VOLPATOHATZ is a team of architects and product designers working together on a broad platform of projects by producing cutting edge products and innovative sustainable buildings for an international client base.
The work of partners Marco Volpato from Australia and Nicole Hatz from Switzerland is at present defined by their experiences working on projects for some of the world’s most awarded architects. In the offices of Herzog & de Meuron and Michael Alder in Basel Switzerland and Antonio Citterio in Milan Italy, they individually carved a solid base of built projects across a diversity of commissions, from cultural to commercial to residential, all with the common thread of innovative, engaging designs for clients the Prada group warehouses in Tuscany, Sir Terence Conran’s Habitat in London and Paris, the New de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Schaulager Art Storage in Basel. With this experience, studio VOLPATOHATZ opened its doors in 2003 in Sydney Australia to oversee projects in Asia, in 2007 the head office opens in Lugano Switzerland to manage the European client base and with a further office in Birsfelden Basel Switzerland in 2012.
VOLPATOHATZ incorporates sustainable design principals throughout the design process. Energy requirements such as Switzerland’s Minergie guidelines are enforced by government for public buildings, however many clients are now demanding that their homes be more sustainable in order to reduce long term running costs.