“One of our USPs is that we are clearly committed to modern architecture,” he explains the company’s success. “We do not focus on a particular style or design. Instead, we consider the individual framework of each project, for example, the locations, the environment – and of course, the people involved. Also, we never compromise on quality. We keep our promises. As a consequence, we enjoy an excellent reputation as a reliable partner. We are flexible, even our management is open to structural changes. Last but not least, we are a team. We develop new ideas together. Our management is integrated into one of our open plan offices and works at eye level with our staff. As a result, the atmosphere is excellent and our employees are highly motivated and identify with our philosophy.”
The service spectrum of KSP includes Urban Development, Architecture, Constructions within existing Contexts, Sustainable Building, Product Design, General Planning and Consulting. Currently, KSP is involved in several reference projects such as the building of a huge mosque in Algiers, an administration office for the European Commission in Luxembourg (the building will be named Jean Monet II), the Siemens Campus in Erlangen, Germany, and in various projects in Frankfurt such as the Palais Quartier and the West End Duo, to mention but a few.
In 2005, KSP won the tender for the National Library in Beijing. “Our core competences are complex inner city projects,” says Mr. Hammerschmidt. “Here, we accomplish both, office and housing projects. Also, we are strong in the health sector. For example, we did the children’s hospital in Shanghai and the new hospital in Ulm. Abroad we are a demanded partner for cultural projects. In China, we realised several big museums. These projects have dimensions which are impossible in Germany.”
Operating branch offices in Munich, Braunschweig, Berlin, Frankfurt, Beijing and Algiers, KSP achieves almost half of its annual turnover through activities abroad.
“We recognise an increasing internationalisation of the architectural market,” says the Managing Partner. “Following a sustainable strategy, we carefully monitor the different regions. At present, the situation in Germany is very good, not at the least due to the prevailing low interest rates.”
The roots of the business date back to the renowned architect’s office Kraemer, Sieverst und Partner which had its height in the 1960s and 1970s. In 2009, Jürgen Engel became the sole Managing Partner. Today, he is the Principal of KSP. When the board of partners was expanded last year, Mr. Hammerschmidt and Sebastian Schöll came on board.
Today the company has a staff of 250. Internationalisation is one of the key issues of KSP’s future agenda. “We are well prepared to expand our international activities,” says Mr. Hammerschmidt. “Our team consists of 35 different nationalities. As a result, we have excellent language capacities at our disposal.”
In addition to its expansion plans, KSP is determined to enhance the efficiency of its projects and to continuously improve its performance. “We will also extend our level of digitalisation in order to increase the flexibility of our processes,” says Mr. Hammerschmidt.