Traces of the past, potential for the future

Combining the aesthetics of the past with the requirements of the future: That is the task that Nidus, a studio for architecture, design and real estate development, has dedicated itself to. The founders Ana Vollenbroich and Annelen SchmidtVollenbroich specialize in building in existing buildings and urban design with a sure instinct, taking on forgotten real estate treasures in the Düsseldorf area and creating architectural symbioses.

The project Stadthaus Kaiserswerth is a prime example of such a successful interweaving of yesterday and today: a building from 1880, the structure of which offers space for historical reminiscences as well as for contemporary living and minimalist aesthetics. "We bought the property in a neglected state, but immediately recognized the dormant potential," says Ana Vollenbroich. "With special attention to the preservation of the historical character of the building, we have now given the house a new future." A future that ties in with the past: the restoration of the historical facade and the faithful reconstruction of the entrance situation were important steps in the implementation process of the project The cement tiles in the entrance area, as a typical feature of the historical building fabric of Kaiserswerth, also become creative witnesses of the times. True to the guideline “essentiality instead of imitation”, Nidus emphasizes the historical features of the building by consistently eliminating superfluous accessories and sets them in scene in a multi-faceted manner with the visible supporting structure, the spacious hall area and the central staircase. In addition to the sensitive handling of the townhouse's past, Nidus also succeeds in supplementing the historical inventory with numerous contemporary elements, with minimalism functioning as a design bracket: “The living area on the first floor is an architectural specialty, where we completely dispense with room subdivisions Have implemented a minimalist living concept and still have exciting visual references and communication spaces, ”says Annelen Schmidt-Vollenbroich, describing the heart of the project. "Open, bright and reduced - a modernity that you would never expect from the outside." Be it the open kitchen, the up to eight meter long floorboards, the floor-to-ceiling, flush doors or the three bathrooms with harmonized design: Natural materials create everything , calm colors and a clear design language as connecting elements create a harmonious atmosphere. With the Kaiserswerth townhouse, Nidus has succeeded in creating a playful and easy dialogue between old and new, which, as a matter of course, makes a valuable contribution to the subject of existing buildings.

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