Interview with Dagli atelier d’architecture
Based at the table next to RealCorp’s, the team from Dagli atelier d’architecture were at ExpoReal to reach local and international markets. Office Manager Mathias Eichhorn was happy to give us an overview of the company’s history and current engagement in the Luxembourg market.
Diversification due to market needs
Created in 2005 by Türkan Dagli, the company initially worked with a few developers, then gradually diversified to position themselves as architects and consultants in real estate development, to match the reality of an increasingly demanding market.
“We work in partnership with developers and investors who wish to create a housing project on land they have acquired and who need an idea and a team to manage the steps required for building (division, development plan, etc.),” explained Mathias Eichhorn.
“We also participate in many architectural design competitions in Luxembourg and abroad, which has enabled us to diversify our portfolio,” he said.
Among Dagli’s major projects, there are several in Luxembourg, such as the completion of the new Domaine Alice Hartmann labelling winery with a total surface of over 1,000sqm scheduled for late 2013, or the development of the new Clinique Bohler in Kirchberg.
“We do residential work, and have also noted a slight recovery in applications for commercial building construction, which had slowed somewhat with the economic crisis of 2009. Several good areas remain that are suitable for construction of offices in Luxembourg” concluded Mathias Eichhorn.
Ahead of the game
In the world of architecture, competition is significant, so each company tries to differentiate its services. As explained above, Dagli has not only diversified, but is also ahead of the game by being ahead of its time.
“In 2009, for example, we developed a local system of green audit and green certificates that we proposed to the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade as well to one of the big four (auditors). We were aware that a green audit would be required to market office space, which should be brought up to standard according to the requirements of a Luxembourg-recognised green label. The idea was initiated by Dagli, and then used by auditors, who have incorporated this analysis of the green standard into their evaluations,” said Mr. Eichhorn.
“We also initiated the use of social networks in 2008/2009, because the local market is small and very transactional, and it is relationships that make a difference, locally or abroad,” he concluded.
Türkan Nies-Dagli, managing director and owner of Dagli, has over ten years’ experience in the architecture and building industry. She founded dagli atelier d’architecture in Luxembourg in 2005 and the Frankfurt office in 2012. She has won several international architecture and design awards with dagli atelier d’architecture. She is fluent in English, French, German and Turkish and is a Visiting Professor at the School of Applied Sciences in Trier, Germany. Her Dipl.-Ing. in architecture is from the RWTH Aachen. Türkan is member of OAI, the Luxembourg professional association of architects, DGNB, the German Sustainable Building Council, AMCHAM Frankfurt and Luxembourg, LuxReal and Female Board Pool Luxembourg. She is a Certified “Urbaniste Aménageur” and a certified Energy Consultant.
Report on interview of Dagli atelier d’architecture at ExpoReal
Interview in French by Coralie Delferier, Corporate Communications Manager for RealCorp Luxembourg
English version by Tia Azulay, Web Consultant for RealCorp Luxembourg