Christoph Hesse

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Born1977 (age 43–44)
Referinghausen, Medebach
  • Master of Architecture
  • Urban Design
Alma mater
  • ETH Zurich
  • Harvard University
Notable work
Villa F, Edersee Visitor Center

Christoph Hesse (born 1977, Referinghausen, Medebach) is a Germany Architecture. He is known for his sustainable designs in rural areas, collaborative urban design concepts and his artistic and nature-oriented cultural projects. Through Villa F, an energy-self-sufficient house in the Sauerland region, realized in 2015, he achieved international recognition and received numerous architectural awards.[[1][2]

Hesse received his Master of Architecture from ETH Zurich and a Master of Architecture in Urban design with Distinction from Harvard University. He has taught and conducted research at ETH Zurich, Harvard University, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City[3] In 2010, Hesse founded his architecture firm Christoph Hesse Architects in Korbach, and in 2018 he opened a branch office in Berlin.[4] He lives in Oberschledorn in Sauerland.[5]


In 2017, the project Ways of Life was conceived for and exhibited at Documenta 14 Experimenta Urbana in Kassel.[6] In 2018, his project Villa F was part of the "Vita Contemplativa" exhibition at Architektur Galerie Berlin Satellit, alongside buildings by architects Robert Konieczny and Snorre Stinessen.[7] In 2019, Hesse exhibited several of his realized works from the Sauerland and Waldeck-Frankenberg area at Achitekturforum Aedes in Berlin under the title "Grounded."[5] Other exhibitions of Hesse's projects have been at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, Contemporary Space Athens, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt.[3]

Awards (selection)

Hesse's architecture firm as well as his projects have received several international awards. In 2020, he was part of the jury of the DAM Prize for Architecture.[8]

  • 2020: Design Vanguard 2020 - Architectural Record[9]
  • 2019: Architecture MasterPrize - Winner in Architectural Design / Agricultural Buildings for "Villa F"[10]
  • 2018: Architizer A+ Award - in the Architecture +Sustainability category for "Villa F"[11]
  • 2018: Europe 40 Under 40 Architecture and Design Award - Next New Talented Generation of European Architects[12]
  • 2017: Architizer A+ Award - in the category Architecture +Humanitarianism for "Vitos"[13]
  • 2017: Top 100 Innovator Award[14]
  • 2017: International Architecture Award for "Infrastructural Lifeline for Palestine and Israel."
  • 2016: German Facade Award for "Am Hauptbahnhof 10a" in Korbach[15]
  • 2016: Iconic Award - German Design Council for the project "Hanseplatz"[15]


  1. "Design Vanguard 2020: Christoph Hesse Architekten".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ausstellung »Grounded« im Aedes Architekturforum - Bauen auf dem Land" (in Deutsch). 2019-10-04.
  4. "Livestream: Christoph Hesse – Open Mind Places • polis Magazin". polis Magazin (in Deutsch).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Architekt Christoph Hesse stellt Projekte aus Korbach in Berlin aus" (in Deutsch). 2019-10-29.
  6. John Gendall. "This Visionary Exhibition Explores a Post-Urban Future".
  7. "Architektur Galerie Berlin SATELLIT Vita contemplativa exhibition | Floornature" (in italiano).
  8. BauNetz (2020-02-03). "Ode an den Stadtraum - DAM-Preis 2020 geht nach Berlin" (in Deutsch).
  9. "Christoph Hesse Architekten". Architectural Record NY, Mai 2020, (in Englisch), retrieved at link
  11. "2018 Plus Winners - Architizer A+Awards".
  12. "The European Centre".
  13. "2017 Plus Winners - Architizer A+Awards".
  14. "Christoph Hesse Architects - Korbach, Germany - Architects - Awards".
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Christoph Hesse Architekten: Ästhetik und Funktion im Einklang" (in Deutsch). 2016-08-30.

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