© Michael Pfisterer
- Architects: asdfg Architekten
- Location: Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
- Area: 400.0 m2
- Project Year: 2015
- Photographs: Michael Pfisterer
- Construction Design: Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Jung
- Collaborateurs: Philipp Loeper, Alexandra Schmitz, Ulrich Grenz, Tobias Hövermann
From the architect. A good friend of mine bought an old house some years ago and asked us to develop a concept for its refurbishment. It became the first project of our Hamburg-based architectural studio, asdfg Architekten: the conversion of an old miller's house into a home for a family with three kids. Due to its history and location, we considered the project a big challenge, but we also saw significant potential for it to become a very unique single family house with a small garden in the center of one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Berlin.
Because of its status as the
The staircase, kitchen, as well as the sleeping galleries for the children are ‘plugged’ into this wall. The main inner-staircase is divided in two parts. The first five steps lead through the big wall on a small platform, where it is possible to experience the full height of the main room. The second part hangs from an open gallery which spans from one wall to the other, creating the parents’ working and sleeping spaces, which are separated by a huge sliding door. For the staircase and the kitchen interior, we reused the wood of the old beams of the former ceilings. The old brick walls were left uncovered and are visible from the inside.
The design process was carried out in close consultation with the client, which resulted in many highly personalized and individually created elements. Not only the cabinets, but almost everything, from the shutters to the washbasins and even the bathtub, was custom made for this project.
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