Make It Right Unveils 5 New Designs for Housing in Fort Peck Reservation

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Make It Right, the organization founded by Brad Pitt to provide housing to those in need, has unveiled 5 designs for their new initiative in the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. The designs – by GRAFT, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, Architecture for Humanity, Method Homes and Living Homes - are inspired by cradle-to-cradle principles, will be LEED Platinum rated and have been developed alongside community consultation with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck.

The organization is planning to build 20 new homes on the reservation, as well as developing a sustainable masterplan for the entire 3,300 square mile reservation, with construction planned to start later this year.

More on the development of Make It Right’s Fort Peck initiative after the break.

GRAFT + Kleihues+Kleihues Design Work/Live Housing in Berlin

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GRAFT and Kleihues+Kleihues has teamed up with Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität (Cooperative for urban Creativity) to realize a complex of five towers centered around working and living in Berlin, Germany. Titled “Eckwerk,” the new complex is set to rise within the confines of an existing viaduct, whose shape and materiality served as the project’s main source of inspiration.

GRAFT + penda to Break Ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel

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GRAFT Architects and penda are preparing to break ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel in the outskirts of Xiangyang, China. Nestled on a hillside site within the largest Myrtle Flower Garden in Asia, the wooden annular structure is designed to provide a “soothing harmony between the architecture and its natural environment.” 

GRAFT Wins Competition to Restore and Extend Youth Hostel in Munich

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GRAFT Architects have won an invited competition to restore and extend one of Germany’s oldest youth hostels in central , Germany. Their proposal, which was judged alongside designs by haascookzemmrich (Stuttgart), Snøhetta (Oslo), and YES Architecture (Munich), centers around the idea of “experiencing community.” Their proposal enables exchange and communication whilst also alluding to the “established traditions of simple traveling, youthful curiosity and the thirst for encounter.” Connecting the historic quality of the building with the challenges of modern habits and traveling practices, their design “builds a bridge between origins and departure.”

GRAFT Wins “Apassionata” with Iconic, Temporary Structure for Horse Shows

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German architecture firm, GRAFT, has been selected as the winner of the “Apassionata” competition. Tasked with designing a temporary structure for the exhibition of horses, GRAFT proposed a complete wooden building that could be assembled, dismounted and reassembled at the convenience of the company. 

Learn more after the break…

GRAFT Wins Competition to Design Resort in Lofer

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GRAFT Architects has won first place in a competition to design a “premium common good resort” in , . Located in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg, the resort will include a hotel complex, staff building, workshop based on “the economy for the common good,” “café villa” and a premium residence area. GRAFT’s design was highly lauded by both the client and locals, all of whom were fully involved in the decision process.

Autostadt Roof and Service Pavilion / Graft Architects

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Architects: Graft Architects
Location: Autostadt, StadtBrücke, 38440 , Germany
Architect In Charge: Graft Gesellschaft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tobias Hein

TOR 149 / Graft Architects

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Architects: Graft Architects
Location: Ackerstraße, , Germany
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tobias Hein

Vertical Village / GRAFT Architects

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Designed by GRAFT Architects, Vertical Village is a residential, hotel and entertainment development in that harnesses the most powerful renewable energy source in the desert, the sun. Organized to reduce solar gain and maximize solar production, the buildings are massed as self-shading slabs at the north of the site on the east-west axis to reduce low-angle sun penetration. At the southern end of the site, a vast solar collector array optimally angles itself toward the sun and faces the main public strip as a potent gesture to the developments sustainable intent and minimum LEED Gold rated performance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Exhibit: Distinct Ambiguity / GRAFT Architects

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GRAFT has transformed the exhibition space at ’s Haus am Waldsee into a scenario of the 21st century that presents an introduction of their modus operandi. Visitors gather first-hand experience from installations, pieces of furniture, objects and models that illustrate GRAFT’s take on current issues in architecture and their visions of the future.

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Duplex House for Make It Right / GRAFT

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GRAFT was one of the first practices that started working with to redevelop the Lower 9th Ward area in New Orleans. Their single family home design has been picked by 3 homeowners so far, with 2 already finished and 1 in construction phase.

GRAFT’s proposal for the new set of duplex homes we featured yesterday, has LEED Platinum certification and in my opinion proposes an interesting strategy to connect with the street level, mandatory to all MIR projects.

Architect’s description and more images after the break:

Platoon Kunsthalle / Platoon + Graft Architects

Concept Design: Platoon Cultural Development
Location: ,
Architectural Consultancy: Graft Architects + Baik Jiwon
Executive Architect: U-il Architects & Engineers
Prefab Engineering: Ace special container, Korea
Structural Engineering: MIDAS IT, Korea
Interior Design: URBANTAINER, Korea
Main Contractor: Hyojung construction & development, Korea
Program: Exhibitions, Bar & Restaurant, Event Hall, Artist Studios, Library Lounge, Office Studios, Workshop Room, Roof Top Bar
Structure: M. Cabestany
Footprint Area: 415 sqm
Main hall Area: 272 sqm
Project year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Platoon

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New Russian-Jewish Museum of Tolerance / Graft Architects

The committee for the Russian-Jewish Museum of Tolerance finalized the German-based Graft Architects‘ design for the new museum.  Grafts’ renovation and expansion of the 1927 Konstantin Melnikov’s bus depot will transform the space into the world’s largest Jewish museum.

More about the project after the break.

Art Cloud / Graft Architects

The Royal Palace at Scholssplatz, located in the german city of ,  was destroyed by the German Democratic Republic in 1962 and in its place, they built the Palace of the Republic which was also demolished in 2005.

Since then many proposals have come, till in 2007, the Bundestag (German Parliament), decided on a reconstruction plan. Three façades of the palace will be rebuilt, and the interior will be renewed. One of the proposals came from Graft Architects who designed an art heaven in the form of a kunsthall for the young and vital international art scene in Berlin. The design is envisioned as an art cloud a temporary light structure of exhibition space, seemingly floating and resting for a moment above the topography of soft mounds.

Seen at designboom. More images after the break.

Chicago Union Station / Graft Architects

Chicago Union Station, by -based Graft Architects will treat the user group as two: the traveler and the inhabitant.

The traveler has a destination, a purpose, a need to get through the process as efficiently as possible. The penetration into the site will be minimal; the tickets purchased en route, the space and time between the city and the outbound areas are optimized. The inhabitant seeks an extended stay; the coffee shop, the sunday morning market, life anchored to the city. The station becomes a rock jutting out of a raging river. The place of the inhabitant is at the center of the chaos, a place to better experience the city, a place to relax, a place to watch the chaos unfold.

The station serves as infrastructure for the city. It’s not a singular building, a place confined by boundaries.
The interface with the city is blurred, inside and outside undefined.

Seen at designboom. More images after the break.