Studio

Two mottoes characterise the work in this architecture workshop: to create an architecture that fits seamlessly into the fabric of the city and that considers the concerns of the people meant to live or work in these buildings in future. Key here is the search for the best solution, including tailored adjustments to individual needs.

Such cohesive concepts do not originate on the computer: prior to the draft and the technical planning, the idea develops here at Marc Kocher Architekten, and this always beyond the limits of all available software tools in freehand drawings. A sustained, sophisticated and multifaceted design concept matures in detailed sketches, drawings and lovingly painted watercolours over a short period of time. This is subsequently planned in detail in digital form with an eye to aspects integral to planning and realisation.

Team

Marc Kocher has gathered a team of around ten members in his agency, often comprised of employees of many years; they are primarily from Italy, because these architects share an understanding for those fundamental rules of building that have remained unchanged for centuries and were learned by Kocher in his years with Aldo Rossi. This practised team cultivates classic architectural methodology as much as the tools of digital planning, with the aim of creating sophisticated designs that are continually improved in joint discussions.

Stefano Caiulo
Architect
2001

Architecture diploma from Sapienza University of Rome

since 2001

Employed in various architecture agencies in Italy and Germany

2005

Member of the Chamber of Architects of Lecce, Italy

Since 2005

Active as a freelance architect

2014

Beginning of cooperation with Marc Kocher Architekten

since 2015

Member of the Chamber of Architects of Berlin

since 2016

Salaried architect with Marc Kocher Architekten

Ugo Felici Giunchi
Architect
2013

Architecture diploma from University of Naples Federico II

2014

Overseas traineeship with EU Leonardo da Vinci programme

2014

Beginning of cooperation with Marc Kocher Architekten

since 2016

Salaried architect with Marc Kocher Architekten

since 2017

Member of the Chamber of Architects of Berlin

Jeannette León de Baschinski
Architect
1987

Architecture diploma from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

1993

Accreditation as Diplom-Ingenieurin (FH) (Graduate of engineering of a University of Applied Arts and Sciences) by the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family, Berlin

until 1999

Employment in various architectural agencies and as a lecturer P.U.J in Bogotá

2001

Advanced training in CAD and media design, Berlin

since 2006

Active as freelance architect and employment in various architecture agencies in Berlin

2011

Beginning of cooperation with Marc Kocher Architekten

Andrea Totaro
Architect
2011

Traineeship with the urban planning office of Bassano del Grappa, Italy

2011

Founding member of Urban Center Bassano del Grappa, Italy

2012

Bachelor of Architecture from Iuav University of Venice

2013

Beginning of cooperation with Marc Kocher Architekten

since 2016

Salaried architect with Marc Kocher Architekten

[Translate to Englisch:] Portrait Marc Kocher

Marc Kocher

Marc Kocher, born in Bern. He was employed in the Milan office of Aldo Rossi, a formative influence on European post-war modernity, and at the same time a prominent representative of Italian Razionalismo and later of the emerging post-modernism, even before completing his studies at the ETH Zurich. Kocher here acquired familiarity with and a rich understanding of urban planning and architecture with access to all eras of architecture that accompanies him to the present day. In this Italian period he participated in, among other projects, the reconstruction of the classicist opera house La Fenice in Venice, which burned down in 1996. He was responsible for, among other things, the restoration of the sophisticated interior wall and ceiling decoration.

Following the founding of his own architecture agency in 1997, he developed his own unmistakable language of design in initial building projects in Zurich and Berlin. With the conversion of the Backfabrik, formerly a factory bakery in the Prenzlauer Allee in Berlin, the architect was successful in 2001 with the sensitive transformation of a historical industrial building into a modern office and commercial location. Kocher’s latest projects in Berlin-Weißensee, Karlshorst and Anklam see him moving increasingly toward an urban planning scale. The architect still initially draws all views of his structures by hand. These coloured architectural drawings are an indispensable component of the design process for him.

Read more in a recent interview Berlin vis-à-vis (03/2020).

Milestones

1984

General qualification for university entrance in Bern

1984–1989

Studies at ETH Zurich

1988–1989

Internship with Aldo Rossi, Milan

1990–1997

Cooperation with Aldo Rossi, Milan

1997

Opening of Zurich agency

1999–2001

Guest professorship, School of Architecture, Syracuse, New York

2000

Completion of Backfabrik, Berlin

2002

Completion of Teatro La Fenice, Venice

2004

Completion of Müller-Martini-Areal, Zurich

2008

Completion of Palais KolleBelle, Berlin

2011

Opening of agency in Berlin, agency management G. Pesenti

2012

Jablonskistraße residential building, Berlin

2013

Completion of Fellini Residences, Berlin

2018

Commissioning of an urban quarter in Bernau near Berlin for 3,400 apartments