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—30.11.2021
A few more words about the Discovery mall by the developer MR Group

The foodhall in the Discovery mall was marked in the top list of the expected openings by the founder of the Sysoev FM project, Alexander Sysoev, especially for RBC Style.

—18.11.2021
Chkalov wayfinding

The bright interiors of the Chkalov shopping center are harmoniously complemented by clear, intuitive wayfinding concept, also created by our bureau.

—09.11.2021
New project in Saint-Petersburg

One of the most important premieres of the St. Petersburg real estate market, the HOLLYWOOD shopping center, will be built by the project of Blank Architects.

—22.10.2021
Affordable multi-storey wooden construction in Russia - myth or reality?

Partner of Blank Architects Lukasz Kaczmarczyk, special for Vedomosti.Nedvizhimost, shared his expertise and opinion on the perspective of wooden multi-storey housing construction in Russia.

—18.10.2021
19 years of responsible architecture!

Today Blank Architects celebrates 19 years of working.

—29.09.2021
Magda Cichon, founding partner of Blank Architects - about coworking spaces in the Russian regions

The founding partner of Blank Architects, Magda Ciсhon, in a special comment for the Vedomosti.Nedvizhimost told about the features of the organization of flexible coworking in the regions.

—08.09.2021
We are hiring: Business Development Manager for Poland

Blank Architects bureau is looking for Business Development Manager in Poland!

—06.09.2021
Apartments with Blank Architects design concept in Seliger City – now available for purchasing

In the residential complex Seliger City by MR Group are now available for purchasing the apartments with design by Blank Architects. The lots are presented in the Kandinsky building as part of the third stage of the complex.

—30.08.2021
The city can effectively accommodate "clean" manufacturing

The founding partner of Blank Architects Magda Cichon's shared the opinion about the possibility of creating new production centers on the basis of existing buildings of plants and factories for the Izvestia newspaper.

—17.12.2020
"Tomorrow will come today" is now available on our website

"Tomorrow will come today" is a research and manifesto dedicated to changes in the architecture of the housing in future and our ideas about how we see really comfortable modern homes.

—22.07.2021
New article for Vedomosti

Why the architecture of resort hotels and complexes requires special skills and an outstanding approach?

—20.07.2021
Work on progress - Seliger city

Work on progress: have a look at the lobbies in "Seliger City" residential complex by MR Group.

—05.07.2021
Blank Architects on RBC

Why the ban on multi-storey construction in the resort area of Sochi is a necessary measure, and how this practice is implemented in European countries on the coasts - read the opinion of the founding partner of Blank Architects Magda Cichon on RBC

—16.06.2021
New interview with Magda Cichon

How should look a shopping center that would be interesting for a young audience.

—01.06.2021
An interview with Yulia Zavarayeva

An interview with Yulia Zavarayeva, Head of the Branding and Wayfinding Department at Blank Architects, - about the department's new projects and tasks

—12.07.2021
Magda Kmita on Mapic

What path of changes and transformations have shopping malls gone through since 2020, and what changes have yet to happen? Blank Architects' partner Magda Kmita in her speech at MAPIC Russia talked about how shopping centers have changed in the post-covid era.

—26.05.2021
Magda Kmita, Blank Architects - about the architect's work and new projects for Moskvich Mag

Magda Kmita, partner at Blank Architects, told Moskvich Mag media about her own path in architecture, the architect's work around the world, and about the city's landmark projects created by Blank Architects.

—18.05.2021
The brand in real estate

"The brand, or the design code in real estate is certainly important, because it also gives an idea of ​​what kind of audience the project is intended for and what its inhabitants will be," - Blank Architects partner Magda Kmita told RBC.

—17.05.2021
Developing a furniture brand in Russia: Blank Architects’ experience

While working on public spaces design in Russia and Europe, we faced a shortage of object design objects that would be functional and aesthetic.


New branding and wayfinding department

Blank Architects has created a branding and wayfinding department. The new direction implements projects in the creation and renovation of brands in real estate, and is also responsible for the development of signage indoor and outdoor.

—21.04.2021
Blank Architects designed a community center with the park in Kazan

Blank Architects has created a concept and a draft design of a community center with a landscape park as part of the «ART City» residential complex in Kazan.

—12.04.2021
Architecture of a country houses

The comfortable architecture of a country houses is based primarily on the contact with nature: it is important that a person, having traveled a long way from the city, does not get to another "city", but finds himself in a natural environment.

—01.04.2021
Transformation of the offices

"The office for the employee becomes a place where he wants to go, not just needs to be." Magda Kmita, partner at Blank Architects, told CRE magazine about the changes taking place in modern offices, where work is now not a necessity, but an opportunity.

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Name
Location
Program
Status
Scale
Bundestag – New Visitors and Information Center Competition
Berlin, Germany
Program: Landscape, Culture, Civic Project
Status: Ongoing
Scale: 1 000-5 000 sqm

—14.05.2016
Bundestag – New Visitors and Information Center Competition

German competition for a new visitor centre for its iconic parliament building in Berlin. The two-stage competition – organized by the country’s Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning – seeks ideas for a new 3,750m² facility for visitors to the landmark building.
The concept is based on the idea of a park Pavilion which is transparent enough to dissolve in the Tiergarden, and at the same time enough important to became the visitors entrance to the Reichstag.

It is characterized by this kind of dualism , deriving from the building’s attachment to the most important institution of the democtratic Germany- the Reichstag and the location on the edge of a protected park area – the Tiergarden.
Shaping the volumes of the pavilion we tended to keep the scale small, the footprint minimal and height balanced with the silhouette of the park. But at the same time we wanted the building to seem present , we had chosen to underline it strongly for the visitors already when they watch the building from the Reichstag dome or roof terrace.

The facade is shaped in a way to correspond with the Platz der Republik, It is more solid , more modular and rhythmic along the Scheidemannstrasse , as the buildings of the Reichstag and Parliament, and it gets more open, transparent and even playfull in the relation of the park.

 

We thoungt about the pavilion as the Preludy to the Reichstag building, it will give the visitors some scent of what they will see further, but in slightly different way and smaller scale.

Lukasz Kaczmarczyk - Partner

Concept -
The Garden of the Democracy

We cite the dome of Reichstag, which is the internationally known symbol of the building and the transparent democracy of the country. In the pavilion it becomes the mirrored structure, which houses the patio and the PlenarForum.

The patio we placed in the building has a small and cosy garden, to be admired by the visitors who are already in the secured zone. This patio diminishes the visitor’s distance to the Tiergarden, and implements a piece of it into the secured environment of the building. It also helps to improve the natural lighting inside considerably, and organizes the space of the foyer. To keep the security restrictions it is covered with a glazed roof.
The plants on the patio will be selected to represent each of the 16 lands of the Republic ( Bundeslander), the plants growing one next to another in harmony are our vision of good governed society. We will call the place: The Garden of the Democracy.

As it is located centrally, on the axis of the entrance to the visitor’s center it becomes for us the initial point for landscaped roof organization and the landscape of the surrounding territory. Citing the “>7” landscape designers’ lines which organize the Platz der Republic , the lines surrounding the pavilion are centrical and they create the illusion of pulsation.
The Planar Forum is located under the patio. It takes the same central location. It can be observed by the visitors from different angles and different levels , including from above.

Functions -
The structure of the pavilion

The entrance to the visitor’s center is located at its western edge , collecting the flow from Scheidemannstrasse and from the Central Station(Hauptbahnhoff) and the Metro. The Pre-security zone ( Vorfeld sicherung) is roofed and surrounded by the colonnade of the façade. This way we managed to hide the long queues ( lines) of visitors from the view of passer bys but also the visitors themselves from harsh weather conditions ( both rain and sun).
The internal functional organization follows the logic of the visitors’ movement around the center (Visitors center).

The ground floor plan is organized around The Garden of Democracy, surrounded by the atrium , that opens the view straight to the underground level where Planarforum with Kommunikationsbereich, Cinema Hall and Wardrobes are located. The groundfloor is kept as transparent as possible to give the views toward the outside surrounding. The whole Diskussions and Seminarraume are located at the mezzanine with their own foyer and visitors toilets block.
The structure of the pavilion gets denser on the edges and it always leaves maximum space just around the central part where Garden and Plenarforum are placed.