We live and work in Korbach, in the green centre of Germany, and Berlin. Our aim is to create self-sufficient, solidarity-based and identity-forming environments that actively involve users in the design process. The evolution towards a self-determined and ecological life is very important to us. In our projects we use natural and recycled materials and strive for green-energy solutions in order to become independent of the global fossil-based energy market.
In the past twenty-five years, architecture, people, and nature have become disconnected from each other more than ever. More and more people have become passive consumers and are less in the position to actively contribute to designing their living environment. Specifically, in communities that have historically been shaped by agriculture and craftsmanship, the harshness of living conditions made it necessary to lead a life of solidarity, and in holistic interaction with nature. Traditionally, rural residents are productively engaged in their local communities and like to be actively involved in designing their surroundings. Therefore, our aim is to help to re-establish the connection between the built, natural and social environment.
Christoph Hesse Architects was founded by Christoph Hesse in Korbach and in 2018 a branch office was set up in Berlin. It currently employs an international team of 12 people. The practice has won numerous prizes and the projects have been exhibited in several museums and galleries around the world. The work “Open Mind Places” as part of “Storefront Images Architektur Galerie Berlin” is represented in the permanent collection of the German Architecture Museum DAM.