Topotek 1 was founded in 1996 by Martin Rein-Cano in Berlin. Since 1999, he has run the studio in equal partnership with Lorenz Dexler. Francesca Venier has been an associate partner of Topotek 1 since 2014 and Carsten Schmidt since 2021. In 2017, Topotek 1 Architektur was founded by Martin Rein-Cano, Lorenz Dexler, Francesca Venier, and Dan Budik.
Topotek 1 is a diverse, lively, and multidisciplinary office composed of a highly qualified international team of architects, landscape architects, and administrative staff. The studio draws upon this wide range of experience during all stages of the design and construction processes, resulting in exceptionally effective design solutions that produce transparent, efficient, and long-term benefits for its clients.
Working at the intersection of the fields of landscape architecture, urbanism, and architecture, Topotek 1 considers itself a traveller that explores the fringe areas of typologies and scales. Each project strives to respond to the given context and programmatic necessities with a compelling concept, extraordinary design quality, and efficient implementation. Some of the studio’s key strategies for maintaining an awareness of and vital link to general contemporary discussions include the hybridization of topics and disciplines; the removal, transmission, and re-imagining of objects and design features from their original context to another; and the design and emplacement of scenographic sequences.
Global movements in society and culture continually redefine a broad spectrum of possibilities in relation to the design and constitution of public space. Driven by its conceptual approach, Topotek 1 considers public spaces to be an expression of visions and of society as a whole. The studio develops design concepts through a critical understanding of extant contemporary realities as well as of cultural and historical references. Through this holistic strategy, Topotek 1 generates solutions that fulfill the modern requirements of variability, communication, and sensuality, creating contemporary spaces for contemporary uses.
Topotek 1 Partners
Martin Rein-Cano, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1967, studied art history at Frankfurt University and landscape architecture at the Technical Universities of Hannover and Karlsruhe
Lorenz Dexler, born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1968, studied landscape architecture at Hannover Technical University.
Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler both teach and lecture at internationally known universities and cultural institutions and participate regularly in competition juries.
Francesca Venier, born in Milan, Italy in 1971, first studied product design, then architecture and urbanism at the Polytechnic University of Milan and at State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. She has been responsible for the project and competition department at Topotek 1 since 2010.
Dan Budik, born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1974, studied architecture at the ETH Zurich and the ETSA Madrid. He worked as project manager in Brussels and Rotterdam for several years. Between 2009 and 2016 he ran his own office in Zurich and taught at ETH Zurich.
Carsten Schmidt, born in Essen, Germany in 1991, first studied political science, Chinese studies, and communications at the University of Tübingen, then landscape architecture and city and regional planning at Cornell University. After working with Cornell University on a Climate-Adaptive Design initiative, he joined Topotek 1 and has been partner since summer 2021.
Topotek 1 has received many awards and prizes over the years:
LILA – Landezine International Landscape Architecture Office Award
Building and Garden Culture World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley, 2nd Prize | Entrance Park Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Koblenz, Germany
Saxon State Prize for Building Culture, Honorable Mention | Conversion of Chemnitz Central Station
2018 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award | Project „HOTA Outdoor Stage (QLD)“, designed by Topotek 1 with CUSP and ARM
2018 Queensland Institute of Landscape Architects Award
FIABCI 2017 Prix d’Excellence Germany, Gold Prize | Puhlmannhof Berlin, Germany
2017 WohnbauPreis Hamburg, 2nd Prize | Maritime Living at Kaufhauskanal,
2017 Brandenburgischer Baukulturpreis, Special Mention | SAP Innovation Center 2.0, Potsdam, Germany
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture | Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 European Garden Award | Category Innovative Design of a Contemporary Garden or Park, 1st Prize | Cloister Lorsch, Germany
2015 German Landscape Architecture Prize, 1st Prize | UNESCO World Heritage Site Cloister Lorsch, Germany
Red Dot Best of the Best Award | Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Institute Honor Of National AIA Awards | Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 German Landscape Architecture Prize, Recognition | Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark
IOC/IAKS Award (international architecture prize of the Intl. Olympic Committee)
Gold Medal | Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Bronze Medal | Sports facilities Heerenschürli, Zurich, Switzerland
Hugo Häring Prize, Recognition | Friedrich-Ebert-Platz, Heidelberg, Germany
2011 German Landscape Architecture Prize, Recognition | Sports facilities Heerenschürli, Zurich, Switzerland
INNO 2010 – Awarded by SLG concrete association road, landscape, garden e.V.
2009 German Landscape Architecture Prize, Recognition | Kindergarten Griechische Allee, Berlin, Germany
2009 Gustav Meyer Award, Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment Berlin | Green corridor Bullengraben, Berlin, Germany
Build a City – Live the City 2009, National Award for integrated Urban Development and
Building Culture 2009 | University plaza in Halle/Saale, Germany
2009 Gottfried Kühn Prize, Recognition | Fortress Ehrenbreitstein, Koblenz, Germany
2005 Living City innovative sports facilities, Recognition | Playground and sports facilities Niebuhrstrasse Berlin, Germany
2003 German Landscape Architecture Prize | University Campus, Halle/Saale, Germany
German Urban Development Prize by SEB AG 2002 | University Campus, Halle/Saale, Germany