Author Archives: Andreas

Prize / Living at the River / Stuttgart, Germany

Under the motto “The Neckar as a living space”, one goal of the International Building Exhibition IBA’27 StadtRegion Stuttgart is that Stuttgart grows up to the picturesque and productive reality of the Neckar River. In the framework of the internationally invited competition for an urban, creative and residential building block at the mouth of the [more]


Living at the River / Stuttgart, Germany

With the International Building Exhibition IBA’27 “The Neckar as a living space”, Stuttgart should grow towards the picturesque but also productive reality of the Neckar River. At the mouth of tree-lined canal for electricity generation an urban, creative district building block with mainly residential use is be created, as well as public places to stay [more]

German Architecture Award 2021

SMAQ receives the German Architecture Prize 2021 for the housing project “Living Together” implemented on behalf of Theo Gerlach housing company in Hanover (Germany). The state prize is awarded every two years for outstanding architectural achievements and is the most important award for architects in Germany.   State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the [more]


Prize / Holstenstrasse / Kiel, Germany

The central public open spaces in downtown Kiel are to be redesigned over the next few years. The city center is to become an urban and attractive urban space in the future. The competition entry by SMAQ and WES LandschaftsArchitektur for the redesign of one of the first pedestrian zones in Germany, with its sequence [more]


State Award for Architecture / Living – forward-looking, climate-friendly

Together with the client, Wohnungsbau-Unternehmen, SMAQ was awarded the State Prize for Architecture Lower Saxony 2020 for the project “New Living on Alte Döhrener Strasse, Hanover”. The jury, headed by the Augsburg architect Titus Bernhard, emphasized that the playful arrangement of the four point buildings had created an attractive residential area in Hanover’s southern part [more]


Exhibition / Unfinished Metropolis / Berlin

The vision for an ecological and social future of the metropolitan city-region Berlin-Brandenburg formulated by SMAQ in collaboration with Kopperroth, Alex Wall, Office MMK and Stefan Tischer Landschaftsarchitektur awarded in the framework of the international urban idea competition “Berlin-Brandenburg 2070“ is on show in the framework of the exhibition „Unifinished Metropolis“ at Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin. [more]


Exhibition / urbainable – stadthaltig / Berlin

SMAQ’s projects for the Überseeinsel in Bremen are presented in the group exhibition “urbainable – stadthaltig. Positions on the European City for the 21st Century“ at the Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) in Berlin.   The exhibition “urbainable – stadthaltig” examines the role of the European city in the age of global warming, digitisation, [more]


Berlin-Brandenburg 2070

How can we envision a future of the metropolitan city-region Berlin-Brandenburg at the transition from a fossil-fuel based neo-liberal economy to a future based on ecological principles, social justice, a more diverse economy, a more generous public realm, and more effective collaboration between government and all stakeholders? Above all, planning and design projects need to [more]


Prize / Berlin-Brandenburg 2070

DAM Preis 2021 Nominiert | DAM AWARD 2021- nominated

Nominated / DAM Award for Architecture 2021

SMAQ’s residential building project Agnes-Hundoegger-Weg in Hanover is nominated for the DAM Award for Architecture in Germany 2021, which has been awarded annually by the German Architecture Museum (DAM) since 2007.   further information: DAM Award for Architecture 2021   Project: Apartment Building Agnes-Hundoegger-Weg, Hannover, Germany


Dragoner Barracks / Berlin

The urban design for the former Dragoner Barracks in Berlin Kreuzberg and adjoining areas works out the historical difference between the former barracks and the Wilhelminian-style block edge development and at the same time creates a new expressive urban quarter. The concept offers spacious, open spaces that invite to meet and network well with the [more]


Recommendation / Dragoner Barracks / Berlin

The former Dragoner Barracks in Berlin Kreuzberg and adjoining areas are to be developed on the basis of the urban design by SMAQ with Man Made Land and Barbara Schindler. In the past five months, three planning teams had developed urban designs in an open workshop process with citizen participation. The district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg will [more]


Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 / Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth

We are delighted that our book project “Charter of Dubai” is part of the exhibition “The Library” in the framework of Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019: “Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth“ at Oslo’s National Museum. Our “Charter of Dubai” will be exhibited there under theme “Commoning on the Obsolete“.


Apartment Building Agnes-Hundoegger-Weg – Hanover, Germany

The Apartment building Agnes-Hundoegger-Weg is a project of densification in the context of inner urban periphery. It is situated within a heterogeneous city block on a plot formerly used by a plant nursery, south of the city centre of Hanover (Germany). The block is located between the 19th century urban fabric of Hanover’s South, a [more]


Postal Service Site – Kiel, Germany

The formal site of the postal service in Kiel Gaarden (Germany) shall be developed as a mixed-use urban city quarter for multiple forms of living and target groups and as a link between Kiel’s inner city, the fjord Hörn and the city quarter Gaarden. During the redevelopment if the site the current topographical cut into [more]


International Bauforum 2019 / Hamburg

SMAQ is delighted to be one of the participating offices in the International Bauforum 2019. For the period August 19th to 24th, 2019 the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg will be transformed into a design workshop for the future of the boulevards of Hamburg. The invited international, national and local architects will develop ideas for seven selected boulevards of Hamburg.


1st Rank / Postal Service Site / Kiel, Germany

In the framework of a two-phased multiple urban design commission for the inner city site and former location of the postal service in Kiel (Germany) the urban design proposal for mixed-use urban city quarter for multiple forms of living and target groups by SMAQ (architecture and urban design) and Anna Lundqvist (landscape architecture) reached after [more]


Lecture / Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Lecture by Sabine Müller in the framework of the lecture series “Denkanstoesse 2019” organized by the Association of German master-builders, architects and engineers BDB at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany.


Ueberseeinsel – Bremen, Germany

Now that Kellogg’s has departed, the Überseeinsel (Overseas Island) is being built in Bremen on a peninsula site of about 41 hectares between the River Weser and the Europahafen. It links the Weser with the harbour basin, living with working, and the past with the future. Excellent location and historical substance underpin a distinctive, water-oriented [more]


Prize / Central Library of the Future zb+ / Mönchengladbach, Germany

In the open competition for the Central Library of the Future zb+ in Mönchengladbach, Germany the contribution by SMAQ was awarded with the 3rd prize.     Open competition, 3rd prize Client: City of Mönchengladbach, Gebäudemanagement Mönchengladbach. Team SMAQ: Sabine Müller und Andreas Quednau with Sofie Vaasen, Marina Rondini, Julia Streletzki, Daniel Gross, Martin Tosterud, [more]


Prize / Intergenerational Centre / Neubrandenburg, Germany

The intergenerational centre is to become a meeting place for young and old in Neubrandenburg, Germany. It  therefore offers a wide range of uses from flats to a day nursery to outpatient and inpatient care places as well as service providers. In the international competition SMAQ’s architectural design was awarded the second prize.


Lecture / The City as second Nature / University Heidelberg / IBA Heidelberg

The juxtaposition of nature and culture has been in a process of dissolution for a long time. Man, as the determining factor, has interfered with geological and biochemical processes to the extent that the globe has become a human system with embedded ecosystems. With that, the relationship of natural and human-made environments has fundamentally changed. [more]


Recommendation / Ueberseeinsel / Bremen, Germany

At the urban planning expertise proceedings in Bremen (Germany) for a peninsular in the former harbor area of Bremen and in close proximity to the historic city center the proposal by SMAQ with Man Made Land has been recommended by the top panel of experts as the basis for further processing to the development of [more]


City Hall Extension – Rostock, Germany

The city hall ensemble of the Hanseatic city of Rostock is supplemented by two independent communicating buildings. The House of Citizenship formulated as northern capstone a concise facade to the future square Platz Am Schilde. The dichotomy, verticality and materiality of the historic 2-Gable-Building are picked up. The brick appearance signals the overriding public importance [more]


Bauwelt 17.2017

10 Years Charter of Leipzig


GUC Campus / Boarding House – Berlin

The campus of the GUC in Berlin is divided into three stripes. Following the tradition of the historic industrial buildings, the architecture of the boarding house picks up on the combination of steel skeleton construction and brick architecture. The U-shaped part of the building that is visible from the outside is claid with a green [more]


Co-Designing the City: Architecture + Informal Intelligence

Finding the Edge, Dome Fountain, Safeguarding (all Mexico City)


Lecture / KU Leuven

In her lecture “Design Speculations on the Open City” Sabine Müller will present example from her office SMAQ (Berlin). The lecture is part of the spring 2017 lecture series hosted by the Master of Architecture and Human Settlements (MaHS) and the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning (MaUSP) at the Department of Architecture, KU Leuven.


Book Launch / Oslo School of Architecture und Design

Our new book „Giraffes, Telegraphes and Hero of Alexandria – Urban Design by Narration“ will be lauched at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.


Advanced Architecture 5

Berliner Platz, Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Riebeckplatz


Advanced Architecture 4

Hellwinkel, White City


Under Construction / Apartment Building Agnes-Hundoegger-Weg / Hannover, Germany

Construction for the apartment building at Alte Döhrener Straße / Agnes-Hundoegger-Weg in Hannover, Germany has started.


Giraffes, Telegraphs, and Hero of Alexandria – Urban Design by Narration

In this book, stories portray the production of our built environment, guided by three characters: Giraffes, Telegraphs, and Hero of Alexandria. Having developed its long neck to reach the leaves of high trees, the giraffe represents the vernacular approach to architecture, in which construction follows forces of nature. The telegraph, in contrast, embodies the modernist [more]


New Release! / Giraffes, Telegraphs, and Hero of Alexandria – Urban Design by Narration

In this book, stories portray the production of our built environment, guided by three characters: Giraffes, Telegraphs, and Hero of Alexandria. Having developed its long neck to reach the leaves of high trees, the giraffe represents the vernacular approach to architecture, in which construction follows forces of nature. The telegraph, in contrast, embodies the modernist [more]

Inner Infrastructure completed / Hellwinkel Terraces / Wolfsburg, Germany

The construction of the new urban quarter will take place in two construction phases. The clearing of the allotment gardens for the first construction phase and the infrastructural works started at the beginning of 2016. The work of civil engineers has now been completed. After nine months, the 14 building blocks of the first construction [more]


Residential Building Daumstraße – Berlin-Spandau, Germany



Lecture / Hochschule RheinMain

Sabine Müller: Lust am Klima, Lust am Wandel. Lecture in the framework of the lecture series Architekturumtrunk


Cloud-Cuckoo-Land 35 / Mixings in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Quednau, Andreas (2016). “Designing, Building, and Inhabiting the City as Shaping the Ecosystem”


der architekt 5/16 – typus und topos

Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau. Lust am Klima, Lust am Wandel


wettbewerbe aktuell 10/2016

“Becoming Good Neighbours – Living and Working Between the Canals” in Hamburg, Germany


Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary

Cumulus, Oslo


Prize / Living and working between the canals / Hamburg, Germany

The project area North-South-Axis is located in the heart of the river Elbe island Wilhelmsburg and on the island between the three canals Ernst August Canal, Aßmann Canal and Jaffe Davids Canal and Rotenhäuser Strasse. It covers an area of about 41 hectares. The aim of the redevelopment of this area is a vibrant, urban [more]


North-South-Axis – Hamburg, Germany

The project area North-South-Axis is located in the heart of the river Elbe island Wilhelmsburg and on the island between the three canals Ernst August Canal, Assmann Canal and Jaffe Davids Canal and Rotenhäuser Strasse. It covers an area of about 41 hectares. The aim of the redevelopment of this area is a vibrant, urban [more]

Arch+ 222

Charter of Dubai


Hellwinkel Design Guidelines 1-3

City Quarter Hellwinkel, Wolfsburg (available as download) Publisher: City of Wolfsburg German 210 x 297 mm Design Guidelines 1: Overall concept and atmosphers Oktober 2015 85 pages Design Guidelines 2: Building blocks and typologies Oktober 2015 290 pages Design Guidelines 3: Public and private open spaces March 2016 170 pages Downloads: Design Guidelines 1: Overall [more]


Conference / Vermischungen / Berlin University of Technology

In framework of the conference “Vermischungen – zum Verhältnis von Architektur und Landschaftsarchitektur” (Mixtures – concerning the relationship of architecture and landscape architecture) Andreas Quednau will present under the title “Mixed Quarters – Possiblities Scales Mix Ratios” projects from the office SMAQ.


Hellwinkel Terraces – WOLFSBURG, GERMANY

The design for the residential development is based on two local boundary conditions: first, the scenic and imposing forest edge in the south and, secondly, the typical Wolfsburg mixture of different types of housing developments that surround the site. Densely built, terraced “green living” is proposed in the form of a “patchwork” of different types [more]


Architecture after Speculation – Bauhaus paperback No. 12

Spain’s speculative landscapes may be perceived as a test zone for a model of global urbanization that was introduced with neo-liberalization in the 1990s. The huge vacancy rate and the consumption of the landscape in the absence of users and low levels of demand testify to the dubiousness of a form of architectural production that [more]


Garten + Landschaft

Markanter Stadteingang für Osnabrück – Neuorganisation Berliner Platz


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover

Andreas Quednau has been appointed the new Professor of Urban Design at the Department for Urban Design and Planning at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. The post was previously hold by Manuel Scholl and prior to that by Klaus Trojan. Andreas will commence his role at the Leibniz University Hannover in October 2015.


Exhibition / Can design change society? / Berlin

In the framework of “projekt bauhaus” and alongside the international symposium ‘Can design change society?’ (September 18–19, 2015), a pop-up exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin will showcase SMAQ’s “Charter of Dubai” together with 24 other project prototypes centred on the theme. Classical modernism – the Bauhaus in particular – stands [more]


Recommendation / Island Neu Fahrland / Potsdam, Germany

SMAQ’s contribution to the urban planning expertise proceedings for the Island of New Fahrland has been recommended by the top panel of experts as the basis for further processing to the development of the planning area. Surrounded by a beautiful river landscape and located only ten minutes north of Potsdam city center, the Island Neu Fahrland is [more]


Island Neu Fahrland – Potsdam, Germany

The island Neu Fahrland, located ten minutes north of Potsdam city center shall be developed as a residential quarter. The future quarter is situated in the cultural landscape context of the River Havel: The island Neu Fahrland emerged with the construction of the Sacrow-Paretz canal and is strongly shaped by the linear section of the [more]

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Sabine Müller, SMAQ’s co-founder and principal, has been appointed the Professor of Urbanism at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design AHO. Sabine will commence her role at the school in August 2015.


Niche Tactics: Generative Relationships Between Architecture and Site

BAD, Stuttgart, Germany in: Niche Tactics: Generative Relationships Between Architecture and Site Chapter 4: An Ecological Approach to the Picturesque Caroline O’Donnell 2015 Routledge, New York, pp. 82-84     Project: Bath – Stuttgart, Germany


Recommendation / Berliner Platz / Osnabrück, Germany

Berliner Platz is one of the busiest intersections in Osnabrück. The development at the intersecting Wallring and Wittekindstraße has been rebuilt after the war only partially. The area has evolved in the decades that followed until today into a rather unattractive transition space: vacant lots, vacant and unloving greened leftover areas next to the heavy [more]


Berliner Platz – Osnabruck, Germany

Around the square Berliner Platz a vibrant service-oriented city district shall be created, which strengthens the east-west backbone of the city of Osnabruck in conjunction with the newly designed square Neumarkt and which formulates an inviting entrance to the city on the east. Therefore three interlocking and spatially contiguous urban areas are formulated: Berliner Platz [more]

Sabine Müller

Sabine Müller, a founding partner of SMAQ – architecture urbanism research, received a Diploma in Architecture from Kassel University and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, Graduate School for Architecture Planning and Preservation in New York. She worked with West 8 (Rotterdam) and Asymptote (New York) before establishing SMAQ with Andreas Quednau [more]


Lecture / Cornell University

Hosted by the Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) Sabine Müller, co-founder and principle of SMAQ, will give a lecture on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall entitled “Environments: Tales of Inhabiting the Contemporary City”.


EU Cities reloading / Triennale di Milano / Milan

During the 2014 Triennale di Milano the Italian Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservators (Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori – CNAPPC) and the European Forum for Architectural Policies (EFAP) organized in partnership with Architect’s Council of Europe (ACE) the interantional conference EU Cities reloading on Strategies and Policies for Urban Regeneration. [more]


Neuer Markt – Rostock, Germany

With the development of the quarter north of the mediaeval square Neuer Markt the square shall be framed again and complemented by additional program and stand out as a place that is respecting the history of the site while being concisely contemporary.


1st Prize / Neuer Markt / Rostock, Germany

The medieval square Neuer Markt is one of the most important squares in Rostock, Germany. However, its current state does not comply with this importance. The two-phased urban design competition “Nordseite Neuer Mark” asked to formulate the northern edge of the square and propose the programmatic distribution. After an additional revision by three competition entries [more]

Hellwinkel Urban Masterplan

City Quarter Hellwinkel, Wolfsburg (available as download) Publisher: City of Wolfsburg – Baudezernat September 2014 130 pages Project: Hellwinkel City Quarter, Wolfsburg, Germany

Mackensen Barracks – Hildesheim, Germany


Prize / Mackensen Barracks / Hildesheim, Germany

The city of Hildesheim aims to develop the plot of the former Mackensen Barracks with an area of 11,8 ha and located in the Hildesheim district Oststadt for housing and the tertirary sector. In the framework of a competition urban and landscape aspects were asked to be connected to achieve an appropriate solution for the [more]


Gyula Trebitsch School – Hamburg, Germany

The Gyula Trebitsch School in Hamburg was named after the film producer Gyula Trebitsch from Hamburg who founded in proximity to the school the Studio Hamburg. The school is a neighborhood school. The development in the number of pupils makes an extension necessary. In the framework of an invited competition proposals for an extension and [more]


Prize / Gyula Trebitsch School / Hamburg

The Gyula Trebitsch School in Hamburg was named after the film producer Gyula Trebitsch from Hamburg who founded in proximity to the school the Studio Hamburg. The school is a neighborhood school. The development in the number of pupils makes an extension necessary. In the framework of an invited competition proposals for an extension and [more]

Riebeckplatz – Halle, Germany

Urban development proposal for the redevelopment of the area of Riebeckplatz in Halle (Saale), Germany.


Concept for Riebeckplatz, Halle in Germany presented

In the framework of an urban design workshop organised by the city of Halle (Saale) SMAQ presented a proposal for the development of the area around Riebeckplatz in Halle (Saale), Germany.


1st Prize / Alte Döhrener Strasse / Hannover, Germany

SMAQ wins in the urban-architectural competition “Alte Döhrener Strasse” in Hannover the 1st prize.


Exhibition / International Architecture Biennale IABR-2014 / Rotterdam

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam IABR-2014, curated by Dirk Sijmons, presents under the theme “Urban by Nature” in the section “Urban Metabolism” SMAQ´s project “Rainmaker – A City Generating Rain” which was conceived for the metropolitain region of Casablanca, Morocco.


Prize / Bertolt Brecht School / Nuremberg, Germany

In the competition for a new building for the Bertolt Brecht School in Nuremberg, Germany the proposal by SMAQ, which was conceived in collaboration with 100Landschaftsarchitektur, was awarded with an acknowledgement prize.


Speculative Praxis – For A Future City / DAZ Berlin

Speculation, more than mere conjecture, is the deliberate formulation of new ideas based on existing knowledge and intelligent projection. In architecture and planning, speculative practice, along with transdisciplinary collaboration and experimentation with new technologies can yield new questions and unconventional yet necessary solutions for 21st century problems.


Arab Contemporary – Architecture & Identity

Ex-Palm, Charter of Dubai, United Arab Emirates


wettbewerbe aktuell 2/2014

North Side “Neuer Markt” (New Market) in Rostock


Exhibition / Arab Contemporary / Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

ARAB CONTEMPORARY is the second chapter in the series “Architecture, Culture and Identity” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. The exhibition takes the visitor to old Yemenite civilizations and new cities like Dubai and new architectural projects that relate to the desert as place. It shows SMAQ’s proposal Ex-Palm for the transformation of Palm [more]


Bauwelt 4.14

Auf klein gemacht – Der Neue Markt von Rostock, Ulrich Brinkmann


paisea 027 – Representation 2

Schemes  Diagrams


Prize / Neuer Markt / Rostock, Germany

SMAQ wins the urban design competition “Nordseite Neuer Markt” for the city center of Rostock, Germany together with two other teams.


Designing Cities

Cumulus, L.A.R.S. Bergen, Xeritown


architekturjournal wettbewerbe 03/2013

Residential Development “White City” Oranienburg, Germany



Etwas mehr Stadt, Benedikt Crone  


BAUWELT 17-18.13

“How do we further develop Wolfsburg into a large city?”


Scientific Colloquium / The Future of the Modern City / Wolfsburg, Germany

Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau (SMAQ) are invited to speak at the scientific colloquium “The Future of the Modern City” organized by the German Academy for Urban Design and Planning (DASL) in Wolfsburg, Germany in the session “Transformation” about the further development of the ideas and principles of the modern city for the needs and [more]


Creative Diagram in Landscape & Planning

BAD (bath), Bayrischer Bahnhof Leipzig, Dots&Loops, Inner City QuarterRegensburg, Campus Berlin-Buch, Cumulus, L.A.R.R. Bergen, Mixed Grains Krückau-Vormstegen, Magdeburg Science Harbour, Überhafen Hamburg, Xeritown, New City West Esslingen


Lecture / Archeaology of the Future / Wolfsburg, Germany


Conference / Cities 2030 / University of Miami

Sabine Müller presents during the international conference “Cities 2030” on April 05, 2013 at University of Miami SMAQs “Charter of Dubai – A Manifesto of Critical Urban Tranformation”.


Prize / Residential Development White City / Oranienburg, Germany

In the international urban design competition for a residential development for an area of 17 ha in Oranienburg, Germany in close proximity to the so called White City the proposal by SMAQ in collaboration with Anna Viader was awarded with the 2nd prize.

Ernst-Reuter-Platz – Berlin, Germany

The square Ernst-Reuter-Platz in Berlin, considered an icon of progressive West Berlin, has long since lost its urban presence, particularly with regards to its former luster from use and activity. The square is planned be re-urbanized to function once again as an educational and business meeting center. Thus, the following criterion became the main themes [more]

Central Campus Aalto University – Otaniemi, Finnland

A network of weather protected arcades spans from door to door and redefines the Aalto University campus landscape as a sequence of differentiated spaces cumulating in a central outdoor space. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture directs that flow up into the building, acting as a three dimensional interpretation of the square. A unique [more]


Baumeister B1 2013

Sabine Müller. Wo sitzt die Mitbegründerin von SMAQ?


Symposium / New Babylon / KIT Germany

Sabine Müller presents during the international symposium “New Babylon – Architecture and Urbanism after Crisis” at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) SMAQs “Charter of Dubai – A Manifesto of Critical Urban Tranformation”.


Charter of Dubai – A Manifesto of Critical Urban Transformation

Authors and editors: Sabine Müller / Andreas Quednau / SMAQ


Book Release / Charter of Dubai – A Manifesto of Critical Urban Transformation

Jovis Publishers published SMAQ’s Charter of Dubai as a book. The Charter of Dubai is a manifesto of critical urban transformation. Looking at the man-made peninsula Palm Jumeirah on the coast of Dubai as a case study it subversively encourages the conversion of isolated quarters into a socially and ecologically open urban space. How can [more]


wettbewerbe aktuell 11/2012

Depots und Werkstätten für das Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege und das Staatliche Museum Schwerin


German Facade Prize

The facade design of the kindergarten in Berlin Hellerdorf that was realized within the context of thermal facade renovations was awarded at the German Facade prize 2012 in the category “Public Buildings” with the 1st prize.


State Depot and Workshops – Schwerin, Germany

The workshop and depot building catalogs, preserves and stores the archives and artistic heritage of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is at once the “memory” and “treasury” of the state. The necessary storage spaces have high security requirements, and thus are neither publicly accessible nor visible to the public through windows. Hence, the exterior architectural [more]

Prize / Depot and Workshops / Schwerin, Germany

As part of the international open design competition “Depots and Workshops for the State Authority for Culture and Heritage (LAKD) and the State Museum in Schwerin (SMS) in the state capital Schwerin,” buildings were to be designed for the site on John Stelling Road in Schwerin for an „integrated workshop and a depot split into [more]


Bonneau Market – Bonneau, Haiti

Bonneau, population of approximately 8,000, is located along the northwest coast of Haiti. A rural community, Bonneau is a small town with poor infrastructure, unstable housing structures, and little access to education and skills-based training. Residents must rely on small-scale subsistence agriculture, construction and domestic services for income generation. Only half of the children attend [more]


Architectural Diagrams: Construction and Design Manual



Ideas Changing – Europan Implementations 2008-2012

Cumulus, Oslo in: Ideas Changing – Europan Implementations 2008-2012. editor: Didier Rebois, 2012, Europan Europe, Paris, pp. 34-35   Project: Cumulus, Grorud Senter, Oslo


Bonneau Campus – Bonneau, Haiti

Bonneau Campus houses an orphanage for children with special needs, a school, volunteer housing, an elder’s home, and a church. It is a place that is open to nature, yet shields one from its harsher environmental aspects. Bonneau Campus turns the site’s disadvantages into advantages – Mitigating the risks of the site and adapting to [more]


Symposium / design tactics & the informalized city / Cornell University

Sabine Müller is invited speaker at “Design Tactics & the Informalized City” symposium at Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning.


Runner-Up / Ulsteraue / Geisa, Germany

In the idea and realization competition for the redevelopment of the Ulster meadow and its surrounding areas in the city Geisa in Germany the design of SMAQ in collaboration with Anna Viader was awarded with a runner-up.


Lecture & Book Presentation / DAZ Berlin

“Infrastructural Urbanism – Addressing the In-Between” Architecture and public space are considered the defining design elements of our built environment – but how significant is technical infrastructure? So far, it has played a relatively subordinate role. Infrastructural Urbanism discusses the effects of infrastructure on urban space and their reception by the public. The book presents [more]


Ulsteraue – Geisa, Germany

Geisa is a small town with a historical city center in the Thurungian Rohn uplands. What is termed the city’s artisan suburb is currently highly fragmented and hardly legible, spatially. This design draws on what is still recognizable in the structure of the artisan suburb and formulates, through subtle densification, clearly readable and tangible edges [more]

Kindergarten – Berlin, Germany

Facade and vestibule design within the context of thermal facade renovations.

Le Journal Spéciale Z no.03

Save the Palm, Sabine Müller, Andreas Quednau


Program Diagrams



Infrastructural Urbanism – addressing the In-between, DotsAndLoops


Prize / Windtower / Hamburg, Germany

In an invited internationally competition SMAQ’s proposal for the facade design for a windtower including a hotel and offices was awarded with a third prize. The windtower ought to become the future icon of the so called Ecocity that is under development in Hamburg-Harburg, Germany.


Ecocity Windtower – Hamburg, Germany

Air and air movement are taken as formative themes in the facade design for the wind-tower in the Ecocity of Hamburg-Harburg. The facade suggests multiple associations, not only in connection to the site, but also to the term “wind” in the name of the building: from the rippling of the waters’ surface in the harbour by the wind, to the rustled feathers of a bird sailing through the air. The wind-tower stretches 65 meters into the air and opens up to the west in order to take advantage of the force of the wind. The faceted façade elements reflect the height of a single story [more]

Masterplan Magdeburg Science Quarter completed

The city of Magdeburg in Germany is developing a new Science Quarter in order to promote itself as a research, education, and business hub. This development project is currently one of the most important urban planning focus areas in Magdeburg. The aim is to bring existing science and research facilities together in order to develop [more]


Science Port – Magdeburg, Germany

The Science Port design develops from robust and interpretable rules of adjacent local structures.  A resulting system of public spaces and local networks fix the new quarter in the existing urban fabric while establishing new relations between the city centre and river compound. The existing fabric of heterogeneous structures act as a starting point to organize dispersed city [more]


Exhibition / Post-Oil City / Tokyo

Today more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Facing climate change and finite supplies of fossil fuels, therefore, also means facing urban challenges. The exhibition “Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future” presents a host of innovative city planning projects in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The exhibition has been produced [more]


Prize / Multipurpose Hall / Iserlohn, Germany

In a selected competition for a multipurpose hall in Iserlohn, Germany SMAQ was awarded with the second prize. The proposed building structures the park site of the Alexanderhöhe in such a way that it formulates together with the existing theatre two squares on different levels. The main spaces of the building – the foyer and [more]


Multi-purpose Hall – Iserlohn, Germany

The multi-purpose hall activates the ridge of Alexanderhöhe, and turns, on one side, toward the park and, on the other side, toward the city. The interaction of two primary building elements, the plinth and the roof, formulate the core functions of the building, lobby and hall, as the spatial continuity of the landscape. The base is developed monolithically from the ground; a metal roof rests on top. The materiality of the plinth expresses the sedimentation of the terrain’s geology as layered ramped exposed concrete. The materiality of the roof structure makes reference to the history of the city and picks up on the art of metalworking and wire manufacturing significant [more]

Townhouses Jenfelder Au – Hamburg, Germany

The project Jenfelder Au was prepared in the context of the master plan for Lettow-Vorbeck Barracks, in Hamburg, planned by West 8 in 2006. The preliminary designs propose flexible townhouses with brick facades that meet the strict criteria of the funding guidelines for owner-occupied housing. The maisonette type maximizes the allowable area and offers a flexible separated apartment for grandparents or single children. The row house 2 in 1 zones [more]


Überhafen – Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg’s Upper Harbour and Harbour City were examined for potentials in their current embankment system, particularly in regard to their future adaptability. The idea, Überhafen, for the flood-controlled upper harbour is based on a “strategy of admitting” in order to to make the area safe, attractive, and more public, despite possible flooding in the winter. Conventional rentable billboards can be adapted as studio spaces, creating an opportunity to keep buildings affordable for intended users by dispensing of expensive flood protection. New Horizon, [more]


Exhibition / Post-Oil City / Zurich

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Exhibition / Concrete Geometrie / AA London

The exhibition “Concrete Geometries” at Architectural Association (AA) in London presents among others SMAQs Charter of Dubai. The twenty projects in the exhibition investigating how geometric aspects of space such as size, shape or relative position of figures are perceived and influence behavior, not in an abstract but very real sense.


Urban Agriculture Casablanca

Rain Makers – Towards a Water-based Urbanity


Superlative Emirates

SMAQ – Xeritown, Dubai


Bayrischer Bahnhof – Leipzig, Germany

The proposal for the land conversion next to the Bayrischer Bahnhof, in Leipzig, forms a distinctive landscape. The characteristically industrial area is interpreted as “wilderness” and pulled into the city. The ecological and infrastructural centre is framed in several ways: a programmed park boundary (the binding edge), the structural layout of the park-row (fragmented small-scale buildings), followed by block development. These permeable layers form a variety of visual and physical connections to the park.


Prize / Urban Regeneration / Leipzig, Germany

In the international competition for the regeneration of the former railway yard Bayerischer Bahnhof in Leipzig, Germany SMAQ in collaboration Anna Viader received third prize for their proposal. The project develops the site as an intersection where the city meets the “wildernis”.

Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future

Xeritown – Vernacular Principles


Innercity Residential Quarter – Regensburg, Germany

The sponsored pilot-project for inner-city neighbourhoods provides forward-looking proposals for 250 family-friendly homes on a former military site. The idea of the “cottage in the country” provides the basis from which the project is developed. The design offers a new building typology, grouped around common courtyards. The loose perimeter-block typology of the former barracks-area is [more]


New West City – Esslingen, Germany

The New City West proposal in Esslingen on Neckar uncovers urban structures in order to promote the development of a post fossil-fuel city. Through the renewal of the historic structure in negotiation with future-oriented micro-climatic requirements and energy-use requirements, an urban texture is developed that is both porous and dense. The integral sustainability and energy conservation concepts (nature-oriented material / water management, vegetation planning, and solar orientation) interact and re-define the urban structure and form comprehensive regenerative cycles.   Urban Design [more]

Prize / Sustainable Masterplan / Esslingen, Germany

In the competition for the regeneration of a large section of the former railway yard in Essling, Germany SMAQ in collaboration with HL and Buro Happold received an acknowledgement prize for their sustainable masterplan for the Neue Weststadt.

Prize / Inner City Living Quarter / Regensburg, Germany

SMAQ receives second prize for their proposal in a competition for a case study project for family friendly living in the inner city of Regensburg, Germany. The project is part of the initiative for “Experimental Housing”. The competition asked for an urban proposal for an area of 21.500 m² and for the design of 50 [more]

Architects’ Sketchbooks

SMAQ –  BAD (bath), L.A. in Terms of Water


Cornell Journal of Architecture


Rainmaker – Casablanca, Morocco

Rainmaker – Towards a Water-based Urbanity for Grand Casablanca is based on a territorial water strategy, including the recovery of the natural water cycle through evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. The general concept is to use all locally accessible water resources for the irrigation of vegetation in order to refill the atmosphere with water and thus [more]


Exhibition / Matrix City / Utrecht, Netherlands

By bringing together artworks and practices that point to overlapping trajectories within the contemporary urban landscape, this year Matrix City exhibition ‘Opportunities of Entanglement’ speaks about ambivalences between entanglement (or even enslavement) and the next playful ‘liberation of mankind’. The exhibition touches upon the shelf life or expiration date of contemporary concepts of the city; [more]


Invited Design Research / Urban Agriculture Casablanca

SMAQ is invited by Urban Agriculture Casablanca, a project by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the framework of the research program Future Megacities, to participate in their design research. Participants are asked to generate visionary development concepts and spatial solutions for linking urban-rural development using urban agriculture as a productive green [more]


Prize / Campus Plus / Berlin-Buch

In the competition for the extension of the research campus of world standing Berlin-Buch, Germany SMAQ received third prize for their proposal Campus+. The project develops spatial and programmatic strategies to support the development of Berlin-Buch to a top research institution. The urban concept for Campus+ is based three principles: 1. Coherent landscapes: the use [more]


Campus PLUS – Berlin, Germany

Campus+ proposes the extension of the world renown research campus Berlin-Buch in Germany. The project develops spatial and programmatic strategies to support the development of Berlin-Buch as a top research institution. The urban concept for Campus+ is based three principles: 1. Coherent landscapes: The use of the site-specific campus organization with its three landscape/spatial typologies [more]

Baumeister B3

Endlich ohne Öl – Konzepte für die “Post Oil City”, Ursula Baus


Internationale Bauausstellung Stadtumbau Sachsen-Anhalt 2010

Science Quarter Magdeburg


Exhibition / Post-Oil City / Stuttgart


Lecture / State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart / Germany

Andreas Quednau will give in the lecture, titled “Environments – Umwelten”, in the framework of the lecture series “Jour Fixe” on February 2nd, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.


‘Scape No.92

Save the Palm, Sabine Müller & Andreas Quednau


Exhibition / Urban Miracles / Bludenz, Austria

Remise Bludenz, 2010.   All utopias are depressing, because they leave no room for chance, for difference, for the “miscellaneous”. Everything has been set in order and order reigns. Behind every utopia there is always some great taxonomic design: a place for each thing and each thing in its place. (Georges Perec, Species of Spaces [more]


Lecture / Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

Invited by Arqpoli Sabine Müller will give a talk is in the context of the lecture series “Sense Recession: What comes next?” at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the main amphitheater.


Topos 70

Xeritown – Dubai, Sabine Müller & Andreas Quednau


Conditions No.4

The Charter of Dubai – A Manifesto of Urban Readjustment, Sabine Müller & Andreas Quednau

Baumeister B1

Sandkasino, Peter Neitzke

Arch+ 196/197

Xeritown – Vernakuläre Prinzipien

Quarter Wintergarden Tower – Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig aims to upgrade the inner city around the prominent Wintergarten Tower in direct proximity to the central station. In the urban figure TERZ (“third”) two new buildings swirl around the existing “Wintergarden Tower” and meld themselves together as a grouping on an urban square. The two proposed buildings mediate the juxtaposition of the five [more]

Center for Senior Citizens – Gundelsheim, Germany

The Senior Center Gundelsheim is concieved as an open building; simple and clear in structure and spatial organization. It is friendly in appearance. Community participation is supported through a generous entrance which engages communication with the city. However, there is still an opportunity to retreat into the light flooded private rooms, which have a strong connection with [more]

Canal Promenade – Eberswalde, Germany

The town of Eberswalde is located on the Finowkanal, an historic driving force of the cities’ prosperity. The location of the canal has not yet been pushed to its fullest potential for residents and visitors. The city and the water landscape of the canal should be brought together to improve the quality of life of [more]

SMAQ wins Competition for Science Port in Magdeburg

SMAQ wins in collaboration with HL landscape architects the 1st prize in the international competition for the re-design of Magdeburg’s historical port. The goal is to restructure the former trade port into a so called Science Port as a destination for innovative businesses and a place for knowledge transfer. The project for the Magdeburg Science [more]

International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam presents SMAQ

The fourth edition of the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (IABR) with the theme “Open City – Designing Coexistence”, curated by Kees Christiaanse, presents SMAQ´s manifesto “The Charta of Dubai” and its application: “X-Palm” as part of the exhibition REFUGE, sub-curated by Philipp Misselwitz and Can Altay, at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi).



X-Palm’s methodology is based on the notion that the luxury refuges built during the last real estate boom represent a massive societal investment, and that a process of recycling and transformation needs to take place. The Charter of Dubai addresses issues of marketing, environmental sustainability and social bonding. Precise measures of formal adjustment, comparable to [more]

Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design

Andreas Quednau, SMAQ’s co-founder and principal, has been appointed the new Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. The post was previously hold by Matthias Sauerbruch and prior to that by David Chipperfield. Andreas will commence his role at the Academy in September 2009.


Multigenerational Housing and Kindergarten – Königsbrunn, Germany

The Multigenerational Housing Project in Königsbrunn allows for the informal cohabitation of residents young and old, mobile and handicapped, single individuals and those part of a family unit.  The primary urban and architectural concept is based on providing facilities and shared surfaces necessary for community life. Organization of the housing units provide opportunities for a diverse population [more]


Prize / Multigenerational Houses

SMAQ received the forth prize for their proposal in a competition for multigenerational houses and a kindergarten located in Königsbrunn, southern Germany. The project develops a new typology of living apart and together at the same time across generations.

Urban Futures 2030

Master Planning of Xeritown, Dubai


Prize / Urban Regeneration / Elmshorn, Germany

SMAQ in collaboration with HL Landschaftsarchitekts receives a second prize in the international urban design competition for their “innovative” proposal for the re-development of Krückau-Vormstegen. The former industrial area Krückau-Vormstegen is situated in direct proximity to the historical city centre of Elmshorn, a small town close to Hamburg, Germany.


XS Extreme: Big Ideas, Small Buildings

Hot Tub – Bad (Bath) Stuttgart, Germany


Architecture of Change 2



MirmarlikLARin Pazaryeri

Moleküler Kentlesme, Kent Öbekleri


Mixed Grains – Elmshorm, Germany

Mixed Grains is a tactic to create an alter-urbanity in sites with underutilised buildings. It achieves this by accentuating the fragmentation of former industrial areas with a checkerboard of typologies and programs positioned over time. The continual generation of these moves by Mixed Grains unleashes a clash of scales, activities and environmental strategies that can [more]


Second Holcim Award – Sustainable Construction 2008/2009

Xeritown Responsive Urban Planning Strategy

CIP – Covjek i proctor (Man and Space) No. 3-4


New Art Gallery UGM – Maribor, Slovenia

The New Maribor Art Gallery is conceived as a horizontal structure that foregrounds both the art exhibited and the social activities taking place within the complex. It blends into the city’s topography as well as its open space structure. The building compound is a criss-cross of visual and civic paths; in its neutral specificity it [more]

Future Arquitecturas No. 15

SMAQ arch. urbanism research


Architectural Review

Weird Science, Rob Gregory


Bauwelt 44.08

Environments – Umwelten, Sebastian Spix


SMAQ receives AR AWARD for Emerging Architecture

SMAQ receives prestigious Architectural Review Award for Emerging Architecture 2008 (commended).


Prize / State Garden Exhibition / Löbau, Germany

In the competition for the Landesgartenschau (state garden exhibition) to be held in Löbau in the year 2012 SMAQ receives a third prize for the design done in collaboration with HL Landschaftsarchitekten and Kamel Louafi (both Berlin).


SMAQ receives Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction

SMAQ receives prestigious Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction. November 12 the winners of the Holcim Awards from across region Africa Middle East were announced at a ceremony in Marrakech. Almost 5000 projects from 90 countries were entered in the second Holcim Awards competition. Submissions from Africa Middle East were evaluated by an independent jury hosted [more]

SMAQ Exhibition / German Center for Architecture DAZ / Berlin

GLASHAUS_10, a series by the German Center for Architecture DAZ in Berlin, is presenting SMAQ and their work in a solo exhibition with the title Environment – Umwelten.


Post-It City – Occasional Urbanities

BRAKIN – Mobile Phone


Venice Architecture Biennale presents SMAQ

Two of SMAQ’s projects are featured at the Venice Biennale, 11th International Architecture Exhibition Out There – Architecture Beyond Building curated by Aaron Betsky. The Cosy Chair designed for Droog Desing is on show in the S1NGLETOWN Exhibition curated by Droog and KesselsKramer from September 14th to November 23rd 2008. The project Cumulus for Oslo, [more]

C3 288



Frame 63

Cosy Chair


XERITOWN – Dubai, U.A.E.

Xeritown is an urban development for about 7,000 residents in Dubailand. It pioneers sustainability and adaptability within the problematic framework of the Emirates. It develops a “contemporary vernacular” approach by taking the local climate and landscape as a context within which the urban form emerges and public space is anchored. It conceptualizes the built environment [more]


Masterplan for Dubai presented

The masterplan for Paramount Xeritown, a 60 hectares site in Dubai, was officially presented at the international property investment and development exhibition Cityscape in Abu Dhabi. The sustainable mixed-use development is planed for 7000 inhabitants.

Salone del Mobile in Milan presents Cosy Chair

During the Salone del Mobile 2008 in Milan SMAQ’s Cosy Chair designed for Droog Design is on display at the Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta. A touch of Green In the footsteps of scientific researchers and opinion leaders, designers and manufacturers are also claiming sustainability. Droog has always focused on the mental or human side of product [more]


Arkitektur N



Exhibition / Post-it City. Occasional Urbanities / Barcelona

In the framework of the exhibition “Post-it City. Occasional Urbanities” the CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona presents  SMAQ’s project “Call me now!” that explores alternatives uses of the mobile phone and its consequences in the capitals Brazzaville and Kinshasa in the Republic and the D.R. Congo. Post-it City looks at different overlapping [more]


Exhibition / Ah CA va bien / MAK Los Angeles

The Los Angeles branche of the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna MAK Center for Art Architecture presents SMAQ’s project LA Water in the exhibtion Ah CA va bien. For their project, SMAQ investigated a Los Angeles dichotomy: How so dry a place has come to be known for a wet lifestyle of green lawns [more]

Updating Germany



Environmental Tectonics

Bad (Bath)


C3 290

Cumulus, Oslo


Europan Norway 9


Cosy Chair – DROOG

Cosy Chair replaces the mono-functional wall mounted radiator in the form of a piece of comfortable furniture that heats locally right where one might sit and rest for a cup of tea, to read a book or watch TV. The Cosy Chair cuts energy consumption by providing a field of differentiated temperature: heating precisely where [more]

State Garden Festival 2012 – Löbau, Germany

Part of the garden show competition brief was to transform an existing sugar factory into a flower house during the garden exhibition and to create rentable event spaces after the exhibition ends. The post-industrial transformation is based on a strengthening of the impressive existing interior qualities and plays with the over-sized scale of the structure. [more]

Baumeister B7

Nachaltiges Bauen – in der Wüste von Dubailand Masterplan von SMAQ Architekten

State Garden Exhibition – Deggendorf, Germany

The proposed car park acts as both building and modulated landscape.  Embedded in the topography of the embankment with a flowing façade of wooden slats, the structures become a spatial counterpart to the revamped festival ground. Natural forces which shape the embankment as well as the existing railway tracks influence the plan and provide the [more]

Art Now Hotel – Beijing, China

Beijing Art Now Hotel aims to set new standards inBeijing’s cultural scene. It commissioned international designers and architects to design unique hotel rooms. The design for the “curtain room” draws on a necessary provision forBeijing’s mosquito plagued climate: the mosquito net. Silk nets provide intimate shelter, diffuse and subtle light conditions, mystifying half transparencies — [more]

In Terms of Water – Los Angeles, USA

L.A. in Terms of Water investigates a local dichotomy: how does such a dry a place become known for a wet lifestyle of green lawns and swimming pools?  Los Angeles’ complex system of water supply and usage is explored by confronting the engineering masterpieces of aqueducts and reservoirs that bring water to the city. Imagined [more]

Crown – Dubai, U.A.E.

Mixed-use urban development for approximately 40.000 inhabitants for an area of approximately 480 ha in Dubai.

SMAQ wins Competition in Norway

SMAQ wins the Europan 9 competition for a site located in Oslo, Norway. The project “Culmulus” takes on the challenge of diversifying social structure along with the sustainability imperative. “Cumulus” is an urban strategy that conceives public spaces as related to the environmental dynamics of northern living. The proposal for a mixed-used development (re)binds the [more]

Cumulus – Grorud Center, Oslo

Cumulus is an urban strategy that conceptualizes public spaces as related to the environmental dynamics of northern living. The proposal focuses on a mixed-used development that (re)binds the different social spheres, programs, scales, and ecologies of the existing neighborhood. This manifests in a new urban center that is planned with an innovative rainwater management concept [more]

Exhibition / Shrinking Cities / German Architecture Museum DAM / Frankfurt

The DAM (Deutsches Architekturmuseum) in Frankfurt is presenting the exhibition Shrinking Cities: Nine Urban Ideas. Besides more than 20 other projects by contemporay architects it feature SMAQ’s project Schkreutz. City Map. 1st Edition. Shrinking Cities: Nine Urban Ideas In the 1990s, more than a quarter of the world’s big cities shrank, and their number continues [more]


AD Architectural Design

Forming Climatic Change, Steve Hardy & Werner Gaiser


Lecture / Architectural Association / London

Hosted by the Environments, Ecology and Sustainability (EES) Research Cluster of the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London Andreas Quednau will talk about “… and other environments”.

Transporti & Cultura

Strategie di bordo, Sabine Müller & Andreas Quednau


Volume No.12 – Al Manakh

Project with the Secret Name


Neutra Revista No.15

BAD (Bano). Equipamiento infrastructural de ocio


FollyDOCK EXPO / Rotterdam

SMAQ’s folly BAD(bath) – water folly on the dock was selected from an international competition with some other twenty designs for building in Heijplaat, Rotterdam. During the FollyDOCK Expo it is open for public viewing. FollyDOCK Expo is part of Rotterdam 2007 City of Architecture. FollyDOCK is an international competition for artists, designers and architects. [more]


FollyDOCK EXPO 2007

Bath: Water Folly on the Dock / SMAQ Architecture



BATH – infrastructural leisure equipment


FollyDOCK: 45 ontwerpem voor Heijplaat / Rotterdam

Bath: Water Folly on the Dock / SMAQ Architecture


Exhibition / Searching for an Ideal Urbanity / Stuttgart

Among others the exhibition Searching for an Ideal Urbanity at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart is presenting the project Call me now! by SMAQ supported by From/To Europe that is based on the research of moblie phones in Brazzaville and Kinshasa. When the French philosopher Henri Lefebvre criticized urbanism as an authoritarian and immediately-antiquated controlling [more]

Exhibition / Génération Europan / Paris

Génération Europan recalls 20 years of Europan competitions, which since its creation made emerge on the European scene young talents in the fields of architecture and the urban design. In the course of the eight sessions, 430 sites were proposed with the reflexion of approximately 40.000 young designers gathered in 15.000 teams. The juries of [more]

Europan Generation. The reinterpreted city

Ronda Sur


Distinguishing Digital Architecture

Highway…ing – Infrastructural Stranding

C3 274

Urban Hospitality – BAD bath, YuMi Hyun


Bauwelt 01-02.07

BAD, Park Schloss Solitude


Techniques & architecture, No. 488

Phénomène matriciel, Emmanuel Vicarini

Lecture / IAAC / Barcelona

As part of the lecture series 2006-07 of the postgraduate program “Digital Tectonics” at the Institute d’arquitectura avancada de Catalunya (IAAC) in Barcelona, Spain Sabine Müller represents SMAQ in a lecture titled ‘The BATH Project’.

Domus 896

Call me, now, Wim Cuyvers


Prize / Environmental Tectonics Competition / AA London

SMAQ receives for the project BATH a second prize in the Environmental Tectonics Competition that was sponsored by the Architectural Association (London) and the Environments, Ecology and Sustainability Research Cluster as an open one-stage international competition in search of innovative ideas, design projects, new techniques and research initiatives that highlight insights into contemporary directions of [more]

Concept No. 91

Bergen – Norway


Exhibition / From/To Europe #3 / Shedhalle Zurich

The Shedhalle in Zurich is presenting SMAQ’s research Mobile Kinshasa as part of the exhibtion From/To Europe #3 Roaming Around – Digital Devide, Regional Codes, Copy/South & the Question of Access.


Europan No 8 Norway

L.A.R.S., Bergen


World Architecture No.196


Frame 52

BATH Hot Water, Billy Nolan


Garten + Landschaft

Badewanne aus Holz und Gartenschläuchen


The bathing season started!

June 24th, 2006 bathing season started. BAD (bath) is now open to the public to take a bath in the Solitude palace gardens in Stuttgart, Germany. Just bring your towel and enjoy. BAD (bath) is an architectural folly, a usable sculpture. It is based on a 1,000-meter long garden hose, which, connected to a hydrant, [more]


BRAKIN / book is out

Lars Müller Publishers and the Jan van Eyck Academie just published the book “BRAKIN, Brazaville – Kinshasa, Visualizing the Visible”. It is an urban research on the two cities of Brazaville and Kinshasa by Agency, Tina Clausmeyer, Wim Cuyvers, Dirk Pauwels, SMAQ and Kristien Van den Brande. A group of researchers investigated the public spheres [more]


Exhibition / FollyDOCK / NAi Rotterdam

In an international competition with 398 entries SMAQ’s project “Water Folly on the Dock” was selected as one of the eleven best entries. The exhibition FollyDOCK in the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) in Rotterdam presents SMAQ’s project with 44 other selected entries.   Exhibition: June 24 – September 24, 2006 Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays [more]

SMAQ lecture at the XII Congreso Internacional De Arquitectura in Mexico

During the XII Congreso Internacional De Arquitectura at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla Mexico Andreas Quednau will lecture about ‘Trajectories of Usage’.


Lecture / SFT Architecture Congress 2006 / Münster, Germany

During the SFT Architecture Congress 2006 in Münster, Germany Andreas Quednau represents SMAQ in a lecture titled ‘Infrastructural Facades’.

BRAKIN, Brazzaville – Kinshasa, Visualizing the Visible

Brakin, Brazzaville – Kinshasa


EUROPAN 8: European Results

L.A.R.S. Bergen


Prize / EUROPAN 8 Competition / Norway

SMAQ wins second prize in the eighth edition of Europan with the project L.A.R.S. for Bergen, Norway. The topic of EUROPAN 8 was ‘European Urbanity and Strategic Projects’. After winning EUROPAN 6 in Burgos, Spain and receiving a second prize in Bern, Switzerland (EUROPAN 5) and Krems, Austria (EUROPAN 7) this is SMAQ’s fourth winning [more]


L.A.R.S – Åsane, Bergen, Norway

L.A.R.S. asks the question, how can a centre be conceived at the heart of the borough Åsane in the suburbs of Bergen, along the highway, between shopping malls, large scale businesses and suburban housing. The project is based on leisure and car related practices and declares the individual logics of suburban programs as its principle. [more]

Bauwelt 15-16.06

SMAQ – Dots&Loops


BATH – Stuttgart, Germany

BATH interprets ways of inhabiting as well as the urbanized landscape. It opportunistically joins for a brief spatial moment the circuits that have become antipodes of the contemporary environment: infrastructure and nature. It proposes an alternative, self-empowered form of leisure. BATH is composed of a 1,000-meter garden hose that plugs via a hydrant into the existing hidden [more]

Exhibition / Shrinking Cities – Interventions / Leipzig

The second Shrinking Cities exhibition “Shrinking Cities – Intervention” in the Gallery for Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany and the related book “Shrinking Cities, Volume 2: Interventions” both feature SMAQ’s project “Schkreutz. City Map. 1st Edition” commissioned by the Bauhaus Dessau.


Concept No. 76

SMAQ – Suburban Living Room


exhibition / Creative immigration in NL / Amsterdam

The ABC Architectuurcentrum in Haarlem, Netherlands is presenting the exhibition “Creative immigration in NL – Typical NL architecture by NO NL architects”. The exhibition includes, amongst others, four of SMAQ’s projects and related products. The exposition shows a selection of design professionals in Holland: architects and graphic designers. None of them has from origin a [more]


SMAQ Exhibition / Suburban Living Room / Stuttgart

The installation “Suburban Living Room” thematizes, in the context of the Weissenhof housing development (Mies van der Rohe) inStuttgart, the change of living towards an intersection of infrastructure and the leisure landscape. Whereas modernity was striving for the opening of the interior to the exterior, the ideal of suburban living today, in an age that [more]

SMAQ Exhibition / Hamburg, Germany

The Salon Blauraum in Hamburg, Germany is presenting SMAQ’s exhibition “Architectures for the Infrastructural Leisure Landscape”. The three projects presented are architectural maneuvers that develop strategies of embracement, negotiation and adaptation to activate, take advantage and authenticate the contemporary landscape. The exhibition is supported by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. What [more]


AREA No.79: Infrascape


Shrinking Cities, Volume 2: Interventions

Schkreutz. City Map. 1st Edition


Informal City – Caracas Case

Urban Practices – Tactical Spatializations


Call me here – Brazzaville/Kinshasa, Republic of the Congo/Demokratic Republic of the Congo

“Call Me Here” is situated in the double capital of Brazzaville and Kinshasa. In an urban agglomeration that lacks all infrastructures, from roads to electricity to water, and from schools to hospitals, the presence and effects of mobile phones is striking. As innumerous individual wall paintings tell, this new equipping of the city is not [more]


Lecture / Rotterdam / Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi)

SMAQ together with Casanova Hernandez Architects are invited to present their work on Monday the 24th of January in the Salon Rotterdam at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi). The evening will be moderated by the director of the NAi, Aaron Betzky.

Arquitectura e Vida No. 50

Novas expressões SMAQ, Carlos Sant’ana


Bauwelt 15-16.04

miscZ, Simone Niedernolte


Implementations – Europan 1 to 6 Negotiated Projects

DotsAndLoops, C. Adriani


Dérive No.14

City Boids – Molekularer Urbanismus


Woonfuncties als sprawlpleister

Concept 04.2008

SCOOP – Arctic Culture Center


Concept No.60

Parameter SMAQ; Jo, Hyeon-jin