10 Statements

Often pragmatic, occasionally radical – but always genuine.

Authenticity: that’s why more and more clients with particular building tasks are consciously choosing us as architects. We love passion, power of persuasion and a good intuition in order to remain free in our thoughts and precise in their implementation. For this is the way we learn from our projects. Also from apparently insurmountable obstacles, which we see as an incentive for creative solutions.

We build not for ourselves, but for people, with people, and for the city.

We build for people, with people and for the city – conserving resources and with an eye on the value for the community.

Our buildings are not necessarily sculptures in prime city locations. Rather, our buildings reflect fascination for the city, for space, for living, for everyday life. This attitude is prototypical for the work of zillerplus. How do we work to conserve resources with the last plots of land, the last public free space, the last gaps in the townscape? What value can a residual urban area have as an asset for the community? How important is conceptual thinking for urban planning? And how can we introduce towns and communities to these potentials and encourage their acceptance? These are all questions we face every day and answer together with our clients. We do not develop living-machines but rather life concepts for joint building ventures and associations: with people for people.

Housing construction: Where do you come from? Where are you going?

How are we going to live in future? Flexibility stands not only for accessibility but also for new typologies, spatial structures and districts.

“Wrest living out of its familiar rut!” was the demand of the architecture critic Hanno Rauterberg on the occasion of a laudation in the Berlin Academy of the Arts. We can only agree with him, for our society is currently still nearer in time to nomadic than to settled life. zillerplus wants to push new thinking in housing: where are we going to live in the future, even if only temporarily? Our office wants to pave the way for new, flexible living arrangements. Flexibility here stands not just for generational living but also for typology, spatial design and district structure. To make this possible, alternative financing and support schemes have to be developed for the new renting and sharing strategies – for the benefit of a lively city for all!

Home! This is where people want to live, not just to reside.

How much living space is adequate for everyone? In the present housing debate in this country, the size of the living area, calculated with a rigid allocation formula, is often confused with living quality. Instead of promoting built monotony, we are thinking about how life can return to homes and emotionalism to architecture – to create a new social togetherness with living.

Living better in towns and cities.

Where do we want to live? No longer in a detached house in the country, according to the latest studies. People are streaming into the cities. But with all its challenges – high population density, sufficient light and air, the desire for privacy despite urban constriction and the necessary sound insulation and noise protection – how can urbanity be sustainable and worth living in? Urban areas give us a new juxtaposition of living and working, leisure and recreation. Modern city life gives us hybrid buildings, multipurpose use of residential and commercial buildings, a transformed enlivening and perception of public spaces or new and future-oriented mobility concepts. Must every house in the future really have its own piece of land in our traffic-threatened cities?

The fascination of the vernacular.

The commonplace fascinates us. Pragmatic, often developed for functional reasons, the mature, developed context inspires us. At second glance too.

Instead of reflecting intensively on the roots of action, society is often tempted by the constant search for innovation, in a form and materiality never seen before. zillerplus is different. We draw our inspiration from the traditional, often for pragmatic and functional reasons, and agglomerations developed and grown locally. Our challenge is to transform their buildings and give them new life through a new spatial structure and usage. For the central question is: How does architecture react appropriately to the urban context of a development that in some cases has grown up over centuries? And where does the new have to subordinate itself; but where on the other hand does it create a new identity and centre? The combination of nature and technology is not a contradiction in terms for zillerplus, but rather – ideally – symbiosis and a meaningful complement.

Love at second glance is profound and honest.

We can become enthusiastic about things that appear unsexy at first glance: unfavourable land layouts, mediocre buildings or high energy efficiency or emission control requirements. The challenge is what drives us. And even in difficult situations, ways can be found to recognise the existing context and develop it further: The right idea for redesignation and reutilisation helps a written-off property to find a new life. We all bear social responsibility for a future with challenges such as resource protection and population growth, rural exodus or urbanisation.

More good and less glamour.

What is the use of iconographic architecture if it exceeds the limits on framework, context and costs – and then ends up as an unloved ruin? For zillerplus, the focus is on good design, intelligent processes and structures, and quality of building. Our signature is manifest not in design paradigms but in the best possible implementation of a building task placed before us. This includes understanding the others’ positions and solving the various tasks in the role of mediator, adviser, designer, planner and psychologist. Here, zillerplus stands at eyelevel for the greater good and for cooperation.