Discover Germany, Issue 32, November 2015

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Communicative construction KSV architects bridge the gap between design and information KSV stands for three architects who finished their studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar in 1988, one year before the wall came down. Since then, Torsten Krüger, Christiane Schuberth und Bertram Vandreike have merged into the well-received enterprise KSV-architects, working “between the poles of architecture, design and communication”. TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI

KSV architects have long settled themselves in Berlin and established a highly recognised reputation for innovative architecture and design. Situated in a huge, light-flooded loft at Rosenthaler Platz, the agency houses a combined workforce of architects, designers and graphic designers who together tackle sustainable solutions for companies and brands as well as private and publicsector clients. They have won numerous competitions and the manifold nature of their talent is as flexible and broad as the variety of projects they engage in.

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KSV's eye-catching Humboldt-Box, a cubic element with futuristic structures, is a wellknown temporary building in the heart of Berlin, designed to provide information on the upcoming Humboldt-Forum, which is being constructed on the grounds of the former Prussian Stadtschloss. The inside and outside of the building is a wellmatched structure with almost sculptural elements. Standing right by the construction site, the steel structure holds gigantic layers of stretched canvas. Lit from within, by night the sculptural element of the

building is therefore even more predominant. Transparency is a major aspect of the design: it is no secret that the HumboldBox not only holds information for the visitor, but is also designed to encourage submitting potential donations for the costly Humboldt-Forum facade. Being itself a temporary installation, the box mirrors the constant change of the Berlin landscape ever since 1989 as well as the merging of culture and commerce that came with it. Culture and science form one of the pillars of the KSV workload – the Museum for Modern Art in Bozen, Italy is as much an intervention in the historical heart of a city as the Humboldt-Box in Berlin and both bear an emphasis on communication of knowledge. In Bozen, the cube is standing at the end of two new bridges, the Talferbrücken, also designed by KSV. They symbolise not