German wood building award ‘Deutscher Holzbaupreis’ for aktivhaus serie 700

Waldkirch, 06. June 2017 –   The Ganter Group is an associate of Aktivhaus GmbH, which builds key-turn-ready and sustainable houses in modular construction. The aktivhaus series 700 just won the most important award for construction with wood: The German ‘Holzbaupreis 2017’ in the category components/concept.
The German ‘Holzbaupreis‘ is given every other year since 2003 from Holzbau Deutschland and divers partners. The prize shows what is possible with wood as a construction material. Architects, structural framework planers, builders and companies of the wood branch can participate. The prize is said to be the most important award for buildings made from wood in Germany. It is given in three areas: New building, remodeling of existing buildings and components/concepts.
The jury praised the ‘distinguished concept, thoughtful and minimalistic design and the flexible use’ of the aktivhaus serie 700.
The award ceremony always takes place at the LIGNA, exhibition for forestry and timber industry in Hanover. The leading event for this industry took place from 22nd to 26th May.
Michael Ganter is happy: „the award is another confirmation for us, that the right decisions have been made with the Serie 700. At the same time it is a stimulus for us, to support the project aktivhaus further with our knowhow regarding high-quality and sustainable construction”
Since 2016 the Ganter Group is an associate of AH Aktiv-Haus GmbH, which stands for sustainably modular houses and for the principle of TripleZero®, developed by Werner Sobek: Zero Energy Building, Zero Emission Building, Zero Waste Building.
For the premium serie 900, Ganter is responsible for the complete construction and interior fit out including logistics and sectoral planning. These models not only shine with their sustainable concept, but also with the possibility for highest customization. Each module is built and pre-installed in factory. All technical features are tested intensely before the house is delivered and installed.
A first prototype oft he Serie 900 is just in the building process at Ganter and can be visited in September 2017 in ‚Urban Harbor‘ in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
More Information about AH Aktiv-Haus GmbH, the different series and the TripleZero® concept can be found at:

TV Interview with Roman Hagen – Head of Ganter Suisse AG

TV interview with Roman Hagen, head of Ganter Suisse AG, in Suiss TV channel “tele1”. Roman talks about how Ganter started in Switzerland in 2012, the challenges he faced successfully, about the approach for high end projects like apartmenthouse Alpenrose in Andermatt and plans for the future. A special thank to the team of Tele1!

Construction of apartment house Alpenrose begins – Two strong partners set a strong accent in the Swiss Alps

Andermatt, 21 April 2017 – Andermatt Swiss Alps AG and the German construction specialist Ganter Interior GmbH from Waldkirch, Germany have formed a joint venture to build apartment house “Alpenrose” in Andermatt. At the cornerstone ceremony on 21 April 2017, Samih Sawiris and Michael Ganter spoke about the exemplary collaboration for the development of the resort: With a strong partner, new markets can be reached and strong accents set in the resort.

Apartment House Alpenrose is the final puzzle piece in the first construction phase of the resort. Centrally located, with restaurants and shops, it completes the architectural enclosure of the central piazza. The alpine-inspired façade is intricately designed and features a public arcade; the building is integrated harmoniously into the architectural ensemble of the resort. The cornerstone ceremony for House Alpenrose was celebrated April 21 2017. Handover to the owners is scheduled for autumn 2018.

Alpenrose houses 20 apartments ranging in size from 50 m2 to 146 m2. Prices range from CHF 480,000 to 2.1 million. The apartments are optimally laid out and attractively furnished; the interior build-out of the apartments sets a benchmark and meets the highest standards of materials and design. If desired, two adjacent apartments can be connected to form one large unit and be built out accordingly. Nearly every apartment has a full-height glazed corner bay which floods the rooms with light and provides a delightful view of the surroundings. For the interior build-out, buyers may choose from two design lines: “modern rustic” or “modern light”. Both elegantly combine traditional alpine elements with modern chalet style. Of course, the interior design can also be custom tailored to the wishes and requirements of the owners. All apartments feature two bathrooms, one of which is en suite with the bedroom. For added convenience, a LOXONE system is provided for easily controlling the lighting and heating, optionally via smartphone e.g. from the ski piste.

Ganter Suisse AG, general contractor for the project, has long years of experience and competence in the premium real estate sector. The specialists from the Black Forest are handling not only the construction of Alpenrose but the entire interior build-out and furnishing. Michael Ganter, owner of the Ganter Group, comments on the joint venture as follows: “We are fully convinced of the concept of Andermatt Swiss Alps AG, and we are pleased to be able to contribute our experience and execution capabilities in the premium segment on this project.”
Apartment house Alpenrose completes the buildings surrounding the central piazza. This will be the meeting place in the resort, with restaurants, cafes and shops. The piazza, paved in natural stone, will feature a fountain, green areas and trees.

More information and a pricelist for apartments on

That was the EuroShop 2017

EuroShop in Düsseldorf was again a great event. Numerous visitors from all over the world came to see the No. 1 retail trade fair, where 2.500 exhibitors from 56 countries presented their portfolio. With 125 square meters, the booth of the Ganter Group was one of the bigger ones at the show.
We would like to say thank you to all visitors to our booth, that we welcomed with drinks and food. We enjoyed the time with you, the inspiring talks and the exchange of ideas. We look forward to seeing you next time!

Ganter Group becomes partner in AH Aktiv-Haus GmbH

Waldkirch_ Michael Ganter, owner of the global Ganter Group, is a new partner in AH Aktiv-Haus GmbH. The company was established in March 2016 and with its aktivhaus is developing “the first house that has the power to change the world”. As an expert in the retail, commercial and residential real estate sectors, Ganter Group develops high-quality branded and retail properties, modern workplaces, public buildings and luxury residences.
Other partners in AH Aktiv-Haus GmbH include entrepreneur Klaus Fischer, architect and engineer Werner Sobek, and the former mayor of Stuttgart Wolfgang Schuster. Fischer heads the corporate group of the same name and which is known worldwide for anchors and fastening systems. Sobek is the founder of the Werner Sobek corporate group, a highly celebrated architectural firm that focusses on engineering, design and sustainability. Schuster is the current director of the Institute for Sustainable City Development in Stuttgart.

aktivhaus pursues the vision of a sustainable building. It sets itself apart fundamentally from the manner in which buildings have been built to date. The Triple Zero® standard developed by Werner Sobek forms the basis for this vision. A Triple Zero® building consumes on average per year no more energy than it generates from sustainable sources (zero energy building), produces no CO2 emissions or substances damaging to humans or the environment (zero emission building), and can be completely recycled (zero waste building).

The aktivhaus showpiece is the Series 900. All components can be fully recycled at the end of its useful life. This means that if the building is moved or dismantled, it leaves no waste behind. The land can be renatured without any contamination or other residues. The Series 900 models use photovoltaics to generate up to 200% of their daily power needs. The surplus energy can be used for electric cars and e-bikes, passed on in the evening to the highest-bidding grid, or assist energy-deficient buildings in the neighbourhood. There are no limits to private and commercial clients on the styling of the interiors. Thanks to its expertise in the premium segment, Ganter Interior GmbH is an exclusive supplier of these modules.

The aktivhaus Series 700 is an affordable starter model. The models meet all construction standards and can be individually combined from a wide choice of different variants, materials, surfaces and colours. This makes the series a highly sought-after solution for cities, municipalities and project developers. The first large-scale project has already been implemented: Kreisbaugesellschaft Waiblingen recently began operating 38 modules in Winnenden.

Werner Sobek is pleased with the addition to the management team. “Michael Ganter is an ideal partner for us to have on board,” he says. “With his experience in interior design, he perfectly complements our core competencies of design and engineering, our fischerwerke joining and assembly expertise as well as process optimisation and the wealth of knowledge that Wolfgang Schuster brings in regional and international urban and site development.”

Ganter himself is looking forward to the new job role. “In my view, there is no alternative to aktivhaus given the lack of raw building materials caused by the population explosion,” he comments. “The aktivhaus concept will bring lasting change to the construction industry. We are proud to be actively shaping this revolution.”

Ganter Interior wins the ‘Grosser Preis des Mittelstandes’ (Grand Prize for SMEs)

This signifies Ganter Interior’s position among the eight best small and medium-sized enterprises in the region.

Waldkirch_Ganter Interior GmbH, an expert in exclusive interior conversions, from shop furnishings and office buildings to elegant restaurants and hotels, has been awarded the ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’. From a total of 874 renowned businesses, this Waldkirch company and its colleagues in Tauberbischofsheim – together with two prize-winners and five finalists – is hence one of the most exemplary and best small/medium-sized businesses in Baden-Württemberg.

The Großer Preis des Mittelstandes, given by the Oskar-Patzelt Foundation, has been highly sought-after for many years, and is also now considered Germany’s most important and renowned business award. Since 1995, this nationwide prize has been awarded to small and medium-sized companies that not only enjoy financial success but also set themselves apart with dedicated customer service, innovation, the creation and safeguarding of jobs, an exemplary working environment and broad employee development, combined with social and societal commitment.
With its individual, premium interior space concepts, the company from the south-west Black Forest region is the expert in perfectly implementing clever ideas for rooms. The company realises unique interior furnishings and complete interior conversions, managing all aspects including general contractor services and newly designed furnishing elements from prototypes to pieces ready for production – all in accordance with customer designs and in close collaboration with architects, designers and project teams. Ganter Interior GmbH gives a face to brand, trade and company concepts.

It has more than 400 employees and 20 trainees (in 2015) as well as a network of suppliers and specialists. Ganter Interior brings fascinating interior worlds to life across the globe in the retail, commercial and residential sectors. Founded by Michael Ganter and a business partner in 1995, the company has won such renowned clients and brands as Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc and Tom Ford, as well as an ever-increasing number of builders from the public and private sector.

Collaborations with various university institutions such as Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences or Letterfrack University in Ireland bring additional fresh ideas into the company. With the award of final papers and internships, the interior decorator provides constant and lively exchange between theory and practice. This cooperation often results in Ganter finding talented individuals who then put their expertise to work in service of the company. Young people are trained in various professions such as industrial management, technical product design or architectural draughting. As the company limits the number of candidates to what is needed, the ideal outcome is that all trainees take up permanent employment.

The company also collaborates with the Waldkirch Vocational School Centre, where a Ganter Interior training firm has been set up. The training firm is a virtual company that conveys learning content through ‘Learning by Doing’. The company’s own Ganter Interior Academy offers a wide-ranging selection of training, for example specialist courses such as in dry construction, metal, wood and language, as well as courses in self-management and management training.

It’s not just training that’s close to Ganter Interior’s heart, but also the health of its employees. As a result, back fitness, workplace ergonomics and driving safety training are offered as part of health management. Discounted gym memberships are also available to employees. Nutrition advice, sight and hearing tests as well as talks given by health insurance companies are also part of the health day that takes place every two years.

Under the cycle to work scheme, employees can also lease bikes at discounted rates, and – with respect to mental fitness – the company provides hardware and software for private use free of charge. The positive effect these steps have can be seen for itself – employees are healthier and more motivated, and this is also clear in the sales trend with growth rates of a healthy 2 to 3%.