City + Country Portraits

room with a view by DieckmannHartmann

Cologne based architects Christian Hartmann, Christian Dieckmann and Robert Wetzels have chosen a very special location for their brand new office: the abandoned TV tower right in the center of city.

The idea for that remarkable challenge to revive the old TV tower was born 2008: During the plan, an forum for contemporary architecture which is taking place once a year, Hartmann, Dieckmann and Wetzels realized the extraordinary project to illuminate the television tower with the help visual artists.

/// DESIGNSPOTTER already wrote a report about "The Sky is no Limit" where you can also take a look at the picture gallery ///

In January 2009, the upcoming team finally moved into the rotund pavilion which represents the foyer of the striking building. They installed ten working places and a separate kitchen zone with all usual equipment. Inside the formerly elevator corridor they put a large conference table with presentation modules on the top.

At least, the TV tower became an extraordinary space for the architects themselves and also for all the rest of Cologne´s creative crowd.


The practice for architecture and tailored solutions DieckmannHartmann was formed in mid-2008.

‘Architecture and tailored solutions’ means we operate within the tension of concrete, sustainable architecture and enthusiastic visions. We create strong impressions and try to provoke by seeing things from a different angle. But not only the aesthetic statement counts. The principle of our team is to always to consider the design process as goal-oriented and sustainable, because we believe that the influence of (artificial) habitats on the well-being and productivity of a society is highly complex and needs responsible action", Christian Dieckmann explains.

DieckmannHartmann GbR
Innere Kanalstrasse 100
D - 50672 Cologne

phone +49 (0) 221 977 63 63 7  |  fax +49 (0) 221 977 63 63 8

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