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Krämer Höfe, Dortmund

Different design to bring new life to an old industrial building.

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Location Schwanenwall 35, 44135 Dortmund

Builder Krämer Höfe KG, Dortmund

Planning Barbara & Walter Thiess Architekten, Cologne

Execution Anstrich Riko-R GmbH, Dortmund

  • <p>The former window sill facade was replaced by a brick facade made of ETICS.</p>

    The former window sill facade was replaced by a brick facade made of ETICS.

  • <p>Past: A look at the office building, that stood empty for many years.</p>

    Past: A look at the office building, that stood empty for many years.

  • <p>With a great deal of fantasy, attention to detail and the use of high-quality materials, new life has been breathed into the office complex.</p>

    With a great deal of fantasy, attention to detail and the use of high-quality materials, new life has been breathed into the office complex.

  • <p>The design of the building is a bridge between the traditional use by manufacturers and the presentation of modern designer furniture in a stylish setting.</p>

    The design of the building is a bridge between the traditional use by manufacturers and the presentation of modern designer furniture in a stylish setting.

  • <p>The 100-year-old ‘Wagenhalle’ has been brought back to life and the courtyard entrance hall has been set apart as a new address, with different wall design.</p>

    The 100-year-old ‘Wagenhalle’ has been brought back to life and the courtyard entrance hall has been set apart as a new address, with different wall design.

  • <p>The office complex has modern, contemporary architectural forms.</p>

    The office complex has modern, contemporary architectural forms.

  • <p>Technically sophisticated solutions, that show detail, and that require planning and technical vision, lead to an impressive result.</p>

    Technically sophisticated solutions, that show detail, and that require planning and technical vision, lead to an impressive result.

  • <p>A glimpse into the courtyard of the building complex.</p>

    A glimpse into the courtyard of the building complex.

The office buildings at the Schwanenwall had stood empty for many years, offering around 2,000 m² of useful space, and had been completely gutted nine months beforehand. The window sill facade had been replaced by a brick facade based on an ETICS composite system. In 2017– 2018, the 100-year-old ‘Wagenhalle’ was brought back to life and the courtyard entrance hall was set apart as a new address, with different wall design.

Architects and planners Barbara & Walter Thiess succeeded in breathing new life into the “Krämer Höfe” dormant office complex in Dortmund, with a lot of imagination, attention to detail and the use of high-quality materials. In particular, the technically sophisticated solutions, with an eye for detail, that demand expertise in planning and technical vision, led to an impressive result. The work is a successful example of a symbiosis between successful thermal protection and the creation of new values that radiate throughout an entire (micro) area. The design of the building is a bridge between the traditional use by manufacturers and the presentation of modern designer furniture in a stylish setting.

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