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Pop-up Factory – Studio Talk

The concept of the city as the epicentre of culture, inspiration and the creative process stands in stark contrast to its periphery of industrial manufacturing. This division – between city as a cultural centre and industry as a place of production – has historically grown in the European context, but is becoming increasingly redundant. Today, the interactions between man and machine make it possible to impact the manufacturing process, from design to end-product, and marks a turning point in returning production to the city. Set against an experimental demonstration backdrop, a dialogue emerges between teaching, practice, and policy, about the return of manufacturing to the city.

Anne-Caroline Erbstößer, Technologiestiftung Berlin
Martin Tamke, Associate Professor, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Kopenhagen
Giovanni Betti, Head of Performing, HENN

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Studio Talk within Make City Festival
Friday, June 22, 2018, 5 pm
HENN, Alexanderstr. 7, 10178 Berlin, 8. OG

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Merck Innovation Center – Exhibition opening and book presentation

08.06.2018 – 

Mission accomplished! The ceremonial opening of Merck’s Innovation Center in Darmstadt has been concluded with a book publication, coupled with a currently on-going exhibition about the project. The photographer HGEsch accompanied the project over a period of two years, and the resulting comprehensive photographic documentation is complemented by written contributions by Peter Cachola Schmal, Christian Marquardt, Rolf Sachsse, Hans Georg Esch and board members of Merck. Selected photographs by HGEsch are on show in the HENN Gallery in Munich.

The book “Merck Innovation Center”, which was presented at the exhibition vernissage, can be purchased via Wasmuth Verlag:

The exhibition lasts until 30 September 2018 and is open Monday to Friday, 9.00 until 18.00.

Industriebaupreis for the ARENA2036

08.06.2018 – 

Many congratulations to the ARENA2036 team! The Industriebaupreis (Industrial Building Prize) was presented yesterday during the course of the IREM Symposiums in Stuttgart, and our project ARENA2036 was selected as the winner. The award is conferred on projects judged to be inspirational in terms of a well-balanced interplay between design, function, sustainability and economy, as well as conforming to an ethos of social responsibility and holistic thinking. The prize itself is awarded jointly to the clients and the architects.

Architecture competition Gasteig Munich – One of three winners

22.05.2018 – 

Last Friday a top-class jury announced the outcome of the architectural competition for the general refurbishment of the Gasteig cultural centre in Munich. HENN’s project is one of the three winning entries. A long transparent ribbon opens the Gasteig up to the city, extending along the entire length of the building as a contrast to the existing brick facade. All three competition winners have been requested to refine their designs over the next three months before presenting them again. The results of the competition, including the plans and models from all the architectural offices that participated, are being shown in an exhibition at the Gasteig that runs from 25 May to 15 June 2018.

Merck Innovation Center – LEED Platinum certification

16.05.2018 – 

The Merck Innovation Center has been awarded with "LEED Platinum", the highest certification level according to the LEED green building rating system. The project demonstrates a 38 % improvement in its energy performance compared with the LEED baseline ASHRAE 90.1, thanks to solar control triple glazing façade and very efficient HVAC systems (connected to the central campus cooling and combined heat and power system plants). In order to optimize the indoor air quality, exclusively low-emitting materials are used in the interior. Only certified wood products in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council's sustainability principles are installed. Moreover, wood-based materials do not contain any added formaldehyde. Self-cleaning concrete with titanium dioxide is used for site hardscape at Emanuel-Merck-Platz. This innovative material with a high solar reflectance index contributes to reduce air pollutants and to minimize heat island effects. Non-potable process water is used for irrigation. A green roof contributes to thermal insulation and on-site retention of rain water.

Topping-out ceremony for new buildings of the University Medical Center in Mainz

15.05.2018 – 

As part of the second and third building phases, two new buildings for the Clinical Theoretical Institutes and the Neuroimaging Center are currently undergoing construction, located in the immediate vicinity of the Paul Klein Center for Immune Intervention. Covering a floor area of 9,000 square metres, the new building complex is to accommodate modern laboratory spaces for the Institutes of Toxicology, Virology, and Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, as well as the Department of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene. The two buildings will also be connected to the Paul Klein Center for Immune Intervention. The move to the new premises is planned for late 2019.

Grand opening of the Merck Innovation Center

08.05.2018 – 

During an official ceremony, celebrating 350 years of Merck, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Merck family representative Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp and the Chairman of the Executive Board Stefan Oschmann officially inaugurated the Merck Innovation Center. The newly constructed building at the heart of Merck headquarters offers start-ups and in-house innovation teams a five times larger area than it was formerly available for working with Merck on innovation projects outside the company’s current portfolio.

Corporate Architecture. Brauchen Unternehmen noch eigene Häuser?

24.04.2018 – 

Martin Henn @ KAP FORUM im MAKK – Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln

Google, Amazon und Facebook legen vor: Corporate Design spielt eine wichtige Rolle, wenn sich Internetriesen als modern darstellen. Apple investiert sogar Milliarden in seinen Campus. Das so genannte Spaceship wurde von Lord Foster entworfen. Doch wie sieht es in Deutschland aus? Wie präsentieren sich hier Arbeitgeber? Und können Start-Ups auf das eigene Bürohaus womöglich verzichten? (Quelle: Website KAP FORUM)

Im Rahmen der Ausstellung #alleskönner. Peter Behrens zum 150. Geburtstag (17. März – 1. Juli 2018)

Dienstag, 24. März 2018, 19 Uhr

MAKK Museum für Angewandte Kunst
An der Rechtschule
50667 Köln

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Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Munich

20.04.2018 – 

Two days ago the ground was ceremonially broken for the largest building programme in the history of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a new complex at the Garching Research Campus, replacing the department's old facilities in the centre of Munich. The focal point of the new development is a central public forum, around which the four faculty buildings are grouped. The forum consists of a glazed hall that joins all of the individual buildings with each other. In late 2019 / early 2020, an initial ten of the current 45 professorial chairs are planned to move into the new complex. Overall department operations are to be relocated to the Garching site after the completion of the auditorium complex in the second construction stage (estimated to be in 2025).

HENN and C.F. Møller Architects win hospital project in Braunschweig, DE

13.04.2018 – 

C.F. Møller Architects and HENN have been awarded the contract for the general planning services for the building projects of the Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig (Braunschweig Municipal Hospital) in the course of a negotiation procedure.

The architectural programme includes a new building and further building work on an existing shell construction. In addition, the various different buildings on the site are to be amalgamated to form a cluster. In order to achieve this, an open and connecting “Magistrale” (main thoroughfare) is to be created. This is designed to act as the main artery of the building complex, interlinking all the relevant sectors with each other; bundling the movement flows of visitors, patients and staff; and creating visual interactions between the architectural parts via adjoining atriums. The total volume includes 12.730 m² of new-built, 35.500 m² of addition and 28.330 m² to rebuild.

Second joint win in Germany
The project is the team’s second large hospital assignment on the German market: In 2017, C.F. Møller Architects and HENN jointly won an international competition to extend Germany’s most iconic hospital complex, the listed 1970’s high-tech University Hospital RWTH Aachen. The existing building will be expanded with a new, partly subsurface, volume, containing a central surgery area, including intensive care units and a new public entrance hall. State-of-the-art surgeries and ICUs make it the most important component of Aachen‘s healthcare provision.