caspar. is an internationally active architecture firm based in Cologne and Hamburg. Originating from the meyerschmitzmorkramer office founded in 2004, the company, managed by Caspar Schmitz-Morkramer and Christoph Wolf, now employs around 90 people.
The architecture of caspar. is shaped by the guiding principle of Maßstab Mensch, the human scale that is determined by people’s needs. It reacts to the digital transformation and regards urban district planning, urban repair and interior design as an opportunity to create individual spaces for optimal human evolvement.
With its research team caspar.esearch the office dedicates itself to current urban development issues. The first lab report "retail in transition" was published in November 2019.
caspar. gained international renown for the reconstruction and refurbishment of the Michaelsberg Abbey, Siegburg, which won several awards, including the MIPIM Award 2018 in the Best Hotel & Tourism Resort category and the MIPIM Special Jury Award.
Mipim Awards 2018 , Architecture MasterPrize 2018, German Design Award 2018 and Iconic Awards 2017
A place of faith sensitively brought into the future: the listed Michaelsberg Abbey is a place for peace and devotion, hosting some 400 events with 21,000 visitors each year. Restoration work on the former abbey began in 2014. It was converted into a modern conference center with 121 hotel rooms and a restaurant. A new extension, the Forum, nestles against the abbey’s impressive plinth. The minimal design harmoniously integrates the contrasts of tradition and progress, history and future, making them coexist at a respectful distance.
The CULE New Work Campus is being built directly on the river Spree. The theme "Break the fortress" was decisive for the design. The once closed, shaft-like courtyards of the existing Treptower complex comprising 140,000 m² are opened up and transformed into a public space by partly demolishing the ground and first floor. A new campus with gastronomy, retail and an unusual architectural design expresses a clear invitation, and it also serves as a link between the city and the banks of the Spree.
Published in November 2019
Digital technology, new business models and a demographic and cultural shift are disrupting the retail sector. These transformations have deep impacts on both cities and urban life. In this context, caspar.esearch has undertaken a systematic investigation aimed at understanding what is really going on in the retail sector, what may happen to city centers and what cities may look like in a future given a different retail landscape.
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