 sq. metres the new ILB building has been constructed according to plans by KSP Jürgen Engel Architects. The building configuration consists of three construction elements each of which opens to an inner courtyard facing meadowland. The so-called “Meadow Storey” is the ground floor which forms the basis for the three pavilions and accommodates common parts such as conference rooms, employees’ restaurant and cafeteria. The new ILB construction is integrated into the meadow landscape without optically disruptive barriers thereby safeguarding the character of this unique countryside.

27 | 06 | 2017

Cornerstone Laid for the Mammoth Project MesseCity Cologne

In the presence of numerous guests and Mayoress Henriette Reker the cornerstone for the mammoth project MesseCity Cologne was laid today. With this undertaking the project partners SRE and ECE are accomplishing around 135 000 sq. metres of GFA in the Cologne district of Deutz. The architectural design for the three buildings of the Zurich Group, which are foreseen in the western territory of MesseCity - including a high-rise reaching 60 metres, is based on the concept of KSP Jürgen Engel Architects. The 16-storey high-rise and two 7-storey peripheral structures will ultimately blend into a representative ensemble. The facade design is visually outstanding thanks to its clinker concept that makes reference to the adjoining trade fair buildings stemming from the 1920s. As of 2019, around 2 700 employees of the insurance company will move into their new offices here. The Zurich Group leases approximately 60 000 sq. metres of office space. Between the southern entrance of Cologne Trade Fair and the Inter-City Station Deutz no less than six 7 to 16-storey buildings are planned: office space, hotels, food services, small-scale retailing and possibly a cinema will emerge here. The concept by KSP Jürgen Engel Architects resulted as 1. Prize from a competition in 2016.

09 | 06 | 2017

Learning from Algiers - Exhibition Contribution for documenta 14 in Kassel

KSP Jürgen Engel Architects planned the Great Mosque in Algiers down to the finest detail. But what is the significance of planning when, due to the shortcoming of  pre-produced precision products, implementation is only feasible with creative improvisation? We learned from the Chinese construction company!

“Learning from Algiers” - a contribution by KSP Jürgen Engel Architects at the documenta 14 can be seen as of June 10, 2017 at KAZim KUBA in Kassel.

Opening: Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 18:00 hrs

Place: KAZimKUBA, Kassel Central Station

Duration: until September 17, 2017

18 | 01 | 2017

Eco Cut from KSP Jürgen Engel at BAU 2017 unveiled

At Bau 2017 – The World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems – KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten and Carpet Concept are presenting the first fruit of their joint efforts. “Eco Cut” is a carpet that thanks to an innovative weaving technique and special laser cut offers a wide variety of design options, making it suitable for a broad range of applications. “Eco Cut” is used for the fit-out of the Carpet Concept booth and is being officially presented during the trade fair. Given its varying depths and two weaving services (linen and tweed) “Eco Cut” gives rooms a clear structure and stands out for its subdued color nuances.

For KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten product design is an essential part of the company’s holistic approach to designing living spaces on all scales – from urban planning through to interior design. In addition to its cooperation with Carpet Concept, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten have also designed bathroom fittings with HEWI, luminaires with Zumtobel, and furniture and light installations with famous international artists such as Thomas Emde.


Carpet Concept at BAU 2017 (January16-21) in Munich: Hall A6, Stand 121

16 | 12 | 2016

Opening of the new Money Museum in Frankfurt

On December 16, 2016, the German Bundesbank celebrated the opening of the new Money Museum in Frankfurt. Alongside the official speech by President of the Bundesbank Dr. Jens Weidemann, Jürgen Engel also addressed guests as the architect behind the extension. The extension supplements the existing building, which was also created by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten back in 1999. The complex, which consists of offices, a library, an archive and the Money Museum is being expanded by around 500 m² and supplemented with a cafeteria, an additional training room for the museum’s educational activities and a room for special exhibitions. In order to create room for a bigger exhibition space, the former back wall of the museum was demolished and the walls above it retained with supports so that the extension could protrude out from the building like a drawer. In visual terms, a glass seam links the existing building to the extension. The new Money Museum covers an area totaling 1,500 m² and outlines the history of money in multimedia form, thus making it interesting and accessible for visitors.

09 | 12 | 2016

Construction begins for Siemens Campus Erlangen

With the laying of the first stone on Friday December 9, 2016, Siemens celebrated the beginning of construction work for the first module of the Siemens Campus Erlangen. On behalf of Siemens AG, represented by Siemens Real Estate, an entirely new district is set to develop in Erlangen based on plans by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten from Frankfurt, which by 2030 will incorporate new office buildings and a hotel, as well as gastronomy and service businesses. By 2020 eight office buildings, three multi-story car parks and one canteen for around 7,000 employees will be ready for occupation in the first module. The campus will develop in seven construction phases (modules 1 to 7) over a 54-hectare site, making it the biggest location worldwide. Alongside the master plan, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was also commissioned with the general construction planning for modules 1 and 2. In the first two modules office and research jobs will be created over an area of around 200,000 m2. The plans came out on top in an architecture competition in 2015.

21 | 06 | 2016

Jürgen Engel with Angela Merkel on China trip

From June 12 to 14 Jürgen Engel, together with six ministers and several secretaries of state, was in Beijing as part of the business delegation accompanying Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. The focus was on trade relations and China’s recognition as a market economy. The high-ranking members of the delegation signaled the relevance of the trip. Angela Merkel was accompanied by Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) and Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) as well as a small group of high-ranking representatives of German business, including Rüdiger Grube (CEO Deutsche Bahn AG), Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger (CEO ThyssenKrupp AG), Joe Kaeser (CEO Siemens AG), and Jürgen Engel (Managing Partner, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten). Personal contacts, long-standing cooperation agreements and familiarity with cultural and business particularities are especially important when it comes to being successful in China. KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten has been operating in the country since the early 1990s and has an office of its own in Beijing. The company’s breakthrough in China came with the National Library of China in Beijing, which is now regarded as one of the 100 most important structures in the country.

27 | 05 | 2016

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten is sponsoring the German entry to the Biennale “MAKING HEIMAT – Germany, Arrival Country”

The Biennale entry “MAKING HEIMAT – Germany, Arrival Country”, which is on display from May 28 to November 27, 2016, is being sponsored by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten. Against the backdrop of refugeeism and immigration, the concept devised by Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) addresses the question of the role architecture and urban design can play in this process. DAM Director Peter Cachola Schmal as Commissioner, and the curators Anna Scheuermann and Oliver Elser, are responsible for the contents. As well as sponsoring cultural and academic programs, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten has already been involved with numerous exhibitions within and outside Germany, including at Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), and itself stages exhibitions about current topics relating to architecture and building culture. We wish the German entry to the 15th Architecture Biennale in 2016 in Venice every success.

20 | 05 | 2016

Topping-out ceremony for Upper West high-rise in Berlin

May 19 saw the official topping-out ceremony for the Upper West high-rise, which is currently under construction on Breitscheidplatz in the direct vicinity of Kurfürstendamm in Berlin. Comprising two buildings the complex, which has a surface area of around 53,000 m2, is being built on behalf of STRABAG Real Estate GmbH. With 582 rooms, the hotel on the lower 18 floors will be one of the largest in the Motel One Group. On the floors above and in the neighboring building, 25,500 m2 of office space is being realized. The 33rd floor of the 118-meter-high tower will boast a skybar. The eight-story office and commercial building on Breitscheidplatz will also offer some 5,500 square meters of retail space. KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was commissioned with the design and project planning. Christoph Langhof is the architect responsible for the design and the façade planning. UPPER WEST is due to be completed in spring 2017.

11 | 05 | 2016

Clear brand profile – KSP Jürgen Engel honored at the REAL ESTATE BRAND AWARD

The strongest brands in the real-estate sector have been rewarded with the coveted REAL ESTATE BRAND AWARD. At the prize-giving ceremony on May 10 in Berlin, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten took second prize in the “Architects” category; Albert Speer & Partner received the first prize, while Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp) were in third place. A high level of brand awareness and a clear brand profile ensured KSP Jürgen Engel second place on the back of balanced individual scores for each of the criteria. The results of the Real Estate Brand Value Study form the basis of the EUREB Institute (European Real Estate Brand Institute) brand ranking. The market research study provides information about the brand’s potential and its positioning in the market. This year around 1,000 surveys were conducted for the evaluation and 423 companies were assessed.

26 | 02 | 2016

HumboldtHafenEins wins Immobilienmanager Award 2016

The most coveted award for outstanding real-estate projects in Germany is bestowed every year by the trade journal ‘Immobilienmanager’. This year in the ‘New Build’ category it went to the HumboldtHafenEins office building in Berlin, which the jury gave the maximum number of points possible. With a gross surface area of around 45,000 m², the new structure at Humboldthafen docks was built on behalf of OVG Real Estate according to a design by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, Frankfurt / Berlin. In its statement the Immobilienmanager Award jury highlighted the fact that the new build absolutely fulfilled the developer’s objective of constructing Berlin’s ‘greenest’ office building. “The appearance of the edifice is completely in line with a high-end office building”, the jury stated further. The Immobilienmanager Award honors outstanding real-estate projects as well as companies and individuals in the sector, in various categories.

16 | 02 | 2016

Real Estate Forum at the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin

At the invitation of Alexander Lohausen, head of the Berlin office of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, the 281st Real Estate Forum was held on February 16, 2016 at the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin. Members and guests of the Real Estate Forum Berlin were invited to attend. Having studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and worked as an architect for Dissing + Weitling in Copenhagen, Alexander Lohausen has strong links with Denmark. Following welcome addresses by Dr. Alan Cadmus, Chairman of Real Estate Forum Berlin, and Alexander Lohausen, the Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen provided an insight into Danish business, culture, and tradition in his talk entitled ‘Denmark Insights - a Culture between Tradition and Innovation’. The get-together afterwards provided the movers and shakers in the Berlin real-estate sector with an opportunity for informal exchange. The members and guests of the Real Estate Forum Berlin meet for an open exchange of views about once a month. The topics the Real Estate Forum addresses revolve in the broadest sense around real estate, though cultural topics are also welcome items on the agenda. The Real Estate Forum was established in 1992.

Photo: Adam Mørk

28 | 01 | 2016

Function at TU Darmstadt – 30 KSP scholarship holders honored

At the function for scholarship holders held on January 27, 2016 the brilliant minds and their sponsors met for the first time. This year KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten is sponsoring 30 scholarships in Germany. In addition to both sides getting to know each other, the function at Technische Universität Darmstadt also provided an opportunity to discuss further possible collaboration in the form of internships or student assistantships. The Frankfurt firm of architects is one of around 100 sponsors from the business and social spheres, who together support 377 talented students at TU Darmstadt for one year – and not just financially. In addition to a monthly grant the scholarship sows the seeds for social and professional networks. As a sponsor, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten assumes the role of mentor and partner for the talented young people.

Photo: Claus Völker

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.

Pictures of the  foundation stone

Movie of the foundation stone

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17 | 07 | 2015

German architecture offices in Paris - Contemporary Architecture. Made in Germany.

The exhibition “Contemporary Architecture. Made in Germany” has opened at the German Information Center in Paris, CIDAL, on June 25, 2015. Planned and curated by BAK (The Federal German Chamber of Architects) and NAX (Architecture Export Network) the exhibition presents international projects and designs done by a selected group of German architectural practices. The Chinese National Library in Beijing and the office complex Boulevard Grand Duchessse Charlotte, Luxembourg, both masterminded by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, were on display in Paris. The exhibition brings together successful projects of overall 28 architectural offices based in Germany and operating internationally.  The show aims to address today’s globalization challenges faced by architects and planners. In addition, it uses already completed building projects to evidence possible solutions. These are divided into three subject areas: “Developing Urban Structures”, “Sustainability and Technology” and “Places for the Public”. More than 40 buildings that have been successfully realized demonstrate how even complex construction challenges can be mastered anywhere the world over. German architecture and engineering firms are held in high esteem worldwide for their outstanding planning concepts and their holistic project management.

DURATION: June 25 – August 30, 2015

VENUE: Deutschlandzentrum (CIDAL), 31 Rue de Condé, 75006 Paris

LANGUAGE: French.

http://www.nax.bak.de/fra/architecture-contemporaine-made-in-germany/

On July 18, Deutsche Welle broadcasting station, which accompanied the exhibition, broadcast a feature on the show (scheduled for 10.30 p.m.). It is available for streaming at http://www.dw.com/en/german-architects-tackle-global-issues/a-18599260

The feature starts at minute 14:45

14 | 07 | 2015

Foundation stone laid for WINX Tower at Frankfurt’s MainTor Areal district

Construction work for the WINX high-rise at the heart of the MainTor Areal commenced in early 2015. Being the last unit to be concluded in the construction phase for the MainTor ensemble, the WINX Tower spans a gross surface area of 42,000 square meters (commercial space) and is built on behalf of Frankfurt Real-Estate Group Deutsche Immobilien Chancen (DIC). The laying of the foundation stone for “WINX – The Riverside Tower” was celebrated with a group of exclusive guests on July 14, 2015. At 110 meters high, it is the tallest building in the quarter. The high-rise and the seven-storey portal building with a glazed 11-meter-high lobby in front of it (facing Neue Mainzer Strasse) are being built according to plans by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten. Their design won an architectural competition in 2009. In terms of the materials used and the structure’s overall look-and-feel, the WINX Tower clearly sets itself apart from the remaining buildings. Its metal skin sharply contrasts with the natural stone façades characteristic for the other buildings at MainTor Areal. The reflections emanating from the smooth surface, the emphasis on the vertical, not to forget the unusual building shape that takes its cue from the x-shaped footprint, are the Tower’s distinguishing characteristics. The sustainable building design of the 28-storey high-rise (excl. building services engineering) envisages floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize use of daylight as well as sun protection on the outside. Ambient temperature and light incidence can be individually controlled. Based on the 2007 masterplan by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten the erstwhile Degussa site is currently being transformed into an urban quarter featuring offices, retail outlets, apartments and hospitality offerings. 

13 | 05 | 2015

1st prize in the high-rise competition in Frankfurt’s Europaviertel district

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten’s design for a residential high-rise for Baufeld 26 in Frankfurt’s Europaviertel district has been awarded 1st prize. The jury headed by Prof. Zvonko Turkali was unanimous in its decision on the winning design. The awarding authority is ‘Baufeld 26 Nord Projektgesellschaft mbH’, a consortium composed of Frankfurt firm Noctua Real Estate GmbH and 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG, a firm based in Vienna. The design impressed the jury with its harmonious transition from the podium to the residential high-rise. While the C-shaped podium wraps around an atrium garden, the residential high-rise spreads across 19 storeys, which are gradually set back over several levels towards the west. The competition brief was for a residential high-rise of approx. 60 meters in height and featuring some 180 apartments. Building is scheduled to commence in a year’s time.

All works were displayed in the atrium (foyer) of the Frankfurt Planning Department until May 27, 2015.

07 | 04 | 2015

Exhibition “Constructing Culture – Architecture connects cultures” at Architekturgalerie München from April 17 through May 5, 2015

The exhibition “Constructing Culture - Architecture connects cultures” presents four international cultural buildings by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, including the Great Mosque in Algiers, the construction of which commenced in 2012.  Unlike any other project, the Great Mosque, which will be the third largest in the world, is a symbol of joining forces across nations, cultures and religions. The Algerian government commissioned German architects with the planning and a Chinese building company with the construction. Further projects on display include the National Library in Beijing (completed in 2008), the Art Museum in Nanjing (2010) and the Art Museum Tianjin (2012).

The rooms at Architekturgalerie München have been curated to outline the chronology of international operations at KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten. The first (and biggest) exhibition space presents the office’s Asian projects. The two other rooms are devoted to the Great Mosque in Algiers. Photographs destined to capture the mood of the place in which they were taken, at times in a bizarre fashion, serve to illustrate the different settings and sites along with the cultural context in which these buildings were erected. Models, material samples and additional information offer the chance to study selected aspects in detail.

Venue: Architekturgalerie München, Türkenstrasse 30, 80333 Munich

Opening: Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Duration: April 17 – May 15, 2015

Further information: www.architekturgalerie-muenchen.de

01 | 02 | 2015

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten reinforces its management team

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten expanded its Executive Board effective February 1, 2015: Christopher Hammerschmidt and Sebastian Schöll will be reinforcing the management team at KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH in the capacity of Managing Directors/Partners. Christopher Hammerschmidt has worked with KSP Jürgen Engel since 2010. In his most recent role of Director of Design he oversaw all major design projects and the competitions. As Director for Quality Assurance, Sebastian Schöll was responsible for the field of planning. He joined our firm in 2002. Other members of the Board of Directors include Heinz Mornhinweg and Jürgen Engel (Managing Partner). The new Managing Directors/Partners, who also represent a younger generation in the management team, will provide fresh impetus for our architectural firm and embrace ever more challenging tasks with their experience and expertise.

23 | 01 | 2015

Jürgen Engel at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

On Thursday February 5, 2015 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Jürgen Engel will be speaking on the National Library of China in Beijing, China. The lecture will be in association with the “Icons of Knowledge” exhibition, in which a model of the National Library of China in Beijing will be on display.

The curators describe the exhibition as follows: “Icons of Knowledge, an architectural research exhibition by Daniel Rauchwerger and Noam Dvir, looks at the history and evolution of national library buildings. Through original models, murals, and drawings, the exhibition traces national libraries to their origins in 15th century Europe and until today. Studying the crossroads between symbolism and program, this is a visual examination of how nations seek to be read. The exhibition will open together with the on-campus premier of, a documentary film that portrays Harvard Depository, one of the largest book and document depositories in the world. Directed by Cristoforo Magliozzi and produced by Jeffrey Schnapp, Matthew Battles, and the MetaLAB team in Harvard University, the film’s screening will include an introduction and conversation with Jeffrey Schnapp, as well as a screening of Alain Resnais’s 1957 documentary short".

19 | 01 | 2015

1st prize in the competition for the “Siemens Campus Erlangen”

Planned to be the biggest Siemens site in the world, the “Siemens Campus Erlangen” will be built to a design by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten. The decision was made today by the top-notch jury of experts in Erlangen. Together with the President of the Free State of Bavaria Horst Seehofer, and the Mayor of Erlangen Dr. Florian Janik, Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens AG, presented the winning design for the Erlangen Campus. Siemens and the City of Erlangen had invited 12 architecture firms to submit entries to the urban design architecture competition. With a considerable majority the jury voted in favor of the design by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten. The high urban development and structural planning qualities, which take ecological as well as economic aspects into consideration in a coherent and convincing manner, were the deciding factor in the jury’s decision. The Siemens Campus is intended to provide not only a state-of-the-art research and work environment, but also accommodation and a hotel.

03 | 12 | 2014

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International designs children’s hospital in Shanghai

A Chinese property developer has commissioned KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International with designing a children’s hospital as part of the ‘Shanghai New Hongqiao International Medical City. The Chinese State and the City of Shanghai provide the funding for the development of this medical care center. In cooperation with the Fudan University a children’s hospital will be realized, that will offer a comprehensive range of medical services that will meet the growing need for modern high-quality medical care. The building is structured as a three-storey podium and a two-storey block of approx. 90 meters long that houses the 100 patients’ rooms (the ward block). The podium accommodates all of the medical facilities. Located between the podium and the ward block, the administration level serves to separate the two areas visually. The architectural design concept specifies the use of friendly, warm and natural colors. On the inside of the building the colors serve to designate important points of contact (such as information points), on the outside they form part of the façade design.

08 | 07 | 2014

Work presentation by Jürgen Engel at the BAU Congress Beijing, China

Within the context of the international BAU Congress Beijing, China on 8. July 2014, Jürgen Engel delivered a presentation on the theme "Functionality, Sustainability and Identity - Architecture in and outside Germany". Taking as example the ongoing constructional activity of KSP Jürgen Engel Architects in Germany and other countries - including projects characterized by a particularly sustainable and environment-friendly energy concept - Jürgen Engel described how the the aspects of functionality, sustainability and identity define the architecture of his office. Furthermore he presented other projects marked by the keynote of sustainable city planning, such as „Science and Technology City, Qingdao, China“, and projects whose powerful identity makes them impulse providers for a new city development, such as the world's 3rd largest mosque in Algiers. The event was chaired by Boris Schade-Bünsow, Editor in Chief of Bauwelt, and Prof. Lu Wang.

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.

20 | 11 | 2013

Green Building Award 2013 for the Deutsche Börse Group Head Office

The Deutsche Börse AG Head Office has received the Green Building Award 2013 as a project in the category “office/new build” as an “example of a forward-looking office high-rise.” The energy efficient office building was designed on behalf of “Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH” and “Lang & Cie. Real Estate AG.” Awarded every two years since 2009 by cities Frankfurt and Darmstadt as well as the Regionalverband Frankfurt/RheinMain (FrankfurtRhineMain regional association), this is the third time the Green Building Award has been bestowed on pioneering sustainable buildings. A total of five prize winners of equal importance will receive the sustainability award, all of whom presented persuasive solutions in terms of energy efficiency and expressive design the jury felt. For further information along with video clips of the prize winners follow the link http://www.greenbuilding-award.de/index.php?id=64.http://www.greenbuilding-award.de/index.php?id=64.

05 | 11 | 2013

Expert Lecture by Jürgen Engel at Batimat, Paris "Form, function, identity – Architecture in and outside Germany"

Using the example of current construction activities in and outside Germany – including the world’s third-largest mosque in Algiers – Jürgen Engel explains how the interplay of form, functionality and identity shape his studio’s projects. As part of the "German Day" at November 5th 2013 Jürgen Engel holds a lecture on "Form, function, identity - Architecture in and outside Germany" on the international construction trade fair in Paris. The symposium will be moderated by Sebastian Redecke, editor Bauwelt.

BATIMAT, „German Day“, Nov. 5th 2013, 3pm to 3.45pm, conference area, Architecture & Cities, Entrance Hall 5a

12 | 12 | 2012

First Prize for the Dual Tower in Foshan, China | The trend to sustainable office high-rises is continuing

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten succeeded in fending off its international competitors in the High-Tech and Research Campus competition in Foshan, China and was awarded first prize. The 170-meter high dual tower has room for a total of 4,850 workstations. The team from Frankfurt/Main and Beijing specially designed an office high-rise with the subtropical local climate in mind and with a view to keeping resources and pollutant emission to a minimum. The trend to sustainable office high-rises is continuing. Not only the current competition in Foshan, but also our winning competition entry for the design of the Air China high-rise in Chengdu are evidence of this. More information.

10 | 10 | 2012

HumboldtHafenEins receives DGNB Gold pre-certification

At the 2012 EXPO REAL the HumboldtHafenEins project in Berlin-Mitte has been awarded the DGNB Gold pre-certification in the Office Building Category as one of Germany’s most sustainable buildings. Having met 86.8% of the criteria, the project is one of the highest graded office buildings awarded DGNB certification and heads the list of most sustainable buildings in Germany overall. More information.

23 | 05 | 2012

Opening of the Tianjin Art Museum

The Tianjin Art Museum, which in April 2009 took first prize in an international competition, opens its doors to the public. The Museum has space to house four permanent exhibitions. In addition to rooms for Chinese calligraphy, western art, sculpture, and modern art, there are also galleries in which changing exhibitions can be presented. Together with three additional cultural facilities (a library, an opera house and another new museum) the new exhibition center forms part of a 90-hectare culture and leisure time development in the Hexi district of Tianjin. More information.

19 | 01 | 2012

1st prize for Air China “Blue Sky Building Project” in Chengdu

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International has won the international competition entitled “Blue Sky Building Project” for the Air China headquarters in the major west Chinese city Chengdu. With its design for the high-rise, the international team from Frankfurt/Main and Beijing , saw off five other entries. The office boasts a gross surface area (GSA) of 124,000 m² and offers space for a total of 5,470 workspaces. The fact that the high-rise design should serve as a role model with regard to energy efficiency and sustainability is of major concern to the developer

01 | 11 | 2011

groundbreaking ceremony for the new „Mosquée de l’Algérie“

In the context of the Algerian National Holiday on November 1, the foundation stone will be laid for the new “Jamaa el Jazair” (the Grand Mosque of Algiers). The ceremony laying the foundation stone is the starting point for the construction of the world’s third largest mosqueafter those in Mecca and Medina, the two centers of Islamic pilgrimage. The Grand Mosque will feature a prayer hall for up to 37,000 persons and a minaret almost 265 metershigh. Construction of the complex is scheduled to start in early 2012 and the ensemble is expected to be completed in 2016.

08 | 08 | 2011

1st prize for Tianjin Sports Arena at „Haihe Cup“

Completed at the end of 2010, Tianjin Sports Arena designed by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten won 1st Prize in the Architecture Competition held by the City of Tianjin, the “Haihe Cup”. The Sport Arena is owned by the renowned Tianjin University, and its striking appearance is highlighted by the translucent skin of gold-colored perforated sheet metal panels.

19 | 07 | 2011

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International wins urban planning competition in Qingdao, China

In the international competition for the Qingdao Science and Technology City the company’s design for the approx. 600-hectare site in the north of the port city won out against international participants from Japan and China. The design for the area is characterized by a compact center and four mixed-usage quarters (residential, work, shopping, leisure time). An approx. 125-hectare area of greenery extending along the river from north to south across the entire planning area forms the backbone of the new development.

25 | 06 | 2011

Commissioning of the Abest headquarters in Beijing

In June final construction work was completed on the new Abest headquarters in the northeast of Beijing. The design of the building adopts the trapezoidal shape of the plot of land, with two deep indents, one on each longitudinal side, allow for natural daylight on the inside, and create an S-shape. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, vertical strips of limestone configured at rhythmic distances from one another in front of the glass facades cause the building to appear more open or more self-contained.

09 | 05 | 2011

groundbreaking ceremony for the new Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation Headquarters

On May 6th the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation Headquarters was held in Hanoi. The Cement Industry Corporation’s head office is the first project for KSP Jürgen Engel’s architectural studio in Vietnam to be actually built. The new premises for the Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation, which comprise a five-storey pedestal building and an approx. 135-meter high tower emerged as the victor in a competition as early as April 2008

29 | 03 | 2011

1st Prize Inno Olympic Plaza in Beijing

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten has won First Prize in the international competition for the New Olympic Plaza. The design envisages a striking ensemble of buildings that blend with the buildings erected for the 2008 Olympic Games and the clearly structured master plan for the new district of town south of the Olympic Plaza. The principle underlying the master plan, with a composition of slender towers of different heights with flat pedestal structures is taken one step further in the design of the Inno Olympic Plaza. The latter consists of two towers, the one 100m, the other 80 m in height, both sharing a 15m-high pedestal structure.

26 | 01 | 2011

1st prize Beijing Science Center in Beijing

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International won the first prize in the international competition for the new Beijing Science Center. The original building housing the Museum was opened in the same place in Beijing in 1988 and at the time was the first national science and technology museum in China. The museum building will be constructed on behalf of the Beijing Association for Science and Technology, China. KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten’s “Science Cloud” design takes into account the exposed location at the junction of the third ring road and Beijing’s central north/south axis, on which attractions such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and, to the north, the site of the 2008 Olympic Games are to be found.

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