The slightly angled but otherwise orthogonal order of the neighborhood provides the general orientation of the intertwined volumes. The outdoor spaces follow the same logic of arrangement and are linked by a continuous path that leads up onto a viewing platform on top of the roof. The wooden structure shows in the façade a playful rhythm of offset openings – all perfectly align as expected in the German design language.
Location Berlin, Germany
Size 1,186 m2
Scope Concept Design, Design Lead
China Pavilion EXPO2020 Dubai
The Chinese Pavilion is inspired by the unique scenery of Guilin and the reflection of the towering hills in the Li Jiang river. Over centuries, the region inspired many artists and philosophers to create works that “connect minds”, one of the main themes of the expo. The futuristic shape demonstrates innovation and a forward-looking nation that “creates the future”, the second main theme, today! The design captures cutting-edge technology while being rooted in a rich cultural heritage.
Invited bid in collaboration with Liaoning Provincial Urban-Rural Construction Group.
Location EXPO2020 Dubai
Size 3,850 m2
Scope Concept Design, Inderdisciplinary Lead
China Pavilion, EXPO 2020 Dubai
German Embassy Ghana
The three-story building shows a compact volume wrapped in a linear facade application that takes its inspiration from the traditional textile designs. This outer façade not only filters the strong sun light but also minimizes the solar gain. The building comprises of two entrances: a representative access for consular and administrative services from the front and a side entrance for the visa section. The internal organization groups all rooms around a spacious, central atrium which can be used for social events and separates them according to their department into the different floors.
Location Accra, Ghana
Size 4,770 m2
Scope Concept Design
German Embassy Morocco
A monolithic, horizontal structure stretches across the site. The materialization and design language blend the German and Moroccan cultures in a harmonious way: clear lines and minimalistic details fuse with the idea semi-transparent mashrabiyas to filter the strong sun and traditional brickwork North-West Africa. The internal organization of the building visualizes on the outside: entrances manifest as recesses in the volume and variations of arrangements bricks to perforate the walls indicate the purpose of the rooms behind; concrete lines structure the façade horizontally and indicate the different floors.
Generous internal courtyards provide centers around which the various uses of the embassy are grouped – they also provide sufficient space for public functions.
Location Rabat, Morocco
Size 5,700 m2
Scope Concept Design
German Embassy Egypt
The German Embassy is situated on the banks of the Nile of the central island of Zamalek in Cairo. The architecture fuses the traditional courthouse typology of the region with the German engineered design approach. While the façade follows a strict rhythm that only unveils the vertical organization, the internal organization develops freely and organizes around patios and atriums. A sophisticated sustainability concept regulates the thermal impact as well as the water balance on the complex.
Location Zamalek Island, Cairo, Egypt
Size 5,940 m2
with DFZ Architekten
UN Assembly Hall
The design of this invited competition by the Ministry of Presidential Affair of the UAE reflects on the Arabic culture and interprets it in a contemporary way: the open ceiling is tiled with individual shades that imply a dome as well as a circular Arabic pattern. Porous wall cladding refers to the original building material of the region and serves as acoustic panels. The murals by an Emirati artist embrace a grid-like arrangement to tell stories in graffiti-like pictoglyphs.
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Size 970 m2, 32m diameter
Scope Design, Establishing Design-and-Build Team
with Steiner AG / Hindustan Construction Company
Jebel Ali Sailing Club
The long-stretched and narrow volume builds a wall towards the main land and ensures a high degree of privacy on the sea side. The building completely opens towards the water with a curtain-wall glass façade shaded with sale-like louvers. The landside is only penetrated by large-scale shells protruding out of the façade like mussels hanging on a submerged cliff. These shells hide communal rooms and provide panoramic view when opened.
Location Dubai, UAE
Size 2,450 m2 (built-up area)
Al Nadi Tower
The form is inspired by oscillating movements derived from experiments to show the rotating movements of our planets which are initially discovered by ancient, Muslim astronomer Al Beruni. The shape itself is created by using a traditional tiling principle that creates larger formations through specific arrangements. The tiles used here, however, are three dimensional and their rotations applied to all three axis in space to create the tower. An internal illumination changes the filigree structure into a fascinating lantern during the night.
Location Abu Dhabi, UAE
Size 13m height, 6.5m diameter of platform, 9.9m / 3.1m dimension of ellipse
Scope Design, Construction Management
Nine tubes fly a formation in space like an aerobatic patrol. This synchronal air ballet forms a bench, turns around and flattens to a lounge chair, rises with a twist to screen off views before fanning apart to create a huge sun sail and channeling again to become the back side of the very same bench. The dynamic appearance visualizes the activities of the F1 race course which the structure overlooks. The form also corresponds with the organic architecture of the main building.
Location Yas Viceroy Hotel / Formula 1, Abu Dhabi, UAE