29th Feb 2016 6:00pm
The Gallery 3rd Floor, Mithras House
Magma Architecture - founded in 2003 by Martin Ostermann and Lena Kleinheinz - is an award-winning, multidisciplinary practice operating at the interface between architecture, design and communication.They specialise in creating visionary landmark buildings, spectacular temporary structures and expressive interiors. The studio has extensive experience working for both public and private clients in the cultural, sport, residential and commercial sectors. Magma’s clients are people who want something different, something that gives them a real identity.
Martin is a founding director of magma architecture. He studied architecture at the Technical University in Aachen, the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Architectural Association in London. Martin started his professional career working as a senior architect at Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin where he was responsible for the Imperial War Museum North, the Jewish Museum San Francisco and the Hong Kong Media Centre amongst others. In 2012 he received an AIA Board of Directors Citation as recognition of his contribution to the new masterplan for the World Trade Center in New York. As founding director of magma architecture Martin has a key role in all the office’s award winning projects as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Shooting Arenas and the Al Qasba Theatre in Sharjah. Martin lectures and teaches amongst others at the Technical University in Cottbus and the Chalmers University in Gothenburg. He is also a regular member of architectural competition juries.
Lena is a founding director of magma architecture. She studied sculpture, architecture and architectural history at the art academies in Münster, Düsseldorf and Berlin and at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Lena started her professional career working for six years as curator and designer of major international exhibitions. She was responsible for projects at the Swiss Expo and Danfoss Universe, an interactive science and technology park in Denmark. In 2003 Lena founded magma architecture with Martin Ostermann. She designed a series of exhibitions by the firm, but was also heavily involved in the office’s award winning interior and architectural designs. Lena lectures regularly and in addition to teaching in Munich and Gothenburg has held a position as visiting professor at the University of Detmold.