ASTOC, History
History

ASTOC WAS FOUNDED IN 1990 BY PETER BERNER, MARKUS NEPPL AND OLIVER HALL TOGETHER WITH KEES CHRIS­TI­AANSE AND IS BASED ON A STUDENTS' FORMATION AT RWTH AACHEN UNI­VER­SI­TY.

ASTOC, History

FIRST OFFICE - 1991-1994 IN KÖLN-ZOLLSTOCK

The young graduates move into their first offices in the south-west of Cologne. The early stages of the firm are char­ac­terised by an intense and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary co­op­er­a­tion between Germany and the Nether­lands, which is still part of the office profile today.

INITIAL PROJECTS - 1994-2002 OFFICE IN COLOGNE'S RHEIN­AUHAFEN

Our most sustained projects include our suc­cess­ful bid and re­al­i­sa­tion of Holzhafen Hamburg in 1994 and our com­mis­sion­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the master plan for HafenCity Hamburg, a contract awarded to ASTOC following an in­ter­na­tion­al tender process in 1999.

Kees Chris­ti­aanse becomes our long-term advisor.

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BRANCHING INTO TEACHING AND RESEARCH 1999 

Markus Neppl becomes active in the field of teaching and research and assumes pro­fes­sor­ships, firstly at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kaiser­slautern and then from 2003 at the Karlsruhe Uni­ver­si­ty (today KIT) as Chair for Urban District Planning and Design. As a result, an ad­di­tion­al project office is opened in Karlsruhe.
Since 2003 Oliver Hall has been Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Design at the Detmold School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Interior Ar­chi­tec­ture (a spe­cial­ist de­part­ment of the Os­t­west­falen-Lippe Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sciences) and on the Town Planning NRW Master’s programme.

DEEPLY ROOTED IN COLOGNE – SINCE 2002 IN MARIA-HILF-STRASSE

ASTOC settles into a former in­dus­tri­al loft in the Maria-Hilf-Strasse of Cologne’s Südstadt – which remains to this day our con­stant­ly expanding head­quar­ters. In 2008 the office already employed 30 ar­chi­tects and urban planners.

ASTOC Loft

NEW STRUC­TURES IN 2014

The circle of managing directors is expanded to include Ingo Kanehl, Andreas Kühn and Jörg Zi­olkows­ki. The new partners were already long-term employees of the firm and now manage the office together with Peter Berner, Markus Neppl and Oliver Hall.

Switzer­land’s largest BIM project, the new BB12 building for Bern’s Uni­ver­si­ty Hospital, led to the opening of our Bern project office in 2014, from which emerged today’s Archipel Gen­er­alpla­nungs-AG.

Our 25-year an­niver­sary is cel­e­brat­ed in style in 2016 together with our business partners, friends and long-term advisors.

ASTOC management

GROWTH TREND 2018

Today the office boasts 1500 projects and over 80 employees. A number of employees and clients from the initial years have remained loyal to the firm for almost 30 years.