Nidus Studio / Dickel Architektur: Townhouse Kaiserswerth - best architects 21

Nidus Studio / Dickel Architektur

Townhouse Kaiserswerth

best architects 21

multi-family homes


Düsseldorf, Germany


Annika Feuss


The «Stadthaus» in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth is a historic residential building constructed around 1880. As it lies in a conservation area, it was completely renovated in 2018/19 and the historic façades were faithfully restored in consultation with the listed buildings authority. The framework of the house has largely been preserved. The centrally located entrance area and the staircase that is aligned with it divide the layout into two building segments of equal size. On the ground floor are the kitchen and dining area while the first floor is entirely devoted to living space. The parents’ and childrens’ bedrooms are on the two floors above. The «Stadthaus» is characterised by the dialogue between the historic building structure and a desire for contemporary, open plan living. The clean stylistic idiom is a recurring theme throughout the house. Homage to the historic building is not paid by copying bygone architecture. Instead, the building was resolutely freed of superfluous embellishments in order to accentuate the quintessential, characteristic features of the house.