Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst and Studio Anna Heringer

Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst)
Over the course of three decades of research into theory and practice, Martin Rauch (b. 1958, Austria) has elevated traditional rammed earth techniques to a new level – both in terms of aesthetics and technology. As a leader in his field he has designed, planned and realized numerous domestic and international projects. His work has been widely published and he has received a number of awards such as the Plischke Award, a Holcim Regional Award – Bronze and a Fassa Bortolo Award. Since 2010 Rauch has held a UNESCO honorary professorship Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development. He is currently teaching design studio courses at the ETH Zurich.

Anna Heringer
Anna Heringer (b. 1977, Germany) is an architect and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development. Her diploma work, the METI School, won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. Since then Heringer has realized further projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. She has been a visiting professor and teaching design courses at universities in Stuttgart, Linz, TU Vienna, the ETH Zurich and TU Munich. She has received numerous honors, including the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s GSD, the AR Emerging Architecture Award (twice) and a RIBA International Fellowship.

Main projects Lehm Ton Erde:
– Haus Rauch, Architecture: Roger Boltshauser and Martin Rauch
– Ricola Kräuterzentrum (Herb Center), Architecture: Herzog & de Meuron, Facade planning

Main projects Anna Heringer:
– METI school, Bangladesh
– DESI Centre, Bangladesh
– Bamboo Hostels, China
– Kindergarten, Zimbabwe
– Didi Textiles
– Omicron Monolith
– Teaching Centre, Morocco

Project selected for Archmarathon: Omicron living rooms

NODE Architecture and Urbanism

NODE stands for Nansha Original DEsign (or NO DEsign) and was established in 2004. It is a small and high quality architectural practice in the Pearl River Delta region, which grew out of a series of projects associated and completed with the Fok Foundation of Hong Kong, and has extended its practice geographically outward. Founded and led by Principal Architect, Doreen Heng LIU, NODE currently consists of 10 architects and designers from Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Spain and Germany, and has completed and is implementing architectural projects in China. For years, NODE, with Nansha as her local base and Hong Kong as her international window, also established a studio in Shenzhen in late 2009, has been conducting a diversity of architectural, art and design practices in the PRD region.
Nansha is a uniquely situated at the land and water interface of Pearl River. It is a transit node between the east and west banks of the river; to the north is Guangzhou and to the south is Hong Kong. In contrast with rapid urban development in the rest of China, Nansha has taken a relatively slower pace toward urbanization. NODE argues for participation and inclusion of local interests as well as those from external sources, focuses on the basics of architecture in order to maintain a critical position under the pressure of tremendous speed, quantity and size. NODE’s work makes a departure from the essential issues of building – site, program, space, materials and construction– and ventures into complexities of urbanism, nature, landscape, tradition and culture. With such concerns, we as well consistently seek multi-disciplinary collaborations. Besides architecture, our work also covers a range of projects from scale of furniture and lighting features to urban design. We actively participate in academic forums, art exhibitions and installation designs locally and globally.
NODE here is understood as the point in which different vectors – possibilities, tendencies, and events – intersect. It is neither a point of departure or of arrival. It is not a fixed entity. It is determined by ever-changing fluxes and dynamics.
China is undergoing a great transitional period. The opportunities for architects are not only to design and build but also to contribute in the shaping of contemporary China. This is the ultimate challenge for NODE.

Main projects:
– Interior Design of Upper Bookstore, Shanghai
– Yang-chong River Water Infrastructure, Shenzhen
– Floating Entrance-Shekou Fufa Glass Factory Renovation, Shenzhen
– Warehouse, Shekou Fufa Glass Factory Renovation, Shenzhen
– Drunk Ink Hall, Chengdu
– Folded House-Artist Studio, Nanjing
– Time Art Museum, Guangzhou
– Health Center of Nansha Grand Hotel, Guangzhou
– Nansha Science Museum, Guangzhou
– Dachan Flour Factory Rennovation, Shenzhen

Work in progress:
– En-Ning Historical Street Renovations, Guangzhou
– Commercial street, Plot 1#-2, Shenzhen
– Wedding Hall, Shenzhen
– Office design, Plot B4, Shenzhen
– Office design, Plot A3, Shenzhen
– Kindergarten, Dongwan

Project selected for Archmarathon: Dacheng Factory Adaptive Reuse / UABB Venue


Since 1995, 5+1AA has been dealing with design in different thematic and functional declinations (city, living, work spaces, spaces for culture and education).
The research on the requalification of urban spaces and buildings in the main mediterranean cities through projects like the Ice Palace and the Milanese Ice Factory (Milan), the headquarters of the Interior Ministry (Rome), the University Campus (Savona), the Great Railways Workshops (Turin) and the Marseilles Docks. 5+1AA also conducts research on the contemporary city through new implementations like the Horizontal Tower (Milan), the Italian Space Agency building (Rome), the IULM6 university campus (Milan), the residential complex Life (Brescia).
Their projects under construction in 2016 include a residential complex of 183 housing (Asnières-­‐sur-­‐Seine), the new BNP Paribas Headquarters (Rome), the El Sokhna Masterplan (Egypt) and the new Port Authority Headquarters (Savona). The agency just won the construction of a student housing, a hotel and offices in Créteil-­‐l’Echat; the project covers 22.000 sqm and is part of the Grand Paris plan.
5+1AA, Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Simonetta Cenci (partner since 2006), Nicola Spinetto (associate in Paris since 2009), 10 project directors and planning supervisors, 20 project managers, 10 collaborators, a team of 10 people responsible for management and communication.

Main projects:
– Parfiri Low Emission building, Savona, Italy
– Milanese Ice Factory, Milan, Italy
– Blend Tower and Blend Building, Milan, Italy
– San Martino Steelworks, Milan, Italy
– The Horizontal Tower, Milan, Italy
– Italian Space Agency, Rome, Italy
– GLF Towers MSC Cruisers, Genoa, Italy
– Ministry of the Interior headquarters, Rome, Italy
– New Port authority HQ, Savona, Italy
– Marina residence, Cotonou Benin, Africa
– Reconstruction of San Giuliano di Puglia, Italy
– University residences, Savona, Italy
– Contract Lombardy region district, Brescia, Italy
– “Life” – New residential complex, Brescia, Italy
– Masterplan “Il Monte Galala”, El Sokhna, Egypt
– Leisure and retail centre “45° Parallelo”, Turin, Italy
– New Retail Park, Milan, Italy
– Le Officine, Savona, Italy
– Marseilles Docks, France
– University campus and training centre, Savona, Italy
– New school complex, Zugliano, Italy
– IULM6, Milan, Italy
– Toy Museum, Cormano, Italy
– Great Railways Workshops, Turin, Italy
– Library, games room and auditorium, Casarza Ligure, Italy
– Redevelopment of the former Cantore Barracks, Cuneo, Italy

Work in progress:
– Banca d’Italia headquarters, Rome, Italy
– The Sky above Asnières-sur-Seine, Paris, France
– New BNL-BNP Paribas headquarters, Rome, Italy
– New Library in La Spezia, Italy
– Redevelopment of Poste Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris, France
– Masterplan “Il Monte Galala”, El Sokhna, Egypt
– Redevelopment of Paris Poste Brune, Paris, France

Project selected for Archmarathon: Les Docks

Franken Architekten

Franken Architekten combines architectural practice with the opportunities for communication within a space, be it in the design for a temporary trade fair presentation or classic building construction. The environments created by Franken Architekten use insights into the virtual world and go far beyond functionality: They create narrative spaces.
Franken Architekten provides a full range of services from concept development and implementation planning to site supervision in the fields of architecture, brand space and consulting.
Development of concepts and realization of corporate architecture, office buildings, retail, hotels and gastronomy, urban planning, residential buildings, museums, exhibitions, trade fair presentations, corporate design, installations, theme and brand worlds.

Main projects:
– Libertine Lindenberg, Frankfurt/Main, Germany – 2015
– Kopf Kätcheslachpark, Frankfurt/Main, Germany – 2014
– Kleine Rittergasse 11, Frankfurt/Main, Germany – 2014
– Laube Liebe Hoffnung, Frankfurt/Main, Germany – 2013
– Pods, London, UK, 2012
– Hafen Offenbach, Offenbach/Main, Germany – 2012
– Lindner Hotel & Sports Academy, Frankfurt/ Main, Germany – 2011
– New Blue, IFA 2008, Berlin, Germany – 2008

Work in progress:
– U-Silk City, Hanoi, Vietnam
– U-Sea City, Nha Trang, Vietnam
– Sao Mai Residence, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
– Maison Schumann, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
– Hue Hotel, Hue, Vietnam
– Open Wall, Foshan, China
– Butterfly Tower, Nha Trang, Vietnam
– Ngoc Thao, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Project selected for Archmarathon: Kleine Rittergasse 11


From the year 2005—when deamicisarchitetti was founded—our design approach has centred on making good use of our typically Italian ability to interpret and blend together ideas and lexicons from a variety of places, times and cultural contexts. Our aim is to realize projects that preserve a sense of time while providing new and original results in terms of performance and meaning: a synthesis of memory and the contemporary.
Fuelled by curiosity, research and the constant study of the world around us, we pay particular attention to connections and to the value of the space between “things”, always aiming to increase the usability, diversity and the beauty of places.
Our individualized approach to the design of buildings and urban spaces, together with careful attention to details, allows us to consistently provide our clients and the community at large with economic value, usability and high aesthetic standards.
No matter what the budget, every project is made unique by special attention to the forms of the living spaces, the lighting that sets them off and the surfaces that delimit them.
In order to achieve a high degree of environmental comfort, we adhere to the most innovative energy sustainability criteria, going beyond the selection of technical and insulation systems to focus both on the well-being of users and the effectiveness of production systems.

Main projects:
– Suburbian Villa, Pavia, Italy
– Alpine Foothills house, Borgiallo (Turin), Italy
– Santagostino Medical Centre, Milan, Italy
– House on the roof, Milan, Italy
– Value Partners headquarter, Milan, Italy
– Piazza Incontro, Settimo Milanese, Milan, Italy
– Public Kindergarten, Casarile, Milan, Italy

Work in progress:
– Residential Building Canonica, Milan, Italy
– Resort La Raia, Gavi, Alessandria, Italy
– Digital Entity Workspace, Nttdata, Italy
– Ntt data office building, Rome, Italy
– Forza e Coraggio sport complex, Milan, Italy

Project selected for Archmarathon: Borgo Merlassino

Maier Landschaftsarchitektur/Betonlandschaften

Maier Landschaftsarchitektur (Maier Landscape Architecture) are landscape architects from Cologne, Germany who specialize in the design of bike and skate parks under the name Betonlandschaften (concrete landscapes). Apart from various parks in Germany, some skate facilities have already been implemented in other countries – often in collaboration with skate-aid, a non-profit association from Muenster, Germany. Skate-aid organizes that manpower, skateboards and skate teachers among other things.
Our philosophy is to treat skate parks as something very individual. Each locale skate scene has its own demands and ideas. Every place has its own spirit (genius loci) which should be recognised. Topography, culture and history on the one hand and youth culture on the other hand are important cornerstones for the design of a future skate park. Skating has long outgrown the stage of fashion sport. Skating is considered an important element in the personal development of children and youth and can thereby be used very well in development aid for children and youth.

Main projects:
– Skatepark Kigali, Rwanda – 2016
– Skatepark Stadt Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany – 2016
– Dietenbachpark Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany – 2015
– Skatepark Panna, India – 2014
– Skatepark Nairobi, Kenia – 2013
– Skatepark Oberhausen-Holten, Germany – 2013
– Skatepark Dodoma, Tanzania – 2011
– Skatepark Karoq, Afghanistan – 2010
– The GIRO-Bowl at the Bikepark Winterberg, Germany – 2009

Work in progress:
– Wheelpark, Skatepark Wiehl, Germany – 2016
– Skatepark RennbahnPark (horse race track) Neuss, Germany – 2016
– Sport skate and bike facility Eisfeld, Germany – 2016
– Slope style/ dirt track Neuss, Germany – 2015
– Kindergarten former punching shop – outdoor facilities Cologne, Germany – 2015

Project selected for Archmarathon: Skatepark SOS Children’s Village Bethlehem

DVVD, architectes, ingénieurs, designers

DVVD is a Paris and Tel Aviv based group of architects, urban designers, engineers, designers, builders and thinkers effective within the fi elds of architecture, urbanism, research and development. The offi ce gathers over forty people, currently involved in a large number of projects around the world.
Our work comes out of an analysis of how our continuously progressing and changing contemporary life could infl uence the approach of a site or of a design. In that way, we are looking how to allow unpredicted uses over the expected functions and, how they could evolve.
To deal with today and tomorrow challenges in urban design or architecture, we explore new fi elds by overlapping conventional approaches, taking advantage of our solid know-how, with new concept to better fi t to our future everyday life.
Finally, we create unique, lively and sustainable projects. They reach beyond themselves and become a durable value to the users, the society and the culture they are built into.

Main projects:
– Accorhotels Arena, sports and events Arena, Paris, France
– Footbridge over the river Loing, France
– Bachaumont **** hotel, Paris, France
– D2 tower, Paris-La-Défense (with A.Béchu and T.Sheehan)
– “The leaf” (multimodal center footbridge), Villetaneuse, France
– Bridge of Rigny, France
– Footbridge over the river Marne, Meaux, France
– Müller footbridge over the railways, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
– Aerophare / Aerobar (designed for City Centers, malls, theme parks…), France
– “The propeller” (footbridge), Evry, France

Work in progress:
– Agora Arena renovation, Evry, France
– Refurbishing of the concert hall “salle Pleyel”, Paris, France
– Transformation of the Grand Ecran Italie cinema into a performance hall, Paris, France
– Renovation and extension, mk2 cinema, Paris, France
– Arabic World Institute renovation, Paris, France
– Rolland Garros Central court renovation and mobile roof creation, Roland Garros stadium, Paris, France
– Olympic football stadium, Oran, Algeria
– 110 housing units, Evry, France
– Refurbishing of a Haussmannian building into the « Réaumur hotel”, Paris, France
– ****Meininger hotel with 160 rooms, Paris, France

Project selected for Archmarathon: Footbridge over the périphérique

IROJE Architects&Planners

The meaning of IROJE, translating directly, is ‘a house of stepping on dewdrops’. The origin of IROJE comes from an old Chinese Literature, Yeagi(禮記). There was a poor living scholar who served his old father. Every early morning he used to go to the quarter where his father lived, wearing an overcoat, and waited for his father to wake up. When his father came out, the scholar handed over his warmed overcoat to his father. The way to his father’s quarter was covered with dewdrops in the morning, thus the meaning of IROJE could be understood as a house for a scholar with voluntary poverty.

Main projects:
– Design Vita Paju Office, Paju, Gyeonggi-do – 2014
– Jingdezhen Project, Jingdezhen, China – 2014
– Huangshan Housing Complex, Huangshan, China – 2013
– Taiyuan Wanke Center, Taiyuan, China – 2013
– Office Building of Samyang Chemical Company, Seoul – 2013
– Daegu Specified Steel Sechun Factory, Daegu – 2013
– Myung Films Paju Building, Paju, Gyeonggi-do – 2013
– Pingdu Housing Culture Center, Pingdu, China – 2012
– Yongsan Park Master Plan, Seoul – 2012
– Hyunam, Gunwi, Gyeongsangbuk-do – 2012
– Korean Cultural Center Austria, Wien, Austria – 2011
– Ruined Steps and May Flower, Gwangju – 2011

Work in progress:
– Equatorial Guinea Residence, Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea
– Myungrye Sacred Hill, Miryang, Gyeongsangnam-do
– Tieshanping Housing Complex Master Plan, Chongqing, China
– Youpon Project, Jiaxing, China
– DMC Multiple Shopping Complex, Seoul
– Sian Memorial Park, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do
– Hyehwa Residential College of Daejeon University, Daejeon
– Nonsan Residence, Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do
– Kyung Ahm Education and Culture Foundation, Busan
– Malibu House, Los Angeles, USA
– The Source Project, Los Angeles, USA
– Pingdu Historic and Cultural Districts Redevelopment Plan, Pingdu, China

Project selected for Archmarathon: Hyunam

Giuseppe Gurrieri

Born in Ragusa in 1977, Giuseppe Gurrieri, after his architecture graduation at the Politecnico di Milano, worked for some years at Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo’s studio. He works on projects in Sicily and Puglia, and also conducts research and teaches at the Faculty of Architecture of KTH University in Stockholm.
He got several awards including: the third place at the international competition SAIE SELECTION 2012 organized by BolognaFiere and Archi-Europa; the first prize at the III edition of the award RI.U.SO  organized by the National Council of Architects; special mention at the prize GIOVANE TALENTO DELL’ARCHITETTURA ITALIANA 2014; second prize at the X edition of the prize INNOVAZIONE E QUALITÀ URBANA 2015; silver medal at the XI edition of the INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE organized by the University of Ferrara; the first prize at the international competition THE PLAN AWARD 2015_Future Projects; special mention  at the V edition of the prize QUADRANTI D’ARCHITETTURA; he was selected for the award PREMIO INTERNAZIONALE DI ARCHITETTURA BARBARA CAPPOCHIN 2015 and he was finalist to the award MEDAGLIA D’ORO ALL’ARCHITETTURA ITALIANA 2015.

Main projects:
– CASA DCS – Reuse and renovation of a building in the historical centre of Ragusa
– CASA CSR – Renovation of historical palace in the centre of Ragusa
– CASA ASR – Renovation of a flat in the historical centre of Ragusa
– CASA GGM – Restyling and interior design of a holidays house in Marina di Ragusa
– CASA EBM – Restyling and interior design of a holidays house in Marina di Ragusa
– ECOBAR – Reuse of the former ticket office of the sports arena in Ragusa

Work in progress:
– COSTUME MUSEUM by Donnafugata Castle in Ragusa
– New edification of a house for artist in Scicli
– Restyling of two living units in Marina di Ragusa
– Renovation of a farm in Cisternino, Brindisi

Project selected for Archmarathon: Ecobar


The Chicago office of Perkins+Will is the firm’s founding office. Established in 1935 by Lawrence Perkins and Philip Will, Jr., the office remains the largest in the firm, harnessing the expertise of more than 200 architects, interior designers, planners, and brand strategists. The office’s interdisciplinary work spans nearly every arena, including K-12 and higher education, healthcare, corporate, commercial & civic and science & technology.

Main projects:
– Crow Island School
– Shanghai Natural History Museum
– Newell Rubbermaid Design Center
– Rush University Medical Center
– Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
– United States Coast Guard Headquarters
– Chicago office of Perkins+Will

Work in progress:
– Riverline residential development in the South Loop of Chicago
– Atlanta office of Perkins+Will
– Bridgestone Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee
– Northwestern University Ryan/Walter Athletics Center

Project selected for Archmarathon: Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale University Center