Thursday 28.08.14, 20:00
Planning for sports: FIFA stadiums (Lectures)

Stefan Hofmann, general director of gmp architekten Moscow office on exciting world of stadium design 

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During the lecture Stefan will tell about the well-known projects of one of the biggest architectural offices in Germany – more than 10 stadiums for FIFA World Cups of 2006, 2010, 2014, as well as stadiums projects for the coming FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018 and their architectural practice worldwide.

The architectural practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners was founded by Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg in 1965. Since its inception it has grown to include more than 500 employees in 13 offices in Germany and abroad.

gmp became internationally known as a team of airport architects when, in 1975, the Berlin Tegel building with its drive-in airplane terminal for “stacked parking” was established. This innovative design has been further developed to transform the departure and arrival halls at Stuttgart and Hamburg airports.

They are internationally recognized not only for their projects like the New Trade Fair in Leipzig, the Rimini Exhibition Center or the Christ Pavilion for the EXPO 2000, but also for their designs. Key examples are the designs for the reconstruction and roofing of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin or Berlin Central Station, which was completed in 2006.

Stadiums are special passion of gmp. The office designed at least 3 stadiums for each FIFA World Cup starting from 2006 including the World Cup 2018 in Russia. In South Africa three World Cup stadiums, in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth were finished in 2009. For the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil gmp realized the stadiums in Brasília and Manaus and Belo Horizonte. In Russia gmp designed stadiums in Samara, Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod and is currently finishing the project design of a stadium for 36.000 spectators in Krasnodar which is already being constructed.

Gmp has succeeded in winning more than 590 prizes in national and international competitions, among them more than 290 first prizes and a large number of awards for exemplary architecture.