Karsten Winkels


Karsten Winkels
Karsten Winkels

Karsten Winkels
Jahrgang 1959
Wohnort Dortmund

1982-1990 studied architecture at the University of Dortmund
1990 founded the planning office bauwerkstadt
1991-1996 worked as general planner for the redesign of the city of Oberhausen, 
design of the lights, street furniture and play equipment
1996-2007 worked as general planner for the redesign of the city of Mühlheim/Ruhr, designer of the lights, street furniture and play equipment

worked as designer in the area of industrial and public design, 
designed project-specific play equipment for the Richter company,
designed lights and city furniture series for the Hess company, 
winner of numerous national and international design awards

Seit 2003

worked as lighting planner for public and private customers, including
LaGa Leverkusen, LGS Heidenheim, master plans for Dresden/Pirna/ Heidenheim/Lüdinghausen, churches, heritage-protected buildings, houses and office buildings

2005 founded the OOO Winkels&Partner office in Moscow

worked as general planner and planner of the interior design for the luxury hotel in the Gostiny Dvor in Moscow

2009 worked as interior designer and light planner for a shopping mall in Moscow
Seit 2010 designed lights and city furniture series for the Leipziger Leuchten company


The majority of people discard their childhood like an old hat. They miss it like their telephone number that is no longer valid. They used to be children but what are they now? Only those who grow up and remain a child at heart are truly human. 

Erich Kästner

Urban space is play space! Based on these principles we develop user-orientated and environment-orientated play locations for multifunctional city spaces. We create play activities which provide sensitive experiences and perceptions using the mind and body. These insights create a connection between playing and everyday life that enhances the “urban space experience”. 

Urban play locations are meeting points; they invite young and old to gather and communicate. Play and exercise creates enthusiasm and a joy of life and this positive attitude towards life is transferred to the people within the urban area.

Playing stimulates the senses by the rediscovery of sensory experiences through sensitive and haptic-orientated play experiences. Exercise-orientated games serve as training for rhythmic movements and body balance, promote action and reaction, bring about excitement and relaxation and the possibility of unusual and surprising perceptions. 

The play areas located according to situational and age-specific aspects create a network throughout the urban area. The culture of play enriches urban life in an inter-generational way and characterises it as a family and play-friendly urban environment for people of all ages.


web: www.winkels-partner.com