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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

gmp to build new gate into Rostock (Germany)

Founded by Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg, the Germam group gmp has won the competition for the entrance to Rostock. This city on the shore of the Baltic Sea was part of the Hanseatic League, and its medieval fortifications are essential to its identity.

Most of the medieval gates having been cleared away, the 20th century saw a reversal of thinking, towards preservation and restoration. Still, in 1960 the city decided to remove the ruins of its oldest entrance, the Petritor (St. Peter’s Gate), triggering talk of reconstruction so soon after destruction. The process culminated with the holding in 2016 of an international competition for the purpose.

Connected to existing buildings and integrated into the alignment of the old ramparts, the new construction brings back the monolithic nature of Rostock’s historical gateways. The design presents a sober volume of red brick blocks where beauty lies in the close-up detail, through the wide range of options that the patterns offer. Offices and event venues are placed both inside the gate building and in the adjacent section. On the second floor is a flexible sequence of spaces – including an open-air terrace giving panoramic views of the city – for exhibitions and seminars.
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