/ (ˈmætə) /
from the Latin Materia. What objects are made of; subject and/or content of written works, main message; substance; materialize: being in the process of becoming, taking shape.
We work across scales at the intersection of architecture and urban design. The landscape and/or urban context in which a building is located informs the way we conceive of interior spaces and even the smallest constructive details. Solutions – regardless of scale – are developed in a pragmatic, transparent and iterative process, enabling architects as well as non-architects to understand how design decisions are made. Our interests and areas of focus include:
We work intensely with wood, a sustainable and renewable building material. Found above all in our residential and educational projects, we deploy wood in the form of mass timber as well as a framing material in wood-frame construction. Our design process is directly influenced by our interest in exploring and exploiting the possibilities of this versatile material - and our desire to make its qualities tangible in the final built form.
For our commercial and office buildings, we develop environments that accommodate technical requirements and adapt flexibly to modern working methods. We pay particular attention to shared community zones, which are becoming increasingly important as communication spaces that span the gap between the office and the conference room. Our work in this area is both research-oriented (for example, exhibit design for Messe Frankfurt), as well as applied in the form of built projects.
Built space should be designed to be easy to use, efficient to operate and maintain, and simple to construct. But this alone is not enough: a well-designed space should inspire. We see it as our mission to kindle inspiration through the design of distinctive and memorable spaces.
Team 2019 - 2020
André Schmidt (Dipl. Ing.)
Architect und Urban Planner
2019 Founding Partner, MTTR
2014 Founder, MATTER
2014-17 Assistant, TU Braunschweig
2010-14 Project Director/Associate, BIG
2009 Guest Lecturer, RISD
2005-09 Project Leader/Associate, OMA
2003-04 Project Architect, OMA
2001 Architect, OMA Asia
2000 Diplom, Uni Karlsruhe
Joris Fach (Dipl. AA, MDesS Harvard)
2019 Founding Partner, MTTR
2014-17 Guest Professor, DIA
2013-17 Founding Partner, TvBF
2011-14 Teaching Fellow, Cambridge
2007-11 Architect/Project Leader, Herzog de Meuron
2007 MDesS, Harvard
2005-06 Architect/Project Leader, MVRDV
2005 Diplom, AA London
Claudia Bode (M.Arch)
2020 Architect, MTTR
2017-19 Architect, Eller + Eller Arch.
2016, Project Leader, Llonazamora Arch.
2015, Design Studio Instructor, BAC and Northeastern
2014-20 Researcher, MIT/TU-Berlin
2011-15 Master of Arch., MIT
BDC Mannheim - 1. Place, Implementation
Semily Kindergarten – Honorable Mention
Iconic Award - Winner
ARUP – Structural Engineering, Sustainabiliy
Beo-Tec – MEP
BPR Künne & Partner – Traffic Planning
Herrmann Massivholzhaus – Wood Construction
HHP – Fire Protection
Moll – Acoustic Engineering
Julia Neller – Graphic Design
Studio deSchutter – Lighting Design
Urbane Gestalt – Landscape Design
Wenzel + Wenzel – Cost Estimation
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