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PULS School-Building-Atlas - Learning and developing space
A collection of exemplary buildings for the further development of learning space design includes the project PULS-School-Building-Atlas, which is funded with EU Erasmus funds. The interactive database, which is currently under construction, presents European schools comprehensively with their pedagogical concept, their goals and the existing spatial substance. Experts and interested can find out more about exemplary schools or query specific individual modules and find answers to a wide range of questions about school development and school construction. The Wilhelm-Dörpfeld-Gymnasium Wuppertal with its open spaces planned by WES LandscapeArchitecture is represented with its special features as a project example in the PULS school building atlas.
Contemporary urban planning in Hamburg
Like many other metropolises, Hamburg is also growing. In order to counter this dynamic, the city develops and plans on a large scale with foresight: Large urban development projects such as HafenCity or the “Leap across the Elbe” mark important areas of inner urban development. The International Bauforum 2019 laid the foundation stone for another field of urban planning: the development of the outskirts and urban spaces along the exit roads. These aging post-war spaces urgently need upgrading, at the same time they offer great potential for contemporary urban development. Olaf Bartels and the Hamburg Authority for Urban Development and Housing (BSW) investigate these topics in the new book publication "STADTRÄUME BAUEN". Based on exemplary Hamburg projects such as Science City Bahrenfeld, the City Entrance Elbbrücken or the Hammerbrooklyn.DigitalCampus, which WES LandscapeArchitecture is currently planning, the topic is broadly diversified and offers impulses for the current urban development discourse.
1st prize for Lessinghöfe at the Gänsemarkt
Under the jury chairmanship of senior building director Franz-Josef Höing, BIWERMAU Architects BDA, in cooperation with WES LandscapeArchitecture, unanimously won the first prize for the building ensemble at Gänsemarkt 50. The usage concept of the Austrian developer SIGNA provides for a contemporary mix of retail, office and residential uses . With three publicly accessible courtyards, the open space area creates a lively urban space between Gänsemarkt, Büschstr. and Colonnaden and supports the architecture in giving the Gänsemarkt a new face in terms of urban planning.
Mathildenhöhe artists' colony UNESCO World Heritage?
As a symbol of the modernism of the 20th century for art and architecture and as an excellent example of an architecturally closed building ensemble, the Mathildenhöhe artists' colony is on the official list of UNESCO proposals. After the decisions about new World Heritage sites in 2020 were postponed due to corona, the official results for summer 2021 are now pending. A design for the first location of the visitor center was developed by the architects Marte.Marte and WES LandscapeArchitecture.
Fresh ideas for the future of the city
With the new Baukultur Foundation and the associated Future Forum, a sustainable institution is being established in Hamburg to develop and discuss ideas and solutions for important current and future issues in society from a planners' perspective. Public dialogue and exchange on topics of architecture, open space planning, interior design, urban development and urban planning as well as activities in the form of events, exhibitions, information offers for citizens or cooperation formats are among the central tasks of the Future Forum. Until the foundation is officially established, suggestions and project ideas will be collected; anyone interested can submit suggestions via the website. The new forum will initially be active in the digital space and then network in an analogue way in order to be present later in different locations in the city.
Stiftung Baukultur und Zukunftsforum
Integrative Health Center Georgsheil
As a merger of the municipal clinics in Emden, Aurich and Norden, the new Central Clinic Georgsheil will be built in the geographical center of the three locations. The central location between the medium-sized centers ensures important infrastructural requirements in terms of accessibility, logistics and medical care for the population on the entire East Frisian peninsula. At the same time, the new building enables needs-based, technological adaptation of medical standards at the highest level as well as the bundling of various specialist skills under one roof. The design by gmp Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partner and WES LandschaftsArchitektur from Hamburg convinced the jury to award a first prize in a competition.
Symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in Christiansen's gardens
The planting of 3 hornbeams for each individual part of the park and cemetery ensemble Museumsberg, Alter Friedhof and Christiansenpark gives the starting signal for the redesign of one of the most important garden monuments in Schleswig-Holstein. The first construction phase includes the upper level of Christiansenpark with a newly designed entrance area to Mühlenstraße, a new route, a playground, tree planting and a flowering meadow. After the planning phase with public participation, the Alter Friedhof and the Museumsberg will be upgraded with various measures by 2023 and connected to the city center via a new staircase - according to the motto of the project of bringing the city to the Museumsberg and the Museumsberg to the city.
Amendment Leipzig Charta
In 2007 the “Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European City” was adopted by 27 EU ministers for the first time as a widely accepted basic document for integrated urban development. As part of the German EU Council Presidency, the "Leipzig Charter 2.0", which has been revised since 2018 in an international dialogue process, is to be adopted at an EU ministerial meeting for urban and spatial development on November 30th / December 1st, 2020. Changed framework conditions e.g. due to the financial crisis, more extensive environmental regulations, migration, demographic change, digitalization and currently the COVID-19 pandemic, require current adjustments of the proven basic principles for sustainable urban development.
"Society mirror" - Alter Wall in Hamburg
Two tower-like sculptures by the Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson have been striving for almost nine meters towards the sky since October 2020. Inside the sculptures the view goes up and a mirror kaleidoscope divides the environment into manifold sections. With his “society mirrors”, the internationally known artist emphasizes the sky, the interaction of inside and outside and the constant rediscovery as important perceptual dynamics in the urban landscape. The open space concept developed by WES LandscapeArchitecture combines the past and future of the place with simple elegance and effectively accentuates the two sculptures through an unobstrusive space design.
Gesellschaftsspiegel O. Eliasson_ARD Mediathek
Exemplary buildings in North Rhine-Westphalia 2020
Since 1990 the Ministry for Home, Municipal Affairs, Building and Equality has been honoring every 5 years outstanding projects of contemporary planning and construction in North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition to resource efficiency, responsible space management and urban climate adaptation strategies, high-quality, socially integrative user qualities are central criteria for the award. On November 16, 2020, Minister Ina Scharrenbach will deliver the awards to the 30 finalists, including WES LandscapeArchitecture with the project “Redesign Middle Pader Spring Area, Paderborn”, at the Düsseldorf Art Museum K21. From November 30th - December 29th 2020 an exhibition in the House of Architects in Düsseldorf will present the awarded projects to the public.
Exemplary buildings NRW 2020
WES LandscapeArchitecture regularly publishes articles on projects and topics in landscape architecture. Two examples of current publications can be found under the following links:
Der öffentliche Raum als Lebensraum. Interview
By Michael Kaschke
In: Garten + Landschaft, Edition September | 2020
Artikel: Der öffentliche Raum als Lebensraum
OTTO Space (OTTO Space Hamburg)
By Michael Kaschke
In: Landschaftsarchitekten, Edition 2 | 2020
Artikel: OTTO Space
Winner polis Award 2020, category "Reactivated Centers"
In cooperation with the Bundesstiftung Baukultur, the polis Award has been awarding since 2016 in this year's categories Urban Land Recycling, Reactivated Centers, Social District Development, Intelligent Redensification, Communicative Urban Design, Livable Open Space and Digital Heroes. The award highlights projects that depict essential developments and trends in urban planning and that face the challenges of the future in a committed, cooperative and courageous manner. In the category “Reactivated Center” the winning project “Redesign of Middle Pader Springs, Paderborn” convinced with its user-friendly, ecologically orientated concept and the distinctive, interdisciplinary quality of dialogue between the city of Paderborn, citizens, planning partner like WES LandscapeArchitecture or INROS LACKNER SE and all other project participants.
polis Award 2020
Federal Urban Green Prize 2020: Middle Pader Springs, Paderborn
The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs announced on july 31 the winners of the 2020 Federal Urban Green Prize, which was awarded for the first time. With the award, which will be announced every two years in the future in four categories - built, used, maintained, managed -, the BMI recognizes the extraordinary commitment of cities and municipalities for urban greenery, diverse usability, design quality, innovative concepts and integrative planning approaches. The first prize in the “built” category was given to the project "Redesign Middle Pader Springs Paderborn", which was realized in close cooperation between the city of Paderborn, WES LandscapeArchitecture and the engineering office INROS LACKNER SE. The award ceremony will take place on October 2nd in Berlin.
Federal Urban Green Prize 2020
Climate adaptation: “Cool streets” in Vienna
The City of Vienna is pragmatic: from June to September it meets the increasingly hot summer months in the city with “open-air living rooms” in the neighborhood - to the delight of the Viennese population, who welcomes the measure with a large majority. 18 streets will be used temporarily and 4 streets permanently for being outdoors, for playing and cooling down, and will be equipped with additional seating and water elements such as spray mist dispensers. Cars are not allowed to drive, stop or park during this time, the basis for the selection of locations is the “Vienna Heat Map”. Climatic tests from the pilot year 2019 already show a reduction in ambient temperature of up to 5 °.
Coole Straßen Wien
Public spaces increase in importance
Freshly printed Building Culture Reports generally promise varied information, current data, forward-looking projects and exciting outlook on future developments. With the focus on “public spaces”, the Building Culture Report 2020/21 by the Bundesstiftung Baukultur, presented on June 24, 2020, highlights the growing importance of public spaces against the background of climatic, infrastructural, urban planning and demographic challenges and the associated transformation processes. As a communal good and a significant, everyday living space is shown in current exceptional times marked by COVID-19 once again the social value and the importance of functional, well-designed open spaces as "democratic places for everyone".
Building Culture Report 2020/21.pdf
Cradle-to-Cradle and Haraway's understanding of nature
With two exciting short lectures under corona-compliant conditions WES LandscapeArchitecture Berlin opened the doors to architecture enthusiasts on June 28. The American Gentry Doane, a master’s student at Hertie School of Governance Berlin, explained the cradle-to-cradle principle - a concept that enables sustainable management through permanently merging material cycles. The architect Xenia Kokoula presented the poststructuralist Donna Haraway's understanding of nature and her view of the relationship between man, nature and culture. Both keynote speeches inspired the numerous guests to lively discussions about sustainable values and realistic action options on the way to a sustainable future.
Urban District of Alanbrooke, Paderborn
On the areas of the Alanbrooke barracks released in 2016, a new, contemporary urban quarter is being built in the west of the city of Paderborn along the central north-south green axis. A listed building ensemble, new residential buildings, a kindergarten, commercial office and service areas as well as a creative and cultural quarter will be brought together as part of the urban conversion. As a result of a current competition for the design of a new building with 280 apartments and associated open spaces, there are two winners, with one of the first places was awarded at Winking. Froh Architects in collaboration with WES LandscapeArchitecture.
Conversion Alanbrooke, Paderborn
Calling to the Convent of Building Culture 2021
As a central forum for opinion formation within the Bundesstiftung Baukultur, founded in 2007, the biennial convent of building culture initiates contemporary relevant topics of building culture in Germany. Its members are committed to building culture issues and interdisciplinary debates among experts and the general public. Henrike Wehberg-Krafft, WES partner, has just been called to the 2021 Convent of Building Culture - a higher-level, responsible task, which she looks forward to with joy and curiosity.
Convent of Building Culture
Green quality of life in Cologne's Westerwaldstrasse
After three years of preparation and planning at WES LandscapeArchitecture, the implementations actually start on the 6 hectares along Westerwaldstreet in Cologne. The urban measures focus on ecological enhancements and improved user qualities. In the plan area, which extends over 3 km, over 200 trees are being replanted, including an orchard. The area is connected to the outer green belt of the city via newly arranged path connections and thus represents an important, tangible green connection. A redesigned district square in the "Kannebäckersiedlung" as well as games and sports offers for children and young people with learning, exercise and coordination offers, a Finnbahn, additional running / jogging trails, parkour areas and a bike trial offer attractive living qualities for young and old. The early involvement of citizens, kindergarten and schools in tours, planning meetings and workshops ensures transparency and diversity of ideas in the common development process
Off to the fresh air
In times of home office and limited mobility due to the corona pandemic, small excursions in the open air by bike are possible in and around Hamburg. Some open space locations planned by WES LandscapeArchitecture are beautiful destinations with lots of sky and space - as well as space for sufficient distance. The projects include e.g. in the east of Hamburg the Foundation for Water Art on the Elbe Island Kaltehofe, in the center the Western HafenCity with the Grasbrookpark or in the west of the city the Parcel Post Office Altona as one of the pioneering projects of the office, the Reemtsmapark or the Schulauer Hafen in Wedel. Taking into account the current pandemic rules, nothing should stand in the way of a trip to these locations.
Historical qualities in Drosteipark Pinneberg
A careful, yet clear reawakening of historical qualities is the focus of current planning by WES LandscapeArchitecture to the listed Drosteipark Pinneberg. As a park of the country drostei, in the 18th century the facility was originally designed as a classic French baroque garden, which was later over-planned. In the inner city, the facility can once again become the business card of the city and make an important contribution to local recreation and the city climate in the connection area between the city center and the train station. With the examination of the park, it is clarified which layers of time can be made visible and experienced again in order to create contemporary, high quality of stay.
Spacious sea terrace - Northern harbor island Stralsund
Northeast of Stralsund's old town is the northern harbor island as a transition to the Baltic Sea. Like a "Sund terrace", the artificially built island in front of the old town offers an unobstructed view at the vastness of the sea. The dimension and design stand in an exciting contrast to the old town with its medieval, urban structures, it strengthens the respective characters and makes them clearly noticeable. The open space concept by WES LandscapeArchitecture is intended to deal with this contrast to the old town consciously to emphasize its unmistakable identity by maintaining the spaciousness of the open spaces and making them tangible.
WES LandscapeArchitecture regularly publishes articles on projects and topics in landscape architecture. Some examples of current publications can be found under the following links:
Hell in the moor. Memorial Esterwegen
By Hans-Hermann Krafft
In: Landschaftsarchitekten, Edition 1-2020
Artikel: Hölle im Moor
calm down. recreational architecture. South Bund, Shanghai
Book: Deutscher Architekturverlag/ Fenna Tinnefeld (Hrsg.), Münster 2019
Artikel: calm down. recreational architecture
Influence through responsibility. Viertel Zwei Plus, Vienna and BER Berlin
By Hans-Hermann Krafft and Henrike Wehberg-Krafft
In: anthos, Edition 03-2019,
Artikel: Einfluss durch Verantwortung
With the right material against arbitrariness
Redesign market square and adjacent areas, Bad Lauchstädt
By Hans-Hermann Krafft. In: Garten + Landschaft, Edition March 2019
Artikel: Mit richtigem Material gegen die Beliebigkeit
As demanding as precise. Middle Pader Springs, Paderborn
By Ulrich Brinkmann. In: Bauwelt, Edition 18-2019
Artikel: So anspruchsvoll wie präzise
Boulevard of Dreams. OTTO Space, Hamburg
By Lucia Kamleitner. In: 100 Green Spaces, Edition 05-2019
Artikel: Boulevard of Dreams
Great approval for the redesign of the Bedaplatz in Bitburg
The Bitburg city council and building committee decided by a large majority: A spacious, urban square with a high quality of stay and experience will enrich the center of the Eifel city of Bitburg in the future. In the, also decided, new building of the BIT gallery will be a market hall with regional products towards Bedaplatz, which at the same time connects the square as a passage with the pedestrian zone. Traffic-free spaces in front of the buildings with cafes, restaurants and shops create an inviting atmosphere in the outside, while art objects in front of the Sparkasse Bitburg-Prüm and the House Beda connect inside and outside. With this decision the starting signal for the further development and detailed planning of the project was given.
Masters students from Pennsylvania State University visiting Hamburg
On the trail of European design strategies and sustainability in Hamburg and Copenhagen, WES LandscapeArchitecture led master students of landscape architecture from Pennsylvania State University through HafenCity Hamburg. As one of the largest urban development projects in Europe, HafenCity offers a wide range of practical examples of urban planning strategies and the implementation of topics such as water management, dealing with open spaces, mobility and infrastructure, port planning and the involvement of civil society in urban planning processes.
“You plant tomorrow.”: Award ceremony for Gardens of the Year 2020
With these words, the author Meike Winnemuth summarized an important feature of the garden on the occasion of the award ceremony at Dyck Castle in North Rhine-Westphalia. Around 200 guests came to honor the most beautiful gardens of the year from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. In the new edition of the book, WES LandscapeArchitecture is represented with a home garden in Hamburg, which was photographed by the first prize winner as the best garden photographer, Ferdinand Graf Luckner.
Gärten des Jahres 2020
Historic Möllner center as "living room of the city"
The quality of stay in the central Möllner shopping street will be enhanced in the future by a coherent street space with wide footpaths and a narrower lane made of high quality natural stone typical of the place. The urban appearance, which was originally derived from the history without trees, is supplemented by climate-friendly measures such as additional trees, water elements or an energy-efficient street lighting concept. After WES LandscapeArchitecture won the urban planning competition in cooperation with the traffic planning office VIA, the office was entrusted with the realization of the project.
1st prize extension building Theaterhaus Stuttgart - culture affects urban space
The winning design by WES LandscapeArchitecture and PFP Planungs GmbH Hamburg includes the encounter between the two different urban planning orientations of living and cultural activities in one place as an urban development opportunity for a new “theater house concept”: The protection of the outside for residential purposes takes place via the new theater building configuration as well as an opening of the new building towards the inside of the completed historical factory ensemble, creating a new “theater district” with lively and calm qualities.
Quality of life in Mümmelmannsberg
With over 70 nations and more than 18.000 people, Mümmelmannsberg is Hamburg's largest housing estate and a melting pot of cultural diversity. The district has been continuously renovated for several years - Mümmelmannsberg is one of the focus areas in the east of Hamburg for urban development. After receiving a 1st prize for the open space planning appraisal process, WES LandscapeArchitecture is currently developing the urban space around the Mümmelmannsberg shopping center. A sequence of locations is planned, which develop logically from the urban planning concept in the sense of a tangible and varied narrative structure. Variously designed square spaces as communication locations create a high quality of stay and living for the heterogeneous population structure. Above all, they offer residents and users the opportunity to identify with the new center of Mümmelmannsberg. The design and color concept of Hans-Albrecht Schilling will play an important role together with the existing works of art by Fritz Fleer and will shape the new center in Mümmelmannsberg.
Fink Hamburg, Mümmelmannsberg
BDA Prize Schleswig-Holstein 2019: European Hanseatic Museum Lübeck
Special architectural achievements were honored on November 7, 2019 with the Schleswig-Holstein BDA Prize, which is awarded every four years. One of the winners of the BDA Prize is the European Hanseatic Museum in Lübeck, which was planned by Andreas Heller Architects & Designers in cooperation with WES LandscapeArchitecture. The international jury evaluated 50 projects by 34 architectural offices from Northern Germany and emphasized the “mixture of introvertedness and openness” as a representative characteristic of the Hanseatic League as well as the “successful urban planning intervention” in an urban context. The open spaces reflect complex, historical layers of time in a minimalist way, calm and clarity characterize the atmosphere and convey the spirit of the place, so that an exciting composition between inside and outside is created.
Climate protection and transformation
Prominent speakers such as former German President Horst Köhler and Head of the Chancellery Helge Braun (CDU) discussed at the first Future Sustainability Congress with experts from business, science, society and culture about climate change, resource consumption and opportunities for successful social change. The sustainability network RENNnord and the Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald, Landesverband Hamburg e.V. (SDW) had invited specialists and interested parties to Wilhelmsburg on November 19, 2019 to discuss opportunities and challenges on the way to a sustainable society.
Future Sustainability Congress, Hamburg
Digital experimentation: Hammerbrooklyn box
A digital future location for innovative transformation processes is being created with the Hammerbrooklyn.DigitalCampus on the Hamburg city dike near the Oberhafen bridge. With the laying of the foundation stone in June 2019, the first green container was installed on the site as a forerunner of the DigitalCampus. The entrance to the campus, designed by WES LandscapeArchitecture in the sense of a garden, creates a green area for employees and visitors, prominently placed and clearly visible from the Oberhafen bridge. Diverse horticultural elements of a "real garden" provide a seasonally changing appearance and offer different uses. A south-east facing staircase leads to the front terrace, while providing the opportunity to sit on the steps and enjoy the views. The actual center will be the former USA pavilion of Expo 2015 in Milan from 2020, which will be built on the new location as an "upcycling project". Companies, start-ups, scientists and interested parties can then jointly develop ideas for the digital world of tomorrow.
Nomination German SPIELRAUM-Award 2019
Since 2013 the Grasbrookpark in the HafenCity Hamburg has enjoyed great popularity as a versatile, green play park. In addition to play and climbing equipment, a water basin with three meandering watercourses, fountains and water dispensers forms the center of the park. In the planning and design process, residents, in particular children have been intensively participated. Actually the most popular Hamburg playground has been nominated for the German SPIELRAUM Award 2019 on the subject of "space for movement" and will be awarded on 8th November 2019 at the Trade Fair Leisure, Sports and Exercise Facilities (FSB) in Cologne.
FSB Köln 2019
National Park Promenade Norddeich
With the establishment of a botanical landscape garden "salt marsh and dune landscape" with teaching and experience trials, another element for the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Wadden Sea National Park will be established in Norddeich/ Norden. On an area of 17 hectares of coastal landscape, a beach area newly planned by WES LandscapeArchitecture will be created in front of the North Sea dike. In addition to barrier-free promenades, sea-terraces, blank paths and sanitary and information containers of the national park will be implemented. Due to the urgent renewal of the revetment by the Lower Saxony State Office for Water, Coastal and Nature Conservation (NLWKN), the starting signal for the execution in the eastern area was given, which will be completed in october 2019. The design of the western area will be implemented between 2020 and 2021.
Feasibility study Binnenalster for discussion
The Hamburg Office for Urban Development and Housing (BSW) invites all interested citizens to an information event on the new plans around the Binnenalster. After an introduction by Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt (Senator for Urban Development and Housing) and Franz-Josef Höing (Senior Construction Director), Michael Kaschke by WES LandscapeArchitecture will present the actual feasibility study. Keynote presentations by Reiner Nagel (Bundesstiftung Baukultur) and Christoph Schwarzkopf (Denkmalschutzamt Hamburg) complete the thematic arc. In the ensuing podium discussion, the topic will be discussed with other experts under the moderation of Prof. Dr. Michael Koch.
Time: Monday, August 26, 2019 from 19.15 - 22 pm
Location: Reimarussaal of the Patriotic Society of 1765, Trostbrücke 4-6, 20457 Hamburg
Liveable main roads
150 experts and 55 architecture firms participated in the 7th International Building Forum 2019 in the Deichtorhallen, developing forward-looking ideas and visions for seven highways in Hamburg. For days the main axes of the hanseatic city were discussed intensively. Finally the experts resumed: It needs a superordinate idea to fundamentally change the functions of the highways in terms of urban planning. For the main street no. 4 from Steindamm to Meiendorfer Street a team with the offices Van de Wetering, SMAQ Architecture and City, André Poitiers, Studio Schwitalla, WES LandscapeArchitecture, the students Sebastian Clausen, Marsha Dinse, Marius Schumann and Dr. med. Cornelia Peters and Karl-Heinz Humburg from the administration developed proposals for the further development of this axis. More space for pedestrians and cyclists, continuous connections of green areas and an upgrading of existing green spaces could significantly improve the quality of these important urban areas with their total of around 140,000 people.
Bochum 51°7: 1st prize in the urban land recycling category
Cooperative commitment, courage and creativity are essential criteria for the young polis Award. In cooperation with the Bundesstiftung Baukultur and the polis magazine for urban development projects in five categories Urban Area Recycling, Reactivated Centers, Social Neighborhood Development, Liveable Open Spaces and Communicative Urban Design that reflect current developments and trends in urban planning are awarded. The Bochum 51 ° 7 project will create an industrial, technology and knowledge campus on a 70-hectare site that combines life and work and takes up the demands of future working environments in the former Opel car factory area. With an impressive architecture and generous, appealing open spaces, the large-scale urban development project will be Bochum's pioneering gateway. The award is a nice acknowledgement for the client Bochum Perspektive 2022 GmbH as well as the planning offices WES LandscapeArchitecture and all other project participants.
polis Award 2019
WES presentation at the Baukultur Workshop on 4/5 July 2019 in Ulm
This year's 3rd Baukultur Workshop of Bundesstiftung Baukultur on "Democracy and Process Culture for Public Spaces" took place in cooperation with the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) at the University of Design Ulm. The focus was on the question of a democratic organization of planning, operation and maintenance of public spaces and associated social participation. In this context WES shareholder Wolfgang Betz lectured about the several times awarded station forecourt in Erfurt designed by WES and the cooperation with Gössler Kinz Kerber Kreienbaum architects from Hamburg. He underlined the importance of results-oriented involving of citizens in planning processes, as well as the active, early involvement of project managers within the administration in the development, elaboration and implementation of design concepts.
Climate-friendly architecture: BDA position paper "The House of the Earth"
On the occasion of the 15th BDA-day on May 25, 2019, the participants discussed changing political framework conditions and a responsible attitude of architects on this topic in view of the progressing climate change. Ten years after the national climate manifest, the members agreed on a new position paper entitled "The House of the Earth". In 10 postulates and a prologue they formulate a new social narrative to address the increasing challenges of climate change in architecture and urban and spatial planning.
The House of the Earth
50 years WES LandscapeArchitecture
Lectures as part of the Hamburg Architecture Summer 2019
With numerous guests WES LandscapeArchitecture celebrated the 50th anniversary of the office in the erste liebe studios in Hamburg's Oberhafen. On the occasion of the festivities the Hamburger Oberbaudirektor a.D. Prof. Jörn Walter made a speech in which he anecdotalized the special working method of the office based on his own experiences. In four lectures, which took place on the following two days as part of the Hamburg Architecture Summer 2019, WES shareholders presented the development of the office in the last five decades and illuminated historical aspects as well as current trends in landscape architecture.
The lectures in detail:
THE ROOTS - Hinnerk Wehberg
WL - WLE - WLES - WES & Partners - WES LandscapeArchitecture - 50 years of office history, 50 years of landscape architecture, 50 years of interdisciplinary work. Just as the office in its beginnings as "Greendigger and Earthworker" met at the intersection of art, land art and architecture in an interdisciplinary fashion, today it is oriented towards common sense, classical design principles and the courage to change. The WES co-founder Hinnerk Wehberg told of highlights and stumbling blocks from the long history of the office.
ROOMS OF REMEMBERANCE - Hans-Hermann Krafft
The spectrum of landscape architecture also includes dealing with special open spaces such as those of remembrance and remembering. On the basis of drafts and built examples Hans-Hermann Krafft gave insights into the design work in the field of conflict between content-related discussion and the complex requirements and possibilities of the creative means of architecture, landscape architecture and art.
CHINA´S 70´S - Yushu Liu
A booming development, the rise to the world's syringe, the second largest economy - this is the image of China today. Where and when did this dynamic start and what were the conditions for that? Yushu Liu looked back on China in the 70s and showed the great contrast between then and now.
TODAY - Michael Kaschke
In recent decades, landscape architecture has evolved, emerging increasingly from the shadow of architecture: open spaces are playing a more important role, especially in urban areas, and international projects in transnational cooperation are commonplace. WES LandschaftsArchitektur has been operating internationally for a long time, having been in China for more than 20 years. WES shareholder Michael Kaschke reported on the developments and special features of the Chinese activities.
Citizen participation for Christiansen's gardens in Flensburg as a "National Project of Urban Design"
After the City of Flensburg recently decided to upgrade the historic parks of the Christiansenpark, the Old Cemetery and the Musemsberg in its "Integrated Urban Development Concept", the city is now delighted to have access to EU funding from the EFRE-program as well as Federal and State fundings.
WES LandscapeArchitecture is currently developing the first designs for the historic open spaces, with citizen participation being a top priority right from the beginning. On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, there is the opportunity to learn about the goals and the state of planning and to contribute ideas. In advance, a 90-minute tour of the area is offered, meeting point is at 3 pm in front of the museum entrance (Hans Christiansen House). At 5 pm, the participation process and the presentation of initial ideas will start in the auditorium of the Hans-Christiansen-Haus.
Opening Hamburg Architecture Summer 2019
Short exhibition and lectures by WES LandscapeArchitecture in Oberhafen Hamburg
Themed "Exit open. Modern with a Future? " the Hamburg Architecture Summer 2019 starts on Tuesday 7th of May. There are several occasions to celebrate this year: the Bauhaus becomes 100 years and the Hamburg Architecture Summer is celebrating its 25th year of existence. WES LandscapeArchitecture joins the anniversary series with its 50-year office history. As part of the Hamburg Architecture Summer the office will be showing extracts from the career and work from the beginnings of 1969 until today on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 2 pm to 7 pm in the first love studios. In four lectures WES shareholders will give insights into their work and highlight developments in landscape architecture.
German Landscape Architecture Award 2019: Award in the category "Work Environment" to WES
On April 12, 2019, the expert jury appointed by the Federation of German Landscape Architects awarded the project Arbeitsboulevard - Otto-Space, Hamburg-Bramfeld in the category "Work Environment" out of 35 nominated, outstanding works. The first prize and all other award-winning works from a total of 9 categories will be honored on Friday, 20 September 2019 at the Allianz Forum in Berlin and presented as part of an exhibition.
School connects - topping out ceremony district school Lurup, Hamburg
A light-flooded foyer, generously proportioned glass facades and terrace areas in front follow the mission statement of an open house in the new building of the district school Lurup with its community school and a media library for uses by neighborhood residents. The outdoor facilities designed by WES LandscapeArchitecture support the urban planning and spatial conception of the architecture and at the same time capture the park-like character of the surroundings. Finance senator Dr. Andreas Dressel at the topping-out ceremony on November 15th praised the progress of the construction work and the attractive prospect of an open, connecting location for the entire city district.
Challenge in the inventory - start of planning Alfons School Munich
The Department of Education and Sport Munich is currently launching the planning of the outdoor facilities for the more than 100-year-old Alfonsschule in the district of Neuhausen with WES LandscapeArchitecture. On the 7,000 m2 area, a middle school, a primary school and a house for children will find their place. As many current projects, the challenge is to make optimal use of limited areas in existing inventories and to make the school grounds sustainably attractive for children and adolescents.
Care in the Green in central Berlin
After winning a competition WES LandscapeArchitecture realizes the Lazarus Campus in Bernauer Strasse in Berlin Centre. The office was entrusted by the Hoffnungstaler Stiftung Lobetal with the design of the park-like outdoor facilities for the Berlin location. On the central area with several building units and a spacious outdoor area, the Lazarus-House offers professional care services in the areas of nursing, hospice and assisted living.
Completion Paderhalle forecourt
The newly designed forecourt of the Paderhalle will in future provide a central starting point for ventures into the headwaters of the Pader, which is currently being renatured as part of the urban program "National Projects of Urban Design". In the meantime, the construction work for the forecourt has been completed and a spacious, uniform plaza with special design features and user qualities is emerging. Floor slabs mark the historical course of the city and the former city tower, newly planted large trees, sitting cubes and large bench elements invite residents and tourists to linger.
Future visions for Bahrenfeld
In the field of scientific structural research, DESY, the University of Hamburg and other scientific institutions are now considered world leaders. At the same time, the European XFEL, the planned Vorhornweg Technology Park and the new Luruper Chaussee Innovation Center promote the development of an international science park Hamburg / North. Currently the planning offices Spengler & Wiescholek, URBAN CATALYST and WES LandscapeArchitecture are developing in several wokshops together with the city of Hamburg, the University of Hamburg and DESY the future visions for the new Science Campus Bahrenfeld.
LANDZINE live in Hamburg
The international online platform LANDZINE invites to the award ceremony of this year's LILA (Landzine International Landscape Award) prizewinners at the HafenCity University in Hamburg on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10 am. At the opening of the event the Hamburger Oberbaudirektor Franz Josef Höing and Antje Stokman from HafenCity University will address their greetings to the visitors. Afterwards the daily program will include a variety of lectures by international speakers followed by discussions.
Future-oriented urban development: East-west axis Cologne
In the context of the "City Planning Master Plan Cologne City Centre" and the "Cologne mobile 2025" concept, Cologne's urban spaces along the east-west axis were examined in an exemplary traffic and open space analysis. Interdisciplinary survey procedures collected important information for the development of a new spatial and infrastructural structure. Together with the City of Cologne, the KVB (Cologne Transport Association) and a traffic planner, WES LandschaftsArchitektur investigated the above-ground and underground integration of the city railway into the urban space. An overarching, sustainable concept was developed that questions motorised traffic, strengthens local public transport and creates new uses for urban space, while at the same time integrating tram stops into historic squares in a forward-looking way. The concept convinced with an integrative structural approach and high living and recreational qualities at historical locations in the city centre. At the end of the study, a comprehensive participation process offered the population the opportunity to participate in the recommendation of a variation for the City Council of Cologne.
Harmonious whole and individual freedom: Bundeswehrzentralkrankenhaus (main military hospital) Koblenz
As a medical competence centre and teaching hospital of the University of Mainz, the Bundeswehrzentralkrankenhaus Koblenz is firmly anchored in the region's health and education network. After receiving the first prize in the context of a VOF procedure, WES LandschaftsArchitektur has developed and revised the outdoor facilities since 2015. The new open space concept shows a spacious overall picture in the form of a park, which is based on a harmonious interaction between buildings, landscape and users. A quiet, aesthetically pleasing design promotes recreational qualities and at the same time creates orientation and individual public spaces for convalescence.
German Natural Stone Award 2018 to WES
In March 2018 an expert jury nominated 19 outstanding natural stone projects from 94 entries in the categories "Public buildings and commercial buildings", "Single-family and multi-family houses", "Landscaping and open space design" as well as "Massive components and construction in existing buildings". The final winners were awarded at the stone+tec 2018 trade fair in Nuremberg on 13.06.2018, where Hans-Hermann Krafft received the first prize in the category "Landscaping and open space design" on behalf of WES LandschaftsArchitektur with great pleasure. Dirk Godehardt (road construction) and Michael Zech of the cooperation partner engineers RINNE & PARTNER played a decisive role in the success of the project and this award.
Day of Architecture 2018
WES would like to invite you to four public guided tours on this year's Day of Architecture:
Saturday 23.06.2018 at 11 and 12 o'clock / THE FONTENAY, Hamburg
Guided tour with Wolfgang Betz, Managing Partner WES LandschaftsArchitektur
Meeting point: forecourt main entrance THE FONTENAY
Saturday, 23.06.2018 at 10, 11:30 and 13 h / Western HafenCity, Hamburg
Guided tour with Peter Schatz, Managing Partner WES LandschaftsArchitektur
Meeting point: Magellan Terraces / Großer Grasbrook
Sunday, 24.06.2018 at 11 and 12 o'clock / Parcel Post Office Altona, Hamburg
Guided tour with Timm Clasen/Annegret Kühne, WES LandschaftsArchitektur (representatives for H. Wehberg)
Meeting point: Parcel Post Office Altona, main entrance, Kaltenkirchener Str. 1-3, 22769 Hamburg
Sunday, 24.06.2018 at 10, 11 and 12 o'clock / Oldenburg Castle, Oldenburg i. O.
Guided tour with Peter Schatz, Managing Partner WES LandschaftsArchitektur
Meeting point: castle approach / Schloßplatz side
Original river landscape meets urban cultural heritage
The redevelopment of the central Paderquell area has been implemented as a "national urban development project" since 2017 with state funding of 2.2 million euros, a collaboration between the city of Paderborn and WES LandschaftsArchitektur. The unspoilt, Paderquell area, still in harmony with nature yet very close to the city centre is connected, through its renaturation with the city's cultural landscape, with its historical and urban character. A special feature of this project is the linking of the urban development support measure with the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (renaturation of the Pader) in the middle of the city centre. By the end of this year, a large part of the construction work is to be completed, thus making a high-quality local recreation area accessible to the public.
Sustainable City District in Vienna: Opening of Viertel Zwei Plus
Viertel Zwei was Austria's first urban quarter to be pre-certified with the ÖGNI platinum certificate and continues its success story with this year's opening of Viertel Zwei Plus. Future-oriented measures for climate protection, economical and versatile building operation and renewable energy generation are setting trends in the 21,415 m2 car-free district planned by WES LandschaftsArchitektur, among others. And the development continues: The third construction phase is already in planning with the extension of the eastern axis and its completion by two high-rise buildings,
A stage for art: Alter Wall, Hamburg
Olafur Eliasson (artist), Carola Veit (President of the Hamburg City Parliament), Franz-Josef Höing (Chief Building Director of Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Andreas Hoffmann (Bucerius Kunst Forum) and Wolfgang Betz (WES LandschaftsArchitektur) formed a top-quality team at the Hamburg Bucerius-Forum, answering questions about the redesign of the Alter Wall. With simple elegance, the open space concept developed by WES LandschaftsArchitektur combines the past with the future and effectively accentuates two central artistic sculptures by Olafur Eliasson. The elegant design of the square with a generous 23-metre long, polished seating element creates a tranquil space and discreetly highlights its sublimity.
Shared identity at the city entrance at Groner Tor
With the award of the first prize to WES LandschaftsArchitektur in 2016, the competition jury was convinced by the strong design idea of the open space concept for the Groner Tor in Göttingen. An overall floor covering in the form of a shared carpet as well as collectively used open space areas with a centring grove of trees create a connecting open space identity for the 19,354 m2 site. The conceptual approach encourages the use of the open space in its entirety in order to encourage exchange, information and synergy effects. The first construction phase of the project will start in April and is scheduled for completion in August 2018.
New rules and regulations (2018) for green roofs
The kick-off for this year's WES event series "WES_Lectures" took place on Friday 20.04.2018 from 13-17pm in the Sierichisches Forsthaus in Hamburg. Dr. Knut Herrmann (MPA Braunschweig) and Bernd W. Krupka (planner and expert, Bad Pyrmont) presented the new regulations for green roofs to the WES employees and as experts provided important specialist impulses. The WES further training series was successfully continued with a subsequent exchange in a relaxed atmosphere.
Opening of THE FONTENAY, Hamburg
A light-flooded building with a beautiful park facility in a fantastic location by the Alster Lake—with THE FONTENAY Hamburg will be given one of the best luxury hotels in Germany. The opening, awaited with great anticipation, will be held, following several constructional delays, on 19.03.2018. For more than five years, WES LandschaftsArchitektur developed and realised the outdoor facilities for the project in collaboration with the office Störmer, Murphy and Partners. With the opening and the new vegetation phase, the picturesque outdoor space facilities of the luxury hotel will unfold their initial vibrancy.
Refurbished in line with conservation practice and “softly bedded” / lecture by Claus Rödding
The premiere of the new event series “Freiraum-Gespräche” (talks about open-spaces), in the creative environment of the Kunstmuseum Bonn will be facilitated by the company Metten Stein+Design, with the main focus on the opera. METTEN Akademie placed the exemplary operas in Cologne and Oslo in the focus of these first workshop talks. Together with Judith Grümmer, the daughter of the opera square designer JH Grümmer, WES-managing partner Claus Rödding gave a lecture on the challenges posed by the opera project in Cologne and discussed the special qualities of the two projects in an exchange with the speaker Patrick Lüth from the Snohetta office in Oslo and an interested professional audience.
Civic participation: Sample areas in pedestrian zone in Bad Oeynhausen
In the context of the new design for the pedestrian zone, the municipality Bad Oeynhausen invited citizens to an open question session at the square in front of the Deutsche Bank on Thursday, 15.02.2018 at 4pm. Peter Schatz, landscape architect and managing partner of WES LandschaftsArchitektur answered questions on site about the project planning and the design of the floor covering. In order to give an initial visual impression, a sample area of six square metres was laid out at the site and the project was discussed with the local citizens.
Team spirit and know-how for municipal housing
In 2015, WES LandschaftsArchitektur designed 13 municipal housing units, in collaboration with f&w fördern und wohnen (AöR) Hamburg and the project steering office Drees & Sommer. Due to an urgent need for action and tight time pressure, a great deal of experience in teamwork as well as evidence of professional expertise was required at the beginning of the project. Hence during a period of 2,5 years, twelve sites for temporary use (P+R car park, forest clearing etc.) were planned and realised “off the cuff” for functional housing complexes in modular construction for public-service accommodation. The open space planning concepts that were developed encourage a positive sense of community by combining appropriate functionality with good design through central communal spaces, spacious green areas and leisure areas, as well as practical everyday facilities.
Positive response to our housing project in Linz
The Linz advisory council for urban planning has declared the housing project “living by the lake” to be a high-value, successful landscape concept that provides a long-term quality of living due to its location by Pichlinger Lake. After winning an urban planning competition in 2016, the Austrian architect office Kneidinger developed an open space concept that was incorporated into the urban planning, in collaboration with WES LandschaftsArchitektur. It included a central park facility and a district street as the main axes, residential units arranged like ice floes, structuring hedge elements, district quadrangles and zones for encounters that subdivide the space, as a means of communication between each of the residential units.
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New trees for the Autostadt
The most recent autumn storm “Herwart” took a heavy toll on the trees in the landscape park of Autostadt Wolfsburg. A total of 17 pine and poplar trees and one willow had to be removed due to strong damage to their crowns. WES LandschaftsArchitektur is currently supervising measures for the planting of replacement trees on the respective sites. On 20th December 2017, the last two plantings—two very large trees—were inserted into the ground near the hotel The Ritz Carlton, using a crane. As a result, in just a very short time the gaps created by the storm were closed and parts of the park landscape supplemented and extended.
Trendsetting corporate campus of innogy SE
The new head office of innogy SE will be developed as a central, innovative and sustainable campus facility, close to Essen city centre and the main station. With this large building project, the company wants to tread new paths and create an inspiring place of communication and innovation. The project design, produced by BAID Architekten in collaboration with WES LandschaftsArchitektur was awarded the first prize in a competition. The ground-breaking ceremony is already planned for 2018 and the goal is to complete the building complex by 2024.
Construction start of Frauenhofer Institute Kassel
From November 2017, the start of construction for the new, autonomous Frauenhofer Institute for energy economics and energy systems technology marks the launch of a lighthouse project for the city of Kassel, a central location for applied research on the topics of regenerative energy and sustainability. Areas that resemble landscaped parks, which will integrate the existing trees, as well as various spaces for leisure and mobility, will characterise the open spaces of the 32,000 m² construction site, planned by WES Landschaftsarchitektur in collaboration with HHS Architekten Kassel. State Premier Volker Bouffier and Fraunhofer-President Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugaber stressed, on the occasion of a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony, the significant radiant appeal of the 60 million project for Kassel's pioneering role in the energy transition.
What can landscape architecture do for the city of tomorrow?
How can more residential space be created in large cities, what about living and working in one place and what are the mobility concepts of the future? In "WES Lectures", an in-house series of trainings, three top-class experts, Prof. Dr. Klaus Overmeyer, DI Dr. Andreas Rumphuber and Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla provided valuable inspiration for these highly topical themes. The office Urban Catalyst Studio, affiliated to Prof. Dr. Klaus Overmeyer, is considered an innovative leader in the field of participation-orientated spatial and urban development, while the Austrian architect Dr Andreas Rumphuber develops visionary concepts for holistic living and working places. In his role as futurologist at Volkswagen AG, Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla initiated lively discussions among the visitors with his future scenarios of the mobile world of tomorrow.
"Other Places" // Lecture by Wolfgang Betz at the Architects and Planner's Day at NordArt 2017
Under the motto "REACTIVATE: New initiatives in existing structures", renowned speakers such as Prof Caroline Bos, Prof Enrique Sobejano, Ute Schneider and Prof Dr.-Ing h.c. HG Merz came together on 21 September 2017 at this year's Architects and Planner's Day at NordArt 2017 in Rendsberg and talked about their ideas for the reactivation of existing locations. With his lecture "Other Places", Wolfgang Betz presented the theme of reactivation from a landscape architectural viewpoint.
"Can they still be saved?" // Lecture by Claus Rödding
Landscape-architectural works from the 60s to 80s in the field of tension between demolition and reconstruction
Showing signs of age, they are under discussion in many places: Older city squares, showing traces of wear and tear, which since times have changed require critical re-evaluation—are they still up-to-date, functional, aesthetically pleasing? The work and image of their time, they are on the one hand a cultural asset, representing a building-cultural era, while on the other hand they must fulfil functional aspects that have now changed. Whether or not older public spaces are to be saved or abandoned is a decision based on many factors, people and stories. Claus Rödding will elaborate on this topical theme on 14th September 2017 at the event Forumstadt in Lübeck-Travemünde, emphasising the aspects LOST—ENDANGERED—RESCUED.
Building culture workshop "Conversion Culture" on 7th and 8th September 2017 in Bochum
What is the potential of conversion measures and which strategies are necessary in order to wisely invest more than 70% of all building investments in Germany in existing buildings? In addition to economic and ecological aspects, conversions and further construction provides scope for building cultural innovation. In September 2017 the Bundesstiftung Baukultur and StadtBauKultur Nordrheinwestfalen invited speakers to the building culture workshop "Conversion Culture" in Bochum, in order to contribute with keynote speeches on this topic during specific projects and discussion rounds. As a central event format of the Bundesstiftung Baukultur, the results of the construction workshops were integrated into the annual building culture report, which in the form of a status report lists recommendations for action for political decision-makers. The building culture report 2018/19 is dedicated to the topic "Heritage. Existing buildings. Future".
Urban Public Spaces // Expert interview with Hinnerk Wehberg and Wokfgang Betz
Two WES generations have their say together in an expert interview: Hinnerk Wehberg as the founder of the office and Wolfgang Betz as WES Partner give their opinion in an interview with the company Hess on the subject of "public, urban space" and explain their individual approaches and design aspects using project examples.
Further information: HESS-Interview
Hinnerk Wehberg // 50 years of landscape architecture and art
In 2016, co-founder of the architects practice, Hinnerk Wehberg, celebrated his 80th birthday with many colleagues, companions, friends and family. They took this opportunity to give him an exhibition as a gift. In the presence of a large number of guests, in July a comprehensive exhibition of the work of the artist and landscape architect was opened in the Alte Ziegelei in Lütjensee on the occasion of the Schleswig Holstein summer studio. With paintings, drawings, sculptures and material studies, as well as draft drawings and project documentation, the exhibition provided an overview of 50 years of landscape architecture.
Further information: images of the exhibition opening (Photos: Emma Lou Herrmann)
A realistic, emphatic visionary
In a biographical speech at the official farewell ceremony for the Chief Building Director Prof Jörn Walter in Hamburg town hall, Hinnerk Wehberg highlighted Prof Walter’s outstanding achievements in the urban planning development of the twin cities Dresden and Hamburg. With his strong empathy for places and people and his enthusiastic persuasive powers, Jörn Walter is an excellent intermediary between people and ideas. Hinnerk Wehberg would like to see the departing Chief Building Director as a future "Rijksbouwmeester”, according to the Dutch role model, as an “architectural conscience” in the sense of Jo Coenen.
Guided tour of construction site grand hotel THE FONTENAY, Hamburg
The outdoor facilities of the new luxury hotel by the Alster Lake, planned by WES Landschaftsarchitektur, are clearly taking shape. In order to provide a practical insight into the current state of construction, bdla Hamburg, in collaboration with WES, will give a guided tour of the FONTENAY building site on Thursday the 22.06.2017 at 4pm. WES partner Claus Rödding will be o site to explain the design details of the outdoor facilities.
We kindly request you to send your binding registration by14.06.2017 via e-mail to the bdla Hamburg office, firstname.lastname@example.org. The required construction site safety shoes and helmets will be provided on location.
Day of Architecture 2017
On the occasion of this year's Day of Architecture, WES Landschaftsarchitektur would like to invite
you to two public guided tours and an open office day.
Sunday 11.06.2017 at 11am / European Hansemuseum Lübeck
Guided tour together with Andreas Heller Architects & Designers
Sunday, 25.06.2017 at 11am and 12am / Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz, Hamburg
Guided tour with Hinnerk Wehberg and Timm Clasen, WES LandschaftsArchitektur
Sunday, 25.06.2017 from 2 to 6pm / WES Office Berlin
Programme presented by Berlin office:
Film about Professor Hinnerk Wehberg, painter, sculptor and landscape architect, co-founder of WES Landschaftsarchitektur
Several architects will have a chance to speak about the role of the landscape architect
(Duration: 17 minutes / several presentations)
Short presentations on the topic: "current trends in urban and open space planning"
Pilot project "Campus Hellwinkel"
Presentation of new WES projects, including "Neumarx", "Viertelzwei+" in Vienna
Henrike Wehberg-Krafft, Dipl.-Ing, Landscape architect/architect
Hans-Hermann Krafft, Dipl.-Ing, Landscape architect /architect
License for new WES location in Shanghai
The operations of the new WES office "WES Landscape Architecture Design (Shanghai) Co., Ltd." in Shanghai have begun with the awarding of a company license for China. As the Chinese authorities are often reluctant to grant extensive licenses, this authorization - which follows ten years of continuous development work - can be considered a promising sign of steady WES activity in China in the future. The office has already successfully planned and implemented several projects, for example the realization of the entire outdoor facilities of the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center for the FINA World Championships 2011.
Of several current projects in Shanghai, the master plan for the "West Bund Open Space Design of WS3 Unit Care Area", comprising of an area of 89 hectares, should be mentioned, as well as the "Shanghai South Bund Riverfront Promenade" project, developed together with the architects von Gerkan Marg und Partner (gmp) as an extension of Shanghai's most renowned promenade, "The Bund".
For more information please see: Business License China
Start of the event series “WES_Lectures”
With a new event series “WES_Lectures”, the WES LandscapeArchitecture office will begin a discourse with experts on different topics of urban development, architecture and open space planning. On March 6, 2017 Prof. Dr. Heiko Sieker (Hoppegarten_Wassersensitive Stadtentwicklung), Carmen Biber (Masterthesis 2017_Advanced Urban Trees) and Anne Kittel (HCU Hamburg_Klimzug Nord) will present their contributions/keynotes on the theme of rainwater management and put them up to discussion. The speakers will hence cover topics ranging from current research findings to best-practice examples. The WES office has several guest tickets for the internal events and we will be happy to invite you if you are interested.
WES Managing Partner Claus Rödding
The WES LandscapeArchitecture office will once again manoeuvre new and challenging projects this year with dedication, passion and professionalism. In order to manage the growing number of tasks, at the beginning of the year the former executive director Claus Rödding was appointed new managing partner, alongside Peter Schatz, Wolfgang Betz, Michael Kaschke and Henrike Wehberg-Krafft. With his knowledge and experience gained in 18 years with the office, Claus Rödding will now supplement the WES leadership, guaranteeing continuity and stability for the future work within Germany and abroad.
"Urban laboratory as a city mosaic" // 2nd prize for innovative urban district development in Neu Marx, Vienna
In the form of an interdisciplinary team, COBE Architects Berlin, Studio Vlay, Expander Design, Vienna/Andreas Rumpfhuber and WES LandscapeArchitecture contributed to the competition "Designing Neu Marx together" with an innovative design. The concept for the quarter under development envisages a mosaic-like structure with different areas of utilisation and a “big house” as the heart of the new campus. Living, working and researching will be combined and linked in a diverse way, forming a "mega campus". The intersections of the mosaic-like quarter form interconnected open spaces with avenues, small pocket parks, gardens and terraces with greenery, based on the idea of a shared space, in other words a public space shared equally between all participants. The existing space along and beneath the tangent will be developed to create an appealing park and as a “tangent strip” provides a wide range of opportunities for sport and leisure. The unusual concept creates process-orientated basic structures, which offer the users space for development and change and at the same time give the district a contextual and formal aid to orientation.
A critical mind with common sense // Hinnerk Wehberg at the age of 80
For 48 years, Hinnerk Wehberg, one of the most renowned landscape architects in Germany, has shaped the architectural landscape with his unusual ideas and lively discussion contributions—and still enjoys taking part in current debates. As far back as 1969, the WES founding team, consisting of Gustav Lange (a landscape architect trained in Denmark), Gundolf Eppinger (landscape architect), Wieland Schmidtke (graphic designer/filmmaker) and Hinnerk Wehberg (painter/sculptor), came together as an interdisciplinary team under the motto "greendigger and earthworker". In November 2016, many collaborative partners, long-time companions, friends and family met in Hamburg to celebrate Hinnerk Wehberg’s 80th birthday and their shared history connected to the life and work.
Apple Tree Planting // OTTO Boulevard
The outdoor space of the company OTTO in Hamburg-Bramfeld is undergoing transformation: A high-quality campus is emerging that provides an appealing place to meet and work outdoors and at the same time also offers niches for retreat and communication.
Following six months of construction, the planting of the new boulevard will begin at the end of October. This milestone of progress for the project will be celebrated on Friday, October 28, 2016 with the symbolic planting of two apple trees by the divisional board member Katy Roewer and the director Dr. Gesa Heinrichs.
For more information about the WES project please see: OTTO works premises
Elbfest.Hamburg // A festival commemorating the 150th birthday of the Sandtorhafen
Under the motto "Schippern. Schnacken. Schlendern" (Boating. Chatting. Strolling), in September the new port anniversary festival will not only celebrate maritime tradition but also contemporary life along the River Elbe. Entrance is gratis and the event programme will be spread across three locations: the Sandtorhafen in HafenCity, the Hafenmuseum in the 1950s warehouse and by the River Elbe.
WES LandscapeArchitecture has designed several of the open spaces in the surrounding area of the HafenCity, together with EMBT / Enric Miralles + Benedetta Tagliabue, Barcelona (E) - another good reason for making a late summer visit to the "mini port anniversary".
Office inauguration Shanghai
In order to supervise Asian projects directly on location and create more closeness between the clients and contracting bodies, WES LandscapeArchitecture opened a new office in Shanghai on 01.09.2016. Yihan Chen, Chief Representative for WES on the Chinese market, will be responsible for managing the new office location in Asia and will maintain close links with the head office in Hamburg.
Completion of the Offenbachplatz in Cologne
The renovation of the Offenbachplatz in Cologne provides an opportunity to make the entire urban space perceptible and tangible again and to highlight the special quality of the district. At the same time, the measures will provide a contemporary setting for the stages. The Offenbachplatz with an area in front of the opera in the Tunisstraße, as well as the smaller area in front of the Schauspielhaus in the Brüderstraße, was subject to comprehensive planning by WES LandscapeArchitecture and extensively redesigned. During the refurbishment, great importance was placed on the restoration of the squares, in line with the heritage guidelines and the concept of the Cologne-based artist Jürgen Hans Grümmer, who designed the site in 1966/67. Once the construction work is complete, the squares will be open to the public.
Unlike the open spaces, the refurbishment of the SCHAUSPIEL at Offenbachplatz will not be completed by the beginning of the season 2016/17. Theatre director Stefan Bachmann hence came up with an unusual artistic device: He will use the unfinished venue as an "outdoor venue at Offenbachplatz". Young directors will stage contemporary and debut performances in this unique setting. This will culturally revive the location, despite all the discussion around constructional and financial aspects, and will return it to its original importance.
Awarding of professional services contract (VOF) | „Barock trifft Moderne” in Saarbrücken
The project „Barock trifft Moderne” (Baroque meets Modernism) is dedicated to the conservation and further development of the baroque and postwar-modernist built heritage in the urban district Alt‐Saarbrücken, in the Eisenbahnstraße area. Here, the axes of outstanding architectural references to the two phases that were of great importance for the urban development of Saarbrücken meet in a small space: The baroque axis meets Ludwig’s Church, Ludwigsplatz (Ludwig’s Square), the Friedenskirche (Peace Church) and Wilhelm-Heinrich-Straße.In addition, the axis of postwar modernism meets the Eisenbahnstraße and the site designed by the architect Stengel.
A large variety of individual measures, implemented over many years and thus meeting with acceptance, were influenced by eras such as that of the car-friendly city, which led in total to negative changes and restricted utilization. In addition to the functional retrofitting of both baroque churches, restoration work has been carried out to enhance the existing building substance. This has generated an „added value” for cultural and tourist goals, in addition to the church activities, and has modified the public space to meet with current urban planning requirements.
The aim of the project is to enliven both the baroque axis and the postwar modernist axis by the end of 2018, making them much more perceivable within the cityscape.
We are delighted to plan and supervise the implementation of this transformation in the centre of Saarbrücken, in the context of an open space and traffic concept together with the engineering consultants ARNDT IDC.
Festive inauguration of market and Querfurter Straße // Bad Lauchstädt
On Sunday, 26th June 2016, the Minister of Transport and Urban Development in Saxony-Anhalt, Thomas Webel, and 1000 other guests are invited to the official inauguration of the market and Querfurter Straße in Bad Lauchstädt, redesigned by WES LandschaftsArchitektur. These building measures hence complete the implementation of the plans of Johann Wilhelm Chryselius for the design of the spa gardens with an avenue of four rows of trees along the Querfurter Straße. One of the important main axes of the facility, leading from the castle door, past the well to the spa building and the Goethe Theatre are now tangible once again. In addition, the castle, historic spa facility and the Goethe Theatre will be restored to their full glory as a striking ensemble. The redesign is a synergy of the history of the former fashionable Saxonian baths and contemporary demands. The result is a conclusive open space with a high quality of design and modernity.
Architecture for everyone // Day of Architecture 2016 in North Rhine-Westphalia
WES will present two projects at this year’s „Day of Architecture”: the theatre square in Gütersloh as a „city entrance with new parquet flooring” and the restoration of the opera district surrounding Offenbachplatz in Cologne, with its listed buildings. In several guided tours, the respective WES project managers will provide direct insights into the development and implementation of the projects.
On the occasion of the nationwide „Day of Architecture”, 325 buildings, quarters, gardens and parks in 147 cities and municipalities of Nordrhein-Westfalen will be open to the visitors on June 25 and 26, 2016. Interested persons are invited to attend presentations by architects, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners, outlining their current projects.
For more information please see: Tag der Architektur in Nordrhein-Westphalen programme
For more information about the WES project please see: Theatre plaza Gütersloh
Architecture for everyone // Open day for Berlin architectural offices
Traditionally, the „Day of Architecture” is held on the last weekend of June. In addition, in the state of Berlin, the participating planning offices will be open to the public. WES LandschaftsArchitektur, in collaboration with Hans-Hermann Krafft, is delighted to take part in this event. On June 25, 2016, between 2pm and 6pm, we will give an insight into the WES office and projects. All the dates and events for the „Day of Architecture” in Berlin and the further German Federal States will be published on the Internet under www.tag-der-architektur.de.
WES LandschaftsArchitektur with Hans-Hermann Krafft, Reichenberger Straße 124, 10999 Berlin (1st entrance on the right in front of the gateway)
Open office: Saturday, June 25, 2016, 2pm–6pm
More information: Tag der Architektur programme
Competition prizes in China // Nanjing Financial City - Phase II and Greenland Shenwan, Shanghai
Two initial competition prizes were won by gmp Architekten and WES LandschaftsArchitektur in China: Together with schlaich bergermann partner–sbp gmbh from Stuttgart, we came out top in the realization competition for Nanjing Financial City, a new mixed-use commercial district with an area of 65,000 m2 in the southwest of the metropolis Nanjing. The successful phase II is considered to be a key project that aims to connect two urban axes in Nanjing’s urban expansion district Hexi New Town. The open space planning in the midst of the ensemble of five multi-storey buildings envisages a green north-south axis in the form of a green canyon with squares, courtyards set between the tall buildings and a fascinating view of the Hexi New Town district.
An additional 1st prize was awarded to our co-operation partner for the project “Greenland Shenwan, Shanghai” for the joint design of the new commercial centre in Yangjing in the north of Pudongn, close to the financial centre Lujiazui. A strong feature of this area is its close proximity to the Huangpu River and Yangpu bridge, existing residential buildings and former port facilities. The new commercial centre is linked to this area and the scale of the buildings also harmonizes with the surroundings. The open space planning envisages a large number of pathways, courtyards, roof gardens and terraces between the thirteen detached, villa-like commercial buildings.
For more information please visit: GMP Architects
Successful competition projects // Western section of Augsburg main station and Tower 90, Frankfurt
The architectural office schneider & schumacher from Frankfurt/ Main and WES LandschaftsArchitektur were successful in a second competition round for the realization of the design of the western section of Augsburg main station.
The competition “Tower 90” was won in collaboration with the architectural offices MAGNUS KAMINARZ & CIE. ARCHITEKTUR from Frankfurt am Main and JAHN ARCHITEKTUR from Chicago. The competition concept plans the design of a multi-storey apartment building with an adjacent perimeter block development in the Europaviertel in Frankfurt am Main. The innovative and identity-forming theme is “hanging gardens”.
Opening of Hamburger Kunsthalle after modernisation
Following almost two years of building work, the modernized areas of the Hamburger Kunsthalle will be inaugurated with an extensive supporting programme. The modernization will reinforce the international standing of the institution, increase its appeal for visitors and strengthen the presence of the building within the public space.
The building project was based on the mission to emphasize the historical main entrance of the foundation building and reopen it as a central and attractive entrance portal vis-à-vis the Alster Lake. The entrance stairway, no longer in use since 1919 now leads to the open arcade, which has now been exposed again, in which a wide glass façade provides an unobstructed view of the Alster.
In addition to the redesign of the exhibition spaces, the modernization of the art education rooms and the refurbishment of the central painting and sculpture depot, the state of Hamburg has made a decision to extensively refurbish and enhance the outdoor area. On the same level as the Kunsthalle building, WES has created a new promenade in the form of a central walkway along the Glockengießerwall and has equipped it with seating, plantings and a barrier-free connection to the Alster Lake, the latter in the form of a new wheelchair accessible ramp, the integration of tactile elements in the flooring and the redesign of the existing stairway. Finally, in order to set the Kunsthalle building on a historical, green base, the supporting walls will be covered with ivy along the whole line of the Glockengießerwall.
HafenCity Hamburg | Planting of large trees at the Elbphilharmonie
Following the planting of the first three Robinia trees from Brandenburg in 2011 on the lower terrace of the Elbphilharmonie outdoor space, now four more large trees will be able to move to Hamburg HafenCity. All the tree plantings were planned by the Spanish architectural office EMBT, in collaboration with WES Landschaftsarchitektur, in the context of designing the western HafenCity.
„The idea was to find trees which give the impression that they have always been there, ones which have a striking appearance that stands out next to the Elbphilharmonie”, said the WES partner responsible for the project, Peter Schatz.
The magnificent Robinia trees originate from the tree nursery LORBERG, are up to 15 m high, weigh around 8 t and are almost a quarter of a century old. A flatbed vehicle with excess width will transport them from Berlin's surrounding area to Hamburg. There, the giants will be lifted up high by a crane, against the beautiful background of the Elbe River, and finally placed in the prepared planting holes on the upper terrace of the Elbphilharmonie outdoor area.
For more information about the WES-project please see: Western HafenCity, Hamburg
Exhibition opening | DA! Architecture in and from Berlin
With currently 67 projects, in the 17th annual exhibition members of Berlin Chamber of Architects will present diverse and creative solutions for contemporary construction tasks, from the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and urban planning. The exhibits also include the project „Markt Goethestadt Bad Lauchstädt”, developed by WES LandscapeArchitecture in collaboration with Hans-Hermann Krafft.
On Friday, March 11, 2016, at 8 pm, the „DA!” exhibition will be opened in „Stilwerk” (Kantsraße 17, 10623 Berlin) and can be visited between March 12 and April 9, 2016, on Monday - Saturday between 8 am and 8 pm.
WES as speaker at brick seminar | Nottuln in Münsterland
On the occasion of the annual one-day seminar for architects, the brick manufacturer Hagemeister has invited architects for the thirteenth time to the large exhibition centre of the brick factory. Amidst sample-design walls and right up close to the „workpiece“, in this seminar edition WES partner Peter Schatz will talk about the open spaces of the „Ericusspitze“ (new building for publishing company „Der Spiegel“, Hamburg), which are designed using brick paving.
The Chamber of Architects awards further education credit points for this event.
For more information please see: Brick seminar
No. 2 of the event series „Architects, not Architecture“
Following the successful opening event of the series „Architects, not Architecture" in November 2015 (with Hinnerk Wehberg among others), on this evening the three architects Jan Störmer, Julia Erdmann and Volkwin Marg will talk about what influences them and what they have learnt from their experiences. At this event in the Miralles Saal of the Staatliche Jugendmusikschule (Hamburg Youth Music School), less will be talked about architecture and more about architects. “One can never win so many prizes that it is not possible to learn from other people”, says event organiser Fermin Tribaldos, who has invited architects and the interested public to an inspiring dialogue.
Event location: Staatliche Jugendmusikschule / Miralles Saal, Mittelweg 42, Hamburg
Time: 7 pm-9:30 pm
Exhibition opening | Berlin TXL - The Urban Tech Republic
In summer 2015, a call for entries was made for a competition for the design of the public space of the campus „Berlin TXL—The Urban Tech Republic”, an industrial and research park for urban technologies on the site of the former Tegel airport.
With the planned new airport BER in Berlin, the air traffic will be consolidated in a new, central air transport hub. The current Tegel airport will hence lose its previous status as an airport and the grounds will become an urban development area. There will be a unique opportunity to develop a future-oriented, innovative neighbourhood on an area of approx. 495 ha.
The rudiments of the previous utilisation as an airport can be found all over the site. The design proposal seeks to incorporate these into the future brand „Berlin TXL—The Urban Tech Republic”, also as a reminiscence of the history of the location. The competition task specified that the location should be transformed through the design and made tangible through the planning. The total size of the competition area is approximately 26 ha, of which 11 ha were the subject of the competition for the realisation.
Following the jury session in December 2015, the results will now be shown to the interested public in an exhibition.
WES LandscapeArchitecture took part in the competition together with H.-H Krafft and raumlaborberlin and they will present the joint design, which was awarded fourth place.
Event location: Neues Stadthaus (Otto-Suhr-Saal, 3rd floor), Parochialstraße 1-3, Berlin
Exhibition opening: 8 pm
For more informationen please see: www.competitionline.com