Elegance + Performance + Sustainability
STERLING PRESSER ARCHITECTSENGINEERS is an international studio for architectural planning and structural concept design, based in Berlin.
The studio aims at bringing together the disciplines of architecture and engineering in order to integrate them from the beginning of the design process. The studio specializes in the design of emblematic architectures and structures, working together with a network of advanced engineering experts and integrating concepts of sustainability and cost control. It has contributed to a wide range of programs from design objects and sculptures to multi-program theatres and bridges. The team is experienced to work in a variety of cultural and geographical situations and understand the impact of projects in unexpected contexts with a common goal: to achieve sustainable projects. It does explore design from the initial stage in a collaborative model, avoiding the separation of design disciplines. The design studio works flexibly in Germany, France, widely in Europe and internationally, and collaborates with other architectural and engineering firms to enable delivery from design development to construction.
The two founders Nicolas Sterling and Elke Sterling-Presser joined forces after having managed a wide range of international projects from Paris and London in the field of architecture and structural engineering in renowned offices. The projects they have already completed and their design- oriented attitude have contributed to the excellence of architectural projects in their respective fields.
Feasible integrated designs
The creation of STERLING PRESSER aims to bring together the disciplines of architecture and engineering in order to integrate them at the beginning of the design process. The studio specializes in the design of unique architectures and structures, working with a network of advanced engineering experts and integrating concepts of sustainability and cost control.
The Way We Work
Inter disciplinary studio: team “Cross-over” and “Cross-fertilization”
STERLING PRESSER ARCHITECTS+ENGINEERS is a team of architects, designers, engineers, geometry specialists and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to combine creative disciplines beyond the traditional construction model. By working together as a team from the very beginning of any new project, architects, designers and engineers combine their knowledge to achieve an optimal integrated design. The aim is to achieve optimal integrated design to provide a more sustainable built environment. The question of the social function in both engineering and architecture and the growing importance of technical expertise in design are bringing the two disciplines ever closer together, creating cross over and intersections and giving rise to hybrid (“emergent”) fields of study. Our team combines the most advanced 3D technology to model, simulate, analyze, draw and visualize with traditional methods of sketching and storytelling to stimulate a cross-fertilization, intuition and creativity.
Integrated design: a unique “workflow” and “process”
The uniqueness of our studio is to create a unique architectural and engineering workflow that we call “Integrated Design”. We believe that successful projects are the result of collaborations between disciplines. We want to create unexpected solutions and be able to make new design dreams technically feasible.
HOW DOES THE COMBINATION OF DISCIPLINES INFLUENCE OUR WORK?
We often refer to the concept of “creative abrasion” processes where ideas rub together productively, as opposed to destructively! In the making of a project, in the genesis of an idea, we can very often experiment with the division of labor, where each discipline leads the idea in different branches and directions without having to examine the coherence of the project. This weakens the strength of the original essential idea.
WE DELIVER FEASIBLE DESIGNS
The integration of architectural design and engineering reviews facilitates dialogue in the design process to make new dreams achievable and technically viable. This process is efficient, cost effective and protects the primary integrity of ideas throughout the process. It does include a review of material optimization, construction methodology, and sustainable impact in order to deliver an optimum architectures and structures. We care specifically that the architectural concept embeds and optimize the constructive process. We strive for design excellence within the given program and budget. The result is healthier projects that improve the quality of life.
WE CROSS-FERTILIZE EXPERTISE BY WORKING AS A TEAM
By working together from the outset of any new project, architects, designers and engineers combine their knowledge to achieve optimal integrated design to provide a more sustainable built environment. Our team combines the most advanced 3D technology to model, simulate, analyze, draw and visualize with traditional methods of sketching and narration to stimulate intuition and creativity.