Martin Zünkeler is the principal of bau10, a design practice operating at the forefront of the profession providing design and consultation services for residential, institutional and commercial development clients and partners.
In 1997 Martin worked with Peter Zumthor on the Columba Competition in Cologne before he moved to Berlin to join Professor Hans Kollhoff. Intrigued by the opportunity to work in Berlin at its peak of new construction rising out of the German reunification, Martin worked on the “Leibnizkolonnaden” a mixed used project close to the Ku’damm, the “Newton Bar” in Berlin Mitte and the “Daimler Benz Building” at the Potsdamer Platz.
In 2000 Martin moved to Rotterdam to work on the Kop van Zuid Project for Prof Hans Kollhoff. After one year, in 2001, Martin moved to Rotkreuz, Switzerland where he helped establish another office for Prof Hans Kollhoff. During this time Martin worked on the “Tivoli” project and the competition “Rapid Dietikon”.
Martin moved to the US in 2002 to work with bau10 where he became partner. At bau10 Martin worked on Land and Master planning for Land Developments mainly in the Santa Monica Mountains, as well as designing and building residential and commercial buildings in Malibu, Venice and Silver Lake.
Martin earned his architectural Master Degree at the University in Braunschweig and also is a member of the Chamber of Architects in Germany. Currently Martin is in the process of completing his architecture license in California.
Sam is the project architect at bau10. Sam earned his bachelors of architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a focus on environmental design. He is a licensed architect in the state of California since 2013.
In 2000 Sam worked with Kris Yao at Artech (大元建築工場) in Taiwan on the large multi-use competitions for developments for China. Developing concepts of large scale multi-use to house hospitality, retail, restaurant, residential and education facilities.
After graduation in 2004, he worked with McCabe & Harris in San Diego on the La Costa Resort phase 2 design, 600 million dollar improvement/addition to the existing hospitality.
Sam moved to Los Angeles and work at bau10 in 2007. Where his focus of work was on Land and Master planning for Land Developments mainly in the Santa Monica Mountains.
In 2011 he worked with Howard Laks architects, in Santa Monica. He was brought onboard as project architect for the 7th Street hotel project. The 100 million dollar project involved renovating and remodeling of the existing historic landmark and designing a new hotel as an addition. He was involved with the approvals through planning commission, city council and building permit.
Since 2014 he has work with Martin Zünkeler at bau10, designing predominately residential projects. The work has been within the LA county region, in particular: Malibu, Venice, Santa Monica, and Silver Lake.