Mr. Stefan Blach, from the world-renowned architectural company Studio Libeskind in New York, presented some of the most successful global examples of integrating ultra-modern architecture within city landscapes at GPD 2019.
“It can often be a challenge to introduce important new public spaces without taking off the spirit or the heritage of the city. Innovating and combining the variety of glass types and technologies is what makes it possible,” he claimed, adding that glass helps to include the context of the surrounding area, which is key.
With over two decades of experience in managing some of the Studio’s most complex large-scale projects around the globe, Stefan Blach has led design and consultant teams to reach these goals in a wide range of cultural, residential and commercial developments. This includes the development and completion of the acclaimed Jewish Museum Berlin; the urban rejuvenation development of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Grand Canal Commercial Development in Dublin; the LEED Platinum certified Kö-Bogen retail and office complex in Dusseldorf, Germany; and the recently opened and award-winning MO Modern Art Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Stefan looks at each project and reviews the complexity and nuances of the program and site to find creative solutions by using simple and practical methods that deliver projects at the highest quality and on-budget. He is currently managing the new museum design of the Museo Regional de Tarapacá in Chile, a housing development in Frankfurt, the urban development for the Central Deck and Arena and adjacent mixed-use in Tampere, Finland, as well as several on-going commercial and cultural projects in Europe and Asia.
Before coming to Studio Libeskind, Stefan gained professional experience working both independently and with a number of leading architects, including Tim Heide (Berlin) and Salvador Pérez Arroyo (Madrid) for the Museo de la Ciencia en Cuenca. Stefan received a Diploma in Architecture from the Technische Universität, Berlin in 1991. He is fluent in German and English, and proficient in Spanish.
Video courtesy of GPD Glass Performance Days