We are living through a historic moment in society´s relationship with the automobile. A period of rapid technological transition in mobility choices has been radically altered in a matter of weeks by the advent of the Covid 19 pandemic. Movement restrictions and accompanying social distancing requirements have made this evolving scenario affect all levels of society and modes of transport – air, land, sea as well as public and private means of mobility. This new reality offers us an opportunity to reflect and reconsider the role of cars in our lives, our cities, the wider environment and economy.
On Monday 16 September the Lord Mayor of Potsdam, the Ambassador to Norway and our client Michael Linckersdorff inaugurated the re-built Ventehalle (reception building) for the Imperial Sailing station Kongsnaes in Potsdam. This event marked the completion of the first phase of works at the Sailing Station which Borgos Pieper has been working on as designers since 2015.
The studio was invited to speak at a panel discussion about the role of light in architecture with Claude Engle IV with whom we have collaborated on various projects over the last two decades both during our time at Foster + Partners and afterwards on our own public and private projects in Europe and overseas. The focus of the discussion was to explain the innovative approach that Claude and his father Claude Engle III have contributed to key public projects in the realm of architectural lighting. The discussion ranged from the early design stage concepts and their testing and documentation as the designs develop – via mock-ups and virtual testing. These were particularly important for ground-breaking schemes such as the Reichstag (the new German parliament in Berlin), Stansted airport, the Portia Winery or the Bilbao Metro system where the architects worked with the designer.
The studio was invited to presented its ground-breaking interactive all glass bus shelter at the Smart Cities World Expo in Barcelona by the regional government´s environment ministry and the Barcelona design museums innovation hub - MaterFAD. The display of the shelter included the presentation of the jury video of the competition winning scheme in Denmark as well as the scale model of the scheme that was under development with the Nordic Glazing Association.
The team formed by the joint venture between Borgos Pieper, Nova Ingenieria and Grupotec have been selected winners of the competition to complete the first phase of construction of the park which will start site operations in early 2015.
Borgos Pieper have won the prestigious International Red Dot Concept Design Award 2014 from a field of 4,791 entrants from over 60 countries. The innovative design of the Glass Shelter, pushes the boundaries of glazing technologies as well as media content.