SOMAA is an architecture and interior design office. Based in Stuttgart, the office was founded in 2007 by partners Tobias Bochmann and Hadi A Tandawardaja. Somaa’s conceptional work and built projects provide a poetic quality to thoughtful, pragmatic solutions, thus adding value and a clear identity to each client’s unique circumstances.
“We want to create places of identification and communication, places that respect existing structures while generating something new - with tangible added value for our customers and building owners and for society.”
Hadi A. Tandawardaja studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart and in Switzerland at EPFL in Lausanne. He worked for international offices in Spain and Germany before founding SOMAA with Tobias Bochmann in 2007. Hadi’s work has been exhibited at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt. As project manager, his work has been nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany and awarded the DDC Award for Good Design. Hadi was a lecturer at the HFG Schwäbisch Gmünd and has been working as a lecturer at the University of Stuttgart since 2007.
Tobias Bochmann studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart and in Switzerland at EPFL in Lausanne. He founded SOMAA with Hadi A. Tandawardaja in 2007. Buildings he designed as project manager have received the Good Buildings Award by the Association of German Architects and the gold FAMAB Award. He worked as an honorary lecturer at the University of Stuttgart from 2009 to 2011. He has been a research assistant at the Institute for Housing and Design at the University of Stuttgart since 2011.
Both partners are also continually selected to serve jurors for international competitions.
A lively society that rapidly changes has an impact on our way of life and thus on all areas of our built and designed world. The way we live, shop and work is quickly changing. We are all faced with the task of finding flexible solutions that can respond to these rapid changes. As our society changes, so does the emotional need for continuity and authenticity. We combine these two diametrically opposed parameters by creating authentic solutions that are both sustainable and flexible. SOMAA is synonymous with intelligent concepts and authentic design.
“The nice thing about publications and exhibitions is that architecture repositions itself here to be a topic of discussion.”
The work of the office is regularly published in the national and international trade press. The following is an excerpt:
"It's nice to have our work recognized."
In addition to competition awards, the projects managed by the office owners were honored with internationally recognized awards. We take a critical view of the award industry due to its commercial interests and therefore participate in only a few applications for awards.
Lectures, Workshops & Jury
As part of lectures and workshops for companies and at universities, Hadi Tandawardaja and Tobias Bochmann give presentations on the topics of architecture and interior design as well as on working and living environments. The two partners also as jurors for international architectural competitions.
Research & Teaching
SOMAA maintains close contact with the world of teaching and science. The two SOMAA partners research and teach at the University of Stuttgart as part of their lecturing and academic work. For us, this does not mean merely passing on knowledge, but continuously learning from students and colleagues. Findings from these activities enrich our professional work.
"Winning competitions proves the quality of our work and losing competitions are good practice"
By participating in competitions, we take part in the national and international architectural discourse and prove our performance. We see the competition as an enlivening aspect and a personal challenge in the search for the best solution.
SOMAA's works are repeatedly presented to a wide public in the context of exhibitions. "The discussions that arise about the exhibited works are an essential moment to receive resonance and to question one's own positions".