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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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  • “NAX SINO-GERMAN CITY LAB” – future trend “Urban Regeneration” 18.10.2021

    From Oct. 18 – Nov. 12, 2021, the Network for Architecture Exchange NAX - an initiative of the Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK) – is hosting a Sino-German City Lab that will bring together German architects, representatives of Chinese cities, and industry experts. They will together discuss perspectives and exchange ideas about sustainable urban renewal strategies for Chinese metropolises. Needless to say, KSP Engel will also be taking part. The Sino-German City Lab combines virtual on-demand-content and live video conferences with architectural know-how and projects, experts’ views, video interviews, podcasts, articles, and last but not least webinars. In the joint video interview on the topic of “Urban Regeneration Perspectives for Chinese Cities” principal Jürgen Engel and Thomas Busse, Managing Director International, will narrate their experiences in Europe and China. Click here for the interview and our KSP projects.
    You can also find more information on NAX Sino-German City Lab on the linked website.

  • 2nd prize in the competition for a new museum in Jiaxing 23.09.2021

    We were gratified to receive second prize with our design for a new museum right by the water. There are plans to erect a modern district around the new station in the south of Jiaxing, with its multi-million population. The district is destined mainly for residential housing and cultural facilities. Water as an element plays a significant role in Jiaxing. In the heart of the city, nine rivers converge to form the “South Lake”. This particular river landscape is also known as the “Nine Waters”.
    In our design we reference this special riverside location, whereby the building’s unique shape enables us to integrate it into the surroundings, simultaneously blurring the boundary between landscape and architecture. This edifice appears to be growing out of the ground, in the process enhancing the quality of both the interior and the outdoor spaces to give users a very special experience. The accessible landscaped roof is part of the municipal public space, offering the public a wealth of activities, generating additional exhibition space, and providing a great vantage point from which to watch the district taking shape, observe nature and look out over Jiaxing’s old town. Real value added for an urban planning museum.

  • Topping-out ceremony for Module 2 at the Siemens Campus Erlangen 16.09.2021

    The new Siemens Campus Erlangen is taking shape fast: On what is currently the largest construction site in North Bavaria, Siemens today celebrated the topping-out ceremony for the second campus module. Designed to plans by KSP Engel, in the south of the city of Erlangen a new, open district is arising covering a total of some 54 hectares.

    The ceremonial act attended by a select guest list marks a further milestone in what is at present the largest wood-hybrid construction project in Germany, with a total usable surface area of about 80,000 square meters. The shell of Module 2 is now complete; it features four further office buildings, three multi-storey carparks, and the new prestigious entrance building which, among other things, will house hospitality zones and a conference zone on its lower level. There will be space for around 6,000 staff members in the center of the new district. In the form of the campus, the research grounds to the south of Erlangen will in coming years evolve into one of the corporation’s most modern hubs; as a vibrant, green district it opens out toward the city. Module 1 was commissioned back in mid-2020 and staff will be moving into Module 2 from 2022 onward.

  • The Hamburg Süd project at the BDA “AUSGEZEICHNET!” exhibition 08.09.2021

    We are delighted that our Hamburg Süd conversion project is represented at the “AUSGEZEICHNET! 25 Jahre BDA Hamburg Architektur Preis 1996-2021” open-air exhibition organized by BDA Hamburg in Überseequartier Nord. There, a total of 43 award-winning projects from the last 25 years are all on show. The architectural highlights will be showcased from Sept. 14, 2021 until April 4, 2022 on display panels.

    The Hamburg Süd high-rise was built in 1964 – but we managed to replace the outdated façade while complying with all the heritage listing requirements. Not only did we make sure the building now meets the latest energy standards, but we also preserved its unique aesthetic appearance for posterity. We stripped the tower down to the load-bearing core, which we then strengthened. Since the high-rise was going to be broader once we added the new dual façade, we added an extra story. That way it not only now has its original proportions, but also boasts additional office space.
    In 2018, our project won the BDA Hamburg Prize for Architecture. The award was first bestowed in 1996 and is intended to highlight exemplary buildings in and around Hamburg. We are delighted that the tower has been rewarded with a place in the exhibition and congratulate all the other exhibition participants.

    For details on the exhibition, click here.

  • 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.

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