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.
With a strong interest in rethinking the built environment and long-term impact of construction, we strive to find sustainable solutions through adaptability, retrofit, and low-carbon / low-energy design. From early creative sketches through construction detailing and site supervision, we carefully evaluate spatial relationships, proportions, light, materials, and details to deliver architecture that is full of character, practical and lasting.
Our founding directors 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 public art galleries The Hepworth Wakefield and Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Erbar Mattes' design and built work has been recognised through multiple awards and publications. From an array of emerging firms across the globe, Erbar Mattes has been selected by Architectural Record, New York, as one of its Design Vanguard 2022 winners.
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. He has taught as lecturer and design studio tutor, and is regularly engaged as design critic across various schools of architecture in the UK.
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. 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.
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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
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