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Hamra Beirut

Residential Tower in Beirut's thriving city quarter Hamra.

This high-rise residential building is designed for the heart of Beirut featuring high-end flats and penthouses with views over the city and the sea on 22 floors. The building shape is driven by the site’s shape and the desire to maximize daylight in the flats and on the balconies. More valuable residential area is created by expanding the floor plates in the middle of the building.

The overall shape resembles a pine cone and refers to Lebanon’s national symbol – the pine tree. Similar to a pine cone, the convex bulges of the balconies undulate from floor to floor and minimize self-shading of the balconies.


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Postproduction Studio

Expansion of Postproduction Studio in Berlin

An existing shed situated in a typical Berlin courtyard is converted. The new workplaces will be used for video cutting and client presentations. The existing building is triangular in shape, resulting in exciting spaces and dynamic shapes. The entrance corridor widens up and turns into a lounge area. It then narrows down more and more, ending in a full-height mirror, giving the impression of an endless space. The columns supporting the roof are hidden in a thick wall containing kitchen and coat rack as well.

As the shed is surrounded by buildings, daylight can only be brought in through roof lights. This situation is exaggerated by the use of matt black wall colour and a contrasting light ceiling that diffuses the daylight. Different light sources allow the choice in between warm artificial lighting and daylight quality. The floor has a glossy lacquer finish creating exciting reflections.


Casa Locarno

Winner of the Green Good Design Award 2011

The site for this five bedroom house is located in Solduno, an old village with traditional stone clad roofs, close to Locarno, Switzerland.The amazing setting between the mountains and the lake gives the site a clear orientation with the main views towards Ascona and the lake “Lago Maggiore” to the front, and the steep mountains to the back.The steep slope and the magnificent view form the base of the design.


The house opens itself up towards the valley, embracing the great panorama, while the backside of the house is dug into the mountain. The desire to add sufficient external shading to the facades lead to a large cantilever of the roof and the Skyframe. The Skyframe will eventually be filled in with ranking wine and other plants as well as textile sun shading elements. Both the roof cantilever and the Skyframe create a dynamic impression, lifting the house off the ground, shaping the perception of the building and furthering its integration into the dramatic setting. Opening the building up to the valley does not just happen on the outside - the rising roof allows larger room heights to the front.




designyougo - an award winning architectural practice

Are you looking for an architect or designer? We are an award winning architectural practice with a focus on design and sustainability.

We are trained to deliver design to the highest standards by making use of the most advanced software and rapid prototyping techniques; this allows us to achieve outstanding results even within challenging timeframes.

We have experience in dealing with international design and consultant teams on large-scale projects and offer our architectural services worldwide.

Visual communication is at the heart of our working method and our worldclass in-house visualizations will form the basis of any presentation to you. Taking decisions made easy!



Mathis and Sebastian founded designyougo in 2009. The office's main focus and aim are outstanding, fully customized design and high-quality architecture from the first sketch to completion. "Designyougo" also stands for a customer orientated and efficient working method, which both Mathis and Sebastian came to appreciate working in London for Foster + Partners.

Mathis Malchow

(Founding Partner)

Dipl. Ing Architect (Architektenkammer Berlin)

Mathis can draw upon many years of experience as an architect. He was Associate Partner at Foster + Partners, and was involved in the design of many key projects, including 'Crystal Island' in Moscow, 'New Holland' in St. Petersburg and 'South Beach' in Singapore.

Sebastian Gmelin

(Founding Partner)

Dipl. Ing. Architect (Architektenkammer Berlin, Architects Registration Board UK)
Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture ETH

Sebastian is specialised in complex geometries. After his master course at the ETH in Zurich he was Associate at Foster + Partners and was involved in the design of projects like 'New Holland' in St. Petersburg, 'Queen Alia Airport' in Jordan and 'South Beach' in Singapore. He was also a member of the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partners. Sebastian is working on his PhD and teaches in Denmark at the Aarhus School of Architecture.


Working method

Designyougo has adopted a visual working method that innovates the way architectural projects are being designed and communicated.

No drawings - just visuals! We love visualisations! We think plans and sections are a great tool to describe how a building should be build. But for presentations and discussions about design, photorealistic visualisations are just perfect. With you - our clients - we want to talk about the atmosphere of spaces and all those details that create fantastic architecture materials, lighting and proportions. You can expect our presentations to be worked out to the highest standards, from day one!


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