Both have founded the design office Blocher Blocher Partners in 1989. After a short time, the course towards the international reputation was set, thanks to the success at two huge architectural competitions – one for the new conception of an urban health quarter, the other for the modernization of one of Europe’s most influential retail companies. As a consequence, first European jobs came in addition and then worldwide tasks. Until today, many clients from back then have remained faithful to Blocher Blocher Partners – which is by no means self-evident in such a hard-fought market. “The balance between consistency and innovation has made a long-lasting impression on our clients,” explains Mr Blocher.
At this moment Blocher Blocher Partners is constituted by Dieter Blocher, Jutta Blocher, Wolfgang Mairinger, Jürgen Gaiser, Angela Kreutz, Anja Pangerl.
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Jutta Bocher lives and works in Stuttgart, in Germany. She studied interior design at the Stuttgart University before working for various companies.
Dieter Blocher studied architecture at the university in Stuttgart and Chicago. He worked with various architectural offices, was lecturer at the University of Stuttgart.
In 1989, Jutta and Dieter Blocher founded the architecture and design office Blocher Blocher Partners, which focuses on holistic project development. Today, 160 employees work in the offices in Stuttgart and Mannheim, Germany and New-Delhi, India.
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Backgroung & Realizations: best projects
As head of interior design, Jutta Blocher’s responsibilities include the event-orientated retail market with clients like Holy, Hugo Boss and Bucherer, as well as the Stuttgart based company Breuninger, the Mannheim engelhorn group and the Central Group in Thailand. Blocher Blocher Partners’ activities range from store design to the construction of commercial buildings and the development of complex city districts, for example Q 6 Q 7 in Mannheim. In addition, the office acquired renown in the areas of logo development, graphic conception and corporate publishing.
When Blocher Blocher Partners celebrated the campany 25th aniversary, they louched a online-book where we can see the best projects and feel all the spirit behing this campany and theris owners and colaboratores! See it here.
CASTLE OF MANNHEIM
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The Most Iconic Projects
Rhythm of the city: with many trophies as Germany’s Best Department Store, the Breuninger flagship location in the heart of Stuttgart is the brand’s standard-bearer. So how do you take one of Germany’s most successful retail addresses and give it the architectural boost it deserves? Blocher Blocher Partners was entrusted with the task of designing an extension to the Stuttgart building that would reflect the firm’s identity. That’s no easy task: to create a unifying design for a multitude of uses.
The result, a new, eight-storey building, houses new retail space and offices. A direct link to Breuninger headquarters next door enables the best possible circulation between the two buildings and a seamless extension of the selling floor. In addition, to optimize logistics, deliveries were shifted from Karlstraße to the new building on Holzstraße.
To understand better the philosophy of the project ready Julia Blocher’s interview to TOP Magazin Stuttgart, in German.
Best of Award&Project 2015 by Blocher Blocher
In 2015 Jutta and Dieter Blocher’s globally renowned company won one of the best at international level design awards. Mondeal Square, Ahmedabad, project built in India, earned the “International Design Award” prize. Designed by a team of architects and interior designers, this project has incredible detail, both inside and on the outside lighting.
A LANDMARK FOR AHMEDAAD…What constitutes a landmark? To shape the face of a city and present a point of orientation for resident and visitor. Two characteristics, which Mondeal Square satisfied already soon after its opening. Located in Ahmedabad’s burgeoning suburb Prahladnagar on the S.G. Highway, the ensemble offers a total floor space of 17,000 square metres, of which 3,600 comprise commercial space, as well as ten storeys for office usage. During the day, the striking structure of the curtain façade defines the two buildings. The vertical struts and horizontal panes made of white aluminium profiles serve not only for a long-range effect but also for shade. A significant locational advantage in India’s sunny west – and a statement for sustainable construction, as this, after all, reduces the use of air conditioners. As a contrast to the main façade, the rear side of the building is stylishly more restrained with a horizontal lamella façade. This is where the stairwells are located, also providing access – besides the elevators – to the office floors from the third to the tenth floor. The way these can be designed is exemplified by Blocher Blocher India on the top floor. Open exposed concrete ceilings and light grey tiles interplay with glass dividing walls, conveying a sense of minimalistic elegance and transparency. Wooden wall elements and the light interior provide the premises with warmth and increased quality-of-stay for the employees.
|Iconic Award||Mondeal Square (Ahmedabad), R5 (Mannheim) and Bucherer (Paris)||2015|
|International Design Award||Mondeal Square, Ahmedabad (First Prize)||2015|
|Estate Awards by Franchise India||Mondeal Square, Ahmedabad||2015|
|German Design Award||Fashion House Garhammer, Waldkirchen (Special Mention)||2014|
|German Interior Design Award||Restaurant Opus V, Mannheim and Office Building Stuttgart||2014|
|Lighting Design Award||Mondeal Square, Ahmedabad||2014|
|CNBC Awaaz Real Estate Awards||Mondeal Square, Ahmedabad||2014|
|Focus Open||Office Building Stuttgart||2014|
|VMSD Retail Renovation Competition||engelhorn Sports, Mannheim||2014|
|Iconic Award||Restaurant Opus V, Mannheim (Interior) and Fashion House Garhammer, Waldkirchen (Architecture)||2014|
|VM&RD Award||Mondeal Retail Park, Ahmedabad, India||2014|
|Sous Award||Fashion House Garhammer, Waldkirchen and Fashion House Jost, Bruchsal||2014|
|Red Dot Design Award||Recessed luminaire Argo (category “Best of the Best”)||2014|
|Stores of the year (HDE)||Modehaus Garhammer (category Fashion) and Wohnpark Binzen (category Living)||2014|
|DesignPlus Award||Showcase light Illumini||2014|
|German Design Award||Office Building Stuttgart||2013|
|Iconic Award||Office Building Stuttgart (Corporate Architecture) and Mondeal Retail Park, Ahmedabad (Special Architecture)||2013|
|Red Dot Design Award||Office Building Stuttgart||2013|
|M&T Metallbaupreis (Metal Construction Award)||Wormland, Hannover||2013|
|Stores of the year (HDE)||CJ Schmidt, Husum (Special prize Fashion)||2013|
|Grand Austrian State Prize for Architecture||Bründl Sports, Kaprun||2012|
|A.R.E. Design Award||Bründl Sports, Ischgl||2012|
|Award of the Chamber of Architects BW – Exemplary Construction||Gardens of single family house, Stuttgart||2011|
|Award of the Chamber of Architects BW – Exemplary Construction||Single family house, Stuttgart||2011|
|Hugo-Häring-Award||University of Heidelberg||2011|
|A.R.E. Design Award||Kastner & Öhler, Graz (Best Department Store Formats)||2011|
|Forum Preis (TextilWirtschaft)||Kastner & Öhler, Graz||2011|
|Euro Shop Retail Design Award (EHI)||Jelmoli, Zurich||2011|
|House of the Year Award (Magazin “Schöner Wohnen”)||Single family house, Stuttgart||2011|
|50 best single family houses (German Museum for Architecture and Magazin Baumeister)||Single family house, Stuttgart||2011|
|Euro Shop Retail Design Award (EHI)||Bründl Sports, Kaprun||2010|
|Award of the Association of the Real Estate Industry Stuttgart||Wilhelmgalerie, Ludwigsburg||2010|
|Award Examplary Buildings (BDA BW)||Schloss Mannheim||2008|
|Euro Shop Retail Design Award (EHI)||ZEN, Bangkok||2008|
|Stores of the year (HDE)||engelhorn acc/es||2008|
|Award of the Chamber of Architects BW – Exemplary Construction||Schloss Mannheim||2007|
|Award of the Chamber of Architects BW – Exemplary Construction||engelhorn acc/es||2007|
Inspirational quotes by…
“Our work begins with the curiosity of the observer, we think from the outside in and from the inside out“, sagt Jutta Blocher.
“Architecture needs visions. It must fulfil its responsibility and serve the people. This is why aesthetics, functionality and sustainability determine our way of thinking.”
“Architecture, is always influencing the character of a city and, at the same time, an echo of a social movement. Some projects even have a guiding function besides their actual purpose. They stand for a departure, an evolution, a paradigm shift.”
“Life is a learning process. I personally can never stand still. This is why I want to further discover the diversity of cultures. During my travels through Asia and around the globe, I learned to see the world with different eyes. I experienced things from different angles which had a long-lasting and positive influence to me – for my professional work as much as for my private life. It may sound a bit cheesy but it is simply important for me to think outside the box.”
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OFFICE BUILDING, STUTTGART
Blocher Blocher Partners, Herdweg 19, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
Holy AG, Reutlinger Straße 69-73, 72555 Metzingen, Germany
GERMAN FILM MUSEUM
Deutsches Filminstitut (DIF e.V.), Schaumainkai 41, 60596 Frankfurt a.M., Germany
CITY QUARTER Q 6 Q 7
Diringer & Scheidel Unternehmensgruppe, Q6/Q7, 68161 Mannheim, Germany
ECE Projektmanagement GmbH. & Co. KG, Deutschhofstraße 19, 74072 Heilbronn, Germany
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