Prof. Eckhard Gerber has now been active for 50 years with his practice Gerber Architects and has established a reputation as one of Germany’s most important architects. He is also well respected internationally—the practice is successfully working in China as well as the Arabic countries. Gerber was born in Oberhain, Thuringia, and will celebrate his 80th birthday on 13 October 2018. Prompted by this occasion, the newly opened Baukunstarchiv NRW in Dortmund will host the “Konzept + Atmosphäre” exhibition from 23 November 2018 to 3 February 2019. Using ten completed projects and a range of different media, the exhibition brings to life different architectural atmospheres. Included are also six projects that are currently being worked on, promising to give an insight into the concept phase and the design process. Furthermore, the architect talks about his profession in specially produced film interviews. The exhibition will be accompanied by public round-table discussions between Prof. Eckhard Gerber and a guest, the first such discussion taking place on 28 November 2018 between Prof. Gerber and Prof. Volkwin Marg (gmp Architects). Further dates will be publicized nearer the time.
Concept + Atmosphere
23.11.2018 — 03.02.2019
23 November, from 9:30 hours (by invitation only)
The exhibition is open to the public from 14:00 hours
Ostwall 7 | 44135 Dortmund
Tue–Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun, 14:00-17:00 hours
EXPO REAL, Europe’s largest trade fair for real estate and investments, will take place this year between 8th – 10th October in Munich. It is where real estate professionals meet to develop projects from initial ideas, through financing and marketing, into reality. As partners of the Ruhr metropolitan region, Gerber Architekten, based in Dortmund, are presenting selected projects such as the Department building of Earth- and Environmental Sciences LMU Munich, the Institute of Chemistry and Technical Control Center of the Goethe University in Frankfurt, the new working environments Allianz AG in Stuttgart-Vaihingen and the BaseCamp student housing projects in Dortmund and Bochum. In addition to these projects, all of which are at the planning stage, Gerber Architekten are also presenting projects which are under construction or completed from the residential, hotel, educational and laboratory sectors – in partnership with the Ruhr metropolitan region at stand B1.330.
Visualizations: ©Gerber Architekten
Gerber Architects were awarded first prize in the competition for the Chemical Institutes and Technical Centre on the Riedberg Campus of the Goethe University in Frankfurt. The contracts should be agreed in September. In the proposed building configuration, the new building completes the existing heterogeneous development on the Riedberg Campus with a self-effacing structure which at the same time self-confidently emphasises the southern approach to the campus. Together with the refectory and another existing building, the new building forms a central forecourt where the main entrance to the new facility is located. The main elements of the building are two parallel blocks which accommodate the laboratories, providing flexible research areas and units of different depths. These blocks are connected in the north and south and there are green courtyards between. One connection is formed by a main spine route with open staircases and voids, thereby enabling central public access and the interlinking of research and teaching. It also accommodates offices, lockers and sanitary areas. The connection at the other end of the building allows internal access within the high-security laboratory zone and contains social and communication zones. The red brick of the new building blends well with the campus. Open and closed façade elements correspond to the varying space utilisation requirements of openness and privacy.
Photo: © Gerber Architekten
“Think New in the Existing Stock – Berlin Educational Buildings”
Heirs must be learned! How can Berlin’s educational buildings from different eras be further developed for the future? The Berlin Chamber of Architects, together with the Federal Chamber of Architects, invites to an architectural debate on current educational buildings in existing buildings. The “Training and Research Centre for the Institute for Brewing (VLB)”, Berlin, Germany, a new building designed by Gerber Architects, is also one of the three projects on which four expert panelists will exchange views in the evening: Adriana Altaras, director and author, Wolfgang Kil, architecture critic and publicist, university professor Dr. Angelika Schnell, architecture theorist and Dr. Heinrich Wefing, head of politics, DIE ZEIT. The projects will be presented by Dr. Christian Welzbacher, art historian and journalist. Interested listeners are cordially invited to Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin, admission from 17:00, free admission, registration not required.
Find out more: AK Berlin
Photo: ©Werner Huthmacher
The competition has been decided: We are pleased to report that Gerber Architekten has been able to win the competition for the new department building of Earth- and Environmental Sciences of the ‘Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität’ (LMU) Munich. Congratulations to the entire project team.
The new building for Department of Earth- and Environmental Sciences LMU Munich is a v-shaped sculptural structure which connects to the existing buildings in the northern part of the property as well as to the institute building in the south. The interior of the V-shape is designed as a glass hall, which at the same time emphasizes the entrance situation and offers a ‘showcase’ into the new building of geological and environmental science. The forecourt at the entrance continues into the hall, which serves as a public exhibition area for large scale exhibits or events. The Institute can present itself in this spacious airspace with all its working areas, as both the first basement with the workshop spaces, the library landscape on the ground floor and the generously glazed laboratory areas on the upper floors are oriented towards the hall. The boundary between outside and inside is removed – research can be experienced directly.
visualisations: ©Gerber Architekten
The team of Gerber Architekten would like to wish you and your family a blessed Eid-Al-Adha!
Prof. Gerber on a lecture tour in China
Since July 2, Prof. Eckhard Gerber has been on a 10-day lecture tour in China, visiting the cities of Chengdu, Harbin and Shenzhen as well as the new offices of the Shanghai location. At the beginning of his journey Prof. Gerber talked at the ‘China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute’ in Chengdu (CSWADI) in his lecture ‘Between Architectural Worlds’ (see photo). Followed by a lecture at the ‘Harbin Institute of Technology’ (HIT) on July 9 titled ‘Architecture in the context of landscape and open space’. Especially the combination of architecture and landscape has always played an important role in the buildings of Gerber Architects. Professor Gerber’s buildings often consciously formulate the transition between built urban space and landscape or define new landscape spaces through their cubature and their positioning on the property itself.
photos: ©Gerber Architekten
16. Mai 2018 – 11. Firmenkontaktmesse der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Today is the 11th career fair of the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Students and graduates have the opportunity to talk to potential employers as well as to gather information about job perspectives. There will be companies from various branches like architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, construction management, media, cultural management as well as art and design. Gerber Architects also take part in the career fair and informs about job vacancies in all Gerber offices and talks about the scope of duties and processes of an international architectural office.
Meet us at booth 58 and join our team!
Photo: ©Gerber Architekten