Born in Salzburg/Austria, I graduated from Vienna‘s University of Technology in 2001. Between 2001 and 2004 I worked for various architects in Vienna such as Frank+Partner and one of my main projects was the masterplan and the extension of the Hotel Sacher. Moved to Italy in late 2004 I joined Studio Morena Architecture Team near Trieste where I was responsible for architectural competitions, residential and office buildings throughout Europe. A big step forward was setting up my own business "Architect and Friends" in 2008. Having a great flexible team behind me I'm finally able to offer the whole range of architectural services to my clients: architecture, construction management, interiors and custom-made furniture. In 2009 I joined forces with interior designer Johanna to strengthen and enhance the relationship between architecture and interior design from conception to completion of the project. Since 2014 I'm also collaborating with the Italian architecture magazine Vistacasa.
Architect and Friends is a full service architectural practice that deals with development and realization of projects of all dimensions. Our strategy is to uncover the obvious and best solution, in large and in small scale, indoor and outdoor.Based on our innovative and flexible team of architects, interior designers, craftsmen and suppliers we are able to offer the whole range of architectural services and realization of our projects to our clients, including interiors when desired.
We belive that good architecture starts with building a good relationship with our clients. Our design process begins with detailed discussions about the clients‘ wishes and needs, a thorough investigation of the site and a research regarding legal requirements.
Our most important design approach is to create an interaction between location, proportions, light and materials by extending daily living into the surrounding landscape.
As architects we take care of the smallest detail in all our projects rather than leaving some important details for a contractor to figure out on site. Every design choice we make is based on continuous research for new innovative products, materials and construction details to create tailor-made, unique projects. Our aim is to create long lasting relationships with all of our clients. Therefore we make every effort to protect our clients’ interests by keeping all our projects on schedule with maximum transparency.
This residential project is situated in Graz/Austria and is the first one where we did all the interiors based on the architecture of Hohensinn Architektur Graz. The living area is located on the first floor with spectacular views over the nearby hills. The open space layout consists of the livingroom including the dining area and a series of open niches such as the library with fireplace, the kitchen, the home-office and the terrace devided by an open staircase . Large glass sliding doors open the interior to the exterior spaces. Seperated from the livingroom by the terrace, the master bedroom is also situated on the first floor. A children‘s room, a guest room and a walk in closet are located next to the entrance hall at the ground floor.Services: interior design, material research, interior design documentation, on-site project representative interiors, furniture & lighting installation administration
Being invited to develop a new design concept for the Döllerer family hotel whose initial business back in 1909 was a butcher shop, and since then they have created a hotel, a restaurant, a traditional ‘Wirtshaus’, and a delicatessen shop, has been exciting. Meeting their son Andreas, a great young guy who was named the “Chef of the Year” in Austria in 2010 and finally wanted a stage for his so called ‘Cuisine Alpine’ made it the most ambitious project for us to realize so far.Services: feasibility study, architectural and interior design documentation, material research, on-site project representative, project administration, furniture & equipment installation administration
Client: Döllerer's Genusswelten
Our second project in the Colmata. The most interesting aspect of these houses is their versatility on the small plots they are built on. Our client wanted us to design a modern mediterranean style holiday home.Services: existing facilities survey, building plans and building permit, architectural and interior design documentation, landscape design, material research, on-site project representative, project administration, furniture & equipment installation administration
Located in the so called „Colmata“ which means reclaimed land in the dialect of Grado, the whole area is a 1940‘s collection of detached, semi-detached and single family homes, all built in the same style and characterized by the people who came to Grado in the early 1950‘s. This renovation and extension for an Austrian family was our first project in this area. Our main idea was to create an "outdoor livingroom" invisible from the street and a seperate guesthouse to accommodate the owner's friends.Services: existing facilities survey, building plans and building permit, architectural and interior design documentation, landscape design, material research, on-site project representative, project administration, furniture & equipment installation administration
NVC was an international design competition focused on enhancing the progress of future endeavors in Newark, NJ while celebrating it's fascinating past. Currently, there is no method for way-finding or a comprehensive historical center for this revitalized city continuously on the rise. All of the most significant cities in America include some sort of visitor's hub that welcomes and funnels countless people through to their restaurants, civic marvels, and cultural/community events. This structure would surely facilitate further progress and highlight all of Newark's hidden gems and main attractions alike. Moreover, the space shall boast an eclectic, sustainable program, becoming its very own destination spot.Services: Competition
Seaside shopping can be that nice! Our design approach for the boutique Sedò in Grado was to create an outstanding space for high quality fashion brands reflecting the unique position of this shop located on the island within it‘s beautiful lagoon. Making one shop out of two, the main goal was to open the since 1975 existing men‘s fashion store towards the new area for women‘s fashion. The central display can be seen as the „man‘s arm” opening towards the new women‘s fashion area inviting it to join the new space.Services: existing facilities survey, interior design documentation, material research, on-site project representative, project administration, furniture & equipment installation administration
Thousands of unwanted shipping containers clog our ports and the land around them. AIA Newark and Suburban challenges the nation’s most innovative thinkers and designers to re-invent the box with their most inspired and creative utilizations of shipping containers as the primary construct of an urban multi-family mixed use project. The selected site is adjacent to a major train station and walking distance to the downtown major cultural centers of Newark, New Jersey.Services: Competition
It’s relatively easy to put an addition on a house. Architects do it all the time, to greater or lesser effect. But what about subtracting from a house? In 1950, the average size of a new home that year was 983 square feet and had one bathroom or less. Today the average family is three people, and the average size of a new home is 2,434 square feet. Let’s imagine it is 2025 in South Florida. Imagine that global warming is real, and that energy costs have tripled. What are we going to do to manage these houses? How about cutting it down to something more managable?Services: Competition Press Competition Winner
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