Michael Hormann – Director Dipl. Ing RIBA Chartered Architect ARB registered
“When you work in different environments, you learn a lot about the role space plays. So when, like me, you’ve found yourself working in hospitals, care homes, offices, exhibitions and factories as part of my Civil Service in Germany, you start seeing more in the atmospheres around you. It affirms how some spaces work, and how some spaces really don’t.
Space should be something that works in harmony with people. It should function, live, look good and, above all, be comfortable and easy to simply ‘be’ in.
I moved to Cornwall to set up Märraum from Coesfeld in Germany in 2006 – where I’d pursued my love of space for over 15 years in everything from technical draughtsmanship in civil engineering, mobile architecture, building tree houses, tennis coaching (where space and skill are intertwined) and aerial cartography to urban and leisure planning.
These experiences have allowed me to see the role architecture plays in our lives; how it should always be defined by the user (and not the architect’s ego!). This has pushed me towards the concept that most of the time (but not always) architecture should follow the Vitruvian rules of being ‘solid, useful and beautiful’. Something we work towards at Märraum.
From old churches to monuments, cities like Regensburg and Venice to the modern buildings of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus – my influences are broad. I even draw inspiration from the treehouses built by tribes in the Amazon. But at the heart of it, I believe that creating a good building is like telling a good story of spaces and people.”