Michael Hormann's 25 years Experience in Construction

Michael Hormann has been working as an architect for the last fifteen years. His portfolio includes community projects, restorations of Grade II listed buildings, family homes, and commercial projects. In his previous role as founder, director, and sole architect at Marraum, Michael was responsible for a wide range of exceptional buildings. Jubilee Warehouse in Penryn (below) is just one example.

Best Built

Retro-Fit 

Cornwall Sustainability Award

Working in close collaboration with designer Peter Skerrett, a redundant 1950s warehouse was transformed into an iconic community space with eco-credentials and more than its fair share of ‘feelgood factor’: photo-voltaic panels, power points for electric cars and underfloor heating. The building, which was commissioned by Robotmother and is a tribute to their sense of local vision, won the Best Built Retro-Fit Cornwall Sustainability Award 2015.

An Exceptional Track Record

Michael Hormann's work as an architect is underpinned by previous civil engineering experience in Germany. His expertise shines through in innovative, practical and beautiful designs.​ The portfolio below gives a taste of some of the projects Michael worked on and designs he created earlier in his career, prior to the establishment of Hormann Architects, including during his time as founder and director of Marraum.

Conversion of a bungalow

Conversion of a bungalow

Collaboration with Peter Skerrett to convert this single story bungalow into a double story house for a family. A lovely exterior appearance, more insualtion, better layout and more space.

Upgrade and conversion

Upgrade and conversion

Metamorphosis of this hidden small place adjoining the rear of a house. More light, better layout, more space, good insualtion and affordable.

Conversion & Restoration

Conversion & Restoration

No24 Dunstanville Terrace in Falmouth. For the previous owner I designed and managed the conversion of this 3 flat property into a single house. The solution was to construct a house in the existing house to stabilise the existing structure, which when we exposed all structures was in a dangerous non load bearing condition. Part of the project was to sort out damp issues and to restore unique features such as internal stonework and a deep stone faced well on the terrace behind the house.

extension & alterations

extension & alterations

House near Penzance

'Brain of Brian'

'Brain of Brian'

At night. Penryn

'Brain of Brian'

'Brain of Brian'

Michael's signature still visible on the plaque

'Brain of Brian'

'Brain of Brian'

Model

Founder of Märraum

Founder of Märraum

In 2010 I officially founded Märraum and created the brand and its German name, which means story of space. In the first 2.5 years after founding I was a sole practitioner in which the Barge "Brain of Brian", the Jubilee Warehouse, Helland House, Old Devoran School and so many other building have been designed, completed or the construction started. The new owners joined Märraum at the end of 2012 and still advertise with 75% of my work. See the original sketch of the logo made on a blackboard.

Interior design

Interior design

Concept for wine restaurant on the Isles of Scilly

New build

New build

New build of a residential property and conversion of a granite outbuilding to studios in Gweek

New build

New build

Conversion of a bungalow utilising the roof space. Near High Cross, Constantine

Jubilee Warehouse

Jubilee Warehouse

Conversion of a 1950's warehouse into thirteen high quality work studios, with a stunning central atrium. Features include rainwater-flushed toilets, table tennis table, photovoltaic panels and a piano. Penryn

Jubilee Warehouse

Jubilee Warehouse

Tennis table

Jubilee Warehouse

Jubilee Warehouse

Atrium, kitchen, piano, table tennis, library and a large octagonal table

Sports centre

Sports centre

The design included a 25m swimming pool, 3 squash courts, a cafe, a large sports hall and an office block and received planning permission. Perranporth.

Sports centre

Sports centre

Sports centre

Sports centre

The design included a 25m swimming pool, 3 squash courts, a cafe, a large sports hall and an office block and received planning permission. Perranporth

Sports centre

Sports centre

The design included a 25m swimming pool, 3 squash courts, a cafe, a large sports hall and an office block and received planning permission. Perranporth

New hotel

New hotel

Newquay

Competiton

Competiton

The Lightbox Summer Pavilion Concept created in collaboration with Philip Sinclair of Handmade Images Studio

Farmhouse

Farmhouse

Conversion. Germany

New house

New house

Devoran

Sports hall

Sports hall

Extension in Truro

Sports hall

Sports hall

Extension in Truro

Measuring

Measuring

20 multi-residential houses in Bonn

Student housing

Student housing

Plymouth

Cafe extension

Cafe extension

For a school in Truro

Urban design

Urban design

Newquay

Urban design

Urban design

Newquay

Urban design

Urban design

Newlyn East

Urban design

Urban design

Concept model

Urban design

Urban design

Concept model

Urban design

Urban design

Diagram with analysis relationship to built areas, green areas and traffic areas. Redruth

Visitor centre

Visitor centre

For cider farm near Newquay

Visitor centre

Visitor centre

Concept of visitor experience and separation of production

Visitor centre

Visitor centre

Cider exhibition and production facility

Commercial units

Commercial units

Near Plymouth

Extension

Extension

Timber-clad extension to an existing granite farmhouse, Roscollas Farm

New pub

New pub

Near Newquay

New pub

New pub

Near Newquay

Modular design

Modular design

For agriculture unit in Europe

Competion

Competion

For a school in Germany

Construction

Construction

Drawings for a bridge in Germany

Petrol station

Petrol station

Near Newquay

Petrol station

Petrol station

Petrol station

Petrol station

Near Newquay

Petrol station

Petrol station

Near Newquay

Treehouse

Treehouse

Visualisation for Baumraum. Featured in 'Treehouses' by Andreas Wenning

Interior work

Interior work

Grade II listed cottage in Durgan

Outdoor art

Outdoor art

Four on Tresco, design and construction preparation. Photograph © Richard Broomhall

Outdoor Art

Outdoor Art

A strong and safe solution was required for an outdoor exhibition stand which could be easily delivered and constructed on site. Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Outdoor Art

Outdoor Art

Photograph © Richard Broomhall

New build

New build

Residential property in Truro

Loft conversion

Loft conversion

Penryn

Library

Library

Concept for a university library in Eberswalde, Germany

Library

Library

Concept for a university library in Eberswalde, Germany

Bird Station

Bird Station

Concept for a bird observation in the Rieselfelder in Munster, Germany

Exhibition Tent

Exhibition Tent

Tensegrity exhibition tent at the University of Munster, Germany

Conversion of World War II Barge

Whilst director of Marraum, Michael was responsible for the conversion of a 1941 concrete barge, an abandoned relic of World War II. The project was a collaboration with Mark and Loz Shipwrights, commissioned by Robotmother, who came up with the idea of transforming the barge into a highly desirable floating office

Michael's visionary architectural skills came to the fore in the creation of an innovative design, which was robust, stylish, and sustainable. The abandoned concrete hull of the historic barge was transformed into a unique and exciting office space, with biomass underfloor heating, a compost toilet, and aluminum windows. The unusual sloping roof panels and bespoke lighting designed by Eleanor Bell all contributed to the stunning, original design. The completed barge, a tribute to the skills of many local craftspeople, is moored at Jubilee Wharf and is known as 'The Brain of Brian'.