Nidus develops and designs real estate projects for contemporary living and creates cultural experiences.

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Contemporary living is not a condition, it is a process. As a matter of fact, our buildings must be designed in such a way that they can respond to this process. This is what drives Nidus: to observe, explore and experiment to build the best possible houses for our societies.

Focusing on the transformation of existing buildings, Nidus´ portfolio includes projects from the 1890s through the 1950s and 1970s up to today. Inspired by life and the everyday, Nidus has developed a subtle yet iconic architectural language. A new simplicity, clear structures and high-quality materials create atmospheres of uncompromising quality. Nidus interior objects arise from the own projects: designed as travel companions, they carry on the story of a physical place.

The most beautiful part of architecture is that it surrounds us everywhere, but even more than that: it provides the stage for life in all its facets. Building Culture means going beyond: with a curated program of exhibitions, lectures and concerts, in summer 2024, Nidus will continue to open its doors for encounters and to experience of the wide spectrum of architecture at the former Otto Church in Dusseldorf.

The Story

The owner-managed company was founded in 2016 and is 100 per cent owned by the founders Ana Vollenbroich and Annelen Schmidt-Vollenbroich. The lawyer and the architect met while studying real estate economics and immediately shared a passion for architecture and they started developing architectural projects.

In 2021, Nidus opened its own Architecture Gallery in Düsseldorf showing exhibitions on architecture on a regular base. Starting a new chapter in 2024, Nidus will be moving into an old church from the 1970s, where office, exhibitions space and showroom will finally come together.

In 2023/24, a project volume of around 35 million euros will be developed. The company is not externally financed.

Otto Church

The Otto Church will be the new home of Nidus. The building oscillates between the appearance of a residential building and a church with some outstanding seventies-like details. A typical Nidus project waiting to be explored.

As an open house, the Otto Church will be a place for work and life and the celebration of architecture in all its facets. 


Ana Vollenbroich Combined Shape

Founder + Director

Ana (*1984) is a lawyer and founder of Nidus. She grew up in the Rhineland and the UK and studied philosophy and law at Humboldt University in Berlin. She worked as a lawyer in major international law firms in trade mark law and managed the real estate department of a medium-sized company. Her desire for entrepreneurial independence first led her to study real estate economics in Frankfurt and shortly afterwards to found Nidus.

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Annelen Schmidt-Vollenbroich Combined Shape

Founder + Director

Annelen (*1986) is an architect and founder of Nidus. She grew up in East Friesland, the USA and Mexico before studying architecture at KIT Karlsruhe and ETH Zurich as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation. She initially worked in internationally renowned architecture firms and taught architectural theory at various faculties. Her interest in economic contexts then led her to study real estate economics in Frankfurt. Annelen is a board member of the Cologne Architecture Prize.

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Anna Kiefer Combined Shape
Anna Vöck Combined Shape

Junior Architect

Dagmar Triestram Combined Shape

Architect + Construction Management

Felix Hübbers Combined Shape
Jens Lawrynowicz Combined Shape

Architect + Construction Management

Kaya Klugewitz Combined Shape

Culture + Communication

Laura Fuentes Combined Shape

Hospitality Management
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Martina Welbers Combined Shape

Finance + Administration

Paula Averbeck Combined Shape
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