German Architect London
German Architect London: Uwe Schmidt-Hess
Uwe’s design approach reflects his background, having spent half his life in Germany and the other half in Britain. His deep cultural awareness enables him to deliver complex design projects in challenging contexts.
Uwe studied architecture in his native Germany, at Bauhaus-University Weimar. Following work experience in Asia, he arrived in London in 2004 to undertake a Post-Professional Master’s Degree at University College London. He was then employed for three years at Make Architects and worked on award-winning projects such as Grove Residence and 55 Baker Street. In 2008 he established his own practice, Patalab Architecture.
Since then, Uwe’s work has ranged from individual houses to office developments and public buildings. His practice has won a number of awards, including British Homes Award, Surface Design Award and Don’t Move Improve Award by New London Architecture.
As well as practice, Uwe has extensive experience in teaching architectural design. He is currently a Part-Time lecturer at the University of East London and taught previously at Kingston University, The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL and the University of Greenwich.
Patalab Architecture: Our Services
Full architectural design service
From feasibility studies, planning, technical design to site supervision, covering all project work stages
Interior design services
Including space planning, furniture design, and loose furniture
Pre-purchase, pre-design assessment, planning review, building regulations, and construction contracts
Support in negotiation
With funders, freeholders, authorities, and contractors
Design team coordination, contract administration, cost control, value engineering, and acting as employers agent
CDM Principal Designer
Health and safety measures from concept to completion
in English and German
Translation of contract documents
English and German
Working with Patalab
Patalab Architecture is a boutique architectural practice focused on high quality design-led projects in and around London. Based on many years of experience delivering projects that meet the high aspirations of our clients, we have built a broad network of project partners alongside an in-depth knowledge of the construction process, building regulations, procurement, market conditions and planning policies. The extent of our experience enables us to take a holistic design approach; ensuring statutory requirements and the reality of the construction industry are integrated with design conception.
In close dialogue between our clients and other project stakeholders, we conduct thorough research and design studies to fully understand the potential of each construction project. Responding to specific project objectives, we work together with specialist consultants, expert advisers and local craftsmen as well as with leading manufacturers and suppliers in order to meet highest quality standards.
The Patalab team is made up of talented, experienced, and dedicated architects and designers. Our aim is to offer our clients a very personal approach and services tailored to their needs, developing and realising innovative design solutions with great attention to detail.
German Architect London: Your Project
We are passionate and experienced architects and designers. Our award-winning designs give evidence of our expertise. Our ambition is to deliver high quality, sustainable and economically viable projects to the full satisfaction of our clients.
We carry out strategic reviews for the development of premises to unlock the site’s potential and assess planning requirements.
We are passionate about working with existing buildings. Based on a thorough investigation we develop sensitive and innovative approaches how to sustainably adapt and transform existing structures into contemporary spaces.
Whether residential or office building, optimal organization of the interior spaces is vital. For us, the boundaries between architecture and interior design are fluid. Accordingly, we offer not only architectural but also interior design services. These can include, for example, design of all internal surfaces, design of built-in furniture, proposals for loose furniture and the development of lighting concepts.
We enjoy delivering innovative and site-specific new build projects, producing sensitive yet powerful designs that compliment their context. Striking exteriors and beautifully proportioned interiors are accentuated by rich materiality, attention to detail and exceptional craftsmanship - attributes our studio is known for.
Each listed building is to be assessed on its own merit. Repair and restoration on one hand, and modern technology and construction methods on the other can both be appropriate responses depending on the context. In our approach we appreciate and accentuate achievements of previous generations and seek to complement these situations with our own contemporary interventions.
Patalab Architecture - based in London and Berlin, providing a whole range of services
- Full architectural services from concept to site supervision
- Deep understanding of UK and German construction market
- Experts in interdisciplinary and lateral collaboration
- A personal and process-oriented approach with ability to deliver
- Developing and realising innovative design solutions
- Range of projects include new build, refurbishment, restoration and interior design
- Fluent communication in English and German
- Chartered Practice in UK and Germany
Want to know more?
Office Contact Details:
15 Garrett Street
London EC1Y 0TY
+44(0)20 7253 2036
Having worked with several architects, I really appreciate Patalab’s approach that combines passion for design, technical knowledge and economic understanding. Finding all three qualities within one architect’s practice is very rare.
This is the second house Patalab has transformed for us and created a fantastic home for me and my family. Simon‘s and Uwe‘s passion for design can be seen everywhere in the house. The beautifully crafted spaces provide the perfect background for our family life.
With exceptional design skills, technical expertise and a thorough understanding of the construction process, Patalab are well rounded architects. But maybe even more importantly, through their personal engagement, professionalism and commitment to quality, Uwe and Simon became trusted project partners.
Put simply, Patalab are brilliant. The team brought creativity, craft, care and a truly collaborative spirit to our project. Their eye for detail, a high quality finish and the fact that the service they give is based on understanding client needs meant we got exactly what we wanted.
Patalab have developed a profound understanding of our complex operation and spatial requirements to facilitate Richmond Pharmacology’s medical research activities. This has been translated into an inspirational and functional environment, enjoyed by our employees, clients and patient volunteers. Patalab guided us very professionally, meeting our challenging project delivery time frame and exceeding our expectations in creating an efficient and innovative space for our research organisation.
I had a very positive experience with Patalab. Their proposed design for the house, which involved opening up and extending out to bring in light, was the most creative proposal I received at the planning stage, and it has resulted in an airy, bright and well-integrated living space. The project management and oversight was extremely well organised and thanks to ongoing communication throughout the project, I felt confident in the process and timing and I am delighted with the outcome.
Patalab not only provided excellent design services but also fully understood the commercial parameters, resulting in an innovative and economically viable project. The scheme’s design features set it clearly apart from other office developments and was a major contribution to its letting success.
Patalab was recommended to me and after my initial meeting with Uwe, discussing design ideas and how to realise them I decided to go ahead. A decision I have not regretted. Not only was I very impressed by Patalab's exceptional attention to detail but also the smooth delivery, managing design and construction processes very competently.
I am very happy with the turnout and love the interplay between colours, materials and spaces.
We were very happy with the services provided by Patalab, particularly with regard to their level of commitment to design. They were professional throughout the project and the level of aftercare was exceptional.
Before starting our project we met with several architects discussing our objectives. We were most impressed by Patalab‘s response. Not only had they a great track record but also a very exciting design approach. The result of the year-long project is a fantastic apartment, which is now our lovely new home. We have been most touched by Sophie‘s and Uwe's care and enthusiasm throughout the process.
We chose Patalab after having interviewed five other Architectural practices. We were impressed from the very outset with Patalab's design proposals. Their thoughts about efficient use of space and creating enhanced volume was exactly what we were looking for and we felt that our tastes were aligned.
We appreciate so much what Patalab brought to the table and how they delivered on our dreams that we can’t wait to find another project to have the opportunity of working with them again.
I believe Patalab's biggest achievement has been to demonstrate a clear design focus, whilst offering a fully functioning and comfortable home. Furthermore, I’m particularly pleased with the amount of natural light we’ve been able to draw into the spaces, given the introverted nature and limitations of the site.
We were hoping for a design feature in the lobby that would become a talking point. But Patalab have exceeded our expectations in the way they have combined functionality with artistic style. Like us, our tenants are deeply impressed and so are their visitors, when they arrive in the lobby.
Patalab’s particular skill was to expand our imagination of what was possible, especially given the build was in a conservation area. Translating our wish list into a stunning design for a contemporary, eco-friendly, and light-filled home for the whole family, the whole design process was innovative, engaging and very enjoyable. And the completed house is beautiful and elegant - we love it.
I wanted to create a school that not only meets the educational needs of my pupils, but would also be a space where they could have an amazing experience. Patalab have helped me achieve this.
What used to be a small one bedroom flat is now a beautiful and generous two bedroom apartment, filled with light and great ceiling height. This refurbishment and extension required planning permission and listed building consent. Uwe and Jordan have excellently guided us through this process and achieved the maximum amount of additional space. I especially appreciate the dramatic new stairwell which makes the approach to the living spaces on the second floor a joyful experience.
Working with Patalab was an amazing experience - inspirational and fun. I love my transformed home with its light-filled spaces, the combination of materials and all the carefully considered details which make it very special. Living here is a pure joy.