Studio Background

maarc studio is an architecture design office initially founded in Santiago, Chile by Marcel Holmberg in 2009. The studio, now located in Berlin, has been involved in the design of multi-scale projects internationally, ranging from super-tall towers, transport oriented developments and mixed-use buildings to bespoke cultural and residential projects.



Marcel Holmberg

(Santiago, Chile. 1981) Received his Masters in Architecture from Universidad Central de Chile and a certificate in Real Estate Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He worked with German architect Ole Scheeren in the Beijing and Berlin offices, place where he led the design for the Guardian Auction Centre building located in the Beijing City core and the design proposal for a 150 meter tall mixed use high-rise in central London. During his time in this office he participated in the design of the King Power MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok, Olympicopolis development in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and the Axel Springer headquarters building competition proposal in Berlin. He later worked with German architect Eike Becker in Berlin where he led the design of the winning scheme for the National Iranian Gas Company Headquarters competition working closely with German-Iranian architect Hadi Teherani. He lived 7 years in Beijing where he co-founded and was the design director of PWD Architecture, building a series of cultural and mixed use projects collaborating with French office AREP architecture in the design proposal of the Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank Headquarters (AIIB) located in Beijing and for many Transport Oriented Developments (TOD) and public buildings across China. Before that time, year 2009, and back in Chile, he collaborated with award winning Chilean architect Marco Polidura and Iñaki Volante in the design for the Desert Museum (Huanchacas Museum) in Antofagasta and several single family houses. In 2005 he began working as an architect working with Javier Bize Huett on housing projects and as a permanent workshop assistant professor at his university. Descendant of a Swedish-German family Marcel grew up and spent his earlier years in Oakland, California before returning to Chile and finishing his masters in 2009.