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New practices: Märraum

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The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone

Märraum, Penryn, Cornwall

Main people Michael Hormann and Adam Laskey

Where have you come from?
We were both working in a larger practice here in Cornwall before we decided to go on our own.

What work do you have and what are you looking for?
The majority of our current workload is extensions and internal renovation projects. However, we have also been involved in larger projects such as a bespoke floating office barge (pictured), warehouse development, and an old school renovation into residential.

What are your ambitions?
We are a small company offering a high quality, approachable and friendly service. We are starting to be recognised for our ‘different’ approach when dealing with new projects and clients.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a start-up?
The recession has never been a problem for either of us; it gave us the opportunity to be where we are now. 

Which recent scheme has inspired you most?
Our office barge has given us the opportunity to think outside the box, without the planning restriction normally expected during a construction project.

How are you marketing yourselves?
It is not the traditional ‘we practice sustainable construction’ etc, which is overused and nothing special in today’s market. The simplicity of our advertising creates a discussion point and looks creative and interesting.

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