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© Holzer Kobler Architekturen
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Holzer Kobler Architekturen was established in Zurich in 2004 by Prof. Barbara Holzer and Prof. Tristan Kobler. Today, the studio operates internationally out of Zurich, Berlin, Cologne and Nyon and covers a wide spectrum of competences including urban plann­ing and architecture, scenography and design. A multidisciplinary team made up of architects, designers, graphic artists and curators define its specific orientation in close collaboration with public and private sectors as well as a broad network that encompasses industry, sci­ence, art and culture.

The work of Holzer Kobler Architekturen focuses on programmatic innovation, aesthetic identity and the characteristics of context in their handling of archi­tecture and space. The concept of Architekturen (architectures) can therefore be understood as an opening and extension of spaces for thinking as well as various other activities in architecture. Artistic integrity, cultural and social values as well as sustainable developments within constantly changing de­mands regarding habitational and working environments are fundamental to all projects, from masterplanning to detail design. Instead of an easily recognizable form of articulation, the distinguishing feature of every project is its distinctiveness. The result is a trove of novel ideas reflected in the large number of unique creations.


The scope of services of Holzer Kobler Architekturen encompasses the planning and implementation of national and international projects in the fields of building construction, interiors, design and exhibitions for private and public sector clients in business, culture, administration, education, foundations and cooperatives. Increasingly, urban planning projects such as site development with mixed-use, modular structures and conversions are handled. Consulting services for clients and project partners as well as the conceptualisation and implementation of studies are offered, and assignments of a curatorial, museografic or graphics nature are undertaken.

To pass on expert know how and support new talents Barbara Holzer has been lecturing as a professor at the Peter Behrens School of Art (PBSA) in Düsseldorf, Germany, since 2010. Tristan Kobler has been teaching as a professor at the Haute École d’Art et de Design at Geneva, Switzerland, since 2009. Selected research projects, international committee and jury duties as well as various speaking engagements at lecture series and industry platforms are completing the profile of the office.


  • Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing
  • Alpinarium Galtür Dokumentation GmbH
  • Association Espace Mittelland
  • Association Expo.02
  • Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten
  • Bernisches Historisches Museum
  • BLOFELD Entertainment GmbH
  • BR Basel GmbH
  • Chamber of Architecture, Thuringia
  • City of Cuxhaven
  • City of Kassel, Department of Culture
  • City of La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • City of Nuremberg, Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände
  • City of Schöningen
  • City of Zurich, Department of Building Construction
  • City of Zurich, Presidential Department
  • Cooperative Migros East Switzerland
  • Cooperative Raiffeisen Pension Fund, St. Gallen
  • Corporate Communications Schindler Management AG 
  • Credit Suisse AG
  • Dansk Arkitektur Center
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden
  • Departement of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich
  • District Administration of Burgenlang County
  • District Office Sonneberg
  • ETH Zürich
  • Federal Agency for Industrial Healthand Safety
  • Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS)
  • Federal Office of Culture (BAK)
  • Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Ministry of Defence 
  • Felix Platter Hospital
  • Flughafen Zürich AG, Ordinary Partnership The Circle
  • Fondation du Musée du Vin
  • Fondazione Sasso San Gottardo
  • Foundation Berliner Schloss, Humboldtforum
  • Foundation Bourbaki Panorama Luzern
  • Foundation Gedenkstätten Buchenwald und Mittelbau-Dora
  • Foundation Historische Museen Hamburg
  • Foundation Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Foundation Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen, Schloss Gottorf 
  • Gemeinnützige Umwelthaus GmbH
  • GlobalArtAffairs Foundation
  • Heller Enterprises GmbH
  • Hessian Ministry for Science and Arts (HMWK)
  • Hochschulstandort Wien, Messestraße Projektentwicklung GmbH
  • House of History, Baden-Württemberg
  • IBM Schweiz
  • Implenia AG
  • Imufin AG resp. Blickpunkt Lebensraum - Odinga und Hagen AG, Uster
  • International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva
  • Jewish Museum Berlin
  • Kanton St. Gallen, Departement of Internal Affairs
  • Kinobetriebe Marti & Co., Thun
  • Klassik Stiftung Weimar
  • Luxemburg and Greater Region, Cultural Capital of Europa 2007
  • Manhattan Loft Corporation, London
  • Mettler2Invest AG
  • Musée d‘Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg
  • Musée des Confluences, Lyon
  • Museum of Communication, Berlin
  • Museum of Communication, Bern
  • Museum of Design, Zurich
  • National Archive City of Basel
  • National Park Administration Bayerischer Wald 
  • Neue Brünnen AG
  • NÜSSLI Gruppe
  • Reppisch-Werke AG
  • S+B Baumanagement AG
  • Schönbühl Immobilien AG
  • SIB Staatsbetrieb Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement
  • Sigmund Freud University, Vienna
  • Steiner AG
  • Swiss Architecture Museum S AM
  • Swiss National Museum
  • Swiss National Railways SBB
  • Swiss RE
  • Swisscom AG
  • Tourisme Neuchâteloise
  • UBS Fund Management (Switzerland) AG
  • ZKM | Center for Art and Media Technology
  • Zug Estates AG



  • 2xGoldstein
  • anamnesia GmbH
  • ANS Architekten + Planer SIA
  • Artex Museum Services
  • Basler & Hofmann AG
  • Burckhardt + Partner AG
  • Bureau N
  • club L94 Landschaftsarchitekten
  • Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer
  • Expomobilia AG
  • Freimüller Söllinger Architektur ZT GmbH
  • Garbers & James
  • Gourdin & Müller
  • Gruner AG
  • Hager Partner AG
  • Heller Enterprises GmbH
  • iart ag
  • kadawittfeld architektur
  • Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • L2M3 Kommunikationsdesign GmbH
  • Lichtvision Design
  • Losinger Marazzi AG
  • mariarosa
  • meierpartner architekten ag
  • Nüssli (Schweiz) AG
  • pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG
  • Polke, Ziege, von Moos AG
  • Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop
  • Rimini Berlin
  • Roberto Lazzari Company GmbH
  • Runze & Casper Werbeagentur GmbH
  • S+B Baumanagement AG
  • Studio Libeskind
  • Studio Vulkan Landschaftsarchitektur
  • TheGreenEyl
  • Topotek 1
  • Weber + Brönnimann AG
  • Werkstatt Grinzing WGA ZT GmbH
  • wörner traxler richter
  • zweikant architekturen