The Architekturwerkstatt Daan Koch develops characteristic and sensible architecture which emphasises to be sustainable, surprising, well placed and a joyful background of life.
Our architecture is based on strong concepts which are conceived by a personal and open-minded investigation of the building commission and the particular desires of the client.
In our work, we focus on the act of constructing. Therefore, the centre of the design process is the Werkstatt, where we develop our designs with physical models and one-to-one prototypes. This hands-on design method encourages us to produce highly distinctive and well build architecture.
Our architectural curiosity is extended by making furniture and everyday objects. These small scale architectural objects are experiments in which we test our ideas in concrete matter.
The Architekturwerkstatt is based on more than 10 years of professional experience in the Netherlands and Switzerland. With projects ranging from small scale housing to museum buildings and from the redevelopment of monumental structures to the conception of new buildings. Main projects on which we collaborated include the Redevelopment of the Meelfabriek in Leiden (NL), The Werkraumhaus Bregenzerwald (AT) and the renovation and adaption of the Kunstmusem Basel Main Building (CH).
Daan is an architect and self-taught carpenter who lives and works in Basel, Switzerland. He studied architecture in Tilburg (NL) and Lausanne (CH), before graduating cum laude from the Technical University of Eindhoven (NL).
Before founding the Architekturwerkstatt, he gained extensive working experience as a professional architect at Baudoin van Alphen in Breda (NL), Atelier Peter Zumthor in Haldenstein (CH) and Christ & Gantenbein Architekten in Basel (CH), where he worked on a wide range of building projects in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
Daan combines his work in the Werkstatt with his teaching at the architectural faculty of the ETH Zürich.
The images on this website include building site images of the Kunstmuseum Basel by Christ & Gantenbein (fotos: © Christian Kahl), the Noordwaard graduation project and furniture prototypes by Daan Koch.