08.04.24Project UpdateNew floors coming soon to Forchstrasse

Transforming existing structures poses unique challenges, from navigating structural limitations to integrating modern amenities seamlessly. However, these challenges underscore the importance of material efficiency in construction. By optimizing resources and repurposing existing elements, we not only minimize waste but also breathe new life into old structures, creating sustainable and innovative solutions.

The principle of "Never Demolish, Always Transform", as articulated by Anne Lacaton in speaking of her approach to urban design and architecture, is one we're constantly striving for in our design and in collaboration with clients and partners. This principle underscores our belief in the inherent value of existing structures and the potential for transformation through thoughtful design interventions. Rather than resorting to demolition as a default solution, we embrace the challenge of adaptive reuse, seeking to breathe new life into old spaces while honoring their history and character. This approach aligns with our commitment to material efficiency, as it encourages us to maximize the use of existing resources and minimize waste.


In both retrofit and new build projects, we prioritize the mindful use of materials. Whether we're breathing new life into existing structures or designing from the ground up, we're conscious of minimizing waste and maximizing value. Our team thrives on the challenges inherent in retrofitting, seeing each obstacle as an opportunity for innovative solutions that benefit both our clients and the environment.

Material efficiency isn't a checkbox on a project list; it's a fundamental principle that guides our practice. At spillmann echsle, we believe that by prioritizing sustainability, we can create spaces that not only serve their intended purpose but also contribute to a more resilient and environmentally conscious built environment.