Hand Over at hdgo, Vienna

Following on from of our Weltmuseum Wien project, Hoskins Architects is currently overseeing completion of works in the neighbouring Neue Burg to create exhibition space for the new House of Austrian History (Haus der Geschichte Österreich – hdgo). The museum – the first museum in Austria to focus on contemporary history – will open to the public in November this year.

Operated by the Austrian National Library, the museum invites visitors to examine Austria’s history in concisely recounted and contemporary presentation. Starting with the foundation of the democratic republic in 1918, the exhibition focuses on social change and political fault lines. Questions aimed at the past yet relevant to the present aim to highlight courses of action for the present and future. Designed to be a discussion forum for the whole of Austria, the House of Austrian History attaches special importance to European and international networking. The inaugural exhibition, with the working title “Austria 1918 – 2018”, discusses the developments of the last one hundred years, showcasing exciting objects and encouraging an examination of the central themes of Austrian history.

Photo Credits: Haus der Geschichte Österreich / Klaus Pichler

On Monday 26th July Hoskins Architects were delighted to hand over circa 1,800 m² of comprehensively renovated exhibition space to enable the museum to begin fit-out works for the exhibition, whilst continuing work on the wider elements of the project including the careful insertion of new access and escape routes into the historic fabric of the Neue Burg.

27 Juli, 2018

Consortium of Hoskins Architects, Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Wenzel+Wenzel to design the new Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg

Die Bewerbergemeinschaft bestehend aus Hoskins Architects (Architekturplanung), Ralph Appelbaum Associates (Ausstellungsgestaltung) und Wenzel+Wenzel (Ausführung) erhielt im April 2018 vom Staatlichen Bauamt Würzburg im Auftrag der Bayerischen Schlösserverwaltung den Zuschlag im europaweit ausgeschriebenen Vergabeverfahren für Sanierung und Umbau der Festung Marienberg zum Museum für Franken - Staatliches Museum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte. Das Projekt umfasst die innere Neustrukturierung und Umgestaltung der gesamten Kernburg auf einer Fläche von insgesamt über 17.000 m². Der neue Dauerausstellungsbereich des Museums für Franken wird ca. 4.000 m² umfassen. Weitere Flächen sind für Sonderausstellungsbereiche, Besucherinfrastruktur, Depot und Verwaltung vorgesehen.

Die Festung Marienberg prägt das Bild der Stadt Würzburg schon von weitem. Die Ursprünge der Festung reichen bis ins 8. Jahrhundert zurück. Vom 13. bis ins 18. Jahrhundert war die Festung der Sitz der Würzburger Fürstbischöfe. Im 17. Jahrhundert wurde die Burg als barocke Festungsanlage ausgebaut. Nach starker Zerstörung im 2. Weltkrieg erfolgte in den Nachkriegsjahren der langsame Wiederaufbau und neben einer musealen Nutzung auch die Nutzung verschiedener Teilbereiche durch unterschiedliche Institutionen, unter anderem als Staatsarchiv und als Tagungszentrum.

Im Rahmen des Umbaus zum Museum für Franken wird die gesamte Festungsanlage schrittweise saniert um den heutigen Anforderungen als Museumsstandort und Besucherattraktion gerecht zu werden. Das Museum für Franken in der Kernburg im Herzen der Festung stellt in diesen weitreichenden Plänen den wichtigsten Baustein dar.

Das Museum für Franken geht hervor aus dem ehemaligen Mainfränkischen Museum. Im Januar 2017 ist es in die Trägerschaft des Freistaats Bayern übergegangen, der auch die Umbaumaßnahmen finanziert.

Unter dem Namen Museum für Franken – Staatliches Museum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte in Würzburg soll das Museum in Zukunft ganz Franken einschließlich der Geschichte der Stadt Würzburg präsentieren und seinen Sammlungshorizont bis in die Gegenwart erweitern. Die Sammlungsbestände des Museum umfassen unter anderem die weltweit größte Sammlung von Skulpturen des Bildhauers Tilman Riemenschneider (1460–1531), eine bedeutende Gemäldesammlung, eine archäologische Sammlung mit Zeugnissen der Vor- und Frühgeschichte Frankens, das für die Geschichte Frankens sehr bedeutende Kiliansbanner von 1266, eine umfangreiche kunsthandwerkliche Sammlung mit Möbeln, Fayencen, Gold- und Silberarbeiten aus dem fränkischen Raum sowie zwei eindrückliche Stadtmodelle des mittelalterlichen Würzburg sowie der zerstörten Stadt im Jahr 1945.

Für Hoskins Architects und Ralph Appelbaum Associates stellt das Projekt nach dem Schottischen Nationalmuseum in Edinburgh (2005-2016) und dem Weltmuseum Wien in der Neuen Hofburg (2013-2017) bereits das dritte große gemeinsame Museumsprojekt im historischen Bestand dar.

Mit Wenzel+Wenzel wurde ein erfahrener Partner für die Ausführung gefunden, der seine Qualität schon bei vielen Museumsprojekten unter Beweis gestellt hat, zuletzt unter anderem beim Historischen Museum in Frankfurt und der James Simon Galerie auf der Berliner Museumsinsel.

22 Juni, 2018

The Uncommon Beauty of Common Things

Charles and Ray Eames explored what they characterised as ‘the uncommon beauty of common things’ through a rich variety of media. The pleasures of everyday activities, familiar objects, and ordinary encounters were shown to have profound emotional and aesthetic significance, and this sensibility underpinned their design work. In this exhibition, Hoskins Architects brings together a wide range of friends and collaborators working across diverse fields, to examine through a variety of media the special potential of everyday things. The exhibition is part of the Architecture Fringe 2018 Programme and admission is free

Date : 09th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th June 2018

Time : 10:00-16:00

Location : The Pipe Factory, Glasgow, G40 2LA

June 2018

20 Juni, 2018

Ten Years for Tim

Our Berlin office was pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our colleague Tim Harland at the tail end of May. After relocating from Australia to Scotland (for the weather, naturally) Tim joined the Glasgow office in 2008, working initially on 6 St Andrew Square, and proving an enthusiastic if ‘Antipodean’ addition to our football team. Later Tim worked on wide range of cultural and education projects, as well as competitions including our entry for Fort York in Toronto and Notre Dame & St Peter’s Primary School in Glasgow. He then focussed on projects in the healthcare sector, including our award winning Ballymena Health and Care Centre in Northern Ireland and Eastwood Health and Care Centre in East Renfrewshire.

Tim was heavily involved in the development of our internal ‘Green Group’ which focuses on continually improving the environmental performance of our built work, and supporting the development of our Environmental Management System which was accredited under ISO 14001 in 2011.

In 2015 Tim moved to our Berlin office where he has worked on the Weltmuseum in Vienna as well as projects for Standard Life Investments in Hamburg and Frankfurt.

May 2018

20 Juni, 2018

Hoskins Architects’ Certified Mediator – Gabriele Bernatzky


Our congratulation go to director Gabi Bernatzky, based in our Berlin office, who has become an accredited Mediator in Design, Construction and the Environment. Hosted by the Bavarian Institute of Architects over the last year, the certification course included: training in conflict control procedures, conflict regulation as a communication process, and mediation in private construction and major projects.

As planning processes become increasingly complex, the involvement of conflicting interest groups in decision-making is becoming increasingly important. Mediation is an excellent way to handle such conflicts constructively; the impartial mediator provides the process, structure and support to assist in resolving conflicts or difficult negotiations.

These skills apply not only to contractual disputes but are also exceptionally useful in supporting early decision-making processes within client bodies. Clear and timely decisions are critical to identifying and developing a strong brief, which we see as a vital part of any successful project. Mediation techniques also underpin a professional and substantive approach to wider stakeholder engagement, often not taken seriously enough in our industry.

If you have a project where identifying a common goal amongst stakeholders or developing a cohesive and well-structured brief is important, or a situation where professional mediation could be of assistance please get in touch via berlin@hoskinsarchitects.com

April 2018

Vacancy - Part II graduate Architectural Assistant/Recently Qualified Architect

Hoskins Architects is looking for enthusiastic Part II architecture graduates/recently qualified architects to join us in our Glasgow studio, initially for a twelve month fixed term.

The successful applicants will work alongside project architects, associates and directors, on a wide range of projects.

Our practice is a busy and creative environment with an award winning portfolio of projects across a whole range of sectors. We’re looking for the right people to help us build on that success by joining our talented teams working on recent new project wins and our existing varied workload.

We look for people who are articulate, curious, creative and interested in design. We want good designers, good communicators and people who want to contribute. The ability to sketch beautifully and/or produce top quality visuals is a must. The office uses Vectorworks, Sketch-up and Photoshop and a knowledge of these is preferred but not essential. Experience of producing tender and construction drawing packages would be an advantage, as well as some site experience.

Our office is fast paced, friendly, focused and fun. It’s a great place to start and grow your architectural career.

Hoskins Architects is an equal opportunities employer. No agencies please.

Closing date 2 March 2018

Please email your CV and examples of work to: recruitment@hoskinsarchitects.com

Successful applicants will be invited for interview and required to present their portfolio.