Office building in Stuttgart by Blocher und Blocher from 2011.

Wood in focus

On December 7 and 8, 2016 Stylepark presents a comprehensive program of presentations to coincide with Architect@Work in Stuttgart.

The six lectures will go into depth on the broad array of possible uses of wood in architecture, that long-standing material: Renowned speakers such as Stefan Behnisch, Anna Philippi and Alexander Brenner will as part of the two-day program present at Architect@Work highlight the latest projects and applications and show that the regenerative material of yore is actually a surprisingly multi-faceted high-tech material.


11:30 a.m. 

“Naturally beautiful – building with wood”

Jürgen Gaiser, Blocher Blocher Partners
As a timeless classic in both architecture and interior design, wood is a versatile material and creates a natural, cozy atmosphere. Jürgen Gaiser, designer and partner at architecture and interior design firm Blocher Blocher Partners presents impressive examples of how wood plays a major role in the retail and service industry.

1:30 p.m. 

The renaissance of a traditional building material

Stefan Behnisch, Behnisch Architekten
The finality of natural resources means environmentally friendly construction has to be ever more forward-thinking. Stefan Behnisch has spent many years closely studying sustainable building and reveals the development of the material from a trivial ancient building component to a high-tech material with which hugely efficient structures can be created.

3:30 p.m. 

Tectonics – joining as a principle

Kai Bierich, Wulf Architekten
The term “tectonic” can be defined as “relating to building or construction”. The art of slotting together rigid parts to form an unshakable whole, as Gottfried Semper put it, is explained by Kai Bierich with an eye on both the history of the term, as well as the significance of the design principle for architecture. The fact that the proposed image does not always have to be the image of the construction is clear even from ancient Greek architecture.

Jürgen Gaiser
Hessnatur store design by Blocher Blocher Partners from 2014.
Stefan Behnisch
WIPO conference room in Genf by Behnisch Architects from 2014.
Kai Bierich
Expansion of the Stuttgart State Fair by Wulf Architekten, completion in 2017.


11:30 a.m. 

Voll.HOLZ. The fascinating diversity of wood and new wood materials

Hannes Bäuerle, raumPROBE
The special VOLL.HOLZ show from raumPROBE offers a comprehensive overview of the facets of this versatile material. Hannes Bäuerle presents the latest developments and possible applications demonstrated by more than 150 exhibits.

1:30 p.m. 

(a) typical wood

Anna Philipp, Philipp Architekten
Wood incognito: Anna Philipp gives the material a surprisingly clean aesthetic a far cry from what one would generally think of as the aesthetic of wood. Her progressive approach to the material stems from a long tradition: The members of the Philipp family have been practicing the craft of carpentry for more than 300 years.  

3:30 p.m. 

Wood for the senses

Alexander Brenner, Alexander Brenner Architekten
The diversity of one of the oldest building materials fascinates Alexander Brenner so much that it has played the leading role in his projects for 25 years now. He values the natural material for interior design and furniture creation in particular because of the varied ways in which it can be worked.

Hannes Bäuerle
The special show VOLL.HOLZ shows the renewable building material by numerous exhibits in its whole variety.
Anna Philipp
Villa von Stein in Frankfurt on the Main by Philipp Architekten from 2014.
Alexander Brenner
House Rottmann in Wiesbaden by Alexander Brenner Architekten from 2015.

Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH
Messepiazza 1
70629 Stuttgart

Date and opening times: Architect@Work Germany takes place from December 7 to 8, 2016. The fair is open from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Costs: Anyone registering in advance via email to receives an invitation code with which they can visit the fair for free. On-the-door admission is 30 euros.

Snacks, sandwiches and drinks are provided in the lounge areas!

Stylepark is the media partner of Architect@Work.