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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.

  • 1st prize in the competition for "Wohnen auf dem Quartier 52° Nord" in Berlin 21.04.2021

    We have been awarded first prize in BUWOG Bauträger GmbH’s ideas competition for southeast Berlin, in the Treptow Köpenick quarter on the banks of the river Dahme. This district boasts characteristic standalone blocks, generously spaced buildings, and extensive greenery along the riverside. We have taken account of the existing urban structures for our design and integrated them into a modern residential landscape. The result is an ensemble of three residential buildings along the water, each with its own address. Because of the spacious feel, this has allowed for all manner of different and rewarding views out over the water, even from those buildings not situated directly on the river. Our design is inspired by the exceptional location on the river – with unique views, a modern way of living, generous (roof) terraces and balconies and the parklike character all around typifying the new quarter that is 52° Nord.
    The outward appearance is characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows and coherent expanses of bronze-colored panels. These reflect the light, as well as creating a special atmosphere, with their shimmering reflection on the water. Behind the façade, the idea is for the buildings to be produced using a sustainable/hybrid means of construction.

  • Deutscher Designer Club (ddc) Podcast with Jürgen Engel 08.04.2021

    Following a series of publications in the print and online media, we are pleased to feature in a Deutscher Designer Club podcast with Jürgen Engel. In the latest DDCAST on how then topic of how spaces influences the body Georg-Christof Bertsch, editor-in-chief of the DDCAST, talks to Jürgen Engel about his projects, such as the Deutsche Börse in Eschborn and the Meixi Urban Helix in Changsha, China. When he comes to the question about the use of sustainable materials (the recycling economy), Engel focuses on such aspects as flexibility and resilience, which allow for a building to be used over the long term, thus making a substantial contribution to durability. He also reports on why during his studies at the MIT in the United States he looked into the subject of environmental psychology and how this still influences his design work today. Along with the concluding question “What is good?”, he also answers the question of why many Chinese newly-weds have themselves photographed on the ramps of the Meixi Urban Helix, a building-cum-sculpture. Enjoy your listening experience. We would like to thank the Deutscher Designer Club for their great hospitality.

    The podcast is available on DDCAST, on iTunes, Spotify and Deezer.

  • 1st Prize in the competition for a New Service Building for the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel 01.04.2021

    We are delighted to have been awarded the first prize in the competition to extend the internationally famed and historically important Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel. The design succeeds in striking a balance between the existing buildings and the new one and serves, in both metaphorical and architectural terms, as a link between the two eras. The four-story service building is located on the banks of the River Oker, between Bibliotheca Augusta and the storage building and acts as a continuation of the latter’s building lines. As the final component in the quartet, it helps form a greened courtyard. In scale, the projection that has been created here corresponds to the director’s house located opposite and in stylistic terms references the existing building ensemble. On the first floor, a glazed passageway connects the library, the service building and the repository, accentuating, as a noticeable yet unobtrusive connecting element, the individual buildings. On the outer side facing the river the elegant natural stone façade echoes the materiality of the existing buildings, as well as referencing them by emulating the window proportions – the jury praised this as a “harmonious dialogue”. On the inviting courtyard side of the main building the generous formats of the windows represent, in turn, a consciously modern contrast. On its inside, the service building, with its hybrid wooden construction, features modern offices and administrative rooms, as well as housing the restoration workshops.

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