The new building of the Sigmund Freud University Vienna that has been constructed in the neighbouring plot to the existing building of the Sigmund Freud University Campus Messestrasse – also planned by Holzer Kobler Architekturen – provides ideal environment and learning conditions for students of medicine, dentistry and law.

Studio Name: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Area: Mixed Use, Public Space, Urban Design
Year: 2018
Location: Vienna, Austria
Photography Credits: Kurt Hoerbst
Collaboration: WGA ZT GmbH
Client: SFU Forschung- und Verwaltung GmbH, Freudplatz 3 PE GmbH

It houses lecture halls, seminar rooms, laboratories, faculty office spaces and a banquet hall. The ground floor is designed to create an atmosphere of welcome and symbolizes the heart of the building as entrance area as well as public courtyard, enlivened by several shops.
The spatial organisation of Messestrasse II as well as the academic and medical infrastructure correspond to the international standards and demands of current university buildings. Wrapped in a golden metal façade, the sculptural building interacts with the existing University campus and fits harmoniously, yet distinctively, into the neighbourhood.


Silver Muse Award 2019 in the category Architectural Design for the entire building complex of the Sigmund Freud University Vienna Campus Messestrasse I & II.

DNA Paris Design Award 2020 in the category Architecture: Education and Sports.

Global Future Design Award 2021.

Office profile


Holzer Kobler Architekturen was established in Zurich in 2004 by Prof. Barbara Holzer and Prof. Tristan Kobler. The Studio operates internationally out of Zurich and Berlin and covers a wide spectrum of competences including urban plan­ing and architecture, scenography and design. A multidisciplinary team made up of architects, designers, graphic artists and curators define its specific orientation in close collaboration with public and private sectors as well as a broad network that encompasses industry, sci­ence, art and culture.



The work of Holzer Kobler Architekturen focuses on programmatic innovation, aesthetic identity and the characteristics of context in their handling of archi­tecture and space. The concept of Architekturen (architectures) can therefore be understood as an opening and extension of spaces for thinking as well as various other activities in architecture. The studio engages in all matters regarding artistic integrity, cultural and social values as well as sustainable developments within constantly changing de­mands regarding habitational and working environments. Instead of an easily recognizable form of articulation, the distinguishing feature of every project is its distinctiveness. The result is a trove of novel ideas reflected in the large number of unique creations.




The scope of services of Holzer Kobler Architekturen encompasses the planning and implementation of national and international projects in the fields of building construction, interiors, design and exhibitions for private and public sector clients in business, culture, administration, education, foundations and cooperatives. Increasingly, urban planning projects such as site development with mixed-use, modular structures and conversions are handled. Consulting services for clients and project partners as well as the conceptualisation and implementation of studies are offered, and assignments of a curatorial, museografic or graphics nature are undertaken.

To pass on expert know how and support new talents Barbara Holzer has been lecturing as a professor at the Peter Behrens School of Art (PBSA) in Düsseldorf, Germany, since 2010. Tristan Kobler has been teaching as a professor at the Haute École d’Art et de Design at Geneva, Switzerland, since 2009. Selected research projects, international committee and jury duties as well as various speaking engagements at lecture series and industry platforms are completing the profile of the office.


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