Architecture / New Building / Competition

The competition // On 19 July 2012, fifteen renowned jurors and a team of eight advisers awarded the best drafts submitted to the international architecture competition for the new building of the Kunsthalle Mannheim. After two days of intensive deliberation, three equally rated prizes were awarded to Staab Architekten GmbH, the architects of Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) Generalplanungs-gesellschaft mbH and Peter Pütz Architekten. In addition, the jury acknowledged five drafts with a special mention: Karl Hufnagel Architekten, Schneider + Schumacher Planungsgesellschaft mbH, Ortner & Ortner Baukunst GmbH, Annette Gigon/ Mike Guyer Architekten and Rafael Moneo Arquitecto.
“With this competition, we have brought together in Mannheim drafts that reflect the current worldwide trends in architecture and awarded five ambitious and surprising concepts with a special mention,” stated Prof. Jörg Friedrich, the jury head, thrilled by the creativity and sensitivity with which many competition drafts dealt with the complex building task. A total of 29 architects’ offices from around the world had participated in the closed, anonymous competition for the new building of the Kunsthalle Mannheim. Next to the big names in museum construction, young architects’ offices also received an opportunity. The competition procedure was characterised by high-quality and diverse submissions. The focus of the decision-making process was placed not only on the standard of the architecture and its functionality for a museum, but also on energy-efficient and economic objectives and the dialogue with the Jugendstil ensemble at Friedrichsplatz and the Billing building. With the recommendations of the jury, the Stiftung Kunsthalle Mannheim entered into the negotiation phase with the three award-winners, who once more revised their drafts. On 5 December, 2012, the final decision was made: The new building of the Kunsthalle Mannheim will be built by the Hamburg-based architects’ partnership gmp – von Gerkan, Marg and Partners. Germany’s largest architects’ office asserted itself with a spectacular spatial concept against German and international competition. At the end of 2013, a richly illustrated publication will appear documenting the competition that speaks for the creativity of present-day museum architecture.

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