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CSMM-Architekten gewinnen German Design Award 2020 für die Corporate Architecture der internationalen IT-Firma REPLY

CSMM wins design award with REPLY

Munich, 16th December 2019, The interior design concept of the IT service provider Reply is the winner of the renowned German Design Award 2020 in the category "Excellent Architecture - Corporate Architecture". With its office space in Munich, the architecture and consulting firm CSMM has created a flagship base that acts as a design guide for all European locations. The official presentation of the prestigious award will take place on February 7th 2020 as part of the annual Ambiente fair in Frankfurt.

With the globally active Reply Group, leader in digital technology innovation, CSMM's architects have accomplished a creative and dynamic working environment. The architects and Reply won the renowned German Design Award 2020 in the category "Excellent Architecture - Corporate Architecture" for their comprehensive concept and design guideline. The German Design Council explains the decision: "The spatial and furnishing concept impresses with a refreshingly playfully arranged selection of colors and materials, which visually structures the flowing network of rooms and areas. In addition, the mixture of office and lounge furniture creates a completely new, highly flexible working environment0 that encourages co-creation and innovation."

Reply supports its customers by introducing innovations along their entire digital value chain. The new office concept creates an inspiring working atmosphere and supports the full development of creativity and skills. The flowing network of spaces and the playful colour and material concept was met with such a positive response from Reply's management and staff, that all other international locations are subsequently to be planned and realised on the basis of the design guideline of CSMM - architecture matters.

"We are really delighted about this special award and are proud that we were able to assert ourselves alongside 1,500 submissions“, says Tiziana Feighofen-Longo, architect and site manager at CSMM Düsseldorf explains. Sven Bietau, architect and managing partner of CSMM - architecture matters, adds: "We are overwhelmed by the positive response to this project. This confirms for us that we are on the right track with our holistic approach, in which we involve our client as well as their employees in the processes".

Marie Brosius, Judith Kuhnert, Ira Roters and Alice Zambon designed the project in the team around Sven Bietau and Tiziana Feighofen-Longo.

German Design Award as benchmark

The German Design Award is presented by the German Design Council which was founded in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag and has since supported businesses in achieving added brand value through design. It showcases groundbreaking, innovative products and projects, their manufacturers and designers. The focus lies on discovering unique design trends and representing the German design scene. The German Design Award 2020 will be presented on the 7th of February 2020 as part of the Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt.


Reply's goal is to support the success of our customers by introducing innovations along their entire digital value chain. The new office concept creates an inspiring working environment, enabling us to fully leverage our creativity and technical skills.

Dr. Thomas Hartmann, member of the board Reply AG

About CSMM – architecture matters

For over 16 years, CSMM has been a consulting and architectural company specializing in commercial office and innovative working environments both in Germany and abroad.

For tenants and users of commercial real estate CSMM provides consultancy and design services for all creative and rational decisions involved in a tailor-made office concept, including advice on the selection of a commercial property, business analysis, workplace strategies, moving in and out as well as the future-oriented redesign of the working environment. Additionally, the experts at CSMM accompany change management processes on request.

As architects, CSMM design and control all structural and communicative processes for the conversion, re-development or new construction of commercial real estate for developers, landlords and owners. This includes site assessment, overall architectural design and creative marketing strategies.

The 60-strong, interdisciplinary and international team of CSMM is led by Managing Directors Sven Bietau, Timo Brehme, Reiner Nowak and Malte Tschörtner. In addition to the Munich headquarters, the company also operates branches in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Duesseldorf.

CSMM – architecture matters is a member of the expert pool of the "German Sustainable Building Council - DGNB" and of the "Central Real Estate Committee - ZIA "New Ways of Working". In addition, the company actively cooperates with the Munich Institute for Social Science Research and the Faculty of Architecture at the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule in Regensburg. CSMM also supports the "Society of Property researchers [Gesellschaft für Immobilienwirtschaftliche Forschung - gif e.V]." and is involved in the "Value Foundation [Werte-Stiftung] ".

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