Tracing the Past, Forging the Future
  • Location
  • Project
    Renovation of a residential building
  • Client
  • Architect of record
    Caspar Schmitz-Morkramer
  • Planning and construction period
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Built in 1906, the Körschgeshof (also called Kyrgeshof) is a listed building on the Lower Rhine that bears witness to the region’s agricultural history. Today, the three-winged brick building still bustles with activity, though the focus has shifted from fruit and vegetables to urban living and environmental sustainability. In renovating this proud farmhouse architecture, we preserved its character while infusing the family home with modern upgrades and our distinctive flair. Many of the charming elements that characterize the current living spaces were already present – we simply spotlighted these details and upgraded them with high-quality materials. We took a similar approach to the barn on the north end of the farm, which we transformed into the caspar.lab. In the old oat mill, we integrated two apartments, and what was once a cattle shed has been repurposed into a multifunctional space housing a garage, workshop, gym, and studio. With these updates, the entire property is primed for a sustainable future.

From manor house to family home

The family lives in the manor house, which features an ornate brick facade across three floors, with the area under the distinctive clipped gable roof now also providing attractive living spaces. The floor plans largely reflect the home’s historical layout, with outdoor views in every direction, including to the courtyard, forecourt, and garden. Previously added walls were removed and some smaller openings were added, while the coach house, which forms the eastern flank of the three-sided courtyard, was integrated into the spatial continuum of the ground floor. High-quality, natural materials like oak, clay plaster, and marble enhance the spacious and welcoming rooms, promoting a healthy living environment. Much of the design was already present in the original structure, such as the tiles on the first floor, which could be preserved. Both old and the new elements are united through solid craftsmanship and refined design.


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