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The environments of living and working are changing, as is our view of the future of building construction industry. In conversation with Oliver Herwig of KAP Forum, Barbara Holzer reflects on the major challenges of the time: urban development, redensification, sustainability, learning and... more
Under the direction of Prof. Tanja Kullack and Prof. Barbara Holzer, the students at the Peter Behrens School of Arts (BA5 and MA3 of the winter term 2019/20) dealt with overarching theoretical themes and architecture/art manifestos. The aim was to examine the relevance of these theoretical... more
Barbara Holzer talks in «Hüt im Gschpröch» about the Feasibility Study «Museum 2025+»
The Museum zu Allerheiligen MzA, the renowned multi-faceted museum in the city of Schaffhausen, is to be made into a centre that intensifies the cultural identity of the city – a new centre of attraction... more
In the winter semester 2017/2018 Barbara Holzer and Tanja Kullack presented for the first time and as a pilot project the "Curated Studies" at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, Peter Behrens School of Arts (PBSA). Designed as part of a long-term cooperation, academics and external... more
Prof. Barbara Holzer and Prof. Tanja Kullack present their current project for the Düsseldorf Peter Behrens School of Arts at the Interior Architects' Day 2021 Conference of the NRW... more
A multi-layered lecture evening with Gesa Rohwedder (Head of Hospitality at Drees & Sommer), Peter Ippolito (Managing Partner of the Ippolito Fleitz Group) and Barbara Holzer (Founding Partner of Holzer Kobler Architekturen).
Auf den Veranstaltungen der neuen Reihe "Dialog nach 6" ... more
The German office wörner traxler richter, together with Holzer Kobler Architekturen, designed the University Hospital for Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation Felix Platter in Basel - one of the most important centres for geriatrics and rehabilitation in Switzerland. Volker Mau, architect and... more
On the occasion of the first virtual Heinze ArchitectTOUR in July 2020, Simone Haar and Volker Mau speak on the topic of "The Challenge of a Pandemic" and provide insights into new concepts from urban planning to product design. The event can be viewed at... more
The documentary series «Kunst hoch zwei» portrays well-known artists as double pack and lets them talk about and with each other.
Tristan Kobler tossed a coin shortly before he began his studies, because he didn't care which subject he would studied. It could have been architecture, but... more
The sixth large-scale temporary exhibition since the reopening of the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG) in November 2014, "The Fairy Tale Factory" marks the end of a first cycle which has taken the MEG on journeys from one continent to another and across the centuries. "The Fairy Tale Factory... more
Twenty years ago, Switzerland celebrated with its national exhibition Expo.02 a new kind of architecture. Hochparterre, a Swiss magazine on architecture, planning and design, is in search for the "Generation Expo.02" – at Holzer Kobler Architekturen and two other Swiss architecture studios.
On September 14, 2019, the museum at Ludwig van Beethoven's birth place opened the new permanent exhibition, presenting a new approach to experiencing Beethoven as an artist and fellow human being in a modern, inspiring and exciting way.
How do you start a new project? – How do you combine the architecture and history of the exhibition venue with the content and scenographic design? – How do you involve the visitors?
To mark Beethoven's birthday in 2020, the museum will be transformed, giving it a new, contemporary appearance. The new design for the permanent exhibition is being worked on with a degree of urgency. The starting point and unique framework is the historic collection of buildings, which has... more
To begin with, I’d like to attempt to define the term periphery. Near to the sites of the projects I will present today is a particular European phenomenon, the Hollowcore as defined by Rem Koolhaas. Amsterdam, Brussels, Dortmund, and Cologne define, more or less, the outer boundaries of a... more
The Humboldt Forum is gigantic. As a consequence, the orientation system inside the building will follow the principles used for public spaces. A uniform architectural corporate design will link the various areas and offerings to one another while creating identities and making the spaces... more
Museums are often perceived as rather antiquated yet the statistics don’t confirm this stereotype since visiting museums is currently the most popular cultural activity in Switzerland. What responsibilities do museums have and in what way do they already fulfil them? In addition to the classical... more
What is architecture?
What can architecture do?
What is your architectural position?
What is your design method?
Documentation of Seminars and Design Workshops
2009 to today (individual booklets)
Peter Behrens School of Arts (PBSA)
Department of Architecture and Design
“If we talk about the scenography of exhibitions, however, we are talking about design with a completely different potency. The scenography is an integral part of the overall concept of the exhibition. The scenography becomes the means by which the aims and the content of the exhibition... more
“The important thing in harrowing locations… is to open up windows for reflection.”
At memorials, the place itself is already a part of the narrative. The courage to leave gaps is necessary. Visitors must have the opportunity to react and interact independently, as Barbara Holzer explains... more
Exhibitions emerge from an interplay between the space and the exhibits. The spatial staging - in scenography as well as in architecture - has an impact on the way people perceive and use it, as Tristan Kobler points out.
"In architecture, beauty is an additional benefit that is there for everyone."
Tristan Kobler talks about his currents projects, his understanding of architecture, and its power and limits.
The spaces we inhabit influence how we act and how we feel. Architects and urban planners create the constructed worlds that people consciously or unconsciously accept, the places where they spend and enjoy their time. But in just the same way, spaces can emerge that are uninviting, that... more