Discover Germany, Issue 38, May 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Top German Architects


Providing nourishment for the soul from Munich to Haiti “A city worth living in must not only be composed of intelligent methods of construction and smart utilisation concepts, but also imaginative buildings! Our buildings are designed to provide nourishment for the soul, even on dull rainy days,” says Falk von Tettenborn, summing up his architectural office’s design philosophy. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF

With more than 30 years of experience, Munich-based Falk von Tettenborn Architects have gained extensive experience in projects ranging from exclusive residential and vacation homes to contemporary commercial buildings, distinctive hotels and award-winning green buildings. The architectural office works in all stages of the disciplines architecture, interior design, urban design and construction management with sustainability and cost efficiency as integral components. Besides 64 | Issue 87 | May 2016

their activities in Germany, they operate internationally, with projects, offices or long-term partnerships in Sweden, Italy, Spain, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Russia. “Thereby, our architecture needs to fit into local conditions without relinquishing the requirement to be something special,”notes von Tettenborn. Preserving historical landmarks One good example of this design philosophy is the water tower in Hamburg’s Sternschanze

that was turned into an unconventional hotel. While using the latest construction methods and preserving the tower’s historical structure, the architects were able to breathe new life into this industrial monument which used to be the biggest of its kind in Europe. The architects’ reconstruction project won the MIPIM-2008 competition award in the hotels and tourist facilities category. No wonder – the choice of materials, shapes and integration of nature bear witness to the quest to combine sensory qualities with urban planning expertise and architectural class as the conversion of the water tower entailed a variety of difficult technical problems. For example, the façade called for extensive restoration as many bricks were damaged. According