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Architecture beyond the day The highly-motivated and experienced team of VALENTYNARCHITEKTEN realises individual architectural designs with a skilful eye for quality, cost and schedule reliability. The firm’s projects reveal an exciting dialogue with the object, are characterised by functionality and economic efficiency and the architect’s office manages to create buildings whose materials and shapes can be experienced with all senses. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: VALENTYNARCHITEKTEN

Established as VAN DEN VALENTYN ARCHITEKTUR in 1972, the name was changed to VALENTYNARCHITEKTEN planning company mbH in 2011 under the collaborative leadership of Thomas van den Valentyn and Thomas Wientgen.

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They managed to persuade clients of over 25 years that practicality in structural engineering does not have to be dull, that it can be imaginative and beautiful. The results are architectural masterpieces, which are exciting, aesthetically appealing and at the same time functional. The architect’s office plans and realises sophisticated and efficient projects in all fields of building construction. Core competences lie in hotel, administration, culture, leisure, education and science buildings, as well as the accompanying interior design and residential buildings. “We don’t think in stereotypes. We consider every task as a new challenge. With that, the ‘genius loci’ is as-

signed a major role in our design approaches. We work on projects with great care. We advise throughout all phases of the planning, designing and construction, and take over complex general planning tasks with a proven and renowned sector planning team if the client needs us to,”Thomas Wientgen says. After Thomas van den Valentyn successfully finished his architecture course at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, the Colognebased architect’s firm has since become known as a real multi-talent. Van den Valentyn is known as a hedonist and aesthete, whose architecture seeks to combine functionality and beauty for the benefit of all.“Highest quality, reliability and flexibility, and representing the interests of our clients, who we fundamentally see as our partners, are of primary importance for us. Highest architectural quality, user satisfaction, innovation, sustainability and cost-effective value stability, are self-evidently important for us,”Thomas Wientgen says.