ERBAR MATTES

 

 

 

 

Erbar Mattes is a London-based international architecture practice established by Demian Erbar and Holger Mattes.

 

We are committed to the creation of thoughtful and timeless architecture that is firmly rooted in context. Our work seeks to distil and enhance the essential found qualities and spirit of a place, creating buildings that are unique and belong.

 

We strive to find sustainable solutions through adaptability, retrofit, and low-energy design. From early creative sketches through construction detailing and site supervision, spatial relationships, proportions, light, materials, and details are carefully evaluated to deliver architecture that is full of character, practical and lasting.

 

 

Blockmakers Arms

 

 

Our founding partners bring in their extensive UK and international experience leading the design and construction of highly acclaimed and technically challenging buildings within the arts, hospitality, housing, and office sectors, including the purpose-built public art galleries The Hepworth Wakefield and Turner Contemporary in Margate.

 

Erbar Mattes' work has been recognised through multiple awards and publications. The practice is one of Architectural Record New York's ten Design Vanguard 2022 winners, chosen from emerging talent across the globe. Our project The Blockmakers Arms is nominated for the Manser Medal 2022, recognising the best completed house in the UK.

 

 

Erbar Mattes

 

 

Demian Erbar

 

Demian studied architecture at La Sapienza University in Rome and the Technical University in Aachen, graduating in 2006. He gained professional experience in Germany, Argentina, and the UK, qualifying as an architect in 2009. Living in London since 2008, and prior to setting up Erbar Mattes Architects as co-founding director in 2015, Demian worked for five years at David Chipperfield Architects. There he led a number of high profile hospitality, residential, and cultural projects, including the interior design of the celebrated Hepworth Wakefield public art gallery in West Yorkshire and a studio for the artist Antony Gormley in Norfolk. Demian is an ARB registered architect and chartered member of the RIBA. Alongside practice, he has taught architecture as lecturer and design studio tutor, and is regularly engaged as design critic across various schools of architecture in the UK.

 

 

Holger Mattes

 

Holger studied architecture at the Technical Universities in Aachen, Delft, and Berlin, graduating in 2002. He gained professional experience in Germany and The Netherlands, qualifying as an architect in 2005. Holger moved to London in 2007 to join David Chipperfield Architects where he was an Associate from 2009 until 2013. He was in charge of the acclaimed Turner Contemporary public art gallery in Margate and a number of high profile residential and hospitality schemes in the UK, US, and the Middle East. In 2013/14 he collaborated with Mae Architects where he led large-scale London housing developments Agar Grove and Brentford Lock West. In 2015 Holger co-founded Erbar Mattes Architects as a director. He is registered as architect in the UK and The Netherlands and a chartered member of the RIBA. Alongside practice, he has taught architecture at the Technical University Aachen and the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, and has been a design critic at the Bartlett, UCL, London Metropolitan University, and the Welsh School of Architecture.

 

 

Current and past collaborators

 

Igor Almeida
Maria Amador
Megan Ellis
Philippine Radat
Elin Soderberg
Alex Tucker

 

 

 

 

Selected Awards

 

Manser Medal 2022 – AJ House of the Year Award Finalist
Blockmakers Arms is shortlisted for this long-standing prize recognising the best completed house in the UK

 

Architectural Record, New York: Design Vanguard 2022
Winner

 

BD Architect of the Year Awards 2022
Finalist "Individual House Architect Of The Year"

 

BDA Brick Awards 2022
Blockmakers Arms is a Finalist in the "Individual House" category

 

Architects' Journal Retrofit Awards 2022
Blockmakers Arms is a Finalist in the "House £500k and over" category

 

Haringey Design Awards 2018
Harvey Road wins the "Best House" Award

 

BD Architect of the Year Award 2017
Finalist "Small Project Architect of the Year" Award

 

New London Architecture Don’t Move, Improve! 2017 Awards
Harvey Road wins the "Best Use of Materials" Award

 

RIBAJ Microarchitecture Award 2015
Writer’s Cabin in Kent is a Finalist

 

 

 

 

Selected Press

 

Baunetz Wissen, June 2022
Umbau eines Wohnhauses in London

 

Architectural Record, New York, 1 June 2022
Design Vanguard 2022: Erbar Mattes

 

Baumeister, 11 April 2022
Blockmakers Arms: Früher Brauerei, heute Familienwohnen

 

db deutsche bauzeitung, 03.2022
Wohnhaus in London

 

Dezeen, 27 February 2022
Erbar Mattes strips back and extends flats in former London pub

 

Architecture Today, 23 February 2022
The Blockmakers Arms: Erbar Mattes Architects has skilfully remodelled a former pub in north London to create a home for an expanding family

 

Architects' Journal, 15 February 2022
Erbar Mattes Architects extends former pub into five-bed duplex

 

Building Design, 20 January 2022
Erbar Mattes completes refurb of former London pub

 

Architects' Journal, 16 December 2021
AJ Retrofit Awards 2022 shortlist: Houses and Housing (House £500k and over)

 

The Modern House Journal
How to convert a period home – five architecture studios share their advice

 

TEC21 – Schweizerische Bauzeitung, Zürich, 18 September 2017, No.36
Grenzenloser Mikrokosmos

 

Dezeen, 16 October 2016
Erbar Mattes adds pale brick extension to Edwardian house in north London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erbar Mattes is a London-based international architecture practice established by Demian Erbar and Holger Mattes.

 

We are committed to the creation of thoughtful and timeless architecture that is firmly rooted in context. Our work seeks to distil and enhance the essential found qualities and spirit of a place, creating buildings that are unique and belong.

 

We strive to find sustainable solutions through adaptability, retrofit, and low-energy design. From early creative sketches through construction detailing and site supervision, spatial relationships, proportions, light, materials, and details are carefully evaluated to deliver architecture that is full of character, practical and lasting.

 

 

Blockmakers Arms

 

 

Our founding partners bring in their extensive UK and international experience leading the design and construction of highly acclaimed and technically challenging buildings within the arts, hospitality, housing, and office sectors, including the purpose-built public art galleries The Hepworth Wakefield and Turner Contemporary in Margate.

 

Erbar Mattes' work has been recognised through multiple awards and publications. The practice is one of Architectural Record New York's ten Design Vanguard 2022 winners, chosen from emerging talent across the globe. Our project The Blockmakers Arms is nominated for the Manser Medal 2022, recognising the best completed house in the UK.

 

 

Erbar Mattes

 

 

Demian Erbar

 

Demian studied architecture at La Sapienza University in Rome and the Technical University in Aachen, graduating in 2006. He gained professional experience in Germany, Argentina, and the UK, qualifying as an architect in 2009. Living in London since 2008, and prior to setting up Erbar Mattes Architects as co-founding director in 2015, Demian worked for five years at David Chipperfield Architects. There he led a number of high profile hospitality, residential, and cultural projects, including the interior design of the celebrated Hepworth Wakefield public art gallery in West Yorkshire and a studio for the artist Antony Gormley in Norfolk. Demian is an ARB registered architect and chartered member of the RIBA. Alongside practice, he has taught architecture as lecturer and design studio tutor, and is regularly engaged as design critic across various schools of architecture in the UK.

 

 

Holger Mattes

 

Holger studied architecture at the Technical Universities in Aachen, Delft, and Berlin, graduating in 2002. He gained professional experience in Germany and The Netherlands, qualifying as an architect in 2005. Holger moved to London in 2007 to join David Chipperfield Architects where he was an Associate from 2009 until 2013. He was in charge of the acclaimed Turner Contemporary public art gallery in Margate and a number of high profile residential and hospitality schemes in the UK, US, and the Middle East. In 2013/14 he collaborated with Mae Architects where he led large-scale London housing developments Agar Grove and Brentford Lock West. In 2015 Holger co-founded Erbar Mattes Architects as a director. He is registered as architect in the UK and The Netherlands and a chartered member of the RIBA. Alongside practice, he taught architecture at the Technical University Aachen and the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, and has been a design critic at the Bartlett, UCL, London Metropolitan University, and the Welsh School of Architecture.

 

 

Current and past collaborators

 

Igor Almeida
Maria Amador
Megan Ellis
Philippine Radat
Elin Soderberg
Alex Tucker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Awards

 

Manser Medal 2022 – AJ House of the Year Award Finalist
Blockmakers Arms is shortlisted for this long-standing prize recognising the best completed house in the UK

 

Architectural Record, New York: Design Vanguard 2022
Winner

 

BD Architect of the Year Awards 2022
Finalist "Individual House Architect Of The Year"

 

BDA Brick Awards 2022
Blockmakers Arms is a Finalist in the "Individual House" category

 

Architects' Journal Retrofit Awards 2022
Blockmakers Arms is a Finalist in the "House £500k and over" category

 

Haringey Design Awards 2018
Harvey Road wins the "Best House" Award

 

BD Architect of the Year Award 2017
Finalist "Small Project Architect of the Year" Award

 

New London Architecture Don’t Move, Improve! 2017 Awards
Harvey Road wins the "Best Use of Materials" Award

 

RIBAJ Microarchitecture Award 2015
Writer’s Cabin in Kent is a Finalist

 

 

Selected Press

 

Baunetz Wissen, June 2022
Umbau eines Wohnhauses in London

 

Architectural Record, New York, 1 June 2022
Design Vanguard 2022: Erbar Mattes

 

Baumeister, 11 April 2022
Blockmakers Arms: Früher Brauerei, heute Familienwohnen

 

db deutsche bauzeitung, 03.2022
Wohnhaus in London

 

Dezeen, 27 February 2022
Erbar Mattes strips back and extends flats in former London pub

 

Architecture Today, 23 February 2022
The Blockmakers Arms: Erbar Mattes Architects has skilfully remodelled a former pub in north London to create a home for an expanding family

 

Architects' Journal, 15 February 2022
Erbar Mattes Architects extends former pub into five-bed duplex

 

Building Design, 20 January 2022
Erbar Mattes completes refurb of former London pub

 

Architects' Journal, 16 December 2021
AJ Retrofit Awards 2022 shortlist: Houses and Housing (House £500k and over)

 

The Modern House Journal
How to convert a period home – five architecture studios share their advice

 

TEC21 – Schweizerische Bauzeitung, Zürich, 18 September 2017, No.36
Grenzenloser Mikrokosmos

 

Dezeen, 16 October 2016
Erbar Mattes adds pale brick extension to Edwardian house in north London