University of Nottingham
In November 2020 we are invited to discuss one of our recent researches on cooperative housing in Hamburg via a virtual conference hosted by the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. The paper is entitled "Cooperative housing as a substratum for societal integration, can this be achieved in Hamburg?" The results of this research aim to provide new insights of the significant role of cooperative housing in strengthening the social cohesion and collective action of Hamburg’s’ neighbourhoods, precisely for acquiring residence at relatively low prices during the current booming housing market.
Primary School Bickbargen
Construction phase 3
The renovation and expansion work at the Bickbargen primary school is progressing. The building from the 1970s is currently being given additional classrooms and an extension to the cafeteria, while work is being carried out on the facade of the existing building. The project was recently presented in an article in the Hamburger Abendblatt.more ...
East to Hamburg in Lütjensee, we have proposed a conceptual idea for a kindergarten of 6 groups. The chosen location is situated on a hill with a stunning view of the surrounding landscape and the spacious outdoor play area.The design is now further developed together with the project team.
Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona
The Technical University of Catalonia announced the publication of the proceedings book of its 17th International Conference on Freedom of Decision! Architecture as a bridge between nature and culture. Among the selected contributions was our research entitled "When participatory design becomes a democratic sphere of influence: the case of the Kurt Schwitters Forum in Hanover".more ...
Heinrich Eschenburg School
The primary school in Holm needs to be extended and remodeled to accommodate more pupils and changed requirements. We developed a concept design with alternative courtyard options, some of them covered. The local politicians discussed the pros and cons and stated their preference for an option with a glass roof over a multi purpose central hall. The discussion is featured in an article in the Wedel Schulauer Tageblatt.more ...
Office Assistant needed!
We are looking for an office assistant (m / f / d) to strengthen our dynamic, international team. We are an architecture firm in the Kontorhaus district in the middle of the old town of Hamburg and we need a motivated organizational talent to support our diverse tasks and for public relations. Good knowledge of English and MS Office are a prerequisite, and flexible working hour are negotiable. You can find more information about our office at the following link: https://janbraker.de If you are interested in working with us, please send your application by email to: email@example.com
Architect or Engineer (f/m/d)
We are looking for an experienced project manager for detail design and site management phases to be hired at our office in Hamburg. In our office, we offer the chance to be involved in variety of project typologies with a friendly, international team within a communicative office atmosphere. If you are interested in working with us, please send your application with your portfolio, curriculum vitae by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org ...
Private Initiatives vs. State Interventions in Cairo
We are pleased that our paper "Private Initiatives versus State Interventions in Downtown Cairo: An On-Going Debate Questioning the Sustainability of Newly Pedestrianized Streets. The Cases of Kodak and Al-Alfi Passageways" co-authored with Dr. Shaimaa Ashour has been published by Springer in the proceedings book 'Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility—Volume 1`more ...
Nottingham Trent University
In September we are invited to present two new researches: “Mind the gap! Why are Muslim Migrants and Homosexuals not sharing the same public space in Hamburg? The case of St. Georg” and "Revamping German Educational facilities into communal centres and the role of the architect" at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. The conference “Virtual Traditions: The Transience of tradition in changing geographies and global landscapes” is organised by IASTE- International Association for the study of traditional environments.
Socialist Housing Strategies in Eastern Europe and The Middle East
In December the Technical University in Darmstadt has published online proceedings of their last conference 'Three Decades of Post-Socialist Transition'. Our paper with the title: 'Three Digit Blocks”; The Socialist Imprint on the Housing Strategies in Eastern Europe and The Middle East' has been included.more ...
We have been invited to design a concept for a new kindergarten in Geesthacht. Our strategy develops a walkable, green landscape from a combination of hexagon elements. In the long term, the plantings will transform the building into a playable, green oasis.more ...
We were asked to develop a small kindergarten building, which should serve as a supplement to an existing facility. The structure is organized and shaped in such a way that it can be arranged on plots with complex site constraints, it also can be expanded as required.more ...
Design / Partial Completion
We were commissioned to investigate the extension and reorganization of a hundred year old school, which is part of a classic village center. Our proposal places a new building at a strategic position to create a new face to the school, interior spaces as well as the redefinition of the schoolyard. In the course of our work, the school's sanitary wing was overhauled and a building permit was obtained.more ...
Queen's University of Belfast
On the 17th of June Dr. Bedour Braker is invited to give a Pecha Cucha presentation during the 'Street Space' workshop at the Town Hall of Belfast, the presentation is under the title: "K77, a Cultural Squatting in Berlin".She will also join a group of experts and academics in the two day workshop to explore the complexity of some of the local mixed streets in Belfast. The workshop is a follow-up on StreetSpace, which is a one year project directed/led by Dr. Agustina Martire, which was conducted by Masters students of Architecture at Queen's University of Belfast, in collaboration with Anthropology and Film Studies as well as the Department for Communities and Belfast City Council. https://www.streetspaceresearch.com/about
Gebrueder Humboldt School
We were commissioned to design a new extension to the Gebrüder Humboldt School in order to replace an existing building. Our proposals aims to improve the 'face' of the building and its connectivity to other parts of the school and the surrounding public space.more ...
Johann Rist Gymnasium
We have completed a feasibility study for a school expansion on a bunker in Wedel. The design provides for up to 27 additional classrooms, which are arranged in 3 planted terraces with a view of the schoolyard. Inside there is a two-story break hall, which uses openings in the floor to create a link to the underground bunker system and its history.more ...
Hanover University of Music, Drama und Media
We were invited to design two additional pieces of furniture for the foyer of the hanover university of music, drama and media. We were delighted to be commissioned, as we developed the transformation of the foyer space for two universities under one roof over a long period of time. Our involvement started 2008 and this last design proposal allowed us to revisit the spaces and see the installations used by new generations of students.more ...
Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya / Barcelona
We presented our research "When Participatory Design becomes a democratic sphere of influence, the case of ‘Kurt Schwitters's forum’ in Hannover" at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya at the end of May. This research takes our project of ‘Kurt Schwitters forum’ in Hannover as a strong example of the convergence between design and the cultural social history. It portrays the importance of participatory design in creating active spaces that fulfil the needs of its users. Through reviewing the history of Student Unions in Germany, the paper explains how the students utilising the case study played an effective role in transforming a regular space into an active territory. The research also stresses the fact that the improvement of educational spaces, in particular, is partially about believing in the will of the young generations and involving them in the decision-making processes. An involvement that would create leaders who can sustain, preserve and change public spaces, from vacant intermediate zones into interactive spaces for all.
University of Nottingham
On the 20th & 21st of May, Jan Braker was invited as a guest crit for the final reviews of the MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) at the University of Nottingham, Architecture and Built Environment. The programme is led by Dr. Katharina Borsi. If you are in Nottingham we recommend to have a look at the end of year show with some fascinating projects, which will be opened to the public on the 20th of June.
University of Darmstadt
At TU Darmstadt, we will be discussing our new research on the post socialist transitions that have occurred in both Egypt and the East of Germany since the 1960s. Many cities at that time were under the control of totalitarian regimes and were forced to follow specific developmental strategies during times of low levels of economy and limited industrialisation resources. The research tries to identify, specifically, the dominant characteristics and similarities in the performance of the socialist housing systems in two specific cases in both cities, while shedding the light on the reasons that led to the current condition. Our study attempts to find an approach that would prevent other areas from becoming a social-problem zone which might eventually lead to a politically explosive situation at some point. The conference is solely organized by TU Darmstadt under the title: “Three decades of post-socialist transition” and will take place in May 2019
University of Birmingham
In April 2019 we are presenting a new research: “An unprecedented lens for re-envisioning the past; the case of the ‘flak-towers’ of Hamburg as symbols of a dark heritage” at The university of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. The study discusses the overshadowing dark German heritage since the WWII and its implications on the urban fabric then and now.The conference “The Thrill of the Dark: Heritages of Fear, Fascination and Fantasy” is jointly organised by: Department of Ethnology, Stockholm University, Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy, University of Illinois and Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage.more ...
The building permit for a movement kindergarten with eight groups was granted. The two-storey building is located on a beautiful property and forms an ensemble with an old farm, which is used as a community center.more ...
American University of Dubai
Teaming up with Dr. Shaimaa Ashour from Cairo, we presented a research under the title: “Private Initiatives Versus State Intervention, Successes and Failures in Downtown Cairo”. The paper discusses the successes/failures of the collaboration between urban planners and users in Downtown streets through exploring bottom-up intervention as opposed to top-down planning process. We questioned how can we ‘as planners and entrepreneurs’ make sure that such transformations would not gentrify the streets as how we know them. What sort of policies ensure our social responsibilities toward our societies.
University of Liverpool
Presentation AIT Architektursalon
We gave a presentation at the AIT Architektursalon in Hamburg about the development of our office to a group of fifth year architecture students from the University of Liverpool. The students are developing proposals for a site in the Eastern part of the Hafencity in Hamburg, the design topic is called Expedient Infrastructure. The programme is mentored by Ian Ritchie Architects from London and we are providing local support.
The building to increase the capacity of an existing kindergarten has been completed. The extension takes on the materials and roof shapes of the surroundings, but allows for high, very well naturally lit ceilings in the interior. The concept allows the conversion of a large part of the building into a community hall for the village at a later stage.
University of Heidelberg
We will present a research on Micro-urban spaces: the changing role and dynamics of small urban communities. Teh title of the research is: “Influential Urban Pockets in Times of Social Injustice, The Case of Townhouse Complex in Downtown Cairo”
Arkan Theatre Cairo
The design concept and engineering for the Arkan Theatre for El Badr has been completed. This stage was developed with Ian Ritchie Architects in Londen, Prof Doug King, Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design, Ulrike Brandi Licht and Jake Wiltshire stage lighting. This new 1000-seat theatre is part of their Arkan Expansion located on the 26th of July corridor connecting the west Cairo cities of Sheikh Zayed and 6th of October with central Cairo.more ...
Krakow, University of Birmingham
Amongst 130 participants from all-over the world, our team presented a research with the title: From 80,000 to Only 8 Persons: Tracing the Urban Heritage of the Dwindling Jewish Community in Modern Cairo. The research explored the modern history of the Jewish community in Egypt and the reasons behind its demolition during the 20th century. We discussed an approach to retain this lost urban heritage which was once a prominent part of the Egyptian identity.more ...
Extension Kindergarten Bergedorfer Schlossstrasse
The second expansion of the existing kindergarten within the parish building of the church St.Petri and Pauli has received planning approval. A former flat within a roof attic is supposed to be transformed into an additional space for childcare. We completed a first expansion in 2011 in the building originally designed by Hermann Diestel which has been listed in the meantime.more ...
DBZ Modular Building
Our project kindergarten Holzhuepfer has been featured in a special edition of the DBZ (Deutsche Bauzeitung). We were asked to contribute by reflecting on our experiences with prefabricated, modular building systems. The DBZ ist the oldest German architecture magazine and is published since over 150 years.more ...
We completed a design concept for a primary school, which incorporated aspects regarding fire safety, energetic improvements and general refurbishment of the building fabric. We're looking forward to develop this further at a later stage.
Birkbeck College London
We presented a paper entitled: “Cinema Radio in Downtown Cairo, From movies display to politics interplay”. The research investigated the unique space of the old cinema Radio in Downtown Cairo as a typological testament as well as a physical evidence that showcased the spatial and political memory of Egypt since its establishment in 1940s. It is an emblematic building which became a reminiscence medium for three generations in the 20th century.
We have participated in a very productive workshop in Belfast organised and moderated by Dr. Agustina Martire from Queens University. The round-table discussions revolved around finding solutions and new ideas on how to understand and interpret urban spaces within the streets of Belfast city centre. Dr.Bedour Braker also gave a short presentation on the revitalisation processes in similar cases in Downtown Cairo for more inspiration. The outcome of the workshop was presented to the City’s Authority to be considered within the preservation plans of the city.
The construction work on the kindergarten Samenkorn is progressing well, the topping-out ceremony has been carried out.
We are delighted that the municipality of Appen has decided to hire us for a new kindergarten after a competitive selection process. The idea is to build an institution which emphasizes movement for 120 children on a very beautiful plot.
The artwork in the central hall of the Kindergarten Sonnensegler, completed in August, was presented in an opening event. The two wing friezes by Oliver Ross have been installed and combine motifs from local flora and fauna to great collages.
The Wall - Bologna, Italy
The team of Bedour Braker, Svenia Oehmig and Jessica Stade participated with an idea for an installation of a complex of mirrors called “Placeless Space”. The idea questioned how do we perceive a space? What kind of walls do we accumulate in our minds throughout our life that prevent us from seeing the truth? The installation leads the visitor of the complex of the bibliotheca Salaborsa in Bologna to explore the richness of its public space. This exploration is achieved through a journey between four panels of semi-transparent mirrors positioned in different distances from each other and from the surrounding buildings. The panels work together as a wall in one entity- to see - through the cityscape in the background, at the same time to see the reflection of the surroundings
Renovation School Bickbargen
Completion Phase 1
The first construction phase of the renovation of the school Bickbargen is completed. The former kindergarten has been demolished and works carried out at the gymnasium, a new sanitary tract and two classrooms.
The building permit for the second extension of Kita Samenkorn in Breitenburg has been granted. The separate building will accommodate about 60 children.
Lake Kerkini Greece
We were invited by Prof. Iordanis Stylidis (University of Thessaly) to attend a workshop in the Lake Kerkini Nature Reserve. A reservoir and the interaction of the developing flora and fauna were investigated with students from Egypt and Greece.
Interim Kita Bickbargen
Start on site
Technical University of Delft
We participated in a conference on the influence of Jane Jacobs theses in the 21st century. Bedour Braker has given two presentations of research on public space and public safety in the context of Egypt. Both papers have been published by the TU Delft.more ...
The planning approval for a kindergarten with 100 children and a size of 1000m² has been granted. The triangular building is organized around a central hall with skylight and optimally utilizes the existing property.
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre London
The new building in central London has been created and opened for the exchange of theoretical and experimental brain research scientists. The project was realized by Ian Ritchie Architects and Jan Braker Architect contributed to the research on the development of the facade.
Start on site
The construction works of the remodelling and extension of the Kindergarten Kirchwerder have been completed and the operations have been started again.more ...
Start on site
The construction works on the site have started, the piling is already completed.
The nursery section of the Kindergarten Bickbargen has started to work, the building is operational.more ...
Inbetween Spaces Cairo
The results of the design studio ( 2011 - MSA University ) exploring inbetween spaces in Downtown Cairo have been part of an exhibition about projects and research in Downtown, which have been initiated and realised by Omar Nagati and the Cluster team.
Kindergarten Lotte Lemke
The nursery building for the Kindergarten Lotte Lemke has been completed and will to start to be operational in the new year.more ...
The extension and remodelling of the Kindergarten Kirchwerder has received planning approval.
Kindergarten & Extension
Community Centre Prisdorf
The kindergarten and extension to the community centre in Prisdorf have been completed and opened following a festive inauguration.more ...
The remodelling of the former primary school for the purposes of the public library and the community college have been completed. The facilities have been inaugurated with an open day.more ...
Start On Site
The construction works for the new nursery building together with a large parking facility have started.
Start On Site
The construction works have started for the new nursery building, which incorporates an old tree and a center for senior citizens on the same site.
German University Cairo
Guest lecture 'Educational Spaces' at the German University of Cairo about built projects in the field of education.
Foundation Stone Ceremony
The foundation stone ceremony takes place after the removal of the old school and the completion of the foundations.
Co-Authored with Dr. Basil Kamel, Our research 'Reclaiming Urban Settings: A Community Based Public Space' was featered in OZ Magazine in their Vol. 35. The paper discussed the new shifts of production of urban spaces today in Cairo from institutional entities into the hands of the community, represented in pocket urban spaces within the city fabric.more ...
The planning permission for the new nursery building of the Kindergarten AWO has been granted.
The planning permission for the new nursery building of the Kindergarten Bickbargen has been granted.
The planning permission for the kindergarten and extension to the community center has been granted.
Schule Nord Halstenbek
The planning permission for the conversion of the former primary school 'Schule Nord' for the purposes of the local public library and community center has been granted.
New office spaces
in the 'Kontorhausviertel'
The new office spaces in the 'Wikinghaus' in the Kontorhausviertel area between the townhall and the hafencity have been occupied.
Kurt Schwitters Forum
The foyer and the new computer work spaces under the name of Kurt Schwitters have been inaugerated under participation of the presidents of both universities, staff and students with a theater performance followed by a party.more ...
The kindergarten for 75 children, of whom some are disabled, is completed and the users have moved in. The large solar energy plant on the roof produces energy since october.more ...
Kindergarten Bergedorfer Schloßstraße
The complex reconfiguration and extension of the kindergarten in the parish building is completed and the users have moved back.more ...
Kindergarten An der Raa
The new kindergarten for 100 children has been completed and occupied by its users.more ...
09/2011Completion kindergarten and residential units Schillerstraße
The reconfiguration of the former parish building into a kindergarten and two residential units has been completed, inlcuding the energetic improvement of the complete facade.more ...
04/2011Townhouse Gallery CairoDesign studio and lecture
During the design studio in collaboration with Omar Nagati / MSA University in Cairo Jan Braker gave a lecture about the concept behind the project Expo Plaza 12 in Hannover.
11/2010 Planning approval Kita Bergedorfer Schlossstrasse
The reconfiguration of the hisorically valuable parish building in Hamburg Bergedorf has been approved. The existing kindergarten will be reconfigured and the usable areas will be doubled.
10/2011 Planning approval Expo Plaza 12 Hannover
The planning application for the reconfiguration of the Foyer of the Expo Plaza 12 building in colloboration with two colleges has been approved. The realization is planned for early 2011.
The kindergarten Bismarckstrasse in Pinneberg has been opened with a festive celebrationmore ...
10/2010 Planning approval Kita Regenbogen
The planning application for the kindergarten Kita Regenbogen has been approved. The Kita will accomodate 70 kids and will especially be suited for disabled children.
08/2010 Planning approval Kita & appartment building
The planning application for the 4 story building in Hamburg Altona has been approved. The building, which was originally pastorate, will be reconfigured, a kindergarden will be in corporated and the facade will be refurbished.
08/2010Planning approval Kita An der Raa
The planning approval has been granted for the new kindergarden An der Raa in Pinneberg commissioned by the city of Pinneberg. The start on site of the kindergarden for 100 kids will be in September.
Exhibitions / Nomination
Projects of Diploma students, Atelier 14, University of Greenwich are exhibited in the annual exhibition as well as in the exhibition / event 'The Stones of Menace' in London, one project is nominated for 'The Class of 2010' (James Walker, image by Ingrid Schreiber-France)
05/2010 Kita Bismarckstrasse on site
The building works have started for the kindergarden Kita Bismarckstrasse in Pinneberg.more ...
10/2009 Hans-Otto-Theatre / BDA
The BDA Brandenburg and the Hans- Otto- Theatre organize a panel discussion about utopia and reality in architecture with the participation of Jan Braker.
07/2009 Robin Hood Gardens Exhibition - London - Hamburg
Diploma students of the University of Greenwich are exhibiting their proposals for Robin Hood Gardens, a controversly discussed social housing estate in London in the Royal Institute of British Architects. An extract of the exhibition with a lecture of Jan Braker is shown in Hamburg in the context of the Hamburg Architecture Summer.
04/2009 Hafencity Magdeburger Hafen
Competition entry for the new German headquarters of Greenpeace, a designport including designcenter designxport and 100 appartments. In collaboration with Ian Ritchie Architects, Max Fordham Engineers and Hahn von Hantelmann Landschaftsarchitekten as one of 16 selected teams.more ...
01/2009 College for Music and Theatre Hannover
An investigation to revitalize the site of the Expo in Hannover via an example for a multifunctional spacial structure. The study was commmissioned by the College for Music and Theatre Hannover with additional involvement by the University for Applied Science Hannover.
12/2008 School Holzkirchen
A competition for a school in Bavaria after a selection process - the building as a place with very diverse qualities interwoven with the landscape.more ...
11/2008 Kita Berner Heerweg
The planning application for the kindergarden Berner Heerweg in Hamburg-Farmsen has been submitted. The proposal incorporates a 120 year old beech tree and allows for plenty of view connections and playing opportunities."more ...