The desire for unspoiled nature can be addressed in a garden in a very small space. Particularly at a time when the destruction of the environment is progressing, gardens are becoming more and more important as a projection surface for longings.
Needs that can no longer be satisfied in urban space are projected onto nature. Plants, with whose help it is possible to create natural living spaces in an artificial way, are central to this yearning. Gardens have the potential to address these needs in a condensed form. In contrast to built space, plants supplements urban living spaces with their own autonomous natural qualities, which develop a direct effect in gardens. Our firm works with this contrast and develops valuable spaces for experience for people based on intentionally “green” garden concepts.

Projects: Gardens, Housing, and Living Spaces

The new residential estate in Triftstrasse in Berlin-Pankow, which is surrounded by woodland, is characterised by the special feature of the lived-in community and the child-friendly, low-traffic concept. In addition, the demand for optimal resource conservation is implemented through central energy supply and rainwater management as well as climate-friendly aspects through green roofs and façades, the least possible sealing or native building and vegetation selection.
The new garden city in Beelitz Heilstätten will combine single-family and multi-family homes with imposing listed buildings, compact woodland with rest and play facilities and a newly planned low-traffic infrastructure in an extraordinary combination. A multifunctional market place and the new lake with promenade will additionally promote the local identity.
The planning area is located between the S-Bahn station and the historic town center in Munich's Aubing district. It borders on residential areas of various origins and the wide meadow landscape of the “Aubinger Lohe” forest area. Through its precise spatial formation, the scenic urban design leads through the area and sets accents at the right places.
Detailed design and construction management for the new construction of 390 residential units, commercial and daycare center in Munich-Haidhausen with courtyard on underground parking and shared roof terraces.
The proposed design affirms the site as a new centrality for the municipality of Grand-Saconnex. At the intersection of two main axes, the square will be a new focal point for Grand-Saconnex. This centrality is confirmed by the tram line and stop and becomes an important transitional space for the residents and visitors of the neighbourhood.
Extensively landscaped roof gardens over many floors and partial buildings and a generous garden courtyard for playing and lingering enhance this organically shaped residential building in the middle of the big city to an oasis of peace and relaxation.
The new housing development is situated on the southern side of a flourishing moraine. It reacts to the naturally rolling terrain and forms a flowing transition to the open landscape. The positioning of the architecture emphasizes the entrance along with the preserved buildings of the hamlet. The square is strengthened spatially by means of plantings of trees.
The new replacement building for the single-family house in the agricultural zone retains its scenic character: large meadow areas, individual large trees, three columnar poplars at the entrance gate and a wild fruit hedge surrounding the garden to the street side. Various view axes into the wider surroundings strengthen the unique panoramic position. The area near the house is designed more intensively and with a clearer language of forms.
Ninety oaks as an allegory for ecology and permanence and around eighty additional primarily indigenous trees shape the open space of the housing development constructed according to Minergie P-Eco and A-Eco standards. The extremely diverse areas for spending time encourage exchange between the generations. The rainwater seeps into the ground predominantly on-site.
The small home garden at the foot of the magnificent Mythen massif welcomes with rose and water lily terraces that lead over two stories to the entrance and further through an herb garden to the residential garden. A grassy path leads through an orchard to an outlook bench situated high over the garden.
In front of the Haus zum Brunnen is a sunny cushion of grass with Golden Chain trees. In the center is the entry courtyard with a granite fountain. Steps lead to the shady garden behind the house with yews and smoke tree.
The bungalows were built for the female athletes to use during the 1972 Olympic Games. Since then, they have served as student accommodation. For the necessary redevelopment of the neighborhood, we worked with bogevischs buero to redevelop the architectural and open space typologies based on the existing buildings.
The concept for the redevelopment of the historic industrial site, Rasselstein Areal in Neuwied, is deliberately aimed at a sustainable strategy in dealing with land consumption. The aim is to preserve and reactivate the natural space as far as possible and to combine this with local densification and the construction of high-quality housing.
Restricted competition "New residential complex on Obere Pfalzgrafstraße, Erna Angerbach lives in the countryside".
Following extensive rehabilitation and modernization work on the residential areas on Asternplatz, we developed the front garden areas and the two spacious interior courtyards into contemporary and attractive open spaces.
In close proximity to the `Gartenstadt Falkenberg` UNESCO World Heritage Site, constructed by Bruno Taut in 1913–15, with open spaces by Ludwig Lesser, the spirit of modernism lives on in the expansion of the housing estate. The new development area is divided into smaller residential quarters that merge with the adjacent park.
Holzer Kobler Architekten have gently nestled the residential buildings into the hillside. The topography and the existing vegetation shape the outdoor space. A lawn with flowers stretches between the edge of the forest and the buildings as a continuous carpet. Tall meadow grasses shield the private sitting areas. A playground is situated at the edge of the forest.
An oasis for communal living has been realized in the middle of the lively Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg. A spacious, intensively planted roof area takes up this idea and explores the landscape architecture potentials of this form of housing.
High-quality housing has been created on the site of the former paper factory directly next to the lake. Extensive, garden-like plantings of perennials and grasses make reference to the water and provide privacy, while preserving a free view of the lake.
Conversion of a site for inner-city residential and commercial use - The protected building stock was supplemented by new buildings
We have developed a location-defining outdoor space with simple types of open spaces for the new site based on the potentials of the landscape of Zug. Open spaces for children to play and adults to relax have been created within the eventful topography.
In the North of the city of Idstein, near to the center characterized by its historical framework houses, the ancient "Hexenturm" (= Witch tower) and the renaissance castle a post-war living area will be reconstructed. The site is located between the recreational area of the 'Wörsbachaue’ (flood plain of the river Wörsbach) in the East and the "Limburger Straße" a superior street in the West.
The former industrial site left behind a magnificent nature park with ponds. We have realized three outdoor spaces near the new residential development interspersed in the park by supplementing the existing inventory with flowering meadows and trees and areas for playing and spending time.
The private garden is framed by plantings of grasses and perennials. At its center lies a pool with areas for sitting and grilling near the neighboring basin of water lilies. We have positioned a tulip tree with a tall trunk on the lawn. Three low cushions of yews create caesuras.
In the densely built-up district of Schöneberg, a gas station from the 1950s has become a private retreat. The bamboo that frames the garden protects it from inquisitive eyes along with pines and ornamental cherry trees. With flowering perennials and a basin of water, we have created accents in all the seasons of the year.
Cooperative housing with differentiated open spaces. Tree courtyard for peace and quiet, development courtyard with communal and private areas whose curves mark the entrances. Play yard for small children's play. The offer is rounded off by communal roof terraces.
In einer Obstwiese liegt das Wohnhaus fest eingebunden zwischen Platanen und Eichen. Ein Rasenweg führt zum Blumengarten mit einem Eibenlabyrinth. Hier dominieren Birken. Die prächtige Sicht auf den Zugersee mit seinen wechselnden Stimmungen bleibt erhalten.
The beatline is the rhythm of the place. The open space design for the Sohnckestraße site responds to the impressive old beech tree stand and the new beatline of the barcode house.
A new home for 545 students. The rock carnation "Petrorhagia saxifraga", which was used in the Middle Ages for the production of coloured book paintings and is still represented on the Panzerwiese as a rare heath plant, is not only the namesake of the street but also the starting point for the colour concept of the housing complex.
Behind Wettingen Abbey, between walls old and new, below the autobahn, which is drowned out by the rustling of leaves and the twittering of birds, a calm, contemplative world opens up at the waters of the Limmat River.
The magnificent, terraced Baroque garden has been thoroughly rehabilitated after years of neglect. The walls, paths, and all the plants have been renewed. Vegetables and flowers are planted and cultivated each year by neighbors, a school class, and the Bundesgärtnerei.
Play with the topography places the private gardens on a less visible level. In the play forests, sunken areas allow a retreat into nature in the midst of the densely built-up area.
The small Art Nouveau garden was remodeled in the 1950s and 1980s. Only a few conifers still remain. They provide support to the northern side as well as distance to the neighboring gardens, and in the summer offer the property shade.
The open spaces in the two new residential complexes follow a pragmatic consistency and use of the existing spaces. In both the semi-public and private areas, high-quality spaces are created that strengthen neighbourly ties and enable recreation.
As an element creating a sense of identity, a lawn of crocuses connects the existing high-rise building with the new building by Egli Rohr Architekten. On the edge of the meadow, diverse play and leisure-time options enrich the newly created open spaces.
On the edge of the municipality of Adliswil, a new district has been created at the foot of the Üetliberg – with a central park as a link between the municipality and its rural surroundings.
Three residential buildings are situated around a central square. The red fountain is a center of attraction and place to meet. Several oaks, small playgrounds, and large lawn areas create spaces to spend time between the buildings and toward the nearby forest. The ground floor sitting areas remain private as a result of hedges.
From the nearly natural environment outside, the contrast that the residential courtyard with its geometric, grassy slopes, ramps, and steps forms surprises.
The residential buildings are located in a park-like meadow landscape at the transition from the city to the open cultural landscape. Spacious seating steps lead from the entrance areas on the upper level to the lower-lying play and seating area. The clear view into the open landscape is accentuated and the slope is used as a play and seating element. A circumferential beech hedge frames cypress oaks and several maples of medium height in a large lawn. Water from the slope is caught in open retention channels and slowly seeps away.
The opening of the Holderbach was carried out due to legal requirements as well as for design and ecological reasons. ecological reasons. In order to ensure that the stream develops as close to nature as possible, planting measures are to be according to ecological principles.
The situation on the periphery is characterized by a striking leap in scale. While the actual settlement area consists of a conglomerate of small buildings, gardens, and squares, the city segues abruptly into the large scale of the open landscape. Nature is incorporated into the settlement.
An enchanted forest surrounds the new buildings and communicates with the quite heterogeneous neighboring buildings. What the architecture and the space outdoors have in common are a coherent appearance and diverse content.
The outdoor spaces take up the typology specified by the architecture in three long zones. A row of plane trees stands on Hardturmstrasse. Private potted plants enhance the internal residential street. Pools of aquatic plants draw the eye to the River Limmat. Poplars typical of the location line the riverside path