Studio Mark Randel

Studio Mark Randel is an architecture office in Berlin focusing on the design of residential, cultural buildings and interiors.

Our clients are mostly private or project developers who are passionate about peaceful architecture with great attention to the location as well as the needs of the residents.

The design process, conducted in close conversation with our clients, is led by Mark Randel. Mark has worked as a partner and design director at David Chipperfield Architects for over 20 years.

Clients

Our clients seek to counterbalance their demanding and stressful professional life. They seek a lasting space that expresses peace and tranquility.

They appreciate that we challenge them as much as they challenge us and accept a longer, more intense, planning process than normal.

Spaces

We know spaces for living best. No other planning task is closer to us. No other architecture is more familiar than our own “four walls”. Living spaces are always an expression of the character of their inhabitants.

A high-quality building collects stories and outlasts generations. Entrance spaces, staircases, loggias and corridors—rooms without direct use often form the core of our design focus.

Rituals

Daily habits and rituals have our greatest attention.

We want to support and celebrate the “mundane” through our design, creating pleasant experiences and spaces. With our design, we want to create special places for everyday life, contributing to a higher quality of living

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Attentiveness

We are driven to design the “right” house for each location. We begin with the location’s idiosyncratic qualities. We love working with context. Whether a building will stand in the countryside or in an urban environment, whether it is about transforming an old house or a monument, we are seeking a respectful response to the physical and cultural situation of the building.

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Clarity

We like spaces that are timeless and calm. Reduced to the essentials, to draw you into the proportions, materials, and light.

It is important to us that every room gets an individual character. Compliance with building codes and standards, the integration of air conditioning and safety technology is sometimes in conflict with the design. A simple look and feel is often complex in planning. We spend a lot of time on the harmonious integration and hiding of all “clutter”, so that the spaces can be fully enjoyed.

Effortless

We call a building a good design if it integrates well with its surrounding without being banal. For passers-by, or people who spend time inside, the question should not arise: How could it be otherwise? A challenge, that we try to meet with every design.

Materials

We work with an exclusive range of high-quality natural materials, that have the ability to age with beauty, that achieve depth and life through use, and weather. The daylight and the sun reveal the character of the materials and spaces, it allows them come alive and determines the atmosphere of a room.

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Views

The quality of a room is defined by its relationship to the outside world. Being inside becomes more enjoyable with an interesting view to the outside. We are trying in each room to frame a view.

Views, whether static or in motion are defining the spacial experience. We are trying to plan intriguing spacial relationships.

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Nature

We want to build sustainable and long lasting buildings by using renewable materials and natural means to control the environment of the rooms.

The local conditions and the weather determine the way we interact with the exterior. Spaces protect us from the adverse influences of the outside, however they should allow nature, the air, the sun, and their pleasant sounds to permeate. All this is defined by the design of the threshold between the inside and outside. That is why we emphasise the transition zones, the doors, the windows, the loggias and the balconies.

Luxury

We believe that a building whose luxury qualities can not be immediately recognized at first sight, offers the highest form of luxury: luxury intended for one’s own personality.

We think luxurious living is achieved by staged views, the use of sensual materials and the conscious reduction to essentials. These qualities are developed when there is sufficient time for a thought-through design concept, consistently planned and implemented by high-quality craftsmanship.

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Tranquillity

Entering a building or an apartment means leaving the world of movement, hustle, noise and weather.

Well-thought-through spaces are able to influence our minds and can help us to find inner peace and reflection, or to facilitate communication, promote sleep or recharge our batteries.

Finca La Marina, Ibiza

Restoration of an architectural jewel on the coast of Ibiza.

Fifty years after this private house was built, we want to bring the free spirit of the sixties into the present, by giving respectfully reinvigorating the building, the nature and the local culture.

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Studio

The studio has developed its own methodology for the development of design allowing for an intense analysis of the location and the owner. We devote more time and space to the first phase of the project than is usual. Projects need depth and this only comes with time.

Our goal is to develop ideas that reveal the essential characteristics and potential of each project. The personal history and the motivations of the client play as much a role as the history and the natural characteristics of the building site, as well as the cultural environment.

Our work focuses on the first phases of the project all the way through until the completion of the architectural design and the principle details.

We work with pen, paper and large-scale models but we also experiment with Virtual Reality.

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Mark Randel

Mark Randel has worked for David Chipperfield Architects for over 23 years, including his last seven years as a partner. In many projects he has cultivated his interest in a respectful and very physical architecture in many countries including Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and China.

He led the project team that won the competition for the restoration of the Neues Museum in Berlin and was also responsible for the development of the Masterplan for Museum Island. He was one of the founding members of the Berlin office of David Chipperfield Architects and curated an exhibition over the historic Tempelhof Airport during the 2012 Venice Biennale.

From 2013 to 2018, he was design director and partner of David Chipperfield Architects and responsible for the projects of the Shanghai office.

Selected Projects

  1. 3220182020
    Finca La Marina
    Location:
    Ibiza, Spain
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Principal Studio Mark Randel
  2. 3120172020
    Pudong Urban Planning and Art Centre
    Location:
    Shanghai, China
    Type:
    Cultural
    Role:
    Partner & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai
  3. 3020152019
    Ursulastrasse 6 Apartment Building1
    Location:
    Munich, Germany
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Principal Studio Mark Randel
  4. 2920142018
    Location:
    Anji, China
    Type:
    Cultural
    Role:
    Partner & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai
  5. 2820132019
    Location:
    Shanghai, China
    Type:
    Cultural
    Role:
    Partner & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai
  6. 2720132022
    Kolbergerstrasse 5 Apartment Building1
    Location:
    Munich, Germany
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Principal Studio Mark Randel
  7. 2620132022
    Xujiahui Bookstore
    Location:
    Shanghai, China
    Type:
    Commercial
    Role:
    Partner & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai
  8. 2520132022
    Expo Tower
    Location:
    Shanghai, China
    Type:
    Mixed Use
    Role:
    Partner & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai
  9. 2420122014
    Palais Varnhagen Apartment Building
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  10. 2320112016
    Location:
    Munich, Germany
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Principal Studio Mark Randel, Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  11. 2220102012
    Hangyang Hanguo Factory Concept Design
    Location:
    Hangzhou, China
    Type:
    Mixed Use
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  12. 2120092013
    Location:
    Hangzhou, China
    Type:
    Commercial
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  13. 2020092013
    Location:
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  14. 1920082019
    Ninguo Fu Di Courtyard Villas
    Location:
    Shanghai, China
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  15. 1820072012
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Type:
    Commercial
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  16. 1720072015
    Location:
    Hangzhou, China
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  17. 1620062007
    Rena Lange Headquarters
    Location:
    Munich, Germany
    Type:
    Commercial
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  18. 1520062011
    Location:
    Shanghai, China
    Type:
    Mixed Use
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  19. 1420062021
    Rockbund 6
    Location:
    Shanghai, China
    Type:
    Commercial
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  20. 1320042005
    Rena Lange Shop Concept and Flagship Store
    Location:
    Munich, Germany
    Type:
    Commercial
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  21. 1220042008
    Location:
    Hangzhou, China
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  22. 1120032007
    Location:
    Hangzhou, China
    Type:
    Cultural
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  23. 1020022003
    Bamboo Forest Village Clubhouse (Schematic Design)
    Location:
    Liangzhu, China
    Type:
    Civic
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  24. 0920022005
    Hotel Beaumont
    Location:
    Maastricht, Holland
    Type:
    Commercial
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  25. 0820022006
    Bailujin Apartments
    Location:
    Liangzhu, China
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  26. 0720022014
    Kattendijdok Residential Towers 3+4
    Location:
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  27. 0620002002
    Parkside Apartments, Potsdamer Platz
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  28. 0519992003
    Dolce & Gabbana Private Houses
    Location:
    Portofino, Italy
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  29. 0419982000
    Masterplan for the Museum Island
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Type:
    Cultural
    Role:
    Project Architect David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, Managing & Design Director David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  30. 0319971999
    Dolce & Gabbana Shop Concept and Flagship store
    Location:
    Milan, Italy
    Type:
    Commercial
    Role:
    Project Architect David Chipperfield Architects London
  31. 0219961997
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Type:
    Cultural
    Role:
    Jr. Project Architect David Chipperfield Architects London
  32. 0119951997
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Type:
    Residential
    Role:
    Jr. Project Architect David Chipperfield Architects London

1 In personal collaboration with David Chipperfield

Contact

Studio Mark Randel
Tucholskystraße 47
10117 Berlin, Deutschland

+49 30 288 840 77
mail@studiomarkrandel.com

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