Falk von Tettenborn
Architekten & Innenarchitekten
D - 80686 München
Phone +49 (0) 89 51 77 71 - O
Fax +49 (0) 89 51 77 71 - 25
“A city worth living in must not only be composed of intelligent methods of construction and smart utilisation concepts, but also imaginative buildings! Our buildings are designed to provide nourishment for the soul, even on dull rainy days!”
FALK VON TETTENBORN
The Falk von Tettenborn practice in Munich can draw upon more than 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of very distinct residential and office buildings, along with hotels. The drafts show an approach that understands that the manifest building structure serves as a framework and prerequisite for the interior architecture. The architecture of the individual projects fits into local conditions without relinquishing the requirement to be something special. A good example of this would be the water tower in Hamburg that was turned into an exclusive hotel.
With the aid of the very latest construction methods, it was possible to breathe new life into this industrial monument while at the same time preserving the historical structure and surrounding park. The choice of materials, shapes and the integration of nature bear witness to this quest to combine sensory qualities with urban planning expertise and architectural class.
The practice can rely on the support of an extensive network of specialists, and is experienced in dealing with local authorities; not just in Europe but also elsewhere in the world.
Two hotel projects in the Caribbean – a newbuild in Haiti along with the conversion of a historical building in the neighbouring Dominican Republic – serve as examples of the practice’s integrative approach to creating designs. After the Hotel Montana, which sits on a hilltop in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, was virtually destroyed in the 2010 earthquake, an architectural competition was launched to rebuild it. The winning entry preserved the art deco character that the traditional hotel had boasted since its construction in 1946.
In form and design, the buildings and open air facilities take on the character of the lavish tropical environment, and seem to blend into the topography and vegetation. Thanks to its utilisation of the natural wind direction, along with modern building techniques such as component cooling, in the form of tempered concrete ceilings, it wasn’t necessary to fit an air conditioning system.
The renovation and conversion of a former convent school in the historical centre of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic also demonstrates great sensitivity towards the building as it previously existed. The architectural remnants of the colonial era remain, but were carefully extended with what are recognisable as new, modern structures.
LOCATION; COUNTRY: Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince, Haiti
COMPLETED: Hotel Billini 2014, Hotel Montana 2017