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  • Great Mosque

    Great Mosque

    The mosque complex, which faces Mecca, combines various cultural and religious facilities on the 26 hectare site. In 2008, our team won the international competition. Construction work on the Djamaâ el Djazaïr, Arabic for Great Mosque, began in 2011 and was completed in 2020.

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  • Living

    Living

    The digital world is changing city dwellers’ life styles and their notion of society. New living typologies are needed in order to respond to this trend. Hybrid buildings that combine housing, work spaces, hospitality, wellness and service facilities, are just as much in demand as new forms of collective homes, so–called Co-Living. Residents’ needs for private and personal spaces need to be reconciled with areas for (communal) activities all under the single roof and with an intelligent footprint. The semi–public areas in and around a property are also increasingly becoming the residents’ active lifeworlds and therefore need to be designed vibrant, attractive surroundings. With this in mind, We do not only set high standards in terms of planning, construction, and design, but also questions existing living concepts.

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  • Transformation

    Transformation

    Transformation – preserving and adapting buildings to current requirements makes sense in many instances both from an ecological and economic perspective. The aim is always to upgrade the economic, technical and aesthetic value of a property; this typically means that a wide variety of aspects relating to building law, energy, statics but also constructional and con-servation aspects need to be considered. Such work requires both extensive technical know-how and creativity to attune these various requirements with one another and ultimately find the best possible solution.

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  • 1st prize in the competition for Vilnius’ “Urban Campus” 02.09.2021

    Winner in Vilnius! We are delighted about winning First Prize in the competition for our Urban Campus. The office complex in Lithuania’s capital is centrally located between the city’s Old Town and a newly emerging industrial area. As a contrast to a classic perimeter block development, we arrange the two L-shaped structures to produce an open city campus with two interlocking greened courtyards. This not only creates the previously missing link between the busy Seimynisku Street and the quieter Slucko Street but also integrates nature into the public space. Thanks to the various entrances both new buildings with hospitality outlets and retail stores on the ground floor breath real life into the surrounding downtown area and invite people to stroll. An ecological eyecatcher is the facade greening that functions as green signage and is an especially appealing visual device to attract passers-by. Small alleys and greened squares add the flair of a market square. The playfully arrangement of different building heights creates an attractive overall look while greened terraces contribute additional outdoor space. The flexible office spaces on the upper floor are combined with meeting and leisure rooms and have access to the with roof terraces – a modern work atmosphere in the midst of an urban oasis.

  • KSP Engel wins two Iconic Awards 30.08.2021

    We are delighted to have won not one but two Iconic Awards. In the “Innovative Architecture” category the WinX high-rise in Frankfurt our winner. And we received the “Best of Best” Award for our Gleis Park residential project in Berlin. The German Design Council awards the international prize annually for outstanding holistic architecture and interiors.
    Our Gleis Park project stands for ample light and greenery – we repurposed unused car-parking spaces and created new condominiums with direct access to the Gleisdreieck park. The WinX-Tower forms part of a new, vibrant area swiftly evolving between downtown Frankfurt and the nearby Main riverside. And with the Maintor complex we have realized an open urban quarter that restores the original timeworn pedestrian route makes for new public life between the inner city and riverside walk while the WinX Tower extends the skyline towards the Main River.
    We would like to thank the renowned jury and our project teams and congratulate all the other prizewinners.

  • KSP Engel Hits the Heights in competitionline Ranking 02.08.2021

    We are gratified to report our success in garnering one of competitionline’s highest accolades – landing a top position in their league table of competition winners in the Office and Administrative Buildings category, where we placed second. A good opportunity to remind you of our winning designs in this category over the past year.

    As The Lab in the Feuerbach district of Stuttgart demonstrates, a work environment with a really pleasant feel to it can encourage innovativeness and boost productivity. The spacious terraces between the various elements of the building are places for communication and can be used as think tanks, meeting points or conference rooms. We have taken advantage of the various green outdoor spaces to establish a link between the work environment and the world of nature.

    Our design for the new Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe HQ by the Port of Münster combines architectural tradition with modern urban flair. The new building’s distinctive outlines, with their clinker-brick façade, represent a modern take on typical warehouses and fits in well with the surrounding harbor buildings. A roof terrace with a view out over the harbor panorama, the main entrance on the open urban campus and, on the inside, an impressive atrium extending over the edifice’s full height – an impressive office building that is in tune with the current zeitgeist.

  • Virtual opening of QUO VADIS 2021 with Jürgen Engel 06.05.2021

    Rather differently from normal, but with an eye that was as keen as usual for topical subjects, the leaders of the real estate industry met up for the opening of the 31st QUO VADIS 2021 virtually this year: from May 3-5 they exchanged opinions on the future of the sector. As a speaker and member of the QUO VADIS advisory board, Jürgen Engel was one of those attending and was present live in Berlin to field questions on the economic, social and ecological issues of the day. Together with the QUO VADIS advisory board and presenter Carsten Trompetter, he specifically addressed two topics – sustainability in architecture and a future vision for our cities after the pandemic in the “Space for Current Issues”
    Back at the last congress in 2020, the panel discussion. “High tech or low tech – strategies for the resilient city” already offered a large number of suggestions for this year’s event. You can read all about the discussion, moderated by Jürgen Engel, in the Themes section

  • 2nd prize for China Optical Valley Cultural Center in Wuhan 26.04.2021

    After a series of German competition successes we’re celebrating the 2nd prize for our design of the China Optical Valley Cultural Center. Located in the Optics Valley, the New Technology Development Zone in Wuhan and merging into the scenic area of the Jiufeng National Forest Park and Jigong Hill, our educational campus design comprises a school with dorms, a youth center, as well as a number of cultural facilities. With its lower, circular shapes the campus visually sets itself apart from the surrounding high-rise buildings, emphasising the properties of the project as public buildings while also offering a welcoming gesture due to being “open” to all sides. This openness continues within the building clusters itself: various plazas, alleys and courtyards create an airy, village-like feel and also add to the micro-climate. Highlight is the second, smaller cluster of buildings which consists of a museum, library and art gallery. These are embedded in the mountainous landscape creating a quiet and artistic “cultural hill” hidden in the woods.

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Sebastian Tokarz
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