History

Kalr KohlbeckerKarl Kohlbecker

Shortly after opening his office in 1930 the architect Karl Kohlbecker began to commute between Gaggenau and Berlin. The idea of “humane factories” led to contracts with Daimler-Benz AG, for the Volkswagen plant in in Fallersleben, for VDO, ATE, and the Rautalwerke factory in Wernigerode, which quickly led to a staff of 100 employees at the Berlin office. Today, 150 staff consult, plan and build projects for Kohlbecker Gesamtplan GmbH.

In 1959, Christoph Kohlbecker began a cooperation with his father, and his brother Peter joined them in 1974. The combination of the “old man’s” know-how and the new knowledge of his younger associates guaranteed the continuity and quality necessary to foster client loyalty and the level of commitment needed for a range of many different types of projects.

Christoph KohlbeckerChristoph Kohlbecker

Matthias Kohlbecker joined the office in 1993 after having been a member of the team that worked on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. 

Almost 10 years later, in September 2002, his brother Florian Kohlbecker also joined the company after finishing his studies at the BTU Cottbus and working for Renzo Piano in Paris.
Over the last decades the focus of architecture offices and that of Kohlbecker | Architects & Engineers has been on the planning of production facilities, administration and social buildings, as well as schools and cultural centers and residential projects both in Germany and abroad.

The cooperation with the Daimler AG group spans almost 80 years. Other major clients and projects include work for IBM Germany, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Schott Glaswerke in Mainz, branches of Dresdner Bank AG, Frankfurt, SEW Eurodrive and the BHF-Bank, as well as the Berliner Handels- und Frankfurter Bank, BMW AG, Audi AG, DHL, Deutsche Post AG, Purem, Roche Diagnostics GmbH and many others.

The State of Baden-Württemberg is one among many communities and clients in the small and medium sized industrial sector, along with private clients. 
Projects such as the construction of a factory of top-loading washing machines for Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH in Nauen and Nanjing, China, or the central distribution plant for the Tchibo group in Zarrentin and the renovation of historical buildings are but a few examples of projects that have broadened the scope of Kohlbecker activities since the nineties.

In 1992, Kohlbecker won the 1st prize in the competition for the development of the Daimler-Benz AG site on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin together with the office of Renzo Piano, Paris. 

The “Kohlbecker Vision” has passed the threshold into the new millennium and sees its greatest opportunities in its great variety of services. The respective areas are in the hands of experienced specialists in fields such as: industrial, office and urban construction, as well as cultural centers, hospitals, spas, master planning and renovation projects, all of which are completed at home and in other countries.

1930    Foundation of the company by Karl Kohlbecker
1940    Volkswagenwerk plant, Wolfsburg
1959    Christoph Kohlbecker joins the company
1959    DC Werk project, Sindelfingen
1960    Auto Union project, Ingolstadt
1972    Foundation of the Kohlbecker Gesamtplan GmbH
1992    Potsdamer Platz project, Berlin
1993    Matthias Kohlbecker joins the company
2001    BMW project, Leipzig
2002    Florian Kohlbecker joins the company
2002    DaimlerChrysler project, Tuscaloosa USA
2003    Foundation of Kohlbecker US L.P., Atlanta/Georgia, USA
2005    Schott AG project, Korea
2005    Bosch/Siemens/Household Appliances, China
2006    Kia project, USA
2007    Foundation of OOO Kohlbecker | Architects & Engineers, Rostov/Russia
2007    Sochi/Krasnodar project, Russia
2007    Olympic Venues project, Sochi
2008    Foundation of eazyliving sports gmbh
2008    Mercedes Benz plant project, Kecskemét/Hungary
2009    Fiat Administration Building, Kragujevac/Serbia
2010    Foundation of Wideshot Design GmbH, Vienna/Austria
2011    Jumeirah Hotels project, Port de Soller, Mallorca
2012    Audi Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt project
2012    BMW Plant, Dingolfing
2012    Foundation of Kohlbecker Munich
2013    Gründung Kohlbecker MNG, Ulaanbaatar/Mongolei
2013    Projekt Canyon Bcycles, Koblenz
2013    Projekt Audi Böllinger Höfe
2014    Projekt Haribo, Grafschaft
2014    Projekt Daimler Brasilien
2014    Foundation Vielmo Architekten GmbH, Stuttgart und Berlin
2015    Foundation LS Engineering GmbH, Stuttgart
2017    Foundation of Kohlbecker Cologne