Welcome to the world of Hormann Architects, a local design studio nestled in the heart of Falmouth. Our little team is passionately committed to creating distinctive spaces that kindle human interaction and leave a lasting imprint on those who experience them. We believe that every project is a narrative waiting to unfold, where ideas, form, and function merge to craft a captivating stage for human interaction and memories. A story of space.
At its core, this philosophy acknowledges that architecture is not merely a technical and functional purpose, but a means of communicating and connecting people. It highlights that every project involves a unique cast of characters, including the client, designers, engineers, builders and other collaborators. We approach each project as a unique story waiting to be told, with ideas, including a team, forming spaces and structure coming together to create a stage for human interaction and memories.
From the initial spark of an idea to the graceful stroke of a pencil, we turn your dreams into a tangible reality that extends beyond the boundaries of walls. We believe that the spaces we inhabit have the power to profoundly impact our well-being, creativity, communication, efficiency and behavior. As engineer and architect, we understand the responsibility that comes with designing spaces that are both attractive, practical, and technically sound while promoting a sense of harmony and connection with the environment. "
"A good Designer, Architect, Baumeister should balance several important factors of a building, including stability & safety, functionality & usability, and aesthetics & stimulation." The last factors aesthetics & stimulation are most difficult to explain and to quantify, however they have a significant impact on our experiences and well-being as humans."
The label of an Architect Practice and an Architect Membership in the ARB and the RIBA provides a high level of assurance to clients. In order to be called an Architect and maintain these designations, we must have an indemnity insurance, adhere to a professional code of conduct, act with integrity, demonstrate competence, keep our knowledge up-to-date, and work on most projects with a defined process. These requirements help ensure that our work is of high quality and that we act in the best interest of our clients.
Our scope of "Residential" work are: Extensions, Renovations, Upgrades, New Houses, Heritage Designs, Listed Buildings, Loft Conversion, Interior Designs, Layout Improvements, Space Planning, Architectural Drawings, Improvements of Insulation and Energy Efficiency, Reduce Resolve Damp Issues, Cost Estimates, Become more Sustainable, Prepare and submission of Planning Applications and Building Regulations, general Advise and Assistance.
We can also help with Commercial, Retail and Industrial Projects. Workspaces, Offices, Shops, Cafes, Hotels, Production Facilities and Developments. Part of Michael's architecture specialisation was the subject in industrial design, which gave the understanding of production processes and implementing synergy and form follows function.
We are multidisciplinary and also get involved in Public Projects, Unusual Projects, Artwork Installations, Collaborations, Sports Facilities,
Whether you are thinking about buying a property and want to run a feasibility study before you commit, or have particular concerns and questions, please get in touch. We can often suggest alternative solutions to meet your objectives, which may even prove practical and cost effective.
Services we offer: Architectural services can include a full-service option that covers RIBA Stages 1 to 7 or a modular service that can be tailored to your project's specific needs.
We reccomend the book; "Happy by Design": A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing. This book provides valuable insights and practical strategies for creating spaces that promote happiness and wellbeing, drawing on the latest research and expert advice.
Dipl.-Ing. Michael Hormann Architect, Engineer, Technician
RIBA / ARB
Michael Hormann is a German technician, engineer and architect with almost twenty years of experience in Cornwall and abroad in the UK. He is a chartered architect with RIBA and has contributed his skills to a diverse range of projects, including the restoration of listed buildings, new builds, adaptations, and conversions of residential and commercial properties. Michael left noticeable involvements in the landscape around Falmouth projects such as the "Brain of Brian Barge", the "Jubilee Warehouse", the "Devoran Old School" the "Kimberley Park Bandstand", the Old Kiln in Port Navas, the Traffic Infrastructure design for the proposed Dracaena Skatepark, the Prislow Woods Boardwalk, the proposal for the Kimberley Park Lodge Community Cafe and Radio Station, many completed Residential Extension and Layout Re-Configurations......
Michael's architectural work is informed by his prior experience as a technician in civil engineering in Germany, where he worked on bridges, roads, drainage systems, and renaturation projects. His expertise shines through in innovative, practical, and beautiful designs and a 'hands-on' approach through every stage of a construction project.
Michael founded his previous company Märraum in 2013 where he was architect and his architecture and ideas were brought to life through the business. He "divorced" Märraum in early 2018. See Michael Hormann's Portfolio for a glimpse of his previous projects.
My diverse professional background has taught me to appreciate and respect various professions, skills, and individuals. I have learned to actively listen and understand specific requirements and processes, which has equipped me with the ability to generate creative ideas and practical solutions. However, the most essential quality that I have acquired over the years is a can-do attitude. I am always convinced that there is a solution or a way to overcome any challenge and obstacle.
I have had a diverse professional background, starting after completing school with a compulsory community service in a hospital and elderly care home. I then became an accredited and licensed tennis trainer, specializing in teaching children. Additionally, I completed an apprenticeship and worked as a technician in civil engineering and interned on various building sites. I have also worked in a joinery installing exhibitions.
My education includes studying architecture in Münster NRW, where I earned a degree as an Engineer in Architecture. While studying, I worked in a call centre for an online provider and on demolition and building sites and in a commercial warehouse for the a skateboard company.
I have also worked on a variety of interesting projects, including being part of a cartographic team that worked on the demarcation of Saudi Arabia and Yemen and a was part of a team analysing aerial photos of agriculture areas in the EU. I have completed a 1 month internship in a media and another in an advertising company and worked for a treehouse architect called Baumraum, as well as several other architects.
I then went from Germany to Cornwall to work for CAD Architects in before founding 4 years later my own an architecture firm, Märraum Architects in Falmouth. Overall, my diverse experiences have equipped me with a broad skill set and a unique perspective, which I bring to my work as an architect.
founder of Concept Shed
engineer and client
Thank you Michael. Without your vision, intelligent design and pragmatism we would not have been able to self-build.
With your expertise, we have a house that not only reflects our aesthetic, but also works to meet our needs as a family. Your guidance and constant support have been vital in realising this project.
Development Director at Robotmother, the client of the "Brain of Brian" barge and the "Jubilee Warehouse" in Penryn
Michael’s visual skills were really valuable. He considered the context of the barge and made sense of the whole area.
Client and bandmember of the Wives of Farmer in Cornwall
Michael’s the kind of person who, if he knew you weren’t happy about something, wouldn’t sleep. And that’s rare nowadays. He cares, that’s the key to it.
Client and founder of a flower studio in Cornwall
We could not have been happier with Michael’s passion, ideas, expertise and care over our project. He thought out of the box and made every inch of space count.