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IntroductionThe innovative architect group GRAFT calls their works “monsters of grace.” In their twodimensional compositions they combine dynamic structures with picturesque beauty. The images are architectural hybrids constructed out of popular masterpieces. The reflections, shadows, and impressions raise questions. The scale and relationship to the environment fade into the background and allow only a guess at what might be concealed in the structure or beyond it. A feeling of fascination overcomes the viewer in the face of this technological elegance.
The founders of GRAFT describe their interdisciplinary network as an “Architecture label”. This word choice points towards their versatility, adaptability and most of all their connection with current life styles. With a strong feel for new trends, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit, Gregor Hoheisel and Alejandra Lillo, working out of L.A., Berlin, and Peking, transform their creative ideas into an amorphous, and visionary visual language.
These Architects and designers challenge traditional boundaries and explore the interplay and effect of influence factors such as high and everyday culture, philosophy, architecture, film, literature, and music. The analysis, communication, and thereby the creation of the relationship between and through these aspects enables them to develop their work further, to define it new ways, and to create worlds where living in tomorrow world is possible today.
Therefore, GRAFT does not consider themselves exclusively an architectural company, but continually broaden their horizons. It is not without reason that their focus in architecture, urban planning, design, and music is lead by the idea of the “pursuit of happiness”.
About the Name:
The word “graft” has a variety of meanings and can be read in a number of different ways. It is used when growing wine as well as within transplantation medicine. It describes in botanical terminology the joining of two shoots of two different variety plants to form a new growth. The positive qualities of these two genetically diverse plants are in this way combined into a new more mature hybrid.Bio
2009 International Architecture Award, The Chicago Athaneum: Stack Boulevard der Stars, Competition, 1st place and deemed for construction Columbiaquartier, Competition, 2nd place Wolfsburg Roofing/Pedestrain Guidance System, Competition, 4th place International Architecture Award, Kinderdentist Stahlinnovationspreis 2009, Kanera 1D Red Dot Design Award, Thermopal Designers Collection INDEX: Design 2009 Award, finalist, Pink Project AIA Restaurant Design Awards, finalist, Gingko Restaurant Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, Nominee: Pink Project Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, Nominee: Thermopal Illumination Awards, Award of Merit, Gingko Bacchus Restaurant 2008 International Architecture Award, The Chicago Athaneum, Stack Pink Project, selected for German Pavilion, XI.Venice Biennial D&AD Awards 2008, For Outstanding Achievement Environmental Design/Installations, Yellow Pencil Boutique Design Awards, Best Restaurant, Nominee, Brand International Illumination Design Award: Eric Paris Salon Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, Nominee: Kanera 1E SADI Award – Best New Retail Store, 5,000 sq. ft or more, Honorable Mention: Eric Paris Salon SADI Award – Grand SADI Award: Opticon Gold Key Awards – Best Hotel Design and Best Guest Room, finalist: Emperor 6th Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Brussels, Finalist Innovation, Graftworld Red Dot Design Award, Kanera 1E 40 under 40, Winner, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies ECOLA Euroean Architecture Prize Putz 2008 Award, Nominee, Loft Gleimstraße Birds Island competition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, finalist and deemed for construction 2007 Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, Finalist, Mercedes Benz&Maybach Trade FairBooth Interior Design Awards, Best of Year Finalist: Erics Salon, Beijing Rigips Trophy 2007, 1st Place, Category Innovation: Graftworld Bardesign of the Year 2007, Mixology Awards, Bar Convent Berlin: Hotel Q, Berlin HD Awards, Best Unbuilt Project: Samana Luxury Resort Dalian Daily competition, China, 1st prize and deemed for construction 2006 ICIF – Iakov Chernikov International Prize for Young Architects Nominee ADAM Silber Award 2006, Award der ausgezeichneten Messeauftritte, Category XL: Mercedes Benz&Maybach Trade Fair Booth AMI 2006 World Hotel Award 2006, Category True Stylish: HotelQ Interior Design Awards, Best of Year Finalist: HEWI Modular Wall Interior Design Awards, Best of Year Finalist: Moonraker Gold Key Award Finalist: STACK AIA LA Restaurant Design Award, People´s Choice Award: STACK AIA L.A.Restaurant Design Award Finalist: STACK Contractworld Award, Category “Hotel/Restaurant” Shortlist: STACK Boutique Design Award, "Best dramatic space" and "Best restaurant": STACK Golden Winner Design Award January 2006, Exhibitor Magazine: SciFi 20th Annual Exhibit Design Award GOLD MEDAL: Sci-Fi Hospitality Design Restaurant Award, Fine Dining Finalist: STACK 2005 Recognition Award 2005, AIA, Los Angeles: FIX - Restaurant, Las Vegas Wave of the Future Award 2005 Hospitality Design Award 2005: Hotel Q, Berlin Travel and Leisure Award 2005: Hotel Q, Berlin Contract World Award 2005, Best of Category: Hotel Q, Berlin ArTravel Award 2005, Winner: Hotel Q, Berlin 2004 Hans Schaefers Preis 2004, Auszeichnung: Hotel Q, Berlin Honor Award, AIA, Los Angeles: Hotel Q, Berlin Contract World Award 2004, 2nd Prize: Neue Sentimental Marina del Rey, CA 2003 Femb Award, 2nd Prize - Best Office 2002: Zeal Pictures Office in Berlin, Germany European Design Award: Zeal Pictures Office in Berlin, Germany 1999 Lenne Preis, 1st Prize: Marx-Engels-Forum in Berlin, Germany Design Competition for the 'central public space' in Berlin, Germany 1998 Genetic Bastards, with Roger Kurath International Baunnetz Competition, 3rd Prize