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Merck Innovation Center amongst 6 nominees

17.08.2018 – 

The Merck Innovation Center has been awarded by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) with a nomination for “a creative design regarding a special recognition of ecological sustainability aspects creating a user-friendly and innovative working environment”. The jury will announce a top 3 in September and elect a winner in December 2018.

Since a couple of years the National German Sustainability Award became an important indicator for sustainable architecture projects in Germany.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Continental Campus

03.08.2018 – 

Last Tuesday Continental starts construction on its new headquarters in Hanover. The company headquarters consolidates all the facilities formerly spread across the city in one location. The building complex will consist of a total of eight buildings, which will be connected to each other by four bridges. The longest of these, with a span of 71 meters, will extend over Hans-Böckler-Allee.

The first development phase for the building complex is to be completed by the end of 2020 and to provide space for 1,250 employees.

 

Topping-out ceremony for training centre in Kaufbeuren

10.07.2018 – 

The DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) celebrated the topping-out ceremony for its new training centre last week at the Kaufbeuren Air Base. The building is characterised by its two saddle roofs, which draw the inspiration for their form from the roof pitches of the surrounding constructions.

The DFS has already renovated two accommodation buildings formerly belonging to the Federal Armed Forces on the site. The new academy, which from 2019 onwards will train military air-traffic controllers, constitutes the centrepiece of the campus.

 

HENN wins the iCampus Rhenania competition in Munich

10.07.2018 – 

The planning competition initiated by Rohde & Schwarz was decided. Among the seven invited offices, HENN took first place.

The iCampus Rhenania office complex creates an entire new district in Munich’s east. The site houses the Rhenania company’s former administrative building, built in the 1920s and which is a listed historical landmark. Together with the existing building, the design is organised into a number of building volumes, together creating an ensemble.
 

Leo-von-Klenze-Medaille 2018 für Gunter Henn

In einer feierlichen Zeremonie verlieh Staatsministerin Ilse Aigner (Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wohnen, Bau und Verkehr) die Leo-von-Klenze-Medaille 2018 an Gunter Henn und zwei weitere Preisträger – Prof. Sophie Wolfrum und Victor Schmitt. Die höchste bayerische Auszeichnung im Bauwesen würdigt herausragende Leistungen in der Architektur, im Wohnungs- und Städtebau und im Ingenieurbau.

Video: https://youtu.be/rEEq_j17egU
Pressemitteilung: http://www.bauen.bayern.de/med/aktuell/archiv/2018/180628klenze-medaille/index.php

Make City and Open Office on the Tag der Architektur

Berlin’s Tag der Architektur (Architecture Day) took place last weekend. As part of the programme our practice conducted tours of our offices on Alexanderplatz. We had a lot to offer. The walls were adorned with pictures and plans of current projects, which were supplemented by numerous models. The programme was rounded off with films, a VR headset and a pop-up factory, the latter having opened on Friday as part of the architecture festival Make City. An experimental installation, the pop-up factory involved HENN’s performing team and the use a robot that via voice input was able to uniquely treat the surfaces of polystyrene blocks. By means of a HoloLens headset the building blocks could be placed in their allotted and appropriate positions. The participatory installation was highly popular and was the culmination of a talk that discussed the comeback of production into the cities from the viewpoints of teaching, practice and political policy. The evening ended with further discussions over drinks and snacks.

Special thanks to: Anne-Caroline Erbstößer (Technologiestiftung Berlin), Martin Tamke (Associate Professor, KADK – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Kopenhagen), Giovanni Betti (Head of Performing, HENN), Saqib Aziz and Gili Ron (HENN Performing Team) and ABB (Roboter).

Pop-up Factory – Studio Talk

The concept of the city as the epicentre of culture, inspiration and the creative process stands in stark contrast to its periphery of industrial manufacturing. This division – between city as a cultural centre and industry as a place of production – has historically grown in the European context, but is becoming increasingly redundant. Today, the interactions between man and machine make it possible to impact the manufacturing process, from design to end-product, and marks a turning point in returning production to the city. Set against an experimental demonstration backdrop, a dialogue emerges between teaching, practice, and policy, about the return of manufacturing to the city.

Anne-Caroline Erbstößer, Technologiestiftung Berlin
Martin Tamke, Associate Professor, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Kopenhagen
Giovanni Betti, Head of Performing, HENN

Robots by ABB

Studio Talk within Make City Festival
Friday, June 22, 2018, 5 pm
HENN, Alexanderstr. 7, 10178 Berlin, 8. OG

More info about Make City: http://makecity.berlin/

Merck Innovation Center – Exhibition opening and book presentation

08.06.2018 – 

Mission accomplished! The ceremonial opening of Merck’s Innovation Center in Darmstadt has been concluded with a book publication, coupled with a currently on-going exhibition about the project. The photographer HGEsch accompanied the project over a period of two years, and the resulting comprehensive photographic documentation is complemented by written contributions by Peter Cachola Schmal, Christian Marquardt, Rolf Sachsse, Hans Georg Esch and board members of Merck. Selected photographs by HGEsch are on show in the HENN Gallery in Munich.

The book “Merck Innovation Center”, which was presented at the exhibition vernissage, can be purchased via Wasmuth Verlag: http://wasmuth-verlag.de.

The exhibition lasts until 30 September 2018 and is open Monday to Friday, 9.00 until 18.00.

Industriebaupreis for the ARENA2036

08.06.2018 – 

Many congratulations to the ARENA2036 team! The Industriebaupreis (Industrial Building Prize) was presented yesterday during the course of the IREM Symposiums in Stuttgart, and our project ARENA2036 was selected as the winner. The award is conferred on projects judged to be inspirational in terms of a well-balanced interplay between design, function, sustainability and economy, as well as conforming to an ethos of social responsibility and holistic thinking. The prize itself is awarded jointly to the clients and the architects.

www.irem.uni-stuttgart.de

Architecture competition Gasteig Munich – One of three winners

22.05.2018 – 

Last Friday a top-class jury announced the outcome of the architectural competition for the general refurbishment of the Gasteig cultural centre in Munich. HENN’s project is one of the three winning entries. A long transparent ribbon opens the Gasteig up to the city, extending along the entire length of the building as a contrast to the existing brick facade. All three competition winners have been requested to refine their designs over the next three months before presenting them again. The results of the competition, including the plans and models from all the architectural offices that participated, are being shown in an exhibition at the Gasteig that runs from 25 May to 15 June 2018.