The credo of this year's forum: "Give the customer a reason to come, give him a reason to stay and a reason to talk about it!" In addition to the digital aspects, the focus of the event is on fascinating worlds of experience and the trends in retail, architecture and shopfitting. Our partner and Head of Corporate Communication, Angela Kreutz, will be part of the event and will focus on the topic of Fashion & Lifestyle in her Deep Dive Session on the second day of the event.

At the specialist conference of the Management Forum Starnberg on September 26 and 27 in Vienna, everything will revolve around the construction and operation of commercial kitchens and modern company catering. In his contribution on the second day of the conference at 12 noon, our partner Jürgen Gaiser will provide insights into how we create places for employees to come together, how company catering becomes a corporate ambassador, creates an emotional bond with the company and how we succeed in defining space and content for generations Z and alpha.

On September 26, the Munich Real Estate Congress will focus on current trends in the industry. Our partner Benjamin Blocher will join the discussion on the podium starting at 1 pm.

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Also in 2023 blocher partners will be present at the real estate fair and conference in Munich | EXPO REAL. Wolfgang Mairinger, Anja Pangerl, Matthias Both and Benjamin Blocher as representatives of the management as well as Annette Willige, Head of Business Development, will be available for an exchange at the stand of the Rhine-Neckar metro region (C1. 130) from Wednesday, October 4 to Friday, October 6. Further information under: 0711-22482-0 or

The Construction World Architect and Builder (CWAB) Awards, instituted in 2006, are India's most coveted awards for the architecture and building industry. The awards recognise the people and organisations responsible for the changing landscape of the country – the Top Architects and Builders of India. Together with blocher partners india we are pleased and proud to be awarded »India's Top Architect – West«.

From a total of 94 eligible submissions in the award process "Exemplary Building Stuttgart" of the Chamber of Architects of Baden-Württemberg, the jury chose 24 objects, which they awarded as all-round successful solutions. We are very pleased about the award for our project Designhotel EmiLu Stuttgart. The jury based its decision on criteria such as external design, dimensions and proportions of the building, internal space, allocation of rooms and practicality, appropriateness of means and materials, constructive honesty, sustainability, integration and interaction with the urban context and the environment.

Together with our contractor, Neufeld Immobilien GmbH from Oedheim, Benjamin Blocher presented our vision for the aging Wollhaus to the Heilbronn City Council on Tuesday. The aim of the urban master plan is to strengthen the present qualities of the existing building as well as to expand it in a viable way, so that the Wollhaus becomes an attractor in the future. The prominent location holds great potential for urban redevelopment of the surrounding public areas. The concept also convinced the city representatives. Heilbronner Stimme and SWR Aktuell report.

"We have to roll up our sleeves again": So says Benjamin Blocher from the architecture firm blocher partners, who is a guest at Immobileros with his colleague Angela Kreutz, responsible for strategic corporate communications and head of the communications agency that belongs to the firm.

Both roll up their sleeves with their teams when it comes to urban development. A perennial topic, which is used here with a different word for a change: Experience competition. In addition, for the people of Stuttgart, of course, it's all about Stuttgart 21 and the opportunities arising from this world-famous project that is paralyzing half the city center.

We talk about entrepreneurs who live out local patriotism with their innovations, about the courage of developers, about architects who build for themselves. It has to be about the one-size-fits-all in #urbandevelopment. My interviewees cite Hamburg and Düsseldorf as beacons of how to do it right.

We also touch on depoliticized discussions, ask ourselves whether key positions are always filled correctly, look for an answer to the question of whether block building always exists and why empty department stores in city centers can certainly have advantages.

🎧 You can access the #Podcast here:

On July 11, our partner Matthias Both will moderate the panel "My office is the whole city" at the 15th Real Estate Dialog Region Stuttgart in the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Center starting at 12 p.m. and will address the question of what the new diversity of corporate and work culture looks like with his discussion partners. The Real Estate Dialog is one of the largest meetings among real estate experts and the public sector. For 15 years, the event has stood for exchange between business, politics and the public sector.

On July 4, representatives of the real estate industry will discuss the future and challenges of the real estate market in the Swabian metropolis together with decision-makers from politics and business at the Stuttgart Real Estate Congress in the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Our partner Benjamin Blocher will be part of the panel discussion on "Urban Development & Sustainability" starting at 11 am.

On June 29, our Head of Design - Architecture, Sebastian Schott, will join the panel discussion on the topic of "Best Practice" at the Bestandsimmobilien-Kongress, which will take place as part of the IMMOCOM Event "Real Estate Mitteldeutschland 2023" in Leipzig. The networking event will provide well-founded insights into the wide-ranging field of portfolio development.

Full house at our headquarters. A perfect stage for the staging of their DACHMARKENFORUM, as the organizers Josef Roosen and André Berger emphasized. Around 100 industry representatives and connoisseurs of the scene came to Stuttgart last week, including many friends and business partners. The most important conclusion of the event: Change requires courage from all of us! We thank all participants for the successful event.

On Thursday, June 22, the Dachmarkenforum will be our guest in Stuttgart with Part 3 of the trilogy on the topic of »Emotional Branding«. Together we will get to the bottom of the question of how retail can continue to flourish in the future – whether analog or digital. We are looking forward to exciting presentations by experts from the retail and consulting industry as well as inspiring discussions. Would you like to report on the event as a press representative? Then please contact us, we will be happy to organize your participation:

On Tuesday, June 13, the second day of this year's Modular Construction Congress in Dortmund, Benjamin Blocher will present current residential construction projects by blocher partners and explain which solutions modular construction offers for current issues such as housing shortage, shortage of skilled workers and climate crisis.

On Tuesday, June 6, at this year's Hotel Real Estate Congress in Frankfurt am Main, the industry event for the hotel and hotel real estate industry, our partner, architect and interior designer Anja Pangerl will reveal what makes hotel concepts successful and how to create feel-good places where people feel at home, based on our project Designhotel EmiLu in Stuttgart.

At the Real Estate Congress Rhine-Neckar, representatives from politics and the real estate industry discuss current developments and perspectives for the respective asset classes. Our partner Matthias Both will be part of the panel "Residential and Office". Starting at 11 a.m., everything will revolve around the question of how residential and office assets can contribute to the quality of life.

"Manage to Green: From Heat Pump to Real Sales" is the title of a panel discussion at the Retail Symposium in Vienna, in which Benjamin Blocher will participate. Motto of the event this year: Follow the Beat!

From April 17 to 22, BAU, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, will take place at Messe München. With its own special show, the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) will be addressing the question of how we need to build today so that it is still sustainable in 2030. We are pleased to be part of the exciting conference program as a partner of the DGNB. Benjamin Blocher will be a guest at the networking event on Monday, April 17, and Jürgen Gaiser will be a guest on Wednesday, April 19, both at 5 pm. Where? At the DGNB booth designed by us in hall C2 booth 518.

Together with the Ministry of State Development and Housing, the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects awarded 44 exemplary projects for good building culture in the districts of Main-Tauber-Kreis, Hohenlohekreis and Landkreis Schwäbisch Hall. Our project Fassfabrik Schwäbisch Hall was able to convince the jury and is a successful example of how a brownfield site relevant to industrial history can be reactivated, architectural heritage preserved and revitalized with new content. The spirit of the former use was preserved and, with targeted design interventions, transformed into a future-oriented ambience for representative events. The corporate design developed by our sister company typenraum, including logo, guidance system and room graphics, also made an important contribution.

The Dachmarkenforum is an interdisciplinary communication platform for fashion, lifestyle, retail and industry. The event on March 23 in Dornbirn, Austria, will explore the question of what the framework conditions are for retail to continue to flourish in the future. Erik Schimkat, Managing Director of blocher partners sens, will provide an answer to this question with his presentation: "Collective Individualism: Sustainably Relevant through Participation".

Save the Date: From March 14 – 17, the leading players of the international real estate market will meet in Cannes at MIPIM, the world's leading trade fair for the real estate industry. Together with the state capital Stuttgart, blocher partners will be on site and present Stuttgart as a real estate location. Our partners Wolfgang Mairinger, Matthias Both, Benjamin Blocher and our Head of Business Development, Annette Willige, are looking forward to an inspiring exchange with you.

Visit us at the Palais des Festivals, booth P4.C20 – City of Stuttgart.
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Kathrin Cook, Team Leader Interior Design, and Jörg Becker, Creative Director of our communications agency typenraum, will be giving a joint presentation at INHORGENTA in Munich. On Saturday, February 25, 4 p.m., the topic will be "Customer-oriented design strategy for exclusive experiences." While Jörg will deal with visual brand communication and corporate language, Kathrin will provide insights into the creative translation into store design. INHORGENTA, Europe's leading platform for jewelry, watches and gemstones, will take place from February 24 to February 27.

Make your plans now: Interesting conversations and get-togethers await you at our booth at EuroShop. From Sunday, February 26, to Thursday, March 2, we look forward to sharing ideas with you. Together with our partner MuSe Content, the full-service agency in the field of in-store multimedia, we will take you on a journey into the digital world and show you new trends. So block your calendar now for our exciting presentations.

On Monday, February 27, on the Retail Designers' Stage with our partner Jürgen Gaiser, who knows: »Curated experiences lead directly to the customer's heart«. On March 1 Erik Schimkat, co-founder of Strategy & Consulting blocher partners sens, and Marco Burkhardtsmayer, founder of the virtual agency MuSe Content, will show »Ways for relevance in retail« on the Store Design Stage.

You will find us in the Designers' Village in Hall 13, Stand DV-12. For meeting requests, please contact

»In the green range«, a statement that has become wishful thinking this year at the latest in view of the many crises and events - nevertheless, we have titled our 2022 yearbook "The Green Book". Especially in these times, there is a need to raise awareness about the situation we find ourselves in and look ahead. In addition to a cross-section of current projects from all areas of our transdisciplinary work, the leitmotif of sustainability resonates in various essays and interviews.

Our transformation project Fassfabrik Schwäbisch Hall was awarded by the Baukultur-Initiative Hohenlohe-Tauberfranken. This is awarded by the Ministry of State Development and Housing Baden-Württemberg and the Chamber of Architects Baden-Württemberg and is intended to make regional building culture visible. According to the jury's decision, the project clearly shows the potential that can be found in industrial architecture if there is a willingness to preserve it.

The event »Purpose User and Life Cycle Assessment - Shaping today for tomorrow« on November 16 in Heidelberg focuses on architecture, urban planning and building of the future in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. For blocher partners, Matthias Both will be on site and share his expertise in a panel discussion on the topics of transformation and user expectations regarding sustainable sites.

Another milestone for the Heiners urban development project in Neu-Ulm: The groundbreaking ceremony for the project, which just received a polis award, took place in the presence of Ministerialrätin Petra Kramer from the Bavarian State Ministry of Housing, Construction and Transport, Mayor Katrin Albsteiger and Berthold Stier, Managing Director of the Neu-Ulm Development Company. For blocher partners, Senior Partner Wolfgang Mairinger was on site for the ceremony. Learn more about the multifaceted, mixed-use building.

The Will No 16 project in Munich received an award in the »Residential Buildings of the Year« competition. A jury of experts selected the new construction of five urban villas among the best projects in the »Premium Living« category. The prize is awarded by the Callwey publishing house since 2019. The 50 best projects in 12 categories are additionally issued in book form.

At the Jewelers' Congress in Pforzheim from October 9 to 11, everything will revolve around the world of beautiful jewelry and luxurious watches. Numerous lectures, interviews and discussions will shed light on various facets of the industry. As an office also active in the Luxury Retail Design segment, we are looking forward to being present at the Jewelers' Congress. Our interior designer Kathrin Cook, who is responsible for this segment, will additionally contribute her many years of expertise to a panel discussion on "Shopfitting of the Future" on October 10.

The Trendforum Retail on September 28 and 29 in Frankfurt am Main is a top-class meeting of the retail scene and offers diverse insights and best practices. Erik Schimkat, Managing Director of blocher partners sens will also be on hand to talk about the benefits of transdisciplinary processes and the three ways retailers can remain relevant in the future in his presentation on September 29.

In the PANDION AG competition for a six-story residential building on Bahnhofstraße in Berlin-Köpenick, the design by blocher partners unanimously prevailed and was awarded 1st place by the jury.

On the approximately 7,300 square meter site in the center of Köpenick, around 140 apartments are to be built, as well as commercial space with gastronomy on the first floor. At least 50 percent of the apartments will be barrier-free. The plans envisage living in the area of tension between history, urbanity and woodland. The urban development concept of the design was particularly emphasized. It takes appropriate account of the adjacent listed buildings from the 1930s, the Gründerzeit urban structures along Bahnhofstrasse and the Forum Köpenick.

In the Trendforum Retail podcast with Daniel Schnödt, Erik Schimkat, managing director of blocher partners sens, talked about the benefits of co-creative processes, why the future of retail lies in the pace and acceptance of change processes, and many other topics that are currently driving retail. Click here to listen to the podcast.

At the EHI Retail Design Days on September 13 and 14 in Cologne, the entire spectrum of retail will be examined. Benjamin Blocher, Partner, will take a look at the topic from an architectural perspective in his lecture "Transformation of the City Center" and show what modern urban development can look like in concrete ways.

This year's Handelsblatt Annual Conference on August 30 and 31 in Düsseldorf will focus on the new framework conditions for people, space, IT & culture. A question that also concerns us. Partner Jürgen Gaiser and Erik Schimkat, management blocher partners sens, will take a stand on the drastic change of our (office) working world in their dialog under the motto »Transdisciplinary into Transformation«. They will provide answers to the changing employee and employer needs and the new framework conditions. How companies can deal with these disruptive changes, which strategy and which design concept fits - there are already interesting projects at blocher partners on which Gaiser and Schimkat will exchange views.

Handelsblatt congress Future Workplace & Office

Jutta Blocher, managing director and founder of blocher partners, was a guest at TextilWirtschaft. The conversation with TW editor Judith Kessler resulted in an exciting podcast about sustainability in shopfitting and the right mix in retail.

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In the competition by invitation for the new development of the G6 in Mannheim, our architecture draft was able to convince the jury and was awarded 1st prize. For GBG Mannheimer Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH, blocher partners will now realise a new quarter with 49 flats and a day-care centre in an inner-city context.

Our entry was able to prevail against 9 other entries, with the jury praising in particular the careful consideration of the qualities of the site as well as the opportunities the architecture offers for an attractive community-oriented neighbourhood.

At the presentation of the German Natural Stone Award 2022 at the stone+tec trade fair in Nuremberg, the EmiLu design hotel was honored in the "Building in Existing Contexts" category. Awarded was a special recognition for the exemplary design and technically constructive application of natural stone. "This example of a successful conversion of a building from the 1960s convinced the jury. [...] An exemplary implementation of a building task, which we will hopefully see more often in the future in the sense of a resource-saving handling of existing buildings."

Photography: Bärbel Holländer, NATURSTEIN magazine

The extension of the Bründl flagship store in Kaprun, planned by blocher partners, was certified platinum by the Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate (ÖGNI) in the areas of interior design and restaurant based on the DGNB criteria. This is the first such award for interiors in Austria. For the assessment, sustainability is considered on the basis of ecological, economic, socio-cultural and functional factors. Technology, processes and location also play a role. Since a particularly high number of points was achieved in the area of social criteria, the ÖGNI Crystal Award was also issued.

Photography: BründlSports-JFK

blocher partners is participating in several events at the annual Day of Architecture:

In Berlin our office near Checkpoint Charlie will open its doors on Saturday, June 25 from 2 pm. We offer a look behind the scenes and show current projects. In addition, there will be keynote speeches on the topics »Architecture and interior design from a single source« and »Building with renewable raw materials - wood hybrids«.

In Baden-Württemberg, our projects design hotel EmiLu Stuttgart, ÖVA-Passage Mannheim and Hebel school Hemsbach are part of architectural tours.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Architecture Day is already taking place on June 18. Here we are part of the event with the Kathrin-Türks-Hall in Dinslaken.

The blocher partners family is growing: the new General Planning GmbH launches in May. With the new company, we are responding to changes in the market that already have led to the firm handling an increasing number of projects as general planners.

Recognizing the need to strengthen its comprehensive and integrated support of clients across all architectural and engineering services and all service phases, blocher partners decided to professionalize the division as a separate company.

The search for a high-profile managing director led to an excellent opportunity: With the appointment of 44-year-old graduate engineer Frank Hoekstra, we have brought back an ally who started working for the company back in 2010. Five years ago, he took the position of senior project manager with Thost Projektmanagement GmbH, where his most recent position was as team leader in project control and real estate project management. Benjamin Blocher and Wolfgang Mairinger will join the experienced architect as managing directors of blocher partners’ General Planning GmbH.

The demand for single source planning services is constantly growing, and projects also are becoming increasingly complex. Said Frank Hoekstra, explaining the advantages of the new approach: »We already have a distinctive and broad range of expertise at blocher partners. By adding general planning, we can involve more experts earlier and more intensively than before. That’s exactly where we see the greatest potential going forward: in successful cooperation and trust between planners and client. As general planners, we have a much greater influence on the overall quality of a project.«

We are pleased about the success at this year's polis Award, which was awarded yesterday at the polis convention in Düsseldorf! The jury of experts awarded the new building planned for the city of Neu-Ulm at Heiner-Metzger-Platz 2nd place in the category »Reactivated Centers«.

Viessmann's staff restaurant in Allendorf (Eder) was honored by the jury of the award »The Most Beautiful Restaurants & Bars« and is part of the book publication of the same name by Callwey Verlag.

At the polis Award 2022, the planned new building at Heiner-Metzger-Platz in Neu-Ulm was nominated by the expert jury in the category "Reactivated Centers". We are delighted about the recognition and are looking forward to April 27, when the winners of each category will be announced at the polis Convention in Düsseldorf.

The design hotel EmiLu in the heart of Stuttgart was nominated for the Natural Stone Award 2022 in the category "Building in Existing Structures" by the expert jury of the German Natural Stone Association. We are delighted about this award for our work and are looking forward to June 22, when the winners will be announced at the Stone+tec trade fair in Nuremberg.

We are pleased about the award at Best Workspaces 2022 for the workspace of the office furnisher Leonhard! The competition for intelligent workspaces has been held since 2020 and brings together the best concepts in book form for the first time in 2022.

The Store Book, published annually since 2014 by the German Shopfitting Association (dLv), is a best-of of international store design. This year's edition shows 60 projects from all over the world. Among them are three projects by blocher partners: Bründl's extended flagship store in Kaprun, Fashion house Feucht and Sportler in Innsbruck.

Cover Store Book 2022

We are pleased about the successful election of our colleague Wiebke Ahues to the board of the Berlin Chamber of Architects. Since the beginning of 2021, she has been the Director Berlin Office with overall responsibility for the design and processes of the projects handled at the Berlin location. She is particularly interested in the topic of sustainability, especially resource-saving construction and the long-term improvement of the framework conditions for a sustainable building culture.

»Value and Purpose« are the two words we have used to headline our 2021 Yearbook. Viewed on a meta level, they stand for the fundamental question of the »value and purpose« of our actions, but also very specifically for what shaped our year 2021: the joint development of a culture of values that takes into account the upcoming generation change within our company and forms the basis for future collaboration far beyond that. While the feature section with its discourse stimuli, self-reflections and essays is more of a theoretical nature, the second part shows the transfer into practice through the presentation of the projects.

Learn more about our yearbook.

For the world market leader in the field of machines for the woodworking industry, based in Schopfloch in the Black Forest, blocher partners planned a new campus at the company headquarters as part of a design competition: A head office with 16,500 square meters and 550 workplaces, an employee restaurant and a customer center will redesign the factory premises. Our design in timber construction convinced the jury and was awarded 1st prize.

Our process "#WeForUs — Sustainable Strategy Development" made it to 1st place in the category "Employee Engagement" at the HR Excellence Awards 2021. We are very happy and proud of this great recognition of our work! We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank noesis for the professional guidance on our journey.

At the beginning of 2020, we launched a strategy process together with noesis, our partner for change management, and have come a long way on our journey since then. With a participatory approach, we have manifested our corporate identity in values and guiding principles in employee surveys and evaluations, a total of three Future Camps and numerous Future Circles on forward-looking focus areas. Although the kick-off of the change project was in the middle of the first wave of the COVID pandemic, the participatory approach was consistently maintained using digital and hybrid formats.

We are delighted about the nomination of the recently opened extension of the Bründl flagship store in Kaprun for the EuroShop RetailDesign Award 2022! The award has been presented annually since 2008 and honors outstanding retail concepts worldwide. The winners will be announced on February 15 at the EuroCIS trade fair.

We are pleased about the appointment of our colleague Wiebke Ahues to the working committee for fees and contracts of the Architektenkammer Berlin (Berlin Chamber of Architects). Since the beginning of the year, she has been responsible as Director Berlin Office for the design and processes of the projects handled at the Berlin office as well as for the further development and profiling of the branch.

For the eighth time, the industry association IWS Immobilienwirtschaft honored properties and projects from the Stuttgart metropolitan region that stand out for their particular economic efficiency, sustainability and urban development quality. In the hotel category, the Design Hotel EmiLu received the award. For blocher partners partner Vandana Shah was on site at the event in the Alte Reithalle Stuttgart.
Photo: © IWS / Wolfgang List

We are pleased to welcome architect Helge Kunz as a new division manager in our office. Kunz looks back on a long career and expertise in timber construction: After working as a design architect and department head in competition, among others at Baumschlager Eberle and Santiago Calatrava, various activities abroad as well as his almost a decade-long activity at Renggli Holzbau Weise in a leading position, he held the position of managing director there for the last three years.

Kunz has already been entrusted with several teaching assignments in the past, including at the Technical University of Berlin. Currently, Kunz is researching and teaching timber construction at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

From now on, he will contribute his profound experience and expertise as head of our timber construction competence area. In order to permanently develop the topic as an integral part of our company and to implement it in all areas, Kunz will participate in all projects across all disciplines.

The climate-friendly and differentiated residential quarter on Hermann Dorner Allee is nearing completion. Now another milestone could be celebrated with the topping-out ceremony.

"It is the goal of sustainable and people-oriented urban planning to combine density and quality of life. Different building typologies, differentiated façade design and appealing open spaces that invite people to stay characterize our design. The heterogeneity of the buildings becomes a mirror of society. We expressly want the neighborhood to be mixed, and this is supported by social housing that is distributed across all the buildings and is in no way inferior in quality to all the other apartments," said Dieter Blocher at the event.

The neighborhood comprises 613 residential units, 253 of which are subsidized housing, for all generations and population groups. Overall completion is scheduled for November 2022. More information on the residential quarter.

Photo from left to right: Dieter Blocher, Karlheinz Heffner (Managing Partner D&S) and Ulrich Schiller (Managing Director HOWOGE).

Our workspace for Leonhard in Filderstadt was nominated for the Best Workspaces 2022 award and voted into the top 50. The award, created by the Callwey publishing house in cooperation with the architecture magazine Baumeister, baunetz interior|design, office roxx and office dealzz, honors outstanding workspaces and office buildings. We are delighted about the nomination by the jury and are looking forward to March 2022, when the winners of the competition will be announced.

At the Quartier annual congress organized by Heuer Dialog, which will take place in Bielefeld on September 16 and 17, Matthias Both will speak on Thursday afternoon about how revitalization and redensification can create sustainable urban neighborhoods and which projects by blocher partners are exemplary in this context.

Wir freuen uns auf die Eröffnung des EmiLu Designhotels am 1. September 2021. Bei einer Pressekonferenz an diesem Montag haben bereits einige Journalisten einen ersten Blick in das familiengeführte Hotel mitten im Herzen Stuttgarts werfen können. Neben den Bauherren und Betreibern des Hotels, der Familie Bräutigam, stellte sich auch unsere Partnerin und Hotelexpertin Anja Pangerl den Fragen der Journalisten.

Nach gewonnenem Fassadenwettbewerb war blocher partners nicht nur dafür verantwortlich, der Fassade mit behutsamen Eingriffen Charakterzüge zu verleihen, die die neue Funktion als Hotel sichtbar machen und dem Stadtraum hinter dem Marktplatz einen eleganten Auftritt zu verleihen. Auch das Interior Design trägt die Handschrift von blocher partners, das in enger Zusammenarbeit mit der Bauherrin Petra Bräutigam entwickelt wurde. „Das EmiLu besticht mit einer Emotionalität, die für ein Hotel sehr ungewöhnlich ist. In jeder Ecke kann man regelrecht spüren, mit welcher Leidenschaft und mit wie viel Liebe zum Detail hier geplant und gestaltet wurde“, betont Pangerl bei der Pressekonferenz.

Lädt das EmiLu Touristen und Geschäftsreisende ein in ein Zuhause fernab der Heimat, bietet es Stuttgartern einen neuen urbanen Lieblingsspot. Neben den 90 Zimmern und Suiten, der Lennarts Lounge mit Blick über die ganze Stadt und einem Fitness- und Wellnessbereich allein für die Hotelgäste, sollen das Frühstückslokal Fritz und die neue Bar der Tatti-Betreiber, das Gian Paolo e Marco, ganz bewusst auch Stuttgarter und Touristen ansprechen. Auch der Bauherr Michael Bräutigam zeigt sich bei der Pressekonferenz höchst zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis: „Ich bin wahnsinnig stolz. Ein solches Designhotel hat man in Stuttgart bislang vergeblich gesucht.“

An interview with Benjamin and Dieter Blocher on the subject of urban development appeared in the digital edition of the Stuttgarter Zeitung this weekend (StZPLUS). In the interview, the two architects talk about the Stuttgart of the future, the housing shortage including the forgotten solution of the candidates for mayor, the Stuttgart 21 rail project as an opportunity of the century – and the parent-son construct in the management. blocher partners is responsible for several major projects in the city and in Baden-Württemberg – in the interview they are presented in a picture gallery.

Read the full story here.

The Dipl.-Ing. and architect BDA Wiebke Ahues will head the Berlin office of blocher partners with immediate effect. As Director Berlin Office she is responsible for the design and processes of the projects handled there as well as for the further development and profiling of the office. She is particularly passionate about the issue of sustainability - associated with timber construction and timber hybrid construction as well as the reuse and revitalization of the heritage of late modernism.

After her studies at the University of Dortmund and the Technical University of Dresden, Ahues worked as a research assistant for Professor Jörg Springer and as a project manager for Max Dudler, among others. Most recently, she was an associate at David Chipperfield and played a major role in projects such as the conversion and expansion of the mixed-use complex Morland Mixité in Paris and the Nobelcenter in Stockholm.

The extension of the Bründl flagship store in Kaprun, which is currently under construction, was pre-certified by the Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate (ÖGNI) with platinum in the areas of interior design and restaurant based on the DGNB-criteria. For the assessment, sustainability is considered on the basis of ecological, economic, socio-cultural and functional factors. Technology, processes and location also play a role.

The interior designers have succeeded in creating a concept for the five-level sales area that combines a high aesthetic standard and great experiential and recreational qualities with sustainable planning that takes into account all aspects from the large to the small. Particularly noteworthy are the high indoor air quality, the responsible resource extraction, the low-pollutant and low-risk finish and the barrier-free accessibility. The concept was also rated very well by ÖGNI in terms of recyclability and energy efficiency as well as climate protection.

Certification is also being sought for the architecture of the striking building.

Further information on the expansion of the flagship store by blocher partners.

An expansion in two senses: the architect and urban planner Benjamin Blocher will not only complement the management in the future, but also the expertise. With a focus on sustainability and innovation, he is particularly dedicated to the transformation of cities.

Benjamin Blocher will work at the interface between architecture and urban planning at blocher partners. Here he is particularly concerned with the transformation of cities, sustainable planning and thus the holistic life cycle approach to buildings and new building technologies. »These are topics that are close to my heart and that I am convinced will shape the way and where we live, work and spend our leisure time,« says Benjamin Blocher. Transdisciplinarity, design quality, joy in innovation and a clear commitment to the bond with our clients, he says, are values of the company that he wants to develop further in the future with his colleagues and the ten other partners in the management.

Benjamin Blocher, born in 1992, studied architecture at the ETH Zurich and worked for JAHN Chicago and COBE Berlin before joining KCAP Architects & Planners in Zurich as an architect and urban planner. He then joined the planning office founded more than 30 years ago by his parents, interior designer Jutta and architect Dieter Blocher.

blocher partners was successful in a competition to fill a gap in a building in Mannheim's city centre, taking into account listed buildings: the design for student housing was unanimously chosen as the winner.

The concept: A timber modular construction with 103 prefabricated room modules as a stock-conserving construction method reduces the inner-city burden by shortening the construction time on the one hand and delivers an appropriately high quality on the other. By using natural materials, a high feel-good factor and a good indoor climate are achieved.

The eco-efficient design saves grey energy and meets the highest sustainability requirements, with the cradle-to-cradle concept being an important point. Lively communication zones, such as a student café on the ground floor, form special modules in the five-storey development.

The sixth edition of Retail Design International has been published. The reference book presents over 40 concepts that are driving change in the retail sector.
blocher partners is represented with several projects: In addition to Breuninger in Nuremberg, Bucherer in Hamburg and Braun Hamburg can also be found in the book. Also part of Retail Design International is a guest article by Jutta Blocher on the planning and working concept of Design Strategy practised at blocher partners.

The 17th installment of Stuttgart meets Mumbai will take place digitally for the first time. From 22 to 28 February 2021, the audience will be offered an intercultural festival with a virtual exhibition, interactive webinars and culinary delights. The event, which includes the Stuttgart Wine Festival, has played an important role in promoting Indo-German relations over the past 17 years with visitors from politics, business and culture.
Due to our branch in Ahmedabad, India, we have maintained close ties with Indian culture for many years and have been represented with our own stand at the Stuttgart Wine Festival for several years.

In the competition for the redevelopment of the former LEW site in Neu-Ulm's city centre at Heiner-Metzger-Platz, the design by blocher partners was unanimously chosen as the winner by the jury of experts. The architects' design envisages a six-storey building with around 13,500 square metres of usable space. In addition to the municipal library and a generational meeting place, there will be residential units, office space, gastronomy and an underground car park.

The clearly structured building translates the diverse uses into a stacked structure in which the individual building blocks are clearly recognisable, but at the same time enter into a multitude of synergies with each other. Wooden hybrid construction, a green transition between the base and staggered storeys, and communal areas for urban gardening are all part of the concept. The result is a striking building with a high recognition value in a central location that will have a lasting positive impact on the quarter in the heart of Neu-Ulm.

How could workplaces and office concepts of the future look like? What design choices characterise a modern working environment? The publication by Frame Publishers sheds light on these questions and offers a reference work on the contemporary design of workspaces. Also included is the project house developed by blocher partners for the AOK Baden-Württemberg.

From 23 January to 20 June, the exhibition «Einfach Grün - Greening the city» at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt/Main explores the question of how green buildings in cities can provide a better local climate. The exhibition also includes the Marvel Artiza building in Hubli, India, designed by blocher partners.

In 2020, many things have turned out differently than we had imagined, many things we could never have imagined or wanted to imagine. The world seems to be upside down, and with it the longing for orientation and participation, for transparent and comprehensible decisions, is growing. In terms of content and form, this yearbook, which for us is not always just a retrospective, but also a perspective, is marked by the changes that the year brought, the changes in perspective that occurred, the reflections that were stimulated.

Learn more about our yearbook.

The office and living space in Krefeld was certified with gold by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The certification system evaluates the overall performance of a building in several categories like environmental quality, economic quality, sociocultural quality, technical quality, process quality and location quality. More facts about the building by blocher partners.

At the competition “new construction community centre (town hall with museum)” in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Olpe, the design by blocher partners received recognition as well as the first prize for the ideas section, which was developed together with Gänssle + Hehr landscape architects. Designed in a wood-hybrid design, the new building takes up the conditions of the surroundings, creates a high point along the Bigge River and, together with the area from the idea part, a new city square for the city society.

Rottweil's municipal council ratified the result of the architectural competition on "Spitalhöhe Rottweil", which was won by blocher partners. The new construction of this living quarter will provide around 35 apartments constructed in innovative hybrid design.

The business center Mondeal Heights in Ahmedabad – planned by blocher partners – was sucessful at the Rethinking The Future Awards 2020 in the category"Commercial (Built)". Further information on the project Mondeal Heights.

blocher partners has won the first prize in the architecture competition " Quartier am Wiener Platz Baufeld Süd Los 1". For the future area on Wiener Platz, the architects are developing the largest of the three emerging houses with 62 apartments and an underground car park for the entire area. The apartments with a size of one to five rooms are efficiently planned over five upper floors, on the ground floor, an including catering, a day care as well as a commercial space, round off the diverse range of the district.

blocher partners has won the first prize in the competition "Modernes Wohnen in gewachsenem Wohngebiet in Stuttgart-Degerloch". Surrounded by partly old, rural building fabric, 22 residential units with individual apartments are created in "Alt-Degerloch", which combine what distinguishes Degerloch: the rural meets the urban. The building structure is flexible in order to be able to react to changes in demand. The focus is on compact living units, which offer the possibility of arranging many rooms and at the same time achieving high quality if they are used openly.

The Mondeal Heights project in Ahmedabad, India, realized by blocher partners, was named "Commercial Project of 2019" at the Trends Excellence Awards in Mumbai. More information on Mondeal Heights Ahmedabad

blocher partners' fair booth at EuroShop 2020 has been awarded with the 1st prize at Exhibitor Magazine's EuroShop Awards in the category XS and succeded against nine competitors in the final round.

The BOSS-Outlet in Metzingen has been awarded the DGNB-platinum certification – the highest certification by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
The certification system evaluates the overall performance of a building in several categories like environmental quality, economic quality, sociocultural quality, technical quality, process quality and location quality. More facts about BOSS-Outlet.

"Favo – the light net" scored at German Design Award 2020. The innovative luminaire was developed by the product designers at blocher partners together with Sattler GmbH. Partner Angela Kreutz and product designer Alexander Rybol attended the award ceremony for blocher partners.

The PICK luminaire, a track-based spotlight which was developed for RD Leuchten, scored at iF Design Award 2020 in the category product.

The new Rieger Group flagship store in Heilbronn scores with a combination of CO2-neutral architecture, top design quality, gastronomy and a wide range of products that makes for a holistic shopping experience. The jury at the "Stores of the Year" awarded the first prize to the furniture store in the Home/Living category.

Foto: f.l.t.r: Andrea Kurtz (Presentation), Stefan Dechering (Hermann Dechering), Benno Rieger (Möbel Rieger), Anja Pangerl, Angela Kreutz, Matthias Both, Stefan Genth (CEO HDE)
Photography: Jörn Wolter

On January 27 in 2020 we celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the HOWOGE housing association's largest new building project, which blocher partners together with the Diringer & Scheidel Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG implemented as general contractor.

Eleven houses, a 500 square meter day-care center and 1,000 square meters of commercial space are to be built here by autumn 2022. Of the total of 613 apartments, 108 are planned as 25 square meters unfurnished micro-apartments for students. Half of the 505 rental apartments are rented as subsidized housing in accordance with the cooperation agreement of the State of Berlin.

"With our design, we wanted to develop a holistic neighborhood that appeals to different strata of the population and guarantees a lively, social and age-specific mix of residents," said Dieter Blocher. In addition to affordable rents and high-quality urban development, the district on Herman-Dorner-Allee stands for the latest energy technology: A climate-friendly overall concept with photovoltaics, CO2-free tenant electricity and energy-saving system technology ensures a good ecological balance.

In addition to CEO Dieter Blocher and team, district mayor Oliver Igel, Thomas Felgenhauer and Ulrich Schiller, managing director of HOWOGE, as well as Heinz Scheidel, chairman of the management board of Diringer & Scheidel were on site.

The blocher partners yearbook is already a kind of celebrity and popular among customers as well as lovers of architecture, interior design and design. The recently published edition looks back on 30 years of blocher partners and at the same time offers a cross section of current projects. You can read it in digital form as an e-paper.

We wish you a pleasant reading!

Light forms an elementary part of any staged setting. The PICK luminaire combines innovation and variability with a high-end design. The efficient interaction of the components translates into compact dimensions and a broad variety of uses, be it in retail, work or hotel environments.
The jury of the renowned Good Design Awards was convinced by the flexible luminaire. PICK was developed by the product designers at blocher partners together with RD Leuchten.

EuroShop is the leading fair in the retail branch and takes place in Düsseldorf from February 16th until February 20th. blocher partners is amongst the exhibitors. You can meet us at hall 12 / A17-18

Ist Genuss die neue DNA? Was sind die Trends der Gastronomie und wie beeinflussen sie Gestaltung und Branding im Handel? Über 180 Teilnehmer diskutierten auf der EHI Retail Design Konferenz am 17. und 18. September in Köln darüber, wie sich der stationäre Einzelhandel mit starken Konzepten und einer guten Story behaupten kann. Für blocher partners waren Angela Kreutz und Jürgen Gaiser dabei und sprachen über Do‘s and Don‘ts, Herausforderungen und Chancen in der Branche.

30 years of blocher partners: Colleagues and their families celebrated this anniversary with a summer party at the Stuttgart office

Das von blocher partners geplante Wohnturmensemble Skydeck Select in Ahmedabad erhielt beim Realty+ Excellence Award in Indien eine Auszeichnung für Architectural Design of the year. Auf der Preisverleihung nahm Hartmut Wurster, Head of blocher partners india, den Preis entgegen.

How do the changes in the retail sector affect our cities? To discuss this question, a dialogue among experts took place at the Immobiliendialog Rhein-Neckar. For blocher partners, Senior Partner Wolfgang Mairinger took part in the discussion.

Wolfgang Mairinger at Immobiliendialog Rhein-Neckar

Matthias Both, Partner bei blocher partners, wurde in den Beirat der Akademie der Immobilienwirtschaft in Stuttgart berufen. Die Akademie verleiht in Kooperation mit der Dualen Hochschule Baden-Württemberg den Abschluss Diplom-Immobilienökonom/in (ADI).

Matthias Both in den Beirat der ADI berufen

We are glad to announce that the fashion store Henschel in Heidelberg was awarded the prize "store of the day" from the specialist magazine Textilwirtschaft.

Henschel Heidelberg ist Store des Tages