Every place and building is different and it is an architect’s responsibility to discover the particularities and special characteristics. This is the firm belief of Westphal architects, based in Bremen, who turn old industrial buildings into modern living and work spaces. Led by architects Birgit and Jost Westphal and Klaas Dambeck, the architectural office analyses existing structures and surroundings before working on the actual design. Light, nature, density of existing building stock or traffic play a role in the understanding of what makes a place special and what a building will have to look like. Combining functionality with aesthetics and the client’s vision results in a new overall design.
Especially when working in historic buildings, intensive research is necessary.