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gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
nationality: german
gmp Arkchitekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Elbchaussee 139
22763 Hamburg - Germany [Deutschland]
Tel: +49.(0) - Fax: +49.(0)
Völckersstraße 14-20
22765 Hamburg - Germany [Deutschland]
Tel: +49.(0) - Fax: +49.(0)
Hardenbergstraße 4-5
10623 Berlin - Germany [Deutschland]
Tel: +49.(0)30.617.85.5 - Fax: +49.(0)30.617.85.601
Rennbahn 5-7
52062 Aachen - Germany [Deutschland]
Tel: +49.(0)241.474.470 - Fax: +49.(0)241.474.47.99
Guiollettstraße 24
60325 Frankfurt am Main - Germany [Deutschland]
Tel: +49.(0)69.716.756.0 - Fax: +49.(0)69.716.756.99
CYTS Plaza, No. 1212
No. 5 Dongzhiman South Avenue
Dongcheng District
100007 Beijing - China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Tel: + - Fax: +
10 floor
QingKe Mansion
No.138 Fen Yang Road
Xu Hui District
200031 Shanghai - China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Tel: +86.21.5465.5151 - Fax: +86.21.5465.5131
Landmark Building, Unit 3706
No. 4028 Jintian Road
Futian District
518035 Shenzhen - China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Tel: +86.755.8257.7766 - Fax: +86.755.8257.7799
Room 1206 -1208 Floor 12
Tung Shing Square
No. 2 Ngo Quyen Street
Hoan Kiem District
 Hanoi - Vietnam [Việt Nam]
Tel: +84.4.935.1000 - Fax: +84.4.935.1003
Av. Rio Branco, 311/1404
20040-903 Rio de Janeiro - Brazil [Brasil]
Tel: +55.21.2240.9817 - Fax: +55.21.2240.9817
Volkwin Marg Volkwin Marg

* Königsberg, Prussia [Preußen], 15 October 1936
nationality: german
The architectural practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners was founded by Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg in 1965. Since its inception it has grown to include four additional partners, twelve associate part-ners and more than 400 employees in ten offices in Germany and abroad.

gmp is one of the few practices with a generalist position, which takes responsibility for a project from the design idea and its realization right through to the interior design.

Their architectural interpretation is characterized by the Vitruvian ideals of solidity, longevity and beauty. Based on the understanding, architecture earns the quality of sustainability in the sense of permanence, when not only the climatic conditions and the corresponding use of materials are accounted for, but also when the house, as an envelope for the diversity of human exis-tence, is designed in an obvious manner. Above and be-yond these demands, they build in different cultural circles in accordance with certified guidelines and in consultation with the client.

In the past 45 years Meinhard von Gerkan, Volkwin Marg and their partners have planned and constructed buildings in most major German cities. They have designed small scale homes, hotels, museums, theaters and concert halls, office buildings, commercial centers and hospitals as well as research, educational and sports facilities, buildings for transportation, trade and industry buildings and master plans.

gmp became internationally known as a team of airport architects when, in 1975, the Berlin-Tegel building with its drive-in airplane terminal for "stacked parking" was established. This innovative design has been further developed to transform the departure and arrival halls at Stuttgart and Hamburg airports.

They are internationally recognized not only for their projects like the New Trade Fair in Leipzig, the Rimini Exhibition Center or the Christ Pavilion for the EXPO 2000, but also for their designs. Key examples are the designs for the reconstruction and roofing of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the RheinEnergieStadium in Cologne or Berlin Central Station, which was completed in 2006.

gmp has succeeded in winning more than 450 prizes in national and international competitions, among them more than 250 first prizes and a large number of awards for exemplary architecture. More than 290 buildings have been constructed by gmp worldwide.

Amongst others in China, the exhibition and congress centers in Nanning and Shenzhen, the Shanghai-Pudong museum and the Zhongguancun Cultural Center in Beijing as well as the Foshan Sports Park have been built. Further projects are the opera houses in Chongqing and Qingdao as well as the Chinese National Museum in Beijing.

In the year 2006 in Hanoi/Vietnam the National Congress Center was finished. The Museum for Urban History of Hanoi and the Headquarters of Ministry of Public and Security are finished in 2010.

In South Africa three World Cup stadiums, in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth were finished in 2009.

Von Gerkan, Marg and Partners have demonstrated town-planning competence with their visionary proposals for "Stuttgart 21" for the Deutsche Bahn, HafenCity Hamburg, and the urban master plan of Bucharest/Romania, as well as many urban projects in China, including the planning of Lingang New City for 800,000 inhabitants.

Aside from Germany and gmp is currently involved in projects in China, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Italy, Romania, Poland, the Ukraine and Latvia, to name but a few.
2016 - 2020
Arena di Verona
Italy [Italia] » Verona
2016 - 2020
Olympus Campus
Germany [Deutschland] » Hamburg
2011 - 2019
Sports Complex Métamorphose - Prés-de-Vidy
Switzerland [Schweiz/Suisse] » Lausanne
2016 - 2019
Germany [Deutschland] » Freising
2015 - 2019
China UnionPay Tower
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Shanghai
2015 - 2018
Hôpital du Valais
Switzerland [Schweiz/Suisse] » Sion
2013 - 2018
Alter Wall 2–32
Germany [Deutschland] » Hamburg
2012 - 2017
Germany [Deutschland] » Mannheim
2014 - 2017
Shanghai Lingang Remanufacturing
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Shanghai
2012 - 2016
Tecnopolo Bologna
Italy [Italia] » Bologna
2013 - 2016
Gebr. Heinemann Headquarters
Germany [Deutschland] » Hamburg
2011 - 2016
YaDa International Health Ecological Park
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Wuzhen
2010 - 2015
Tower block complex
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Nanjing [Nánjīng]
2010 - 2015
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Qingdao [Qīngdǎo]
2011 - 2015
Karlsruhe Medical Centre
Germany [Deutschland] » Karlsruhe
2012 - 2015
Trianel Corporate Centre
Germany [Deutschland] » Aachen
2012 - 2015
Changzhou Culture Center
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Changzhou
2011 - 2014
Hangzhou South Railway Station
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Hangzhou
2012 - 2014
Wurzburg State Fire Brigade School
Germany [Deutschland] » Würzburg
2006 - 2014
Basketball stadium
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Liaobu
2007 - 2014
Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt am Main
Germany [Deutschland] » Frankfurt am Main
2010 - 2013
Germany [Deutschland] » Gelsenkirchen
2010 - 2013
Landeskirchliches Archiv der evangelisch-lutherischen Kirche in Bayern
Germany [Deutschland] » Nuremberg [Nürnberg]
2011 - 2012
Baku Crystal Hall
Azerbaijan [Azərbaycan] » Baku [Bakı]
2009 - 2012
Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
Germany [Deutschland] » Hamburg
2006 - 2012
Frankfurt airport - Gate A+
Germany [Deutschland] » Frankfurt am Main
2009 - 2012
Grand Theater
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Tianjin [Tiānjīn]
2004 - 2011
National Museum of China
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Beijing
2008 - 2011
Shanghai Oriental Sports Center (SOSC)
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Shanghai
2007 - 2011
Bao'an Stadium
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Shenzhen
2006 - 2011
Universiade Sports Center
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Shenzhen
2007 - 2011
Italy [Italia] » Rimini
2007 - 2011
National Stadium
Poland [Polska] » Warsaw [Warszawa]
2008 - 2011
Olympic Stadium
Ukraine [Ukrajina] » Kiev [Kyiv]
2005 - 2010
Hanoi Museum
Vietnam [Việt Nam] » Hanoi [Hà Nội]
2005 - 2009
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
South Africa [Suid Afrika] » Port Elizabeth
2006 - 2009
Moses Mabhida Stadium
South Africa [Suid Afrika] » Durban
2006 - 2009
Green Point Stadium
South Africa [Suid Afrika] » Cape Town
2006 - 2009
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Shanghai
1993 - 2006
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
1998 - 2004
Germany [Deutschland] » Stuttgart
1999 - 2002
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
1997 - 2001
Italy [Italia] » Rimini
1999 - 2001
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
Germany [Deutschland] » Detmold
Germany [Deutschland] » Braunschweig
1993 - 1998
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
1991 - 1997
Germany [Deutschland] » Wilhelmshaven
1991 - 1995
Die Leipziger Messe
Germany [Deutschland] » Leipzig
1990 - 1994
Germany [Deutschland] » Lübeck
1986 - 1993
Germany [Deutschland] » Hamburg
1989 - 1992
Germany [Deutschland] » Hamburg
1986 - 1992
Germany [Deutschland] » Hamburg
Germany [Deutschland] » Braunschweig
gmp, von Gerkan Marg und Partner, Bauen zwischen Welten, Building between worlds, DetailChristian Schittich (ed.), Bauen zwischen Welten. Internationale Projekte der Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Edition Detail, München 2016
tr.en.: Building between worlds. International projects of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Edition Detail, München 2016
gmp, von Gerkan Marg und Partner, Die Kunst der richtigen Distanz, The art of the right distanceDirk Meyhöfer, Michael Kuhn, (ed.), Die Kunst der richtigen Distanz. Architekturkritik im Spiegel des Werkes der Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Niggli-Verlag, Zurich 2016
tr. en.: The art of the right distance. Architectural criticism mirrored in the work of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Niggli-Verlag, Zurich 2016
Meinhard von Gerkan (ed.), Projects in China. Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partner, Prestel, 2008
Meinhard von Gerkan, Volkwin Marg, Von Gerkan Marg und Partner. Bauten/Buildings, Prestel, München 2007
Ideale Stadt - Reale Projecte/Ideal city - Real Projects. Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner in China, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit 2005
L'Arca Plus 39, IV trimestre/quarter 2003 [Von Gerkan, Marg und Partner]
  gmp Architects in Conclave
Directed by
Christel Kapitzki
Year of production
Meinhard von Gerkan, Volkwin Marg
Architect's role
UMBAU. Nonstop Transformation, Hamburg (Germany), AIT-ArchitekturSalon, 5 / 27 march 2024

UMBAU, Nonstop Transformation, Hamburg, Germany, AIT-ArchitekturSalon UMBAU (conversion) means the ongoing transformation of existing structures. Given today’s climate goals, UMBAU needs to become the rule rather than the exception. The exhibition by the architects von Gerkan, Marg, and Partners (gmp) presents four of the more than sixty projects in gmp’s forty years of UMBAU experience as specific examples of current UMBAU practices thatdeal with the architectural heritage of the 20th century.

UMBAU, Nonstop Transformation, Hamburg, Germany, AIT-ArchitekturSalonWhat the projects have in common is the conceptual approach to UMBAU which, starting from a comprehensive inventory of the existing, continues and further develops the old as an architectural evolution. In practice, UMBAU must also integrate overlays and new suppositions. UMBAU is not unique, but continues into the future as a nonstop transformation, as a project of social sustainability spanning generations.

UMBAU. Nonstop Transformation debuted in Venice in 2023. At the AIT-ArchitekturSalon in Hamburg, the exhibition takes on a regional focus that includes the recently reopened Alsterschwimmhalle. The project is contextualized by the Isarphilharmonie Gasteig HP8 in Munich (in use), the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts (under construction), the Columbus Cruise Center in Bremerhaven (planned), and a tour of all gmp’s conversions in Hamburg, from 1977 to the present.

Curators: Stephan Schütz and Nikolaus Goetze with Detlef Jessen-Klingenberg
Curatorial Advisor: Florian Heilmeyer
UMBAU. Nonstop Transformation, Venezia [Venice] (Italy), Salone Verde, 19 may / 26 november 2023

gmp, von Gerkan Marg und Partner, UMBAU, Nonstop Transformation, Venezia, 2023The exhibition UMBAU, Nonstop Transformation at Salone Verde in Venice was officially opened. To start, the German Federal Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Building, Klara Geywitz, and the President of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, Petra Wesseler, spoke to the audience. This was followed up with speeches by Sergio Pascolo, President of the cooperation partner Venice Urban Lab, Volkwin Marg, Founding Partner of gmp, and Stephan Schütz and Nikolaus Goetze, curators of the exhibition.

gmp, von Gerkan Marg und Partner, UMBAU, Nonstop Transformation, Venezia, 2023UMBAU (conversion) means the ongoing transformation of existing structures. Just as societies change, the requirements placed on buildings also change. In the context of this ongoing process of change, those who reuse and recycle materials and components save resources, avoid waste, and use the gray energy stored in existing buildings. Hence UMBAU, an ancient cultural technique, is gaining new relevance in the face of climate change.

For over forty years, von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp) have been engaging in UMBAU. The exhibition in Venice presents seven of over sixty conversion projects as specific case studies. The compilation consists of public buildings in Germany and China that exemplify the architectural practice of UMBAU. From a comprehensive exploration, concepts are developed that are based on existing structures and ensure a contemporary use. At the core of this process is always the reactivation of what exists in all its diversity.

UMBAU.Nonstop Transformation reveals these processes by taking both completed projects and those that are still in the planning phase or under construction as a basis. On display are the Berlin Olympic Stadium (completed 1936 / UMBAU 2004), the Kulturpalast Dresden (1969 / 2017), the transformation of a former transformer building in Munich (1929 / 2021) into part of the Isarphilharmonie at Gasteig HP8, concrete shell constructions like the Hyparschale in Magdeburg (1969 / 2024) and the Alster-Schwimmhalle in Hamburg (1973 / 2023). It also features the conversion of Shanghai's largest stainless steel factory (1986 / since 2021) into the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and the Berlin State Library at the Kulturforum (1978 / since 2019).

The exhibition traces processes of the continuous transformation of the buildings as an activity that spans generations, from the original to the UMBAU. With large-format films, models, photos, and plans, stations of this Nonstop Transformation are highlighted in multimedia and with an overarching sound installation that makes UMBAU a sensory experience in the spaces of Salone Verde.

Curators: Stephan Schütz, Nikolaus Goetze
Curatorial Advisor and Editor: Florian Heilmeyer
Architecture x Fashion—A Dialogue, Hamburg (Germany), Barlach Halle K., 29 june / 12 july 2019

gmp, von Gerkan, Marg, Icicle, BarcodeAn exhibition initiated by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) and the Shanghai fashion label ICICLE, places the two applied arts of architecture and fashion in a dialogue and establishes a relationship between the two disciplines. To mark 20 years of gmp in China, the exhibition will be shown in Germany from June 29 to July 12, 2019, as part of the Hamburger Architektur Sommer.

To mark 20 years of building activity in China by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, the exhibition “Architecture x Fashion— A Dialogue” will come to Germany and will be shown from June 29 to July 12, 2019, as part of the Hamburger Architektur Sommer (Hamburg Architecture Summer) in Barlach Halle K. Hamburg is the second venue after Shanghai, where it was on show in 2018.

In the exhibition, fashion and architecture are juxtaposed in large photographic displays. The pairs of images are the result of cooperation between the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners and the ICICLE Fash- ion Group. The Shanghai fashion company took an interest in the special character of gmp’s commercial buildings, a type of building that is not normally taken much notice of, and used it as a source of inspiration for one of its collections. In addition to administration and culture buildings, in particular opera houses, industrial buildings are amongst the diverse projects carried out by gmp in China, where the practice has been active for two decades and has completed 137 commissions. The book Industrial Buildings in an Urban Context gives a detailed overview of gmp’s commercial buildings.

Using the medium of photography, the sense of proportion of the paired motifs has been taken to a dif- ferent dimension. The fashion photographs are shown larger than life, whereas the architecture images are reduced in scale. As a result, both arts become comparable—at an equal level, so to speak. In order to give visitors the opportunity not only to see but also to touch exhibits, samples of facade elements and fabric are exhibited next to the large photographs.

gmp and ICICLE share the same fundamental values. This led to a creative exchange beyond the relationship of architect and client, which is revealed by the exhibition. Both companies perceive their designs as being timeless, in the sense of holistic sustainability. Characteristic of both houses is their clear and bold signa- ture. Top quality standards in the form of high-quality materials and careful design and production in both disciplines ensure a long service life.
„Die Kunst der richtigen Distanz“. Architekturkritik im Spiegel des Werkes von gmp / “gmp, von Gerkan Marg und Partner, Die Kunst der richtigen Distanz, The art of the right distance, München, 2016”. Architectural criticism mirrored in the work of gmp, Munich [München], Germany, Architekturgalerie, 30 september / 11 november 2016

The exhibition “The art of the right distance” opens in the Architekturgalerie on 29 September. It traces half a century of architectural criticism, using a selection of buildings by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) as examples. From 30 September to 11 November 2016, current architecture photographs by Marcus Bredt are being shown alongside statements taken from historical reviews in newspapers and journals. The architectural critic and journalist Dirk Meyhöfer and Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg, founding partners of gmp, will speak at the opening.

The latest exhibition of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) is premiering in Munich’s Architekturgalerie: From 30 September to 11 November “The art of the right distance” brings together time and space through the medium of architectural criticism. A significant selection from the oeuvre of gmp comprising nearly 400 international projects is presented: from the fading modernism of the 1960s through ecological and participatory movements and the postmodern era to the globalized architecture of the present. Contemporary photographs created through the extremely revealing lens of Marcus Bredt are juxtaposed with critical reviews from newspapers and journals of former days. gmp founding partners Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg, as well as Dirk Meyhöfer, architectural critic and journalist, will speak at the opening on 29 September. In addition, the book documentation on which the exhibition is based, “The art of the right distance. Architectural criticism mirrored in the work of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners”, published by Niggli Verlag, will be presented to the public.

Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Architectural criticism has never kept things as simple as that. As with any good criticism, it is less the critic’s final evaluation or judgment of taste that is of interest, but rather his well-founded justification. For the critical classification of architecture, in accordance with the public character of each building, a broad range of factors is opened up by which it can be judged. Just as architecture is much more than the art of construction, its assessment must also be seen as a separate branch of cultural and social criticism. Depending on how a critic positions himself and which media are available to him, he also sets other priorities: He can see himself as a mediator who explains the object to the public, he can focus his attention on the historical and theoretical contextualization of architecture, or he can assume the role of a corrective of the architect. If nothing else, architectural criticism is bound closely to time and follows constantly changing social trends and architectural fashions.

The exhibition “The art of the right distance” takes all those detailed specifications into account. The result is the symbiosis of two dimensions that pose the question of spatial and temporal distance that is necessary in order to be able to experience architecture adequately and holistically.
Meinhard von Gerkan, Riga, Lines of thoughDomu līnijas. Meinhards fon Gerkāns. 50 arhitektūras gadi skicēs un zīmējumos / Lines of thought. Meinhard von Gerkan. Fifty years of architecture in sketches and drawings, Riga [Rīgā], Latvia, 27 november 2015 / 31 january 2016
Auf alten Fundamenten / On Old Foundations, Berlin, Aedes Am Pfefferberg, 1 april / 28 may 2015
Designing in Dialogue. The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners
Beijing, Chinese National Museum, 8 / 25 august 2013
Nanjing (China), Nanjing Southeast University, 9 / 30 october 2014
gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner NiteroiDesenhando em Diálogo - Respostas Arquitetônicas, Niterói, Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC), 7 july / 5 august 2012
von Gerkan Marg und PartnerDiseñando en Diálogo. La arquitectura de von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Santiago de Chile, MAC Quinta Normal, 8 april/15 may 2011
von Gerkan Marg und PartnerDesigning in Dialogue. The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Ho Chi Minh City Exhibition Hall, 28 march/6 april 2011
From Cape Town to Brasília. New Sports Stadiums by the Architects von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, München, Pinakothek der Moderne, Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität, 22 april/20 june 2010
Ideale Stadt - Reale Projecte. Von Gerkan, Marg und Partner in China, München, Pinakothek der Moderne, Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität, 30 june/2 october 2005
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