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  • New headquarters for two federal ministries in Berlin

    New headquarters for two federal ministries in Berlin

    Organize. Preserve. Renew. The new head offices of two federal ministries. Our complex revitalization of two buildings with long-standing histories in the former banking quarter in Berlin’s Mitte district. Transformation. Modernization. Preservation. From the competition through to turn-key. Heritage preservation and the power of transformation: fostering dialog between the old and the new.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Gleis Park

    Gleis Park

    How do you create living space where there isn't any? With new sustainability: Housing instead of parking in the heart of Berlin. We have dismantled half of the multi-storey car park along the U2 tracks and made it habitable: the front end of the piano building was retained. In between we placed a 185-meter-long formation of four six-storey houses, which can be individually read as such due to the curved building shape. They flank the park and shield it from the tracks. This is how creative densification works: you make a parking garage habitable and create new living space in the city.



  • New art museum opens in Shenzhen 08.11.2023

    The Shenzhen Art Museum (new venue) was ceremoniously opened at the beginning of November 2023. The cultural complex is now complete and forms the first in a series of new, important cultural facilities being built for the city of Shenzhen. The opening ceremony for the city’s new landmark was attended by representatives of art and culture from China, France, South Korea, and Thailand. The opening exhibition is the largest show to date of the works of Berlin-based, internationally active artist Shiota Chiharu. We designed the museum as an exhibition hall with a truly international appeal, one that brings art exhibitions and an art collection, cultural exchanges, and the promotion of up-and-coming talents together under a single roof. The new art museum boasts a total built surface area of 66,000 square meters and can welcome up to 6,000 visitors a day. It features 18 exhibition halls, a zone for culture shows, several lecture halls, a reading room for art books, a restaurant, and other multifunctional spaces. More information.
    Photo: Rawvision

  • WAF Shortlist 2022 Nomination: Shenzhen Art Museum and Second Library 04.08.2022

    The large-scale project Shenzhen Art Museum New Venue and Shenzhen Second Library designed by KSP Engel has been nominated for the shortlist of the World Architecture Festival 2022 in the category “Future Project: Culture”.
    As a new cultural center, the ensemble of museum and library forms a key element of the development of the Longhua district in the Shenzhen metropolis. The project will be presented to the WAF jury in Lisbon in the fall of 2022.

  • Nomination for the International Highrise Award 2022 01.08.2022

    34 Projects, 13 Countries, 1 KSP Project
    We are very pleased that the minaret of the Great Mosque of Algiers is among the nominated high-rise buildings for the International Highrise Award 2022. At 265 meters high, it is the tallest building in Africa and the city’s new landmark.

    This is the 10th time that the International Highrise Award has been organized and presented by the City of Frankfurt am Main, the German Museum of Architecture and DekaBank. This year’s award ceremony will take place on November 8.

  • 2nd prize for the Art Museum in Wenzhou 15.06.2022

    Like a sail on the water

    We have a winner! We are delighted to report that our design for a new museum in China has garnered a 2nd prize. A new quarter is taking shape in the north of the megacity of Wenzhou, a quarter that will offer not only working environments but also cultural facilities. Both the district’s location on the waterfront with mountains bordering it to the north and its role as part of the new Maritime Silk Road are set to transform the district into a very special meeting point. Water as one of the elements has a major significance as far as Wenzhou is concerned. Here, there is an especially long tradition of fishing. Our design recognizes the city’s important location on the river yet close to the mountains and raises the museum up, lending it a dynamic air, so that it resembles a sail in the wind and, in concert with the surrounding landscape, appears to form the tail end of a boat on the water. Inside the museum, there are strong links forged between its four core uses – for art, for mounting exhibitions, as a library, and for utilization by the public and by retail. There is also office space. All the different uses interact, flowing seamlessly into one another – like the water. Our design is aimed at creating the kind of museum that connects past and present, as well as offering a vision of the future and giving the city a new look in the form of an architectural landmark.

    Rendering: Fancy Digital Technology Co., Ltd

  • Book release "The Making of a Mosque by KSP Engel". 08.06.2022

    New landmark of the city, monument of superlatives, heart of a new city quarter - the Djamâa el Djazaïr, Arabic for “Mosque of Algeria”, - is a building with many facets. As an intercultural undertaking by the architects of KSP Engel and the engineering geniuses of KREBS+KIEFER, the impressive cultural building combines Algerian building tradition with international building competence and German planning and engineering art.

    Rich in detail and lavishly illustrated, the book tells the story of the planning and construction of the world’s third largest Islamic sacred building. The book also explains the special features of the intercultural cooperation: quotations, photographs and reports from the planning and construction phases help readers to understand how the joint effort succeeded. The book, edited by Jürgen Engel and Christian Welzbacher, is published under the title “The Making of a Mosque: Djamaâ el-Djazaïr - Die Große Moschee Algier von KSP Engel” in summer 2022 by Park Books, Zurich, and is available here here in German, English and French.

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