From a farmhouse to a house of music.
The listed Dortmannhof located in Essen-Katernberg is a typical 18th century barn house. This was a common architectural style for the Essen region at the time. Both family living areas and a barn were combined under a single roof in a compact structure. Today the house is no longer inhabited by farmers and instead is home to a young family of musicians. To meet their needs, an eleven metre high music studio was added to the middle of three parallel barn rooms. An additional guest house with a separate entrance was built in the eastern barn and a large additional bathroom in the western barn.