Townhouse Kaiserswerth

A stately townhouse from the 1880’s with a noble historic façade and a contrasting contemporary minimalist inside.

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Location Dusseldorf, Germany
Size 400 sqm
Year of Construction 1880, 2017 – 2019
Status completed + sold
Photography Annika Feuss
Painting Wilhelm Schreuer


The townhouse in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth is located only a stone’s throw away from the Rhine right in the heart of the historic old town of Kaiserswerth. Built around 1880, it is part of a heritage zone and was entirely refurbished in 2018/2019.

The historic façade was restored almost true to the original in consultation with the heritage authorities and the core structure of the building was retained. The central entrance area and the axially positioned staircase the floor plan into two equally sized building sections. 

The kitchen and dining area are located on the ground floor, while the entire first floor is used as a large living room with different atmospheric lounges. The first floor holds three bedrooms as well as a large bathroom and has access to the balcony. The master bedroom as well as the dressing room and bath are located on the top floor.

The townhouse is characterised by a dialogue between the inherent historic structure of the building and the desire for contemporary, open-plan living. There was no ambition to imitate historic architectural features but rather to strip the building of superfluous embellishments and set free the essential, characteristic features of the house. The uncompromising clean-cut design language mark the beginning of a new chapter of extravagant bohemian living in this environment marked by 19th century rural architecture.

Dusseldorf Painting School

In connection with the "Townhouse Kaiserswerth" project, Nidus discovered the artist Wilhelm Schreuer (1866 - 1933), a member of the Dusseldorf painting school. As a chronicler of his time, he captured numerous bourgeois, urban and landscape situations. With his impressive painting technique of using diluted colours on a wet ground, he created delicate paintings with soft colours and expressive atmospheres. In particular, his painting "Spaziergang am Rheinufer in Kaiserswerth" symbolises a love for Dusseldorf's northernmost district of Kaiserswerth, similar to that of Nidus.

The painting "Begegnung am Rheinufer" can be seen in the photographs of Sankt Göres and inspired the colour scheme of the project.

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