The loft apartment is housed inside a former chocolate factory built in 1896. The "new" architecture was conceived as a light insertion into the original raw and open space. The main functional spaces which required some division in the form of walls - bathroom and kitchen - were formed into a cube which was positioned in the middle of the loft space. The cube was clad in dark wood paneling and openings were cut to let in and out light. The interior of the cube was slightly elevated to further enhance the separation of open (free) and closed (function). Large sliding walls serve as dividers between "rooms". When open, the walls slide into niches and the space becomes continuous.
Elements of the existing architecture were retained when possible and transformed. An open wood and metal stair was inserted into an existing niche, its original openings framed in steel. What was formerly an open-air loggia was transformed into a library and music room with grand piano. Original brick walls in the guest rooms were sand-blasted and refinished to retain their original raw effect, and missing bricks were filled with steel boxes. A new wood-burning fireplace built from handmade, horizontal grey ceramic bricks becomes the focus of the main living space.
The discovery experience begins at the front door, which brings one into a small entry space just behind the central wood-clad cube. To the left is a more private-looking corridor that leads to the bedroom and master bathroom. To the right, the space opens up as one moves past the kitchen into the main living rooms. Around the cube, to the left, is a large sliding wall which marks the entrance to the guest room. At the back of the space, next to the library, is the stair which leads to the lower level. A steel-clad box - the guest bathroom - hovers in the niche next to the stair. Inside, it is covered in brilliant blue mosaic tiles, indirect light pours in from above. Downstairs, a sliding glass door protected by a velvety acoustic curtain, leads to a large entertainment and fitness room, with large windows on one side. Opposite this space is a small guest bedroom with its own back entrance and guest bathroom with warm wood shelving and sandstone tiles.
The constructed elements together with the furniture and many art works on the walls form an inseparable link which define the character of the loft. The intimate relationship between constructed/arranged is further enhanced by the selection of materials and the contrast of natural (rough, imperfect) and manufactured (smooth, perfect).
The "loft" character is not a single feature or definable style, but the open and flexible attributes of the space combined with a sensitivity to existing materials and details.
work: single family house (architecture) in progress (LP2) location: Zehlendorf, Berlin
This new single family house is connected to the site in such a way as to open up views to the garden and to the south to take advantage of available sunlight. The house is on two levels, with the bottom level a series of interlocking rooms which forms niches with views both to the inside and outside. The upper level, where the sleeping rooms and located, is clad in natural wood, and is also oriented to obtain the best views and sun angles. A small guest room and adjacent bathroom are located on the southwest side on the ground floor. The kitchen, dining room and living room are oriented towards the garden at the rear of the house. On the ground floor is an open plan with minimal walls and divisions between rooms. The interior space slowly unfolds as one walks through the house.
work: multifamily house (architecture) competition first prize completion: 2012 location: berlin-mitte size: 3.400m² (27 apartments + 1 retail) as wostarchitects, gbr LP1-5 with Kuhn & Co. Architekten, Berlin Bauträger: Natulis Group AG
The project for a new multi-family house was originally conceived as an ensemble of existing/new buildings. The typical "berliner altbau" buildings were to be retained, modernized and integrated with a new building to the street. The old buildings were eventually removed completely, and an entirely new building created, which was more efficient and better suited to the site. Along the way from old to new, many experiments were made to connect the two elements, the most radical of which was a tower of catwalks suspended in the courtyard that allowed individual entry to the units from the outside.
The facade performs several functions simultaneously. With its playful arrangement of elements - balconies, windows and "wintergärten" - it provides a contrast to the regular arrangement of the houses along Veteranenstraße. The horizontal louvres on the wintergärten control sunlight as well as views in and out of the apartment. The wintergärten themselves extend the interior spaces out past the line of the facade and provide views up and down the street. They also protect the balconies and pull them into the movement of the facade.
As an element which regulates light/darkness and privacy/views, the facade reflects the status of the building: a private residence in the center of the city. It seeks to balance the forces at play (park, hill, tram, sunlight) and take advantage of the unique opportunities, as in the formation of a special "corner building" situation to open the firewall side up to the adjacent lot through an irregular formation of openings, which also brings in afternoon sunlight.
work: 80m2 apartment (interior design) completion: nov 2015 location: berlin-mitte
This 80m2 apartment is located on the fifth floor of a new building in the Mitte district of Berlin. The concept was to keep the space as open as possible. A functional "room" is formed in the middle which contains the bathroom which is separated into master bath and WC-room. the WC-room functions cleverly for both private use and for guests. A continuous wall of cabinetry along one wall from front to back serves both the bathroom and the kitchen. Sliding doors in the hallway with steel frames and polycarbonate infill form a textured wall which also functions to screen technical and functional areas. Two large sliding doors - one solid, one transparent - divide the sleeping room from the hallway and bathroom. Colors from the facade are brought into the apartment and used on the cabinetry, along with natural wood and steel.
work: student housing (architecture) competition 2009 (not realized) upto35 in Athens, Greece as wostarchitects, gbr
A Greek property development company called on young architects under 35 to develop proposals for student housing in the historic centre of Athens, Greece. The competition sought to rethink existing housing models for communities.
We began with the individual living unit and made divisions between private and shared. Each student was assigned a private sleeping and working space. The remaining space was designed like a Mediterranean courtyard with perforations in the facade and in the roof to let in air and light. A large atrium in the center of the building allowed light to filter deep into the floors. Landscape elements were also introduced in the interior - plants and trees. The concept could be extended indefinitely in the surrounding neighborhood, and adjusted to accommodate auxiliary functions such as student center, library, cafeteria and community outreach spaces.
work: europan 10 urban design + housing (architecture) competition 2009 (not realized) location: trondheim, norway as wostarchitects, gbr
As a focal point to Trondheim, the proposal tries to solve the problematic site of Nyhavna, a pivotal development site in the future expansion of the city. Nyhavna and its subcomponents are islands: divided, bound, limited, and constricted. The proposal seeks to unite, unravel and expand the site’s current energies by merging space and path into a continuous series of axes. A new Culture Square is created at the point where the local community meets public waterfront. The proposed Svartlamoen Community Center unfolds to the north as an urban park strip with a flexible program. The subtly-formed landscape provides a wide view onto the historic Dora facade and tranforms itself into building again, adjoined by a ramp that reaches up and around to the roof to offer an expansive view of the Fjord.
The proposed Kultimathule is an extended Art Promenade which reaches across the site. An element which formerly divided the area (the railroad tracks) becomes a metaphorical and literal bridge between points of intensity.
Strandveiein 27 is separated into two main parts: visitor and theater spaces at ground level, and resident apartments above. The apartments are subdivided into three separate buildings; the space between them is used for vertical circulation, and to bring light deep into the space. Diversity in type is achieved through transformation of the box-form at every level. Sometimes the box protrudes out to form a small garden terrace or extended living area; other times it is pulled back to provide protection and privacy from the neighboring apartments, as well as the adjacent buildings. Extensively-planted roof terraces (shared by the residents) and private balconies offer opportunties for green and communal gathering. The Art Pavillion situated at the rear of the site can also be used as a community hall or performance space and links the site through to Strandveien. The apartments are given a flexible solution so that they can be further subdivided, or even joined across buildings. A walkway on the north side of the building links all the apartments.
work: interactive museum (architecture) competition 2009 (not realized) location: poznan, poland as wostarchitects, gbr
The interactive design museum in Poznan, Poland, was to be a new type of museum which could tell the story of the historical city using interactive techniques of storytelling. The museum was to be connected to the historical centre of the city via a pedestrian bridge over the river. The new museum location was meant to activate the edge of the river and form a link to this other part of the city.
The form of the museum responded to the forces on the site. Cuts were made to allow light and passage through the building and to form a direct link with the bridge. The perforated facade skin both protected the exhibition spaces and filtered views and light to and from the outside. A continuous path was formed through the building which began at the entrance and led to the upper floors and then back down to the river side, terminating at the bridge entrance. On the river side, the building was lifted up to allow bike and pedestrian passage underneath.
work: restaurant/bar (architecture) currently under construction preliminary design and planning coordination
this restaurant and bar in berlin prenzlauer berg is the renovation of a former restaurant in a typical Berliner Altbau into a modern stylish location. A mix of retro and refined, raw and slick. Simple decor, steel, vintage and marble furniture. A fireplace. Cozy, sensual, something new for the neighborhood.
work: house renovation (architecture) currently under construction design, planing and construction oversight (LP1-8)
single family house in berlin-pankow. Interior build-out (innenausbau) 200m².
work: house renovation (architecture) currently in the early planning phase design and planning (LP2-5)
single-family, vacation house in Berlin-Brandenburg. Interior build-out (innenausbau) ca. 200m².