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PLACES: Discover favourite places of different architects, Part I

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Where we come from, where we feel good, where we can breathe out and relax – home, a sense of security, space to be ourselves. We need this place. It is essential, specific and shapes us; it’s an expression of our identity. But how do we really define home? Can you design and construct it? Where are our roots? And what does it mean to arrive home?

 

We asked architects and interior designers about their personal feel-good spots and were impressed with the wide range of favourite places we found out about. They reveal the meaning of design and creativity that determines our living space and our everyday life – whether we’re alone or in the company of others. Dive in with us, renew your strength and be inspired by freedom, enthusiasm, fantasy and relaxation.

Christoph Hesse
Korbach, Berlin

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1. WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO ME?

For me, home is the feeling of endless childhood. A place of curiosity, amazement and discovery.

 

2. TOWN OR COUNTRY?


My home is in the Sauerland region; it’s where my family live and where I can develop and test out ideas.

 

3. CAN YOU CONSTRUCT ‘HOME’?

Yes, if an affinity is created via collective action for the common good.

 

Favourite place Christoph Hesse

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Favorite place "Oberholz", one of the nine "Open Mind Places" in my hometown Referinghausen in the Sauerland region. Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu

Prof. Frank F. Drewes
Bielefeld

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1. WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO ME?

In contrast to the place where I live, home is not a specific place for me. Instead, it comes down to a good environment that provides a sense of belonging and security. Home and origin are often classed as one and the same, but I don’t think this applies to me as I’ve travelled a lot and experienced so many different cultures.

 

2. TOWN OR COUNTRY

Generally speaking, my home is more likely to be in the town with its large range of cultural offerings. But there are also places in the countryside that I like to visit regularly because they feel like a little bit of home and seem familiar.

 

3. Can you construct ‘home’?

In the case of Heidi and her Swiss Alps, then no, you can’t construct home and it’s all thanks to creation. However, in the case of a town, home can obviously be constructed very easily. Unfortunately, nowadays many of the most successful
architects and urban planners are finding it a tough nut to crack – you’ve only got to take a look at
Europaallee in Frankfurt or
Europacity in Berlin. That’s brutalist anti-home design and hopefully not the general European consensus.

Favourite place Prof. Frank F. Drewes

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A place in the (western-)sun to sit and to lie down, my books and my art around me, and the open, porous room. For me that’s both exciting and relaxing, and it’s a place where I can feel good. Photo: Christian Richters
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