Competition Hackstraße/Stöckachstraße Riehle Architekten Figure Ground Plan

Competition Hackstraße/Stöckachstraße

A city requires both continuity and transformation. Therefore, the urban concept for a former industrial EnBW estate carefully relates present and past connections with novel and future aspects. A balance of preservation and intervention, tradition and innovation forms a divers and dynamic new urban quarter by complementing dialectic opposites.

The combination of converting existing buildings and adding new structures, alongside the strengthening of superordinate urban routes define a masterplan, that connects the new quarter with the surrounding city and promises character and a new identity for the proposed living and urban spaces. Following their transformation, buildings worth to be conserved act as identity anchors for the new quarter. Precise new additions defined by clear typologies and spatial clarity complement an urban framework of high density and a diversified relation of build environment and public realm, of mass and space.  

The proposed masterplan suggests a hierarchy of greater urban connections and differently proportioned streets as well as a succession from public to private spaces. The historic Sickstraße will be reinstated in the city plan as a strong superordinate east-west connection linking the green park spaces around the Villa Berg with the Schloßgarten. A north-south connection negotiates the sloping topography and provides a good urban ventilation downhill. At the intersection of these major routes, a new public square is proposed in the heart of the new quarter with active edges and high amenity values. The inner sphere of the new block structures and the protected courtyards developed between existing and proposed buildings offer private and commonly used gardens and form a deliberate counterpart to the public realm around.      

The masterplan consciously alternates between subordinate and particular buildings to generate an agile piece of city made of background and foreground actors and a high diversity of mixed uses. The urban grain of the proposed buildings deliberately mediates between the large-scale structures along Cannstatter Straße/Neckarstraße and the typical small-scale structures within the Stöckach area.  


Client: EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Competition: December 2019, 3rd prize
Gross floor area: 138,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Urban plan: Riehle+Assoziierte

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Landratsamt Reutlingen Riehle Architekten

Allmandring V Student Housing

On the University of Stuttgart’s Vaihingen campus, Studierendenwerk Stuttgart is building an additional housing complex for 350 students at Allmandring V. As one of the last undeveloped plots of land on the university campus in Vaihingen, the site constitutes the “keystone” in a series of existing student dormitory facilities and thus the architectural completion of the western edge of the campus. In addition to the special location within the campus, the larger context is characterised above all by the visual and spatial relationship to the natural environment of the adjoining Büsnau valley and by the steeply falling topography of the site.

The unique position and topographical circumstances of the site were both a challenge and the origin for the concept of the new student housing project: An ensemble of three volumes with identical footprints but different heights are grouped around a shared podium that compensates for the topography quite naturally, defines a common, public centre with good orientation, social interaction and strong identity, and establishes a tangible connection to the Büsnau valley, both visually and physically.

The separate buildings, which are deliberately pinned  to the edges of the shared podium, adopt the granular, carpet-like pattern of the adjacent developments in order to respond appropriately to the existing urban grain and to allow for good daylight and ventilation conditions within the new ensemble. As an urban accent in the west, the point of accentuated height is in dialogue with other high-rise buildings on the campus and combines the desire for urban density with urban permeability while offering student rooms with the best possible views of the campus and the adjacent countryside.    

Client: Studierendenwerk Stuttgart
Status: In planning, completion 2024
Location: Allmandring V, Stuttgart-Vaihingen campus
Gross floor area: approx. 15 000 m²
Rendering: SLAB, London
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

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Landratsamt Reutlingen Riehle Architekten

Reutlingen District Office

Situated on a derelict site at the north-eastern entrance to the city, the new administrative office for the local district of Reutlingen is conceived as an impactful urban building that marks its prominent urban location and regenerates a long-neglected part of the city.

Two interlocking building volumes, with one carved-out courtyard each, reinforce the street edges and are deliberately staggered in height in order to break up the scale of a large mass and to better integrate into the existing urban context. The building’s distinctive stepped apex, oriented to the main street crossing, gives identity to the new district office and constitutes a prelude, presenting a face to the urban figure when approaching the city centre. The volumetric concept and a finely detailed brick facade enveloping the entire volume create a building with public character and civic presence. The vertical articulation of the exposed brickwork constitutes an order that encircles the building with a playful relief of light and shadow.

The motif of an arcade along Karlstraße combined with a passage that leads beneath the building into an enclosed entrance courtyard consolidates and expands the public realm in an area impacted by two busy roads. Shielded from traffic noise, the arcade and entrance court convey a strong sense of address and intentionally extend the urban territory of the new administrative district office beyond the actual point of entrance to the building inside the forecourt. As an address for everyone – visitors and employees alike – the public courtyard thus becomes a place for the city, one that inside the public foyer and the assembly hall continues in the form of bright, generous spaces of civic scale.

Client: Georg Reisch GmbH & Co. KG
Status: In planning, completion 2026
Location: Stuttgarter Straße 30, Reutlingen
Gross floor area: approx. 42 500 m²
Rendering: SLAB, London

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Dienstgebäude Ev. Oberkirchenrat Stuttgart Riehle Architekten

Evangelical Campus Nuremberg

Riehle+Assoziierte, in collaboration with Carmody Groarke, has won First Prize in a competition to develop a new campus for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. Located close to the historic city centre of Nuremberg, the project transforms a typical 1970s office building into a new ensemble comprising two universities, regional administration and congressional facilities for the synod of Bavaria, a student hostel, a nursery and a public chapel.

The current urban condition and the image of the existing tower and podium building are illegible, unwelcoming and repellent to visitors. The proposed urban concept places a new public square at the heart of the composition, opening up the building complex via new pedestrian routes through the perimeter, presenting the Church to the surrounding as an outward-facing and welcoming institution.

In order to underline the building’s change of use from an office property to a new public campus and to present a new frontage facing the city, the proposal generates the required additional area by extending the podium vertically and the slab tower horizontally. These strategic additions suspend the former communicative division of the building complex, unite the podium and the tower to a formal entity and allow to connect the different uses within the building by internal voids and external gardens at various levels.

The new extensions made of light-weight timber structures and the deep timber loggias enveloping the new building form universally, remove the uninviting character of the existing building both inside and outside and improve the architectural image as well as the environmental performance of the new campus. Lightness, generosity and openness define the new, civic identity of the building ensemble and reflect the key values of the Evangelical Church.  


Client: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria
Competition: December 2019, 1st prize
Location: Nuremberg
Gross floor area: 38,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Renders: SLAB, Carmody Groarke

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Sparkassenhaus Reutlingen Riehle Architekten

Sparkassenhaus

The construction project for the Kreissparkasse savings bank in Reutlingen’s ‘Orschel-Park’ development will create a new administrative office building, designed for about 400 employees, with a diverse assortment of shared areas for training and consultation sessions plus a staff restaurant. At an urban scale, the new Sparkassenhaus positions itself confidently as a strong, yet differentiated free-standing building whose unique, tripartite configuration with three atriums carved out from its interior mediates between the urban, organisational and spatial requirements, both inside and out.

While the differentiated massing creates usable open spaces of different function and character outside (fore-court, outdoor restaurant area, viewing terrace, atriums), the developed building form constitutes a highly versatile structure on the inside, ideally suited for contemporary work environments, that is characterised by clear orientation, good use of daylight and structural openness and which promises a work atmosphere of high quality.

Served by an impactful central circulation space, the office areas on the typical floors, which are closely interconnected and highly conducive to good interpersonal communication, are grouped around each of the unroofed inner courtyards and offer not only open-plan areas but also possibilities for retreat and zones for informal exchange. The structure allows for the subdivision and individually customised spatial articulation of discrete departments, yet its centred and continuous figure underscores the character of a ‘unified home’ for the savings bank .

Typologically, the new building is conceived as a light, three-storey form with a setback top floor, sitting on top of a massive, monolithic plinth that compensates for the topographical differences in height on the site and establishes a strong relationship to the surrounding orchards. The transparent metal and glass facade uniformly clads the building’s entire complex shape. Its unvaried character is an expression of the internal structural openness and its deep vertical and horizontal articulating elements gives it a high degree of light-ness and three-dimensionality.

Client: Kreissparkasse Reutlingen
Status: Under construction
Location: Orschel-Park Reutlingen
Gross floor area: 19.400 m²
Rendering: Vizoom, Barcelona
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

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BTZ Tuebingen Expansion Riehle Architekten Rendering

Biotechnology centre expansion

Located in the northern part of the city in the immediate vicinity of the University Hospital and the Max Planck Institutes, Tübingen’s technology park is developing into a sought-after location and an attractive address for young, successful companies from the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology as well as medical technology and information technology. The biotechnology centre leased by CureVac is located in the heart of the rapidly growing technology park, and the planned extension complements the existing research building with flexible office space and a new foyer and conference area.

The limited allowable building footprint resulting from the close distance to the existing building and the extension’s exceptional location on the redesigned square in front of the astronomical observatory present both a challenge and an opportunity for the proposed expansion strategy: The interplay of a slender, skeletal linear building with external infrastructure cores, which provide both a functional connection and a compositional separation between the existing and proposed structures, affords good daylight conditions and a sheltered courtyard near the existing building and also defines a discrete, seemingly autonomous free-standing building as the new edge of the public square.

While the round architectural forms of the external infrastructure cores create a dialogue with the adjacent observatory, the linear building with its stacked versatile platforms exudes great calmness and seeks an expression of formal affinity with the existing building in terms of colouration and facade proportions. The sustained characteristic style of the facade is consciously interrupted only at the front end of the building, with a double-height foyer that establishes a clear entrance gesture and defines a new address and with a café/bar that activates the newly designed square in front of the observatory.

Client: Karl-Schlecht-Gesellschaft
Status: Under construction, completion 2023
Location: Technologiepark Tübingen
Gross floor area: 2,920 m²
Rendering: Nightnurse Images, Zurich

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Extension FANUC Headquarters Riehle Architekten

Extension FANUC Headquarters

The expansion project for Fanuc – a Japanese global market leader for automation systems – is based on two primary aims for their Europe headquarters: Urbanistically the proposed new structure is forming a distinctive head-end building with a representative gesture at the eastern city entrance, presenting both starting and ending point to the Fanuc campus. Architecturally the project develops a building with distinct identity and high recognition value, taking on design elements of the existing buildings without copying them.

The two main components of the brief – a technicum and a conference/administration area – are reflected as two autonomous typologies in form of a flexible hall and stacked office platforms and deliberately arranged next to one another to optimise each structure individually for their respective purpose. Inside, a hidden courtyard is placed at the intersection of the two structures to provide good daylight conditions, views from the office through to the hall and hereby connecting theory and practice symbolically.

Corresponding with the existing buildings, the external language of the new campus addition is defined by a reduced material palette. A metal skin entirely envelopes the continuous building form composed from the horizontal hall and the vertical office platforms to underline the single material approach and to form a united, coherent whole. Excluded from this universal metal curtain, a transparent glass facade opens towards the building head to emphasise the entrance gesture of the new building completing the family of buildings on the Fanuc campus.


Client: FANUC Europe GmbH
Competition: January 2020, 3rd prize
Location: Neuhausen auf den Fildern
Gross floor area: 5,600 m2
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Renders: Ponnie Images, Aachen

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Dienstgebäude Ev. Oberkirchenrat Stuttgart Riehle Architekten

Service Building Evangelical Church Board

The masterplan for the Evangelical Church Board of Württemberg comprises an ensemble of three new structures, which will replace the existing buildings on site to generate new service (administration) buildings that form a strong dialogue with the adjacent parklike landscape. The building concept is conceived as a connective plinth embedded into the sloping topography with three singular buildings on top. The form of these building figures aligns with tight, legally binding boundaries and deliberately introduces various kinks and angles lending the buildings a three-dimensional quality and expressing differentiated public spaces around.

A new public footpath crossing the park halfway through the large triangular site is a symbolic gesture to open the site to the adjacent community.

The new main entrance is purposely situated opposite the park of the Villa Bosch and invites visitors via a small public forecourt into the common pedestal storey that is organised by a series of differentiated courtyards to provide daylight, orientation and outside space. A chapel with oratory visibly positioned within the entrance area underlines the ecclesiastical purpose of the building. The language of the new buildings is defined by the interaction of a concrete plinth with an elaborated brick facade above, giving the ensemble a homogenous, durable and consistent appearance. The brick detailing of the upper floors contains horizontal reliefs of decreasing depths to break down the scale of the overall massing and underline the meaning of the new public and ecclesiastical building within the city.


Client: Evangelical Church in Württemberg
Status: Design development
Location: Stuttgart
Gross floor area: 18,500 m2
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Render: Ponnie Images, Aachen

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Bürogebäude im Orschelpark Reutlingen Riehle Architekten

Office building Orschelpark

The proposed masterplan for the Orschelpark in Reutlingen adds two new structures to an existing undulating building in order to create a campus-like ensemble of three buildings. Together with the existing building the urban figures of the two proposed buildings group around a new, common forecourt developed from Ludwig-Ehrhard-Straße. Towards Rommelsbacher Straße the sloping topography naturally creates a linking plinth and presents three hovering building sections with great street presence.

The two new buildings are conceived as a series of clustered, interlocking volumes of different heights to break down the scale of the overall building mass and blend into the existing urban grain. The urban figure of the first building phase presents two, interlocking square forms with central courtyards to generate good daylight conditions for all work spaces.

On the inside the building structure of two rings with identical depths is developed as a skeletal concrete frame with two, crosswise bands of different spans creating a three-dimensional spatial structure of high flexibility and efficiency. The inner logic is defined by spatial clarity, typological stability and structural openness. The language of the building on the outside with slender vertical columns and three dimensional horizontal bands is based on an idea of abstraction by a sculptural interaction of concrete and glass.


Client: ACTIV Group, Schemmerhofen
Status: Design development
Location: Reutlingen
Gross floor area: 14,500 m2
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Renders: Vizoom, Berlin

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Firmenzentrale Datev Nürnberg Riehle Architekten

Datev Headquarters

The new headquarters for Datev - a data processing company – is conceived as a contemporary and bespoke building concept defined by a spatial network of various working environments.

Situated within an industrial estate, the developed building structure occupies almost the entire site generating a podium for all representative company functions (‘megahub’) and parking facilities. Hovering above this plinth, two concentrically organised volumes represent the spatial interpretation of the future-oriented office concept chosen by Datev (‘Acitvity Based Working’).

A net-like, hexagonal plan provides per floor five working areas for 100 people each (‘homezones’) and a common meeting area (‘midihub’) within a continuous and circularly organised spatial pattern defined by density, structural openness and vertical connectivity. The circular structure proposes areas of communication in the centre and areas of concentration at the periphery generating a gradual relationship between openness and enclosure (territory).


Client: Datev, Nuremberg
Competition: December 2018
Location: Nuremberg
Gross floor area: 80,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Renders: Vizoom, Berlin

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IHK Bildungszentrum Nordschwarzwald Nagold Riehle Architekten

Education Centre IHK Northern Black Forest

The concept of this education centre is defined by a simple urban figure creating two new public spaces of different purpose and character. Registering the specific location at the junction of two streets, the angled, L-shaped building forms a new public forecourt and a more intimate courtyard with good amenity values.

Due to the sloping site, the project comprises a three storey building on a mediating plinth to connect the new school building closely with the existing urban space and the contiguous topography levels. The main stairs with a ramp invite pupils and visitors from the new public entrance space into the slightly raised school foyer that links both new urban spaces internally. The rear green courtyard is purposely lowered to the adjacent street level behind to allow for the required degree of noise protection and privacy as well as generating a set of seating steps overlooking the school courtyard.

The urbanistically and topographically developed figure of an angled building on top of a mediating plinth leads to the architectural idea to express the language of the new school as a series of volumes of different character, purpose and material: timber learning rooms, steel escape staircases and the concrete carpark plinth generate a volumetric and material differentiation breaking down the scale of the overall building and yet creating a unified whole through the homogeneous interaction of patinated timber, exposed steel and light concrete.


Client: Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Northern Black Forest
Competition: November 2018, 3rd prize
Location: Nagold
Gross floor area: 6,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

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Bürgerhaus und Mediathek Staufen  Riehle Architekten

Community Hall and Media Centre Staufen

Situated in close proximity to the historic city centre and the southern town entrance, the design of the new community hall and media centre for Staufen emphasises its specific urban location and public purpose. The typology of a horizontal podium with two vertical volumes breaks down the overall massing into smaller scale figures integrating the new building into the grain of the surrounding but highlighting the new addresses of the two institutions.

The composition of the buildings generates a new forecourt appropriate for its purpose to invite visitors directly and intuitively into the public foyers of the community hall and the media centre. The choses urban strategy thereby allows for the autonomy of both institutions as well as beneficial synergies among each other.

The development of the building heights expresses the internal double height space of the concert-/theatre hall on the external volume to underline its purpose and meaning within the city. Moreover, the elongated bar building for the media centre - conceived as a stack of three regular floors with identical heights - is deliberately developed vertically to form a gate situation at the southern town entrance.

The calm language of the new building ensemble is defined by a reduced material palette of concrete for the topographical plinth and timber as the singular material inside out for the raising building figures. The new building draws its identity from the delicate warm timber structures that make strong references to the craftsmanship and the predominant materiality of the black forest region.


Client: Town of Staufen im Breisgau
Competition: February 2019
Location: Staufen
Gross floor area: 5,500 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

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Firmenzentrale Gustav Epple Stuttgart Riehle Architekten

Gustav Epple Headquarters

Situated within an industrial context, the competition project for the construction company Gustav Epple proposes a compact solitaire of elegant simplicity and spatial clarity.

The building displays a highly flexible structure of stacked, column free platforms defining a robust and constant framework including the building structure, services and facade. This basic structure is then specifically programmed by different fitout and furniture options that reflect the various needs and can be altered over time.

The regular, daylit platforms are equally spaced apart in three dimensions to create a maximum flexibility in use and a generous spatial quality. A spiral staircase serves as a sculptural object and visible symbol of the vertical connection of all office floors.


Client: Gustav Epple, Stuttgart
Competition: June 2017, 3rd prize
Status: Design development
Location: Stuttgart
Gross floor area: 7,500 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

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Kreissparkasse Metzingen Riehle Architekten

Kreissparkasse Metzingen

The new bank building for the Kreissparkasse Metzingen is conceived as a strong solitaire that creates a distinct new identity and a consistent appearance and is yet in dialogue with the different edge conditions of the adjacent context.

The existing pitched roofs in Karlstraße are the starting point for the idea to arrange the entire programme under five extruded pitched roofs forming an undulating roofscape that presents smaller grain gable ends towards the Schönbeinstraße. Across the railway station square though, a precise cut of the building form parallel to the train station generates a representative entrance facade vis-à-vis the station building with a distinctive silhouette of high recognition value and public notion.

Covered outside spaces form gradual transitions between public space and semi-public internal space and thereby define the inviting public character of the new bank building. The customer service hall is a generous rectangular double height space, centrally placed within the building’s polygonal footprint and entered from two sides to weave the inside of the bank into the urban fabric.


Client: Kreissparkasse Reutlingen
Competition: August 2018
Location: Metzingen
Gross floor area: 7,250 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

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Wohnen Stafflenbergstraße Stuttgart Riehle Architekten

Housing Stafflenberg Gänsheide

Defined by its hillside situation the housing project is developed in the tension field of a steep sloping topography and impressive views over Stuttgart and defines itself as an ensemble of self-similar urban figures with a single, reduced architectural language creating a high recognition value and a clear identity.

Within tight, legally binding boundaries the project explores the sculptural quality of chamfered building forms on the outside and the flexibility of different dwelling types on the inside. The flexible organisation of private internal spaces and the clear allocation of semi-public and private external spaces are balanced in equivalence to allow for an urban density and high living quality.

The external building form is deliberately defined by setbacks and subtle deformations of deflected surfaces to express the solid buildings as boulders in a park-like landscape. Subtle nuances of hue colours emphasize the familiarity between the singular volumes. A gradient of distinct render textures from rough to refined surfaces create a facade order of base, middle and top.

Client: EPPLE ZWEI, Stuttgart
Competition: November 2017, 1st prize
Status: Design development
Location: Stuttgart
Gross floor area: 21,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Render: Maaars, Zurich

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IHK Zentrale Reutlingen Riehle Architekten

IHK Administration building

The new administration building for IHK Reutlingen (The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Reutlingen) adds a third component to the two existing buildings (‘Forum’ and ‘Haus der Wirtschaft’) on the plot in order to create a coherent urban ensemble. The urban figure of two shifted volumes reacts to its unique and specific location between the built city and the adjacent park landscape by generating a representative entrance space towards ‘Hindenburgstraße’ and a protected rear garden space that serves as an extended foyer for events with strong visual connections to the park.

The new administration building comprises 2,000 m2 office area over two regular floors, the management board in the set-back upper storey and on ground floor a central foyer linking education and examination spaces, a café and the existing ‘Forum’.

The robust load bearing facade structure made from pre-cast fair faced concrete elements of different finishes gives the building its minimal and abstract language and own identity. The existing alley of trees along ‘Hindenburgstraße’ and towards the park only allows sequential views to the repetitive facade breaking down the rigour of their overall pattern.


Client: IHK Reutlingen
Competition: January 2017, 1st prize
Status: Completion 2019
Location: Reutlingen
Gross floor area: 8,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Photography: Roland Halbe, Stuttgart

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GARP Bildungszentrum Nürtingen Riehle Architekten

GARP Education Centre

The new education building for ‘GARP Bildungszentrum’ - an Education Centre for metal-working professions - is embedded in a beautiful landscape setting at the periphery of Nürtingen and works as an addition to the existing school campus of the adjacent Rudolf-Steiner-Walddorfschule and the Hölderlin-Gymnasium. The project proposes a single storey solitaire that demonstrates strong connections to the surrounding landscape.

The typology of a very horizontal pavilion in combination with an inner courtyard provides a high level of spatial quality, informal communication and strong visual as well as physical connections to the open landscape. The new school building comprises a series of seminar rooms, communicative open learning areas and a metal education workshop.

Views into and through the building is a consistent architectural principle, that connects areas for theory and practice and allows inside activities to be read and projected outside the building via an ambivalent metal glass facade.


Client: GARP Bildungszentrum Nürtingen
Competition: March 2017, 1st prize
Status: completion 2021
Location: Nürtingen
Gross floor area: 2,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Photography: Roland Halbe, Stuttgart

GARP Bildungszentrum Nürtingen Riehle Architekten Stuttgart
GARP Bildungszentrum Nürtingen Riehle Architekten Stuttgart
GARP Bildungszentrum Nürtingen Riehle Architekten Stuttgart
GARP Bildungszentrum Nürtingen Riehle Architekten Stuttgart
GARP Bildungszentrum Nürtingen Riehle Architekten Stuttgart
GARP Bildungszentrum Nürtingen Riehle Stuttgart
Kunsttepot Gratiansusstiftung Retulingen Riehle Architekten

Art Depot Gratianusstiftung

The ‘Gratianus Foundation’ was founded in 2001 by Gabriele Straub and Hanns-Gerhard Rösch in Reutlingen and contains artworks from European and non-European art history spanning from the Old Stone Age to present time. The exhibition spaces are located in the renovated rooms of the ‘Villa Gratianusstraße 11’ from 1909. The new art depot for the ‘Gratianus Foundation’ generates required depot area that applies to current conservation standards.

The depot building adds to the existing ensemble of the villa, the private house and the rear garden area. A book archive at garden level and an art depot at street level are stacked vertically, only connected through an exterior landscaped ramp. The elemental, archetypal building form generates a street presence and a strong address, whereas the sloped roof form reacts to the existing roof landscape by mediating different parapet heights.

The abstract fair-faced concrete building purposely contrasts the figurative appearance of the existing villa. The abstract form is only perforated by precise, deep reveal openings serving as depot doors and a window for view to the rear garden area. The construction method allows the load-bearing facade to be poured in a single day and underlines the architectural concept with a single sculptural approach to form, material and detail.


Client: private
Status: Completed 2018
Location: Reutlingen
Gross floor area: 125 m²
Photography: Roland Halbe, Stuttgart

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Architekturbüro Riehle Kunstdepot Gratianusstiftung Reutlingen
Architekturbüro Riehle Kunstdepot Gratianusstiftung Reutlingen
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Architekturbüro Riehle Kunstdepot Gratianusstiftung Reutlingen
Architekturbüro Riehle Kunstdepot Gratianusstiftung Reutlingen
AEB Headquarters Stuttgart Riehle Architekten

AEB Headquarters

The new headquarters for AEB - a Stuttgart-based, global software enterprise - are situated on the outskirts of Stuttgart and create 400 new work places as well as a versatile offer of complementary indoor and outdoor facilities. The new AEB headquarters are conceived as a highly flexible composition of divers working environments, in which multifunctional open-spaces and cellular retreat spaces group around a carefully proportioned central hall with shared, open balconies to provide good daylight conditions on each floor.

Focusing on a single, clear volume within a highly heterogeneous urban context, the primary aim of the project was to create a solitaire building of distinct identity on the former ‘Hansa-Areal’. The new building is deliberately far recessed from the street edge to generate a representative welcoming space in front of the new headquarters. A large cantilever within the building volume marks the main entrance and provides all-weather shelter for personnel and guests.

The language of the building is derived from the company’s philosophy and ethos of openness and transparency. On the outside the universal facade is expressed as elegant, deep, stacked aluminium frames of full height glass panes. On the inside predominantly glazed, frameless partitions allow for views through the entire building and therefore visually connect open-space-areas, central atrium and outside environment.


Client: AEB GmbH
Competition: October 2014, 1st prize
Status: Completed 2017
Location: Stuttgart-Möhringen
Gross floor area: 14,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Photography: Roland Halbe, Stuttgart

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AEB Headquarters Stuttgart Plan Riehle Architekturbüro
Riehle Architektur Oscar Paret Schule Freiberg

Oscar-Paret-School

The town of ‘Freiberg am Neckar’ is planning to re-define its school facilities and to re-order its city centre. The competition project seeks the design of a new school to be constructed immediately next to the existing school building and - following the demolition of the existing school - an overall urban concept for a re-modelled city centre. The resultant challenge of very restricted site boundaries leads to the idea of a condensed and concentric urban figure in the very south-western part of the site.

Two mirrored, L-shaped building structures generate a carefully proportioned schoolyard, protected from the adjacent motorway. By means of a covered external space at ground level, this central courtyard is visually connected with the sports fields above an underground gym to the south and thereby manifests the school as a united ensemble. A public plaza with the main entrance to the east and a green school garden with a lowered working yard to the north complete the clearly defined and programme-specific external spaces of the school. A compact school organism with clear orientation and close adjacencies is created.

After the demolition of the existing school building, the urban idea provides a well-balanced ratio of new buildings and public space, giving the new town centre of Freiberg am Neckar a contemporary look. Five public spaces with precise contours and clear definition are diagonally connected to generate an urban and spatial structure that allows for important long views, clear orientation and multiple routes through and around the new city centre. A library directly adjacent to the new school is strategically placed to link the educational and cultural buildings with the neighboring commercial area.


Client: Town Freiberg am Neckar
Competition: January 2017, Recognition
Location: Freiberg am Neckar
Gross floor area: 24,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

Riehle Architekten Plan Oscar Paret Schule Freiberg
Riehle Architekten Oscar Paret Schule Freiberg
Riehle Architekten Stuttgart Oscar Paret Schule Freiberg
Riehle Architekten Stuttgart Plan Oscar Paret Schule Freiberg
Campus Weststadt Esslingen Riehle Architekten

Competition Campus Weststadt

The project 'Campus Weststadt' near Stuttgart is proposed as a series of staggered single building blocks creating an identifiable ensemble for the new university campus by establishing close links to the existing urban grain and making references to the materials of the surrounding industrial buildings.

The differentiated urban figure acts as a puffer between the train tracks in the South and the new created public space in the North. This campus park is developed along a new promenade reinforcing a super-ordinate route in the city and creating strong physical and visual connections from the public square and the train station in the east to the banks of a Neckar stream and the vineyards in the west. The staggered building form creates rhythm and variation along the new public university park. This movement integrates the building to into its context and creates a variety of interior and exterior spaces. The public university functions such as library, assembly hall and canteen situated at ground floor level form active edges around the new university campus.

The main architectural and urban idea of a differentiated campus ensemble is also reflected in the facade language that references the industrial brick buildings in the surrounding and articulates the single university buildings as monochrome, self-similar city blocks with subtle variations in material, colour and detail.


Client: Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg
Open, two-stage competition: October 2016, 2nd prize
Location: Esslingen
Gross floor area: 50,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Renders: Forbes Massie, London

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Plan Campus Neue Weststadt Esslingen Riehle Architekten
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Riehle Architekten Wettbewerb Gymnasium Bayreuth

Markgräfin-Wilhelmine-Gymnasium

‘The addition of a low, elongated, two-storey building - asymmetrically positioned to the main existing building and close to the edge to the fairground - is able to create a consolidated ensemble consisting of all constituent parts of the ‘Markgräfin-Wilhelmine-Gymnasium’. The physical connection to the main existing building occurs centrally in the main axis of the neo-classical building even with the level of the plinth and respects the building’s axial constitution. Therefore the project successfully offers two external spaces of very different quality and purpose between the existing school and the building extension.

The appearance of the extension building is characterised by a pleasantly reduced, stone material concept as well as a very delicate and well-detailed facade language. The proposed roof greening is appreciated both in terms of its meaning as the fifth facade and in terms of climatical benefits. Due to its compactness, its reduced and robust materiality as well as its clever topographical position, the project offers beneficial parameters that anticipate an economic viability in terms of construction, operation and maintenance. Overall the project design allows the existing listed building to keep its own identity, yet articulates the extension in an original way.’
(Extract of the jury statement)


Client: Town Bayreuth
Competition: June 2016, Recognition
Location: Bayreuth
Gross floor area: 7,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

Riehle Architekten Modell Wettbewerb Gymnasium Bayreuth
Riehle Architekten Wettbewerb Gymnasium Bayreuth Modell
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Riehle Architekten Plan Wettbewerb Gymnasium Bayreuth
Riehle Architekten Wettbewerb Markgräfin-Wilhelmine-Gymnasium Bayreuth
Airport City Stuttgart Riehle Architekten

Foundation Headquarters

The project proposes a series of precisely situated office buildings in a divers urban context within the Stuttgart airport city. The urban idea consists of dividing the massing in two horizontal, self-similar volumes reinforcing the existing street edge but allowing views through to the adjacent fair halls and a vertical, free standing solitaire marking its important location in visual proximity to the airport and its purpose as a new foundation’s headquarters. The project’s specificities are a multi-storey car park connecting all three buildings physically and a future underground tunnel running immediately underneath the entire plot.

Due to its unique urban position the new foundation building is treated with an abstract facade language that distinguishes itself from all specific, neighbouring office buildings. A double-layered facade construction with folded, imprinted glass on the outside clads the entire building in a singular material and therefore provides its abstract expression. The footprint of the building is deliberately reduced to create a reasonably sized welcoming square in front of the new foundation building activated by temporary showrooms and flexible conference rooms.


Gross floor area: 37,500 m²
Status: Feasibility 2015-2016
Location: Stuttgart-Airport City
Client: Private
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Renders: Vizoom, Berlin

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Airport City Stuttgart Riehle Architekten Modell
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Wettbewerb Riehle Architekten BKK Kirchheim unter Teck

BKK Administration Building

‚Two interlocking, well-proportioned volumes allow the new administration building to generate good connections and readable references to the existing urban layout. Purposely situated in sufficient distance to the physical presence of the ‘Steingau-Bridge’, the building form creates a spatially defined entrance space and thus expresses the new address for the health insurance company. The new foyer is skilfully surrounded by the reception, the consultation rooms and the multifunctional conference room. The layout of the building allows for the desired synergies and future flexibilities. The inner organisation is self-evident and offers clear, effortless functionality.

The design understands to convince through its explicit and distinct attitude. The overall building height appears to be appropriate within the urban context and creates good urban transitions at the intersection of the building and the adjacent open spaces. The building formation doesn’t allow creating a back to the urban space.

The architectural language reflects the interior qualities and values. Few design and spatial principles define a new administrative building of positive modesty and own identity. The project offers a highly coherent approach to the urban context and the client’s brief.‘
(Extract of the jury statement)


Client: BKK Scheufelen
Competition: April 2015, 2nd prize
Location: Kirchheim unter Teck
Gross floor area: 3,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Render: Vizoom, Berlin

Wettbewerb Riehle Architekten Modell BKK Kirchheim unter Teck
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Wettbewerb Riehle Architekten Bildungscampus Berresgasse Wien

Education Campus Berresgasse

The design for the ‘Education Campus Berresgasse’ in Vienna is proposed as a differentiated, complex learning location comprised of a singular big urban figure, yet in dialogue with the grain of the surrounding buildings. Therefore the project is expressed as a consciously positioned, identifiable urban ensemble but the scale of a very large education building is deliberately broken down into a series of interlocking volumes creating fluent connections between the public realm and the inner campus sphere.

Three self-similar, merged courtyard buildings and a triple height gym rest on a single storey, covered perimeter frame and hereby generate a series of public entrance squares, semi-public sport and event spaces and private, enclosed learning courtyards. The developed urban form is purposely aligned with the western site boundary to create a sufficient distance to the smaller private houses to the eastern edge and a generous green space in between containing all outdoor learning, sports and recreation facilities.

The big urban scale of the campus building is contrasted on the inside by a series of humanly scaled learning rooms and commonly used mixing areas with good daylight conditions and visual connections to the surrounding context or the green, private inner courtyards.


Client: Magistrat City of Vienna
Open, two-stage competition: September 2015, Recognition
Location: Vienna, Austria
Gross floor area: 20,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

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Wettbewerb Riehle Architekten Bildungscampus Berresgasse Wien Modell
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Wettbewerb Gemeinschaftsschule Wiesloch Riehle Architekten

Community School Wiesloch

The primary aim of this school project is to resolve the complex contextual and programmatic requirements within a simple figure of urban and spatial clarity. A hybrid composition of a bar building and a courtyard-building, containing the special classrooms and accordingly the individual classrooms, leads to a building form that joins the ensemble of existing and proposed buildings together to a united whole and still allows for maximal flexibility for future development on the school campus.

The formation of a low, two-storey elongated building opposite the smaller grain of the adjacent single-family houses and a three-storey courtyard-house vis-à-vis the taller grammar school generates a central schoolyard in the middle of the campus where all entrances and commonly used functions are developed from.

Inside, the new school building provides a positive sequence of light-flooded, good quality classrooms with a friendly learning atmosphere that considers the specific demands of pupils and teachers in equal measure. The individual classrooms in the upper two storeys pin-wheel around a collectively used, communicative middle that is provided good daylight conditions and visual connections to the private, inner courtyard.


Client: Town Wiesloch
Open, two-stage competition: March 2015, Recognition
Location: Wiesloch
Gross floor area: 3,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen

Wettbewerb Gemeinschaftsschule Wiesloch Riehle Architekten Stuttgart Plan
Wettbewerb Gemeinschaftsschule Wiesloch Riehle Architekten Stuttgart
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Wettbewerb Campusentwicklung Metzingen Riehle Architekten

Fashion Campus

The purpose of this competition was the development and the reorganisation of a fashion brand’s campus by proposing the location and the design of additional campus buildings as well as a new entrance pavilion managing arriving transport streams and offering visitors welcome and orientation around the existing campus.

The new main office building is proposed as a single precise volume and forms the representative campus opening and new arrival experience in combination with the new entrance pavilion and the existing campus buildings. The glazed, square welcome pavilion sits within a band of shared surfaces managing arriving pedestrians as well as incoming traffic and deliveries.

The massing and the position of the proposed office buildings acknowledge and reinforce the principle of open squares in front of the various office buildings creating a high sojourn quality for guests and employees. The external language of the buildings respects and enhances the transparent appearance of the existing office buildings on the campus. The reduced interior language intents to be background and canvas for the traces of the creative fashion design processes to be foregrounded.

Client: Private
Competition: June 2015, 2nd prize
Location: Metzingen
Gross floor area: 13,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen
Renders: Vizoom, Berlin

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Wettbewerb Campusentwicklung Metzingen Riehle Architekten Modell
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