03 August 2022

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.

01 July 2022

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

30 June 2022

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

10 June 2022

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.

02 May 2022

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.«

28 April 2022

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«.

06 April 2022

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.

28 February 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.

17 February 2022

»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.


23 December 2021

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.

10 December 2021

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.

25 November 2021

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.

24 November 2021

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.

12 November 2021

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

05 November 2021

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.

29 October 2021

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).

29 September 2021

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.

13 September 2021

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.

30 August 2021

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.“

10 May 2021

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.

30 April 2021

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.

16 April 2021

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.

06 April 2021

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.

05 April 2021

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.

26 February 2021

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.

19 February 2021

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. Find more information about the event here.

11 February 2021

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.


18 December 2020

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.

27 October 2020

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.

13 March 2020

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.

12 March 2020

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.

10 February 2020

"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.

30 January 2020

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

28 January 2020

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.

10 January 2020

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!

07 January 2020

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.

06 January 2020

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


22 September 2019

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.

08 September 2019

Two projects by blocher partners were among the five winners of the BDA Prize Lower Saxony, which is presented every four years. The jury was won over by both the renovation of Lower Saxony State Parliament and the construction of Bissendorf’s new town hall. Senior Partner Wolfgang Mairinger and his clients accepted the awards in a ceremony at the Sprengel Museum Hannover.
More pictures from the ceremony can be found her at BDA-Blog.

26 May 2019

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

08 March 2019

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).

Als Projektarbeitsbetreuer will er den Studierenden auch die ganzheitliche Betrachtung von Projektentwicklungen vermitteln, denn diese "beeinflussen immer die Art, wie sich städtischer Raum gestaltet und wie wir darin leben.", so Both. Es gehe ihm deshalb auch stets darum, städtische Qualität zu sichern. Qualität, die nicht an der Fassade eines Neubauprojekts ende, sondern ebenso durch den Zwischenraum bestimmt werde.
"Gut gemachte Architektur schafft Werte, die weit über die Materialität eines Gebäudes hinausgehen. Aus diesem Grund ist es essenziell, Projekte und deren Nutzungskonzepte ganzheitlich zu betrachten. Als neues Beiratsmitglied möchte ich meinen Teil dazu beitragen, den Studierenden diese Werte zu vermitteln und sie für Belange ganzheitlicher Projektentwicklung zu sensibilisieren.”, fasst Both seine Motivation und seinen Anspruch zusammen.

Matthias Both in den Beirat der ADI berufen

31 January 2019

The German Design Council awarded the German Design Award 2019 for three projects of blocher partners: The Lower Saxony State Parliament in Hanover, Fashion House Juhasz in Bad Reichenhall and the Stockman Department Store in Tapiola, Finland.

The German Design Award honours innovative products and projects, their manufacturers and designers that are trailblazers in the german and international design realm. The award ceremony took place at the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt on February 8th. For blocher partners, Jutta Blocher and Anja Pangerl attended the ceremony.

Photo: Lutz Sternstein for German Design Council