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June 20th, 2024
Day of Architecture 29 - 30 June

The last weekend in June is the national Day of Architecture and we are taking part! Anyone interested is invited to discover architecture, interior design and urban spaces.

The InnoDom Cologne will be open to the public on Saturday from 11:00 to 14:00 and on Sunday (guided tours only!) at 12:00 and 14:00!

You can also get to know our office in Berlin. On Sunday you can visit us from 14:00 to 18:00.

This year’s focus is on the relationship between people and the (built) environment. Participants will gain an insight into the current state of sustainable and future-oriented building practice.

We look forward to seeing you!

More information under: https://www.aknw.de/ und https://www.ak-berlin.de/

June 18th, 2024
Hoffest on the construction site of our OFFICEHOME Pollux at Campus Ostkreuz in Berlin Friedrichshain

The sustainable OFFICEHOME complex is being built on the site of a former car dealership, garage and taxi business in the centre of Berlin. It consists of three buildings, of which we are planning the second construction phase, OFFICEHOME Pollux. Its six floors can be divided into up to 44 individual office units with areas of 350 – 5,000 sqm per floor and all standard office layouts. The office space is complemented by exclusive, spacious loggias and roof terraces.

All the buildings in the new OFFICEHOME complex have been designed to save energy and resources. The buildings will be DGNB Gold and Wired Score Gold certified and built in accordance with the EU taxonomy. The first phase was designed by Collignon Architecture.

At the courtyard party, PANDION CEO Reinhold Knodel, Enpal Managing Director Dr Florian Christ, Berlin Partner Managing Director Dr Stefan Franzke, Inga Schwarz, Head of Research at BNP Paribas Real Estate, and Gerhard Wittfeld, Managing Partner of kadawittfeldarchitektur, discussed current trends in the Berlin office market and the changing requirements in the New Work sector.

June 6th, 2024
InnoDom receives German "LICHTDESIGN-PREIS"

InnoDom receives German “LICHTDESIGN-PREIS” 2024 in the office/administration category!

The lighting design of the Cologne University Foundation’s start-up center was created by arens faulhaber lichtplaner, architecture and interior design by kadawittfeldarchitektur. The prize was awarded on June 6 at the Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen.

The “InnoDom” start-up center communicates its unconventional and diverse use visibly from afar in Cologne’s urban space, especially in the dark. Two two-storey, staged, monochrome rooms with panoramic glazing resemble stage sets and, like shop windows, show the work and tinkering going on inside.

In the interior spaces, the technology is routed openly beneath the concrete ceilings, with guidelines as the guiding theme of the lighting design. On the first floor, these show the way from the lobby to the cafeteria and the meeting rooms. In this way, they also contribute to making the open room sequences tangible as a continuum. On the upper floors, they are supplemented by desk-mounted task lights. Users can control these individually, while at the same time supporting the concept of an open, flexible working environment.

May 31st, 2024
Foundation stone laid for 'Equalizer' office building in Berlin

On 31 May, together with ‘DIE Deutsche Immobilien Entwicklungs AG (DIEAG)’, the general contractor Ed. Züblin AG and many guests, we celebrated the symbolic start of construction of the “Equalizer” office building in Berlin’s Mitte district.

The 14-storey building will provide around 13,000 sqm of floor space, divided into 400 sqm rental units that can be used flexibly as open-plan, combi or cubicle offices. The building is characterised by numerous green and open spaces, a landscaped courtyard and outdoor terraces and loggias. In addition, the green roofs provide retention areas and space for solar panels. The building is highly recognisable thanks to the vertical double pilaster strips in the façade and the harmonious colour gradient.

The new building meets the requirements for DGNB Gold certification and has been pre-certified by the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). It will be designed in BIM (LP5: Model Detail Level 300).

May 26th, 2024
Jasna Moritz's contribution to the exhibition “380-780 nm. Color in architecture and the city"

“Material authenticity, natural surfaces, patina of the existing. Colors and contrasts are our tools to carefully ‘orchestrate’ the complex coexistence of old & new, of materials that can be separated again – haptic, sensual, honest. What a colorful vision!”

Jasna Moritz’, partner at kadawittfeldarchitektur, answer to the question of how future, climate-friendly construction and conversion will manifest itself aesthetically – and what role colors will play in this. Their answers and those of other architects can be viewed at the exhibition “380-780 nm. Color in Architecture and the City” at the Museum of Baukultur NRW in Düsseldorf. The exhibition focuses on resonating positive and negative examples of the use of color in architecture and the city. The exhibition can be viewed until June 28, 2024.

May 16th, 2024
Temporary use at 'Lust for Life

The former Horten building ‘Lust for Life’, which has become a ‘lost place’ in Aachen’s city centre, is to be used again temporarily!

For a long time it wasn’t clear what would happen next – now the renovation work for the temporary use has been completed. From April until at least the end of September there will be about 1500 m² of freely usable space available.

kadawittfeldarchitektur is also campaigning against this vacancy in Aachen’s city centre and is supporting the project with 2500 euros. This is part of the 4012 euros that were raised in December 2023 on a ‘transformative dancefloor’ under the motto ‘Do good and dance’, and which are earmarked for Aachen’s cultural scene.

A series of temporary events will now be organised under volunteer management. The aim is to provide space for smaller organisations and initiatives with a small budget and to create inclusive offers.

‘Lust Auf Life’ is intended as a cultural space. Unfinished concerts. Public rehearsals. Small art exhibitions. Graffiti artists. The concept is a modern and flexible response to a gap in Aachen’s cultural scene and attempts to fill it. It is also hoped that the project will provide a stimulus for the neighbourhood, creating more vibrancy and security in the area.

The photo shows how kadawittfeldarchitektur used the vacant building as an exhibition space in 2020 to present insights into the office’s work in the shop windows on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.

March 25th, 2024
"fair, energy-cultural and climate-effective" - lecture by Kilian Kada in Vienna

Spring is approaching and with it the new events of architektur in progress, which is starting its 27th season! The series of events begins “fair, energy-cultural and climate-effective” with a lecture by Kilian Kada, managing partner of kadawittfeldarchitektur

Lecture on April 9th, 2024 at 19:00. Address: querkraft – Börsepl. 2, 1010 Vienna

Save the date! Please register – limited number of seats.
Registration: anmeldung@inprogress.at

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March 25th, 2024

Anerkennung - Wir freuen uns über die Auszeichnung für unseren gemeinsam mit KRAFT.RAUM. erarbeiteten Wettbewerbsbeitrag „Innovationszentrum Sto in Stühlingen-Weizen“!

Die Neugestaltung des Sto-Campus in Weizen-Stühlingen umfasst die Errichtung von drei neuen Gebäuden und einem Systemparkhaus, die entlang der Bundesstraße 314 angeordnet sind und ein harmonisches Ensemble bilden. Die Architektur fügt sich mit niedrigen Bauhöhen und grünen Fassaden sanft in die Landschaft ein, während dynamische Fassadenbänder den Nutzerkomfort und die Energieeffizienz erhöhen. Eine markante, skulpturale Brücke, die "Via Sto", verbindet die Neubauten und dient als kommunikativer Pausenraum sowie Informationskanal. Sie ermöglicht es den Mitarbeitern, die Gebäude ebenerdig zu erreichen und bietet gleichzeitig Raum für Pausen und Besprechungen im Freien. Das Freiraumkonzept fördert den sensiblen Umgang mit dem Außenraum, integriert Grünflächen und Dachbegrünungen, um die ökologische Nachhaltigkeit des Campus zu stärken.

Vielen Dank an das Team von kadawittfeldarchitektur, sowie Kooperationspartner die den Wettbewerb bearbeitet haben! ️

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February 21st, 2024
Visions of a sustainable built world

Keynote speech by Gerhard Wittfeld on “Visions of a sustainable built world” at the Road to Green Summit on March 6, 2024 at the University of Cologne.

In his presentation, Gerd Wittfeld will focus on the three mega-themes: Circularity, Using What Exists and Re-Use.

Participants of the conference are pioneers and decision-makers from the construction & real estate sector, science & research, tech & venture capital, as well as institutions & associations.

As part of the summit, keynotes, impulses, panels and interactive workshops will be used to develop an insight & results paper on dealing with the existing building stock and the decarbonization of the building sector, and a final agreement of the participants of the joint “Road to Green – Transformation of Existing Buildings” will be recorded.

Further information on the event: https://www.road-to-green.de/

Picture: Road to Green/Portrait: Carl Brunn

January 20th, 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

Image 2: kadawittfeldarchitektur

Image 3: kadawittfeldarchitektur / Lars Junold

Image 4: kadawittfeldarchitektur

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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 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!

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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...

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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!

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Christian Dos Reis