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February 21st, 2024
Rethinking. Implement

Rethinking. Implement

Presentation by Jasna Moritz at the seminar “Sustainable planning and building” – Regulatory requirements and solutions for sustainability calculation and circularity on February 1, 2024 at the Schüco Showroom in Frankfurt am Main.

One of the major challenges of our time is achieving climate neutrality in the building sector. The construction industry has the task of meeting the ambitious targets set by politicians and reducing the CO2 emissions generated during the construction, operation and demolition of buildings to zero. However, managing this process and thus complying with complex regulations and certifications is difficult to reconcile with the situation of those involved in construction. For investors and project developers as well as for planning and architecture firms, it is becoming increasingly challenging to navigate the multitude of requirements and specifications.

In addition to Jasna Moritz, kadawittfeldarchitektur, Dr. Peter Mösle, EPEA GmbH and Drees & Sommer SE, Dr. Kati Herzog, Goldbeck GmbH and Thomas Schlenker, Schüco International KG, will talk about their experiences and show examples of best practice. This will be followed by a panel discussion with all speakers.

Further information can be found on the event website.

Photo: ©Nikolai Benner

January 19th, 2024
The shell of the new company headquarters Hoffmann SE

with its two-storey arcades and playfully irregularly arranged, slender columns is already making a fantastic impression!

The building complex is being constructed in the immediate vicinity of the future Freiham district center near Munich and will house workplaces for around 1,250 employees in addition to an innovation center for product development and extensive areas for a customer experience world. The polygonal structure around a green inner courtyard forms a tower as a striking urban high point, where the main entrance is also located. The façade of slender ceramic elements and glass emphasizes the verticality of the building. The terraced courtyard, which can be used in a variety of ways, serves to retain water with positive effects on biodiversity and the microclimate.

The project is the result of a competition that we won together with Auböck + Karaz Landschaftsarchitekten. It was organized by the project company Projekt Bodenseestraße GmbH & Co. KG with the support of the Büschl Group and in coordination with the City of Munich.

Further information on the project: https://www.kadawittfeldarchitektur.de/projekt/hoffmann/

 

In cooperation with:

 

Auböck + Karaz Landscape Architects

Hoffmann SE

Projektgesellschaft Projekt Bodenseestraße GmbH & Co. KG

City of Munich

Büschl Unternehmensgruppe

 

Image 1: kadawittfeldarchitektur / Lars Junold

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Image 3: kadawittfeldarchitektur / Lars Junold

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posted by
Lars Junold
January 12th, 2024
Aachen climate-neutral 2030 - we are part of it!

As a partner in the framework agreement, kadawittfeldarchitektur is supporting the city of Aachen in its goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2030. Our commitment includes our own measures in the corporate mobility, procurement/services and energy sectors, and we are also ambassadors for a more climate-friendly construction industry.

In April 2022, Aachen was selected by the EU Commission as one of nine German cities for the EU mission “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030”. The aim is to reduce emissions of behavior-related greenhouse gases. To this end, the cities are implementing measures for clean mobility, energy efficiency and green urban planning and involving all interest groups. Aachen is also one of three model cities that are taking on a pioneering role.

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Further information for all interested parties: https://www.aachen.de/DE/stadt_buerger/energie/Klimaneutrales-Aachen/index.html

Picture: ©Jens Kirchner

January 1st, 2024
shaping the future - merry christmas and a happy year 2024

“hemp premium plus” – that sounds like a good high. but you would be doing the fast-growing plant an injustice if you reduced it to this effect. from 1000 BC until the middle of the 19th century, hemp was the most widely cultivated crop in the world. it was used to make clothing, canvas and even paper: the 42-line gutenberg bible was printed on hemp and levi strauss sewed the first jeans from hemp. the seeds of the plant can also be eaten, they are rich in protein, contain a whole range of vitamins and plenty of unsaturated fatty acids.

today, the respective thc content determines whether a hemp plant falls under the narcotics act or is an agricultural crop that can be used to make ropes, for example. hemp rope is low-stretch, tear and abrasion resistant, unaffected by strong acids – great! how we would love to transfer these properties to other products. hemp is also suitable for insulation . the photo does not show synthetic hazardous waste that pollutes the environment after the demolition of a building, but a natural product that firstly grows back and secondly decomposes itself when it is composted.

and there are even more advantages of hemp as a building material: little water is used in its production, co₂ is bound, and it can be grown without pesticides because the plant is resistant to pests. hemp insulation allows houses to breathe naturally by wicking moisture away through the fibers. at the same time, it offers excellent protection against summer heat, has a very good sound insulation value and can be used without protective clothing – so why aren’t such clever materials used everywhere? so please take this post as both a new year’s greeting and an educational card about how we want to plan and build: ecologically oriented, sustainable and sensible. and with building materials that are not only intelligent, but also beautiful. just like the buildings we plan for you.

 

wishing you a happy new year

kadawittfeldarchitektur

 

photo: hans hansen

November 17th, 2023
"I was young and needed the money - reflection on the ideals of my youth"

Lecture by Gerhard Wittfeld on November 11, 2023 at AKJAA 30 – FOREVER YOUNG.

 

The Association of German Architects invites you to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Working Group Young Architects of the BDA in the Projekttheater Dresden.

 

The title of the event stands on the one hand for the constant renewal of the members of the AKJAA by the younger generation in the BDA, and on the other hand also for the fact that a rebellious element accompanies our advocacy of good architecture – regardless of the question of age. Together, the former and active members of AKJAA are asking themselves if rebellion will keep them forever young.

 

In line with the question, Gerhard Wittfeld will give a lecture at 18h30 entitled “I was young and needed the money – reflection on the ideals of my youth”, in which he will reflect on his career with the help of some project examples.

 

Further information on the  AKJAA website.

October 27th, 2023
Smart and circular. From Grey to Green

Lecture by Gerhard Wittfeld and subsequent panel discussion on November 24, 2023 at the Zukunft Bau Kongress 2023.

The Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction, together with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, invites you to this year’s Zukunft Bau Kongress, which will take place on November 23 and 24 under the title “BAUWENDE: umbruch aufbruch” at the WCCB Bonn.

In his lecture on November 24, 2023 in Forum 1 “Wirtschaftswende” between 10h30 and 12h00, Gerhard Wittfeld will address, among other things, the role of economic factors for the implementation of the building turnaround as well as the economic opportunities that arise from this for architects and planners.

Prof. Katharina Kleinschrot, TU Dresden, Zech Group, Sarah Dungs, Greyfield Group, and Dr. Oliver Streiff, ZHAW School of Management and Law, will also speak in the same forum. This will be followed by a panel discussion with the other speakers, in which Gerhard Wittfeld will also participate.

Further information on the Website of Zukunft Bau Kongress 2023.

October 26th, 2023
EU mission "Climate-Neutral Aachen 2030"

“Why sustainable and circular construction (co-)determines your actions and represents the future of construction” – impulse from the industry by Jasna Moritz for the presentation of the EU mission “Climate-Neutral Aachen 2030” on October 26, 2023 between 17h00 and 18h30.

The city of Aachen was selected as one of only 9 German cities for the EU mission “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030” – a target-oriented instrument for the transformation process towards climate neutrality of Aachen.

Speaker and head of the office “Climate-Neutral Aachen 2030” Dr. Carin Jansen presents the EU mission of the same name and informs about the Aachen Climate City Contract. Following this, Jasna Moritz provides an impulse from the business world: why sustainable and circular construction (co-)determines your actions and represents the future of construction. At the end there will be the opportunity for discussion and exchange.

Further information on the website of Aachen Building Experts.

October 20th, 2023
Designing The Future

The City of Tomorrow – Urban Transformation” – Panel discussion with Kilian Kada on October 25, 2023 at DESIGNING THE FUTURE SUMMIT 2023.

What, how, when, why and where do we want to develop, plan, build and operate in the future? And which products, materials, processes and qualities should be used in the process?

These are the central questions of this year’s DESIGNING THE FUTURE initiative, which will culminate in the Circular Design, Building and Construction Summit in Berlin on October 25 and 26, 2023.

Here, the interdisciplinary dialogue on design, process, material, building, construction and design will be used to discuss approaches to solutions for sustainable building and real estate developments.

Recommendations for the building of tomorrow will be formulated from the processes of creation, circularity and the various construction methods.

In the panel discussion on October 25, 2023 from 11h30 to 11h45, Kilian Kada will highlight, among other things, the correct use of existing substance, how to look for and harness potential in the context of reprogramming, and the social impact that a house can have on its surroundings.

More information on the website of Designing the Future.

Picture: ©JensKirchner

September 29th, 2023
VALUING - Urban Mining, House as Warehouse

Panel discussion with Jasna Moritz on September 29th, 2023 at the Deutsche Architekt*innentag 2023.

The German Federal Chamber of Architects is organizing this year’s Deutsche Architekt*innentag under the motto “Transformation – Strengthening Spaces” at bcc Berlin Congress Center.

The comprehensive program consists of several keynotes as well as parallel panels on the urban-rural continuum and existing buildings, land and use, material use and circular economy, young professionals, leadership, and the value of our planning as part of the transformation that will define our work for decades to come.

In the panel discussion on “VALUING – Urban Mining, House as Warehouse” from 11h40 to 13h00, Jasna Moritz will highlight, among other things, the crucial role of the material cycle for resource-efficient and climate-smart building and how the principles of urban mining and cradle-to-cradle promise solutions on the way to a value-appreciating material cycle in this context.

For more information, visit the DAT23 website.

September 2nd, 2023
kwa holiday fun in the office

We attach great importance to offering our colleagues reliable childcare during the vacation season. That’s why we were pleased to introduce a one-week vacation program in Aachen for children aged 2 and up for the first time. With the help of a dedicated external team, a diverse program was designed with activities ranging from climbing to a visit to the zoo.

The response was overwhelming: Our young participants not only enjoyed the exciting activities, but also the daily office experience alongside their parents. In the afternoons, some took the opportunity to playfully explore our office, play table tennis, use foosball, or collaboratively build models in the workshop. Each day started in the meeting room, accompanied by a snack and the presentation of the day’s schedule by the supervisors. After that, the adventure began for our little explorers!

posted by
Ilknur Dumlu Aljerf
August 11th, 2023

NOMINATED! #kwa Projekte DFB-Campus und Unternehmenszentrale in Baden-Württemberg wurden für den DAM Preis 2024 nominiert!

Unter den 112 Projekten, die auf der Longlist stehen, sind beeindruckende Bauten aus ganz Deutschland vertreten – von Stralsund bis Baden-Baden und von Wuppertal bis Rosenheim. Es ist inspirierend, neben Wohnhäusern, Verwaltungs- und Bildungsbauten, auch Sportstätten und wegweisende klimaschonende Bauprojekte zu sehen.

Der DAM Preis zeichnet seit 2007 jährlich herausragende Architektur in Deutschland aus. Es ist eine Ehre, Teil dieser renommierten Liste zu sein und neben so vielen talentierten Architekten und Projekten anerkannt zu werden.

Für mehr Infos und die komplette Liste der Nominierungen besucht www.dam-preis.de...

Fotos: @hgeschphotography

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August 4th, 2023
competitionline Ranking 1. Place Saarland und 2. Place in NRW

competitionline has published its annual ranking of the most successful architecture firms and we are proud to announce that we have improved our position by five places compared to the previous year. Out of 22,400 architecture firms in Germany, we made it to 11th place!

We also excelled in the regional competitions and secured several podium positions, including first place in Saarland and second place in North Rhine-Westphalia. Our award-winning projects, such as the expansion of the Congresshalle in Saarbrücken and the development of a building complex on Münsterstrasse in Düsseldorf, played a major role in this achievement.

Our sincere thanks go to our incredible competition teams in Aachen and Berlin, our planning partners, and all kwa employees who supported us with their expertise and did an outstanding job. We look forward to another year of exciting projects!

posted by
Christian Dos Reis
July 28th, 2023

2. Platz im Wettbewerb für die Versicherungskammer Bayern in München Giesing 🏅

In dem hart umkämpften Entwurfsprozess für den Neubau an der Deisenhofener Straße traten wir gegen renommierte Architekturbüros @behnischarchitekten und @unstudio_architecture an. Mit unserem Konzept "MEHR ALS EIN CAMPUS" konnten wir uns bis in die entscheidende Endphase durchsetzen.

Wir danken dem ganzen Team für eine beachtliche Ausarbeitung. STAY TUNED: Wir werden in den kommenden Posts weitere Eindrücke und #inthemakingof zu unserem Konzept vorstellen.

Architektonische Entwurfsgedanke:

Neben den drei locker verteilten Büroriegeln mit unverwechselbarer, polygonaler Grundform ist der Boulevard, eine alle Gebäude verbindende Brücke, sicherlich das auffälligste architektonische Merkmal des Entwurfs. Bodentief verglast, folgt er an den Außenseiten den Fassaden der Neubauten bündig, zum Campus nach innen besitzt er seine eigene Kontur: Mal ist seine Fassade eingerückt – dort entstehen begrünte Terrassen oder Loggien zum Arbeiten im Freien- mal kragt der Boulevard leicht aus und kennzeichnet den darunter befindlichen Eingang eines Neubaus im Erdgeschoss. Als Schaufenster in die Stadt wirkt er leicht und transparent- Mitarbeiter und die Unternehmenskultur erhalten ein „Gesicht“ in der Öffentlichkeit. Die drei Neubauten für die Arbeitswelt sind trotz ihrer bewegten Kontur in ihrer Struktur pragmatisch und nach den Bedürfnissen des Unternehmens als dreibündige Riegel ausgebildet. Um möglichst viel Platz für ständige Arbeitsplätze an der Fassade zu generieren, sind die Erschließungskerne mit Aufzugsanlagen und Fluchttreppen jeweils in der Mitte der Riegel angeordnet. Dadurch sind die Neubauten im Verhältnis kompakt und eher kurz, was ihren Fußabdruck am Campus verkleinert. So entsteht Platz für Grünräume und großzügige Aufenthaltsflächen im Freien.

In Kooperation mit:
@greenbox_la
@gruner_deutschland
@ibhausladen
@loomilux
@sodagroup
@whpingenieure
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July 24th, 2023

#kwapresents Wettbewerbsbeitrag zur Gebietsentwicklung Lili am See / Baufeld H1 Seestadt Aspern in Wien

ARKADEN-MÄANDER - Trotz nicht gewonnenem Wettbewerb, wollen wir euch unseren Architekturentwurf für die Seestadt Aspern präsentieren.

Die geplanten Strukturen umfassen einen zentralen Platz der Kulturen, Gassen zwischen den Gebäuden für natürliche Belichtung und Durchlüftung, und zweigeschossige Arkaden, die um den zentralen Platz mäandern und eine verbindende Rolle spielen. Diese zeichnen sich durch eine dynamische Skyline mit polygonalen Baukörpern am Seeufer aus.

Die Arkaden sind begehbar und bieten als "Stadtbalkon" Ausblicke über den See und Aspern. Sie dienen zudem als Übergang zwischen öffentlichen und privaten Zonen, mit Gemeinschaftsflächen für die Bewohner und verschiedenen Nutzungen wie Kindergarten, Coworking-Räume oder Fitnessstudio.

Die Gebäude bieten eine Vielzahl an Wohnungszuschnitten, von Mikroapartments bis zu Vier-Zimmer-Wohnungen. Die Fassadengestaltung setzt auf moderne, schlanke Arkadenstützen und variierende Fassadentiefe mit einbezogenen Pflanztrögen und Balkonen.

Ein nachhaltiges Energiekonzept mit PV-Anlagen auf den Gebäuden, Nutzung von Grundwasser zur Gebäudekühlung und Fußbodenheizung/-kühlung wurde vorgesehen, um die Eigenpassivität zu maximieren und den Energiebedarf zu minimieren. Die Gestaltung ist mit Begrünung der Fassaden und Dachflächen sowie heller Farbwahl aller Oberflächen auf ein angenehmes Mikroklima und die Reduzierung des Hitze-Insel-Effektes ausgelegt.

Wir danken @freiland_zt, @ibhausladen und @lovearchitectureandurbanism für die tolle Zusammenarbeit. Ebenso dem #kwa Wettbewerbsteam für einen tollen Entwurf!

Weitere Projekte findet ihr unter www.kwa.ac...

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#archdaily
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#liliamsee

July 21st, 2023
ALL UNDER ONE ROOF – Newspaper #24

How do the most diverse functions combine to form a lively ensemble? In the best case, the answer is spaces with their own quality of stay, spaces that themselves invite people to meet and exchange ideas. The design for the new DFB campus in Frankfurt a. M. developed an all-connecting boulevard from this idea. It unites and, where necessary, separates administration and research, areas for visitors and retreat zones for athletes, public spaces and sports fields integrated into the architecture. The look at the new building is accompanied by a conversation with Prof. Dr. Dr. Markus Raab, sports psychologist at the German Sport University in Cologne, about goals, emotions, teamwork and missed penalties.

Also: a review of AachenMünchener’s 2010 headquarters, which succeeded in fitting corporate concerns into the city and adding unexpected functions thanks to its spatial concept.

Curious? Digital edition at www.kwa.ac under PUBLICATIONS. (Newspaper only available in german)

posted by
Nikola Müller-Langguth
July 12th, 2023
World Architecture Festival 2023

We are delighted to reveal we have been shortlisted for World Architecture Festival for our project DFB Campus in the sport category. We’ll be presenting our project live at the World Architecture Festival taking place from 29 November –1 December 2023 at Marina Bay Sands. See you in Singapore!

For more info click here: www.worldarchitecturefestival.com

June 26th, 2023
kwa x The New Together

The Corporate Headquarters project in Baden-Württemberg is part of the exhibition “The New Together”, which will be held at the Scuola Grande di Misericordia in Venice from May 20 to July 30, 2023. The initiative aims to explore, through the projects of 140 international architectural firms, how the design of the spaces in which we live is evolving to meet the needs of the new era in which we live.

Curation: Luca Molinari and Simona Finessi. Organization: Casa Platform.

For more information about the event, visit www.platformarchitecture.it

posted by
Christian Dos Reis
June 21st, 2023
Inauguration of InnoDom Cologne celebrated

On Tuesday, 20 June, the opening of the “InnoDom Cologne” was celebrated in Cologne Lindenthal.

The project was built on behalf of the Cologne University Foundation. The creative exchange, appropriation, and cooperation of start-up companies, university and business are promoted through a versatile and adaptable working landscape.
The interior design, which creates an inspiring atmosphere between think tank and workshop, deserves special mention. Visible concrete surfaces and open installations leave plenty of room for user customization and appropriation. This contrasts with the colorful accents of the furnishings in the LIKE ITs and individual meeting niches and built-in furniture, which are grouped as functional modules around the central access core.

More information in the WDR Lokalzeit report from minute 10:29 and in the Kölner Stadtanzeiger.

June 15th, 2023
On June 24 is Architecture Day at the Berlin Office!

We cordially invite you to a tour through our offices in the House of Travel at Alexanderstraße 7 on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 14:00 to 18:00.

We will start on the 13th floor and are looking forward to a large attendance!

 

 

June 9th, 2023
Open Day of Architecture at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Aachen (ETM) on June 17th

Our team will guide you through the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Aachen (ETM) in the context of the Open Architecture Day, on Saturday 17.06. at 14:15-15:15 pm and 16:15-17:15 pm.

Meeting point: Otto-Blumenthal-Str. 4, main entrance under the big canopy: 14:00 and 16:00 hrs.

We are looking forward to your attendance!

Photo: Jens Kirchner

posted by
Victoria Weiß