Giving identity to a skyline
The Central Business Tower as a new accent to the Frankfurt skyline - Jürgen Engel interviewed by SKYLINE ATLAS
Learning from different cultures
The Making of a Mosque: The extraordinary story of the planning and construction of the Great Mosque of Algiers, told in one book.
A Minaret as a High-Rise of Superlatives
Africa’s highest building is the result of a combination of know how stretching back over many years and international collaboration
Spaces influence our bodies
Jürgen Engel in the DDCAST with Georg-Christof Bertsch
Preserving High-Rise Icons
BIM - Building Information Modeling
Tomorrow’s Planning Standard
Driving Innovation Together
The research campus as a model for the future
High or Low Tech: Strategies for the Resilient City
"QUO VADIS 2020" - Excerpt from the panel discussion with Jürgen Engel
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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 – 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.
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 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.
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.
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