Alexander Fehre, a Stuttgart, Germany–based interior architect, has earned a reputation among his commercial clients for pairing modern, adamantine material palettes with navigable open-plan layouts. A 2014 design for the offices of a conveyor-belt company near Stuttgart, for example, made clever use of aluminum mesh panels to delineate spaces and echo the industrial context.
Fehre’s more recent design for the auto-part supplier Bosch exhibits a similar spirit. Wrapped up in 2017 and located on a tucked-away wooded road in Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany’s automobile-manufacturing heartland, the new offices aim to engender collaboration and innovation while providing flexibility and responsiveness—with a strong visual punch.
The client requested an aesthetically striking workplace, and the nearly 35,000-square-foot space is just that: Its eclectic combination of materials, surfaces, and colors delivers a surreal, postmodern feel. Housed in a sprawling former production hall, it articulates zones through design elements like vibrantly painted furniture, ample applications of zinc and raw wood, and full-size trees that seem to hover in the corporate ether.