TOPOTEK 1 is a multidisciplinary office composed of a highly qualified international team of architects, landscape architects and urban designers. Working at the intersection of the fields of landscape architecture, urbanism, and architecture, TOPOTEK 1 considers itself a traveller that explores the fringe areas of typologies and scales. Each project strives to respond to the given context and programmatic necessities with a compelling concept, extraordinary design quality, and efficient implementation. Some of the studio’s key strategies for maintaining an awareness of and vital link to general contemporary discussion include the hybridization of topics and disciplines; the removal, transmission, and re-imagining of objects and design features from their original context to another; and the design and emplacement of scenographic sequences.
The task central to TOPOTEK 1 is the design of urban open spaces and architecture. Based on a critical understanding of contemporary realities, the search for conceptual approaches leads us to decided statements concerning the urban context. Throughout design, planning, and construction we offer solutions for new parks, squares, sportsgrounds, court-yards and gardens as well as for architectural program such as concert halls, museums, schools and transportation hubs whose designs answer to requirements for variability, communication and sensuality. The manifold experiences through a broad spectrum of German and international projects meanwhile capacitate an efficient realization, finely tuned to respective necessities.
Superkilen is a heterogenous site-collage in a dense, centrally located neighbourhood in Copenhagen. The strongly international quarter with a mix of different cultures is to be revitalized using open space as a physical framework. At Superkilen, a new transfer of significative elements from other places gives meaning and ambience. Simultaneously, this transfer will reflect and engage the quarter’s urban reality. Superkilen is a contemporary, innovative urban version of a universal garden.
Our design creates a comprehensive strategy introducing two new low rise buildings that will enrich Kuwait’s architectural realm, fostering a cohesive visual dialogue that gives the harbor a distinctive profile. A new inviting public space merges seamlessly with the existing coastal promenade. Inspired by notions of the patio and the oasis, the design adapts ancient building strategies to minimize direct sunlight while enjoying the benefits of natural illumination within the built form.
The design of School Champagne in Biel, Switzerland is a creative approach to develop further the type of cluster school in which the associated outdoor spaces become an integral part of the spatial organization. Within a stringent structural grid, a flexible learning landscape has been set up, meeting today’s pedagogical requirements being able to adapt future needs.
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