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Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Holzer Kobler Architekturen was established in Zurich in 2004 by Prof. Barbara Holzer and Prof. Tristan Kobler. In 2012, it opened a second office in Berlin, led by Philip Norman Peterson. The studio operates internationally and covers a wide spectrum of competences including urban planning and architecture, scenography and design. A multidisciplinary team made up of architects, designers, graphic artists and curators define the uniqueness-driven functioning in close collaboration with public and private sectors as well as a broad network that encompasses industry, science, art and culture.
The work of Holzer Kobler Architekturen focuses on programmatic innovation, aesthetic identity and the characteristics of context in their handling of architecture and space. The concept of Architekturen (architectures) can therefore be understood as an opening and extension of spaces for thinking as well as various other activities in architecture. The studio engages in all matters regarding artistic integrity, cultural and social values as well as sustainable developments within constantly changing demands regarding habitational and working environments. Instead of an easily recognizable form of articulation, the distinguishing feature of every project is its distinctiveness. The result is a trove of novel ideas reflected in the large number of unique creations.
The scope of services of Holzer Kobler Architekturen encompasses the planning and implementation of national and international projects in the fields of building construction, interiors, design and exhibitions for private and public sector clients in business, culture, administration, education, foundations and cooperatives. Increasingly, urban planning projects such as site development with mixed-use, modular structures and conversions are handled. Consulting services for clients and project partners as well as the conceptualisation and implementation of studies are offered, and assignments of a curatorial, museografic or graphics nature are undertaken.
To pass on expert know how and support new talents Barbara Holzer has been lecturing as a professor at the Peter Behrens School of Art (PBSA) in Düsseldorf, Germany, since 2010. Tristan Kobler has been teaching as a professor at the Haute École d’Art et de Design at Geneva, Switzerland, since 2009. Selected research projects, international committee and jury duties as well as various speaking engagements at lecture series and industry platforms are completing the profile of the office.
LOCATION: Zurich, Switzerland
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