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  • New-build design for Koelnmesse headquarters wins 3rd prize 18.01.2021

    We are delighted to have won third prize with our design for the new headquarters of Koelnmesse. Our design and urban planning concept provided for two buildings: the new company headquarters with 25,000 m² of floor space and a high-rise with 30,000 m² of space. Both of these are divided into one higher and one lower wing, which the public access via a transparent gap – and this in turn creates direct links to the urban area that serve as connecting routes guiding visitors from the exhibition entrance in the north through the atrium and to the new forum. The greened, canopied atrium of the exhibition building becomes the ideal meeting place and a green living space for the trade fair administration staff. The office areas offer individual solutions for a continually changing work environment: modern and open-plan working, flexibly usable communication spaces and quiet zones – always with links to the green lung in the middle. Both buildings are shielded from the traffic and yet stand as modern, prestigious elements within the surrounding development thanks to their glass façades. While the two transparent podium buildings permit a glance inside, the dual glass façade that sits above them, with its slightly rounded panes, emphasizes the curving, sculptural nature of the building.

  • New year - new branding 04.01.2021

    From 1 January 2021, we will be named KSP ENGEL. We have a new graphic identity and a new website. With the new corporate identity, we continue to focus on our holistic approach, the content-related examination of current developments and topics in planning and building. Our repositioning is an expression of our quality standards in architecture and its design.

    Nothing will change for you, all contracts will remain unchanged. Our address also remains the same. As of 1 January, you can reach us under our new name.

    We look forward to a continued good and successful cooperation with you in the new year.

  • Prayer Hall of the Grand Mosque of Algiers opens for the first time 13.11.2020

    The prayer hall of the Grand Mosque of Algiers (“Djamaa el Djazair”) was officially opened on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Mawlid an-Nabi on Oct. 28 and on Nov. 6, 2020 opened its doors to the general public for the first time for Friday prayers. Designed by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten the religious ensemble in the Bay of Algiers has been constructed on a 26-hectare-large site and is a symbiosis of a traditional Maghreb mosque with a column hall and influences from European Modernism. The design leitmotif in the ensemble is slender columns with a broad capital – a feature to be found in all the sections of the complex and inspired formally speaking by the blossom of the calla, a plant found throughout Africa. The Friday mosque includes the prayer hall, with a capacity of 36,000 worshippers, and the world’s highest minaret (265 meters). Like a town center in its own right, the overall complex also houses public facilities, such as a museum, a library, a theological college, apartments as well as stores and restaurants.
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  • 1st prize for office building in Stuttgart 13.10.2020

    We are delighted to have won first prize in the architectural competition for an office building in Stuttgart Feuerbach organized by PANDION AG. The new building ensemble with around 17,000 m² GFA is the first building block of a new generation of buildings on the quarter, which are completely dedicated to the topic of new working worlds. The former production of goods is followed by a modern “production site” for new ideas and forward-looking services. The office complex designed by our Frankfurt competition team envisages a working environment with a high quality of stay for indoor and outdoor spaces. The interior spaces offer flexible and diverse uses such as think tanks, encounter zones, meeting points, cellular offices to open space areas. Landscaped balconies, loggias and rooftop terraces directly associated with the rental units connect the working world with nature. For urban outdoor living, inner courtyards as well as a green base create an urban stage: seating steps, outdoor staircases and outdoor terraces offer ample opportunities to linger. The generous greening and outdoor space design thus shape the identity of the site to a particular extent.

  • 2nd prize for office and hotel building "The VIEW" in Sindelfingen 09.09.2020

    We are delighted to have won second prize in the workshop process for the office and hotel building “The VIEW” in Sindelfingen. As a three-part building figure in the green, the new quarter appears permeable and as a self-confident ensemble in a heterogeneous environment. The three buildings with a gross floor area of approx. 25,000 m² form a closed urban edge to the street to the north and east and open up to the pond to the south. Three buildings, angular in plan, house two hotels in the north and the office building at the southeast corner of the site. Light-colored materials are chosen to strengthen the open and permeable profile of the ensemble. The facade design of the new buildings is clear and modern. The aluminum ribbon facade of the office and hotel buildings follows a horizontal structure that achieves a dynamic effect. Unlike the new office building, the facade of the hotels is clad with clinker brick slips.

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