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October 7th, 2020
The countdown is running ... kwa-Ideenmaschine: Exhibition runs until October 10th

kadawittfeldarchitektur presents a small exhibition open to the public in the shop windows of the former Lust for Life until 10.10.2020.
As an intervention against the numerous vacancies in Aachen’s city center, the architects are transforming the shop window into a kind of ‘production line’.
Passers-by are presented – with an ‘idea machine’ and a ‘conveyor belt’ – their working methods and the work of the past 20 years of office history … more

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Nicole Richter
October 1st, 2020
Lecture by Gerhard Wittfeld at the Biotopia Aachen

The event series ‘House as Garden – City and Nature – Region and Landscape’ focuses on the potential of sustainable construction and planning for the climate-friendly city of the future.
Part 1 – House and Garden’ is dedicated to the ecological and design dimensions of green in this context.
With the title ‘Learning from nature – recyclable houses’, Gerd Wittfeld provides insights into kadawittfeldarchitektur’s experience with the planning and implementation of recyclable buildings.
Friday, den 9.10.2020 | 15.00 bis 19.30 Uhr | Super C der RWTH Aachen … more

September 30th, 2020
„Special Award for Sustainability and Innovation“ for RAG closed-loop building

Yesterday we received a “Special Award for Sustainability and Innovation” for our RAG closed-loop building at the Federal Award “UMWELT&BAUEN”!

We are very happy, because this special recognition rewards the innovative approach of the project. Big thanks to our client and everyone involved in the project! Only through our joint commitment the administration building could be implemented as a pioneering project of circular building economy in Germany.

September 23rd, 2020

#Repost @dfb_verband
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ALL UNDER ONE ROOF
The new DFB and its academy with the head office, a college, high-performance, conference and training facilities continues to take shape. The varied spatial structure is created under a common roof. Its differentiated programme is organised like a small town. By now, the symbolic "roof" is also physically tangible.

@dfb_akademie #dfb #dfbakademie #neuerdfb #baustelle #underconstruction #constructiondiary #roofstructure #allunderoneroof #kadawittfeldarchitektur

September 18th, 2020

Yesterday the roofing ceremony was celebrated in Cologne Mülheim! 🏗

In the Cologne district of Mülheim, COLGNEO-I is being built north of the trade fair grounds on the former Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz site as a mixed quarter for working and living, commerce and creative industries. One of the first building blocks in the south of the site is the GE-101 building, which will offer space for 170 employees including an underground car park with 30 parking spaces. A complementary range of multi-purpose indoor and outdoor spaces will enhance the working environment and promote communication, togetherness and well-being for all employees.

#kadawittfeldarchitektur #cologneo #cologne #rooftoppingceremony #richtfest
@cg_gruppe
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September 7th, 2020
MIDSIZE Newspaper No. 20

Unser Newspaper No. 20 mit dem Titel MIDSIZE ist druckfrisch eingetroffen:
Aachen ist bestes Beispiel einer Stadt mittlerer Größe. Deutlicher als in einer wuchernden Metropole prägt die reiche Geschichte bis heute den öffentlichen Raum. Schon wegen der zentralen Lage direkt am Dom spielte dies eine wichtige Rolle bei der Neustrukturierung des Bischöflichen Generalvikariats, bei der es um eine angemessene Identität ebenso wie um die Re- Integration eines 60er-Jahre-Gebäudes in den Stadtkern ging … mehr

September 4th, 2020

#5jahregrimmwelt
Die @grimmwelt_kassel feiert als weltweit größtes Ausstellungshaus zu den Brüdern Grimm heute ihren 5. Geburtstag!

„Wir gratulieren der Grimmwelt und ihrem ganzen Team herzlich zur 5-jährigen Erfolgsgeschichte. Als Architekten freuen wir uns, dass die Grimmwelt als Ausstellungshaus so wunderbar angenommen wird. Und mehr als das: Mit ihrer frei zugänglichen Dachterrasse ist ein öffentlicher Ort entstanden, der unabhängig von den Öffnungszeiten 24/7 von den Bürgern und Besuchern Kassels genutzt wird - sei es, um den Ausblick über die Besonderheiten der Stadt zu genießen, als gemeinschaftlicher Treffpunkt während der Museums- und Silvesternacht oder bei Yoga- oder Fitness-Stunden unter freiem Himmel. Die Grimmwelt ist ein nicht wegzudenkender Teil Kassels geworden – to be continued!“ Kilian Kada

#grimmwelt #designinggrimmwelt #archilovers #architecturaldesign #brothersgrimm #onceuponatime #eswareinmal #grimm #grimmweltkassel #kassel #jubiläum #jubilee #kadawittfeldarchitektur
@holzerkobler

Foto: Jan Bitter

September 3rd, 2020
Lecture by Jasna Moritz on recyclable design

How do you plan for recycling management right from the design stage? On 11.09.2020 between 14:00 – 15:30, Jasna Moritz will give a keynote speech about the basics and pitfalls, explain application examples and give valuable tips for integration into everyday life … more

September 3rd, 2020
Lecture by Jasna Moritz at the C2C Summit

The C2C Summit will take place on 08.09.2020 between 13:00 – 18:35 in the Oberhafenkantine Berlin.
Jasna Moritz will give an insight into the ongoing process of our Moringa project in HafenCity and will talk about how buildings can be designed and constructed as recyclable raw material storage facilities according to Cradle to Cradle. The program offers further best-practice experiences, keynote speeches, interviews and panel discussions on the current state of affairs in the field of recycling management in construction … registration

August 4th, 2020
Baugenehmigung für die Wallhöfe in Ratingen erhalten!

Unser Entwurf für die Wallhöfe in Ratingen hat mit der jüngst durch die Stadt Ratingen erteilten Baugenehmigung eine weitere Hürde genommen. Auf dem Areal des mittlerweile abgerissenen, über Jahre  leerstehenden Hertie-Gebäudes am Düsseldorfer Platz in Ratingen wird der Investor Tecklenburg ein offenes Wohn- und Geschäftsquartier mit 4.900 m² Verkaufsfläche für Handel sowie ca. 5.500 m² Wohnfläche realisieren. Anstelle des ehemaligen, großformatigen Bestandsgebäudes wird die Nutzung auf fünf eigenständige Wohnbaukörper aufgeteilt, die locker auf einem begrünten Sockelgeschoss angeordnet sind. Dadurch kann das Volumen verträglich in das kleinteilige städtische Umfeld integriert werden. Ein ‚Boulevard‘ erschließt als fußläufige Verbindung die Handelsflächen im Sockelgeschoss, erweitert damit das Wege- und Platzgefüge der Stadt Ratingen und verknüpft den Düsseldorfer Platz mit dem Zentrum. Neben den zwei Handelsebenen (EG und 1.UG) befindet sich im Sockelgeschoss eine Tiefgarage (2.UG), die mit 125 Stellplätzen die öffentliche Parkgarage ergänzt. Die Dachfläche des Sockelgeschosses wird durch extensive und teilweise intensive Begrünung zu einer ‚bewegten Dachlandschaft‘.

July 31st, 2020
Design Advisory Board of the City of Mannheim

Gerhard Wittfeld was appointed to the Design Advisory Board of the City of Mannheim by the Committee for Technology and Environment on 23 July 2020.
The Design Advisory Board examines and assesses building projects which, due to their location, size or significance, have a decisive influence on the cityscape. Gerhard Wittfeld will join the team of Ina Laux and Axel Lohrer from Munich, Ramona Buxbaum from Darmstadt and Prof. Ludwig Wappner from Karlsruhe/Munich. The first meeting of the Design Advisory Board in its new composition will take place on 24 September

July 30th, 2020

Our project at Zollverein was recently completed by a parking deck directly next to the new administrative headquarters of RAG-Stiftung and RAG AG. This "parking garage" consists of an open, underground parking level, which - for maximum openness on the site - is only covered by a low green roof. In addition to 357 car parking spaces, four double charging stations for electric cars have been installed, with an expansion to 100 charging stations - as a further component for sustainable operation of the RAG building. The overlying slab structure was laid out as a green landscape with pathways and planting areas with grass seed. Visitors reach the publicly accessible roof area via generous stairways and a ramp.

Check #designingkreislaufhaus for more information about our RAG-project.
Photos by @kirchner_architekturfotografie.

#kreislaufhaus #RAG #ragstiftung #greenarchitecture #rooftopgarden #parking #parkingdeck #emobility #zollverein #zollvereinessen #essen #ruhrgebiet #meinruhrgebiet #kadawittfeldarchitektur #archilovers
@greenbox_la @koelbl_kruse @ragstiftung

July 9th, 2020

Public places in the city have a major role to play in the perception of identity and belonging. They express the democratic attitude and orientation in a society and are therefore of great importance for its perception.

@grimmwelt_kassel is such a place for us: with its roof terrace embedded in the park landscape, it creates a public space that is freely accessible, can be walked on at any time and may be used in many ways as an open-air auditorium and lookout point. A sensitive approach to the special features of the location and the decision to make the roof completely accessible to the citizens of the city led to the fact that the Grimmwelt including the roof terrace is one of the favourite spots in Kassel.

Today, there is an extensive offer beyond the actual museum use for all parts of the population. Among other things, various sports course providers have discovered the open and free roof area for themselves and use the summer for yoga classes, as in the photos from last summer. #grimmweltrooftopyoga

📸@sashamannel
@deinyogakassel #grimmwelt #kadawittfeldarchitektur #designinggrimmwelt #yoga #rooftop #archilovers #architecturaldesign #weinbergkassel #brothersgrimm #onceuponatime #grimm #grimmweltkassel #kassel #dachterrasse

July 3rd, 2020
Quarks - Wissenschaft und mehr

#C2C-capable architecture to listen to!

In May the WDR radio station came to visit our office in Aachen for an interview. Jasna Moritz, partner at kadawittfeldarchitektur and our sustainability expert Jörg Spangenberg answered questions on the subject of cycle- and climate-friendly construction.

They and other sustainability experts, including the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), reported on what it is like to build a house today and already think about tomorrow’s recyclability in the WDR 5 programme “Quarks – Wissenschaft und mehr” (Quarks – Science and more) on 1 July 2020.

Those who missed the broadcast can now listen to it in the media library on the Quarks homepage, it starts at 01:08:40. Have fun listening!
https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/audio/wdr5/quarks/index.html

Feature: Spanische Wegschnecke – Dürre in der Stadt – Hass im Netz
Starting from minute: 01:08:40

June 30th, 2020
Heinze ArchitekTOUR STADT | LAND | WEB

The virtual Heinze Architect TOUR will take place from 1 – 16 July 2020. Numerous architects will report live from their offices or directly from the construction site.
Kilian will be live on air on 2. July at 14:30 and speak about the planning of the new DFB and its academy, the project genesis, interior planning and insights into our work processes.

June 26th, 2020
'Das Dortmunder U bekommt einen (kleinen) Bruder'

…äußerte Oberbürgermeister Ullrich Sierau gestern, am Donnerstag den 25. Juni gegenüber von Pressevertretern.
“Der geplante Solitär wird das Umfeld am Dortmunder U sicherlich aufwerten und das Areal weiter prägen.”

In der Pressekonferenz wurde die Planung eines neuen Bürogebäudes von kadawittfeldarchitektur und der Landmarken AG westlich des U-Turms an der Rheinischen Straße vorgestellt. Das Projekt soll als verbindender Trittstein Stadt und Westpark mit dem Entwicklungsgebiet am Dortmunder U verbinden.
Als selbstbewusster Solitär löst es den Blockrand am ehemaligen Hellweg auf und generiert öffentlichen Außenraum, der zusammen mit dem offen gestalteten Erdgeschoss einen Ort der Begegnung und ein neues Entrée zum U-Areal schafft.

June 25th, 2020

Speaking of Bonn: At the same place we had developed a very nice design for the Beethoven Concert Hall in 2014. Unfortunately the competition was not continued :-(
At least some good ideas could be saved: The design for the festival venue adopted the characteristics of the landscaped plateau and made use of the height difference to the Rhine promenade.
The outcome was a tiered structure without any edges and corners. The contour lines incorporated in the building were continued outside in the form of steps leading down to the embankment.
The interior was the polar opposite: the hall was sunk into the ground similar to an amphitheatre and arranged in the traditional vineyard style.
By setting the hall into the ground, the height of the new build was below that of the Beethoven Concert Hall. Visitors approaching the building from Theaterstraße crossed the new Beethoven Campus and had level access to the fully glazed foyer, which was then transformed into a city balcony. This fully glazed joint between the stalls and the “sound box” (with balconies) up above enabled visitors to look either into the concert hall or down to the water’s edge.

visualization: #kadawittfeldarchitektur/@rendertaxi.de #lostandfoundarchitecture #designcompetition #architecturalcompetition #iconicbuildings #archilovers #desingedbykwa

June 25th, 2020

Since the laying of the foundation stone last September, a lot has happened at the construction site of our project HOTEL AT ERZBERGUFER in Bonn. Soon you will be able to enjoy the view of the Rhine where currently a lot of supports block the view:
The approach of the new build is to remove the barriers between the city centre and the Rhine riverbank. Thus, the pentagonal block considers the visual aspects and allows views through to the River Rhine and the Beethoven Concert Hall next door.
The height difference of almost five metres between the city and the Rhine is conceived as a ribbon-like array of landscaped terraces that connect the forecourt and ground floor of the hotel and a plateau at river level via a new broad outdoor stairway.
All public areas of the hotel are set along this connecting ribbon in the fully glazed interior at ground floor level.

#kadawittfeldarchitektur #construktiondiary #underconstruction #inthemakingof #workinprogress #erzbergerufer #hotelamerzbergerufer #landmarkenag #prizehotel

June 15th, 2020
Tag der Architektur 2020

The ‘Tag der Architektur’ on 20 and 21 June 2020 will only be held as a virtual offer due to Corona.
Of course we had not thought of it that way! We wanted to open our latest office extension in the Generali high-rise building for viewing.
In 2007 we had already moved here as tenants to the 10th floor of the 70s building and now, after the second and third extensions, we also occupy the 9th and 8th floors as well. With every conversion we have remained true to our motto of using our own office space as a research area for communicative working environments. After all, this is the best way to explore how collaboration and retreat can be organized and improved in a way that is both stimulating and efficient.

Not only to show how we work, but above all to get into conversation with people interested in architecture from Aachen and the surrounding area about such and similar topics, we would have been very pleased to have visitors in our office. Unfortunately this does not work virtually. So we hope for another opportunity for dialogue and exchange of experiences!

June 8th, 2020
We love all colours

Demonstrations against racism took place in many German cities this weekend – our office at Alexanderplatz right in the middle of it!

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Suat Schoeneich