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16. November 2017
The research project to convert non-residential buildings into residential real estate has been completed

The research field has accompanied and evaluated seven model projects in order to obtain further information on the specific conditions of construction, planning and licensing law, behaviors and logics of the actors involved as well as on incentives that are suitable for qualifying and stimulating transformation processes. Particular importance in the field of research was provided by approaches to the creation of low-cost housing.

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07. November 2017
City in Conversation - Berlin in Transition
High-rise development plan for Berlin - a panel discussion with Carsten Venus

The coalition agreement between Rot-Rot-Grün stipulates the establishment of a high-rise development plan for Berlin. According to Berlin building regulations, skyscrapers are buildings with a height over 22 meters. Such buildings have been created in Berlin almost over the entire urban area in East and West in their time without an overall planning concept.

Panel discussion with Prof. Dr. med. Harald Bodenschatz, social scientist and urban planner, Regula Lüscher, senate building director, Oliver Schruoffeneger, district councilor Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, head of urban development, construction and environment and Carsten Venus, architect, blauraum Architekten GmbH

When: 14.11.2017 at 7pm
Where: Urania Berlin, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin

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26. September 2017
28.09. Topping out ceremony
blauraum is celebrating its topping out ceremony at HafenCity

We are happy to announce that our HafenCity project KPTN/HC34 has reached a new step. Next Thursday we are going to celebrate the topping out ceremony at Überseequartier, the commercial center of the HafenCity.

At this vital location blauraum have envisaged a hybrid scheme with residential use over a base of commerce/gastronomy.

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25. September 2017
Harbour Island Mainz: 1st prize for the Flössercourt and 2nd prize for the Kaufmannscourt
blauraum wins two prizes and plans the so called Flössercourt at the former harbour port in Mainz

In the next few years, a new inner city town with islands will be built in the area of the former Zollhafen in Mainz.

The harbour islands have two different characters: the Flössercourt has the character of a homely residential block with a garden while the, the Kaufmannscourt has with its mixed use a more urban character.

The buildings of the Flössercourt form a closed block structure, with a green garden with hardwoods and shrubs inside. The residential buildings on the Flössercourt have so-called "Rheinlogen". These small balconies invite you to take a step out of the apartment and take a look over the harbour and the Rhine.

The dissolved block structure of the Kaufmannscourt has different building types and functions: The ground floor areas of the duplex apartments and townhouses of the city and captain's houses are also suitable for a private use by f.e. freelancers.

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06. September 2017
Construction News
The project Residential at Listholze in Hannover is progressing incredibly well.

The buildings towards the waterfront are far advanced while the construction of the long block on the western side of the construction site is starting at the moment.

The quarter is composed of four point houses and a long block. The point houses are positioned towards the waterfront while the long block builds a  prelude to the quarter.

A quality feature of the apartments is their corner orientation of the living and dining areas. These rooms have loggias or balconies so that everybody has the possibility to see the water. 

The residents have access to a large communal space, which is connected to the public space of the neighborhood, thus promoting exchange and communication within the neighborhood.

Find out more about the project.

23. August 2017
blauraum. en détail goes Berlin
blauraum celebrates 15 years anniversary with a new exhibition in Berlin.

Lukas Feireiss curated the exhibition "blauraum. en détail" that portrays seven selected buildings of the Hamburg-based architecture practice blauraum in photo and film by Andreas Gehrke in a three-canal installation and accompanying publication.

exhibition: blauraum. en détail
location:  Studiolo Berlin, Prinzenstrasse 85 C, 10969 Berlin
opening: 15.09.17 at 7 p.m.
opening-hours: 16.-17.09. 2017, 12-6 p.m.

25. July 2017
1st prize for the competition Baakenhafen
blauraum won the first prize for Baakenhafen Area 99 at HafenCity in Hamburg

We are going to plan the northeastern part of the small quarter with a mixed use building.

The seven-storey angle building includes as a multifunctional building with commercial and residential units. The apartments vary from 1 to 4-room apartments.

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17. July 2017
blauraum in NAX
blauraum is a new member of NAX - Network For Architecture Exchange

We are thrilled to announce that blauraum is a new member of the NAX – Network For Architecture Exchange. We are looking forward to being part of an international network of architects and planners.

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28. March 2017
Volker Halbach gives a lecture at the AIT salon.

Big names,rising stars, local heroes, new products. From 29th to 30th of March the AIT Architektursalon invites to the Innovation Days 2017. Volker Halbach talks about current projects.

When: 30.03. at 11.15 am
Where: Bei den Mühren 70, 20457 Hamburg

Find out more here.

23. March 2017
Closing event: ExWost
Carsten Venus attends the closing event of the ExWost research in Berlin

Carsten Venus moderates the closing event of the ExWoSt research "conversion of non-residential buildings in residential buildings".

The registration deadline has been extended to the 2nd of May.

When: 10. 05. 2017
Where:Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BMUB)
Stresemannstraße 128-130, 10117 Berlin

See the full programe of the event here.

07. March 2017
digital construction site – the new ways of designing
Talk with Jan Busemeyer (blauraum), Dr. Christian Bergmann (Hadi Teherani Architects) and Reiner Nagel (German Federal Foundation of Baukultur) at the MIPIM fair in Cannes

The panel discussion deals with the topic of BIM as a new planning-tool in architectural offices. The main focus is on the advantages of three-dimensional working in the communication of architecture.

when: 15th of March at 4pm
where: German Pavilion R.7.G38

Visit us at MIPIM at the German Pavilion!

10. February 2017
Baumeister at blauraum
This was the evening at our headquarters.

Above the rooftops of the city of Hamburg in the premises of blauraum, Baumeister spoke with Carsten Venus and Michael Gebhardt, Interior Architect at Steelcase, about topics such as employee management, workplace satisfaction and the office 4.0.

Read more here.

27. January 2017
The future of working
Baumeister nach 8 at blauraum HQ

The architecture magazine Baumeister visits blauraum at the headquarters in Hamburg to talk about the future of our working environment.

Discussion with Tanja Braemer, Joachim Müller Wedekind and Carsten Venus.

When: 3rd of February at 6 p.m.
Where: blauraum, Paul-Nevermann-Platz 5, 22765 Hamburg

Find out more about the Baumeister Roadshow.

12. January 2017
The Future of Building
19.01.2017: Carsten Venus speaks at the BAU fair in Munich

Carsten Venus attends as keynote speaker the lectures about the Future of Building at the BAU fair in Munich.

When: 19.01. at 11.15 a.m.
Where: Hall C2/309

There will be simultaneous translation in English for all talks.

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01. November 2016
Top Architecture-Office 2017
blauraum was selected as one of the top architecture offices in Germany

After a survey published for the Focus magazine, around 1.000 architects gave their recommendation for the best architectural offices in Germany. They could choose between seven categories which were: apartment buildings, single-family houses, office buildings, cultural buildings, industrial buildings, urban design and landscape architecture.

blauraum received the distinction for the categories apartment buildings and office buildings.

Find out more at Focus-Spezial "Architects".

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26. October 2016
Commercial Building at Kugelbrunnen
Completed Residential and Commercial Building in the inner city of Aachen.

blauraum completed a new additional building adjacent to the "Aquis Plaza" mall by ECE. It contains space for retail (ground- and first floor) and appartments in the upper floors.


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25. August 2016
1st prize in the competition residential quarter Hilligenwöhren
cooperative competition

1st prize in the competition residential quarter Hilligenwöhren, Hannover.

blauraum wins invited competition for urban development of a residential quarter in the north-eastern part of Hannover.




08. July 2016
District School Bergedorf shortlisted for WAF Architecture Award

District School Bergedorf has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Award (category schools).

The school has been completed in 2015.

You can find a complete list of all buildings on the official WAF site .


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21. June 2016
Architecture Day 2016
Project Hansaterrassen - June 25th 2016

Visit our project Hansa- terrassen at Architecture Day, June 25th. Guided tours between 2pm and 4pm.

Location: Hansaburg, Wendenstraße 493/499 in Hamburg.


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28. April 2016
Residential at Waldquartier
blauraum finishes the construction of 163 residential units in Hamburg Langenhorn.

The site is laid out in two areas with two buildings each, resulting in four buildings in total. The construction in solid masonry with compartmentation and structural stair cores allows for modular units and optimised floor layouts. All apartments are accessed via Ochsenweberstraße and guarantee dual aspect for sun lit rooms and pleasant views overlooking the adjacent park.

The four buildings are designed in a uniform approach but show variations in the two top floors. A change of directions of each single unit is generated through the modular concept. This generates maximum of privacy for the individual resident. Furthermore all apartments are fitted with loggias, balconies or terraces which correspond with the surrounding park. The overall façade treatment, in its variations, creates an appearance of town houses, in a placid setting.


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15. February 2016
blauraum nominated for Best Residential Development

We are happy to announce that we are nominated for the MIPIM Award in the category best residential development with our project Hansaterrassen.

Vote and you can win 2 free passes for MIPIM 2017!


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02. December 2015
Residential and Office Building Hoheluftchaussee
blauraum finishes a residential and office building with a wooden loggia in Hamburg.

The new building, composed of rental units and retail space, is located on Hoheluftchaussee; one of Hamburg’s main arteries leading to the city center.
The primary concept is to fill a vacant plot and create high quality living space while accounting for high traffic volume.


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02. December 2015
Architecture Award 2015 - Zukunft im Bestand

Volker Halbach is member of a jury at the architecture award Zukunft im Bestand. blauraum won the first prize with the project Treehouses in 2010.

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27. October 2015
District School Hamburg Bergedorf completed

blauraum finishes the new construction of the district school in Hamburg-Bergedorf. As the “house for culture” it contains next to classrooms also a cultural use for performing arts.


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19. October 2015
blauraum obtains recognition in Berlin Köpenicker Straße

blauraum obtained a recognition in the competition Köpenicker Straße in Berlin. The requirement was to plan one high-rise point block house with a residential area.


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29. September 2015
blauraum designs the Porsche Design Tower Frankfurt

The tower building is being divided into three parts having semi-public and private areas additional to apartment units.

With its modular structure a maximum amount of flexibility within the floor plans is provided while shifted apartments create another view to the south.

The façade is being designed with glass with an amorphous shape created through the shifted apartments. A color gradient within the glass is changing from anthracite to a transparent tone.



29. September 2015
Competition Residential Buildings at Fischerinsel Berlin

blauraum wins third prize in competition Fischerinsel to plan low-cost residential buildings with common areas in the center of Berlin.

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15. July 2015
ICONIC AWARD 2015 for the North Laser Center

blauraum receives the award within the category facade for the North Laser Center in Hamburg. The aim is to award visionary buildings, onnovative products and sustainable communication out of the categories architecture, construction industry and manufacturing. Thereby the focus is on the interaction between the individual crafts.
For further information about this project, please click here



12. February 2015
february 2015 \ blauraum_new office in berlin!!!
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02. December 2014
The architect as constructor and communicator
4. December | 14.30-19.30 pm | Palazzo Franchetti, Venedig | lectures of Volker Halbach (blauraum architekten), Laura Iloniemi, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Jan Knikker (MVRDV), Riccardo Scandellari, Paolo Schianchi

Architects and communications experts will be talking about these issues in Venice on December 4 during a convention entitled Communication strategy for architects / The architecture of image _ the image of architecture organised by IUAV University in Venice and the Regional Federation of Orders of Architects of Veneto (F.O.A.V.) in partnership with Floornature. Angelo Maggi (professor at IUAV in Venice) and Paolo Schianchi (Floornature editor in chief) will coordinate the speakers:

Laura Iloniemi ( How Public Relations works in Architecture

Riccardo Scandellari ( The architect's reputation on the web

Massimo Iosa Ghini ( Architecture and communication

Volker Halbach (founder of blauraum architekten, The architect as constructor and communicator

Jan Knikker (Head of Business Development & Public Relations, MVRDV New dimensions of the architectural practice

18. November 2014
The architecture of image _ the image of architecture

The relationship between architecture and the visual languages of the digital media, communicating about architecture on the internet, the architect's relationship with the new media and other themes drawn to the attention of people all over the world by the recent book "Architecture on the web. A Critical Approach to Communication" edited by Paolo Schianchi, will be the subject of a convention entitled Communication strategy for architects / The architecture of image _ The image of architecture coming up in Venice on December 4 2014, organised by IUAV University in Venice and the Regional Federation of Orders of Architects of Veneto (F.O.A.V.) in collaboration with Floornature.

More details: Link

20. October 2014
Tea Time Lectures
22. October 2014 | 18.30 pm | HCU | a lecture by Volker Halbach (blauraum achitects) in the context of the lecture series "Nordlichter"

find more: Link

18. September 2014
Topping out ceremony: In the style of a vitreous skyscraper in XXS format a new apartment building fills the gap in an existing urban block located on one of Hamburg’s main arteries Hoheluftchaussee

Further details: Link

30. April 2014
alpitecture meets biennale
ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE VENICE 2014 04-08. Juni 14 | Palazzo Bollani - Castello 3647

We would like to personally invite you to our TOPOGRAPHIC STRUCTURE
exhibition at the Architechture Biennale 2014 in Venice.
Away from the stress of overcrowded exhibition halls in a relaxed and
fascinating atmosphere, 11 renowned architectural offices will present under
this year’s motto FUNDAMENTALS in the Palazzo Bollani with the theme of


official opening:

04.06.14 | 07.30 pm
open daily from 05.06. till 08.06.14 | 10 am - 10.30 pm

evening events 7.30 pm



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23. April 2014
1. prize for urban planning at "Garstedter Dreieck Ost"
28.03.2014 | jury meeting

The concept of blauraum architekten (in collaboration with arbos Landschaftsarchitekten) satisfied the jury of the urbanistic-engineering procedure-for-calling-in-expert-opinion GARSTEDTER DREIECK OST. The jury is explaining: "The concept makes this district unique and gives its own identity which is sustainable. Due to its uniqueness it could become a landmark project for the city of Noderstedt."


Further details: Link

02. December 2013
1,000th construction work 2013

SAGA GWG is celebrating in 2013 the 1,000th construction work. By this project at Ochsenweberstrasse, 163 state-subsidised apartments will be constructed, planned by blauraum architects. The completion is planned for autumn 2015.


Further details: Link

26. November 2013
REbuild2013 conference at Riva del Garda
“Build upon the city - retrofit elevation with wooden materials" - Bebelallee Treehouses 26. – 27. November | 09.30 - 19.00 Uhr | PALAZZO CONGRESSI RIVA DEL GARDA

Around the theme of energy retrofit there are others who are concerned with the safety, quality and sustainability of living. The need for new housing in the re-urbanization, while also reducing traffic for commuting, solution lies in the creation of wooden elevations of existing buildings and retrained. The aim of the seminar is to bring international experience in comparison of construction methods, organization and analysis of the benefits of the interventions in the implementation of these interventions.

Volker Halbach (blauraum architects) speeks about: Cutting CO2 emissions in half while doubling habitable space - Bebelallee Treehouses



Further details: Link

07. November 2013
blauraum architects present the idea for the city of tomorrow
21. November 2013 award ceremony | FLEETSCHLÖSSCHEN | Brooktorkai 17 | 20457 Hamburg

As one of 100 award winners blauraum architects have been awarded by innovation program “Germany – Land of Ideas” 2013/14 for the project „Treehouses Bebelallee“. On the issue “Ideas find the City” the project promise to give a convincing response in the category “Environment”.


Further details: Link

Press photographs: Link

27. September 2013
1st prize - Residential on the Old Runway
City of Würzburg awarding prize for architecture competition

Further details on: Link

21. August 2013
Commercial building on Kugelbrunnen, Aachen

ECE is planning to build a new shopping center in the city of Aachen at Kaiserplatz/ Adalbertstraße - including apartments.


Further details on: Link

14. August 2013
New building “House of Cultures” on the site of the district-school Bergedorf

SBH (Schulbau Hamburg) plans to construct a four-storey new to built school building “Klassenhaus H1” on the site of the district-school Bergedorf (Ladenbeker Weg) – as “House of Cultures”. The school building will be equipped with classrooms for music, art, as well as performing arts on the ground floor and classrooms for the classes 5-7 on first to third floor. This new classroom building is the second project during the whole development of the destrict-school Bergedorf which will include new construction, reconstruction, restoration as well as demolition. 



Further details on: Link

29. May 2013
FutureBuilt2013 | international conference in Oslo
Cutting CO2 emissions in half while doubling habitable space - Bebelallee Treehouses 4.-5. June | 09.00 - 17.00 | National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL)

FutureBuilt2013 is FutureBuilts annual conference and will take place this year in Sandvika on 4. – 5. June. The conference will present the FutureBuilt projects and the FutureBuilt quality criteria and discuss these in the view of international standards for climate effective architecture. FutureBuilt is a Norwegian ten-year program with a vision of developing carbon neutral urban areas and high-quality architecture. The aim is to complete a number of pilot projects – urban areas as well as individual buildings – with the lowest possible greenhouse gas emissions. These prototypes will contribute to a good city environment with regard to ecological cycles, health and the general character of the city.


Volker Halbach speeks about: Cutting CO2 emissions in half while doubling habitable space - Bebelallee Treehouses

20. May 2013
blauraum architekten | exhibition
30. May | at 19:30 p.m. | AIT-ArchitekturSalon Hamburg

blauraum will put the exhibition “streamplot” at the AIT-ArchitekturSalon in Hamburg. What is the concept? “We want to challenge the visitor and to involve him actively.” The exhibition “streamplot” is planned as an ongoing process, a daily’s work kaleidoscope of the last 11 years. The visitor is invited to go on a quest and to discover within the diversity of the flow.

The vernissage of the exhibition “streamplot” take place on 30th May 2013 at 7:30 pm in the AIT-ArchitekturSalon Hamburg.


Location: AIT-ArchitekturSalon Hamburg Bei den Mühren 70 20457 Hamburg


Further details on: Link

31. January 2013
31. January | 14:00 – 19:00 | TU Wien

At Thursday, January 31, 2013 a symposium as an accompanying programme for the exhibition Building with Wood – Ways into the Future took place. The symposium attended to several positions of modern wood architecture and showed outstanding architectural examples.

Lecturer: Alex de Rijke (dRMM Architects, London), Reinhard Kropf (Helen & Hard AS, Stavanger), Mathias Heinz (pool Architekten, Zürich), Matteo Scagnol (MODUS architects, Brixen), Simon Speigner (sps-architekten, Thalgau), Rüdiger Ebel (blauraum architekten, Hamburg), Hermann Blumer (Creation Holz GmbH, Waldstatt), Markus Thurnher (Fink + Thurnher Architekten, Bregenz)

Organizer: TU Wien (Institut für Architekturwissenschaften, Abteilung Tragswerkplanung und Ingenieurholzbau), TU München (Fachgebiet Holzbau), proHolz Austria

Location: TU Wien, Kuppelsaal  Karlsplatz 13  Wien


Further details on: Link

28. January 2013
blauraum wins contest for urban development

After the final decision in December 2012, the organizer of the urban development competition presented the new major project last Monday. On a 19,000 qm areal at the Kanalbrücke Am Listholze, the Hannover based companies Gundlach und Delta-Bau plan approx. 150 modern condominiums and town houses for round about 30 million Euro. blauraum architekten’s concept competed against 10 additional international architecture firms. The jury paid their compliment for the clear structure as well as open area’s orientation to the Mittelkanal which would turn the building plot to an attractive living area. “As a result a decentral oriented open space will be developed with quality and atmosphere”, the jury explained.


The concepts of all international architecture firms who have participated will be exhibited until the end of February at the Hannover administration for public buildings.


Further details on: Link

22. November 2012
22. November | at 19:30 p.m. | Hamburg

On November 22nd, this year’s prices for quality in planning and construction in ideally responsibility for society and environment will be handed over. Since 1996 the Bund Deutscher Architekten awards projects in Hamburg and its region. Treehouses Bebelallee as well as 22 additional buildings were nominated for a honorary mention. All projects can be visited in the exhibition STADTMODELL HAMBURG, organized by the BDA (Bund Deutscher Architekten) from November 27th until January 28th 2013.


BDA-Hamburg: Link

16. November 2012
Honorary Mention for Treehouses Bebelallee, Hamburg, Germany 16. November | at 18:00 p.m. | Berlin

On November 16th 2012, the ceremony of the Zumtobel Group Award will be held in Berlin. In doing so, the awardees as well as the nominees for honorary mention will be introduced. For the category "Built Environment", the US-based non-profit architecture firm MASS Design Group won the award for its "Butaro Hospital" project. Our project Treehouses Bebelallee got a "honorary mention".


Further details on: Link


zumtobel-group-award: Link