Introduction to KCAP Architects & Planners
KCAP is a leading international design firm that specializes in architecture, urbanism and landscape design.
KCAP was founded in 1989. Today, the firm has offices in Rotterdam (NL), Zurich (CH) and Shanghai (CN) and a staff of more than 100 talented international professionals working on a wide range of projects throughout Europe and Asia.
KCAP is known for its expertise in the development of sustainable urban living environments. In our designs, new concepts for living and working, culture, sustainability and infrastructure go hand-in-hand with social considerations for current and future generations. We use our collective experience in architecture, urban planning and landscape design to create social and spatial cohesion. Our projects are developed with the necessary flexibility to adapt to the individual needs of users and new social developments.
The great challenge of our time is to build environments that protect the world’s precious resources and habitats, and that address - and possibly counteract - urgent ongoing climate changes.
As a team of architects and urban designers, KCAP is well aware of the complex interdependencies between social, environmental, economic and cultural factors and challenges associated with any design intervention we propose. We recognize the intrinsic value of water and its essential role in all aspects of life, but also the risks it poses to people, property and prosperity. The protection of limited water resources and associated ecosystems for present and future generations is a crucial aspect of the sustainable and resilient urban developments we are working on across Europe and Asia. We also work on protection measures against the increasingly evident water-related challenges associated with climate change.
Projects such as the Shenzhen coastline or the development of Hamburg’s new city district in the flood zone of the Elbe river are clear examples of the complexities related to water resilience that we are facing as a design team. We find integral design solutions for productive urban environments where water and waste management, mobility and ecosystems, and the built and natural environments are considered as complementary systems.