Moving on from Märraum

A story 'märchen', fairy tale with a good end ?

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January, 2019

Moving on from Märraum

A short story.

In February 2006 I moved from Germany to Cornwall to change my life after my father died of cancer. I moved to Cornwall despite several study friends moved to London.

The sea, an area with a vibrant community and a fantastic landscape was what draw me to Cornwall.

I started working for CAD architects. In the economic crisis of 2014 CAD Architects in made me redundant.

I took this as a chance to start my own business as a in a foreign country, with no business experience.

With the help of Myra and Brinley Morris my fantastic landlords, märraum, was founded in the Attic of No2 Stratton Place in Falmouth where I used to life.

Myra and Brinley were brilliant and encouraging friends, well -known in the Falmouth community for being teachers, politically active, musicians and outstanding personalities.


Very soon being a sole practitioner I got to know interesting people who trusted me and I started work on incredible projects such as the Jubilee Warehouse in collaboration with Peter Skerrett, Timbers in Feock, No24 Brain of Brian Barge in Penryn, Devoran Old School conversion.

As sole practitioner and architect I was fully responsible for delivering these drawings, the specifications , site inspections and all other kind of cooperations and project management. I did those in cooperation with clients and contractor and received a good reputation.

These project allowed me to ask Mr Laskey, who I knew from CAD Architects to join Marraum.


In March 2018 I left Marraum after differences with my business partner and his wife. In retrospect they have been ungrateful and perfidious people and loosing Marraum was like a German fairy tale. Mrs Sawle made me sign her a director, unnoticeable in-between meetings. They used horrible tactics attacking my mental health and well-being to get the full ownership of Marraum and they intensified pressure at a time my first daughter was born. 

They still use projects I designed, organised and managed as a full qualified Architect with software they cannot use and they don't mention my heritage in Marraum at all. It is general knowledge that withdrawing someones achievements is a brutal form of punishment which actually almost killed me. "some people never change"


As a client customer you should think twice, if you can trust people with such ethics and who are good to adorn themselves with borrowed plumes and with a German company name when they cannot even speak the German language.


I am proud and passionate about what I have achieved with märraum and I met wonderful clients and employees.

I have started a new company called Hormann Architects in the heart of Falmouth. This name Hormann Architects is not such a clever name invention as the German word "märraum", with its deep meaning. However, this new company has my beliefs, values of architecture, and the German Umlaut, which started märraum, deep in its core. I believe architecture is the story of spaces and to create spaces, which tell stories and which are a stage for more stories and history. And stories are a metaphor for all forms of human interactions.

It seems something is right as the response from friends, community, old customers, and new clients is encouraging.

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Dipl.-Ing. Michael Hormann


Photo of my screen after a Marraum internet search. Mr. Laskey and his wife ignoring any of my history to Märraum. The German name, majority of projects to 2018, business appearance, branding, and that I was the sole founder who did all the hard work setting up the company. 

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