Project's Summary

The renowned architectural studio, wolff:architekten, has taken on the exciting challenge of designing a residential unit atop a turn-of-the-century tenement in the vibrant district of Mitte, in Berlin. Despite the limited footprint of the existing building, the architects were able to cleverly distribute the living space across two levels, all while adhering to the constraints of construction laws. This innovative design solution eliminated the need to extend the main staircase to the top floor.

The first level of the residential unit is dedicated to the more public areas of the apartment, including the living room, working spaces, and guest rooms. These versatile guest rooms can even be utilized as a separate apartment if desired. To create a seamless flow between the two levels, a magnificent two-story high hall connects the first level to the more private second floor, which houses a spacious bedroom.

One of the challenges faced by the architects was the relatively low height of the historic building, in contrast to its neighboring structures. To ensure privacy, the facade of the first floor was skillfully closed off from prying eyes, creating a sense of seclusion. However, this sense of privacy is beautifully counterbalanced by an almost entirely enclosed patio, where residents can enjoy a tranquil outdoor space.

On the second level, the architects took a different approach. The facade overlooking the adjacent buildings was designed with glass walls, allowing for breathtaking views of the city. This strategic design choice not only provides an abundance of natural light but also creates a strong connection between the residents and the surrounding urban environment.

The Penthouse Berlin Mitte project by wolff:architekten is a testament to their ability to seamlessly blend historical elements with modern design concepts. By utilizing the limited footprint of the tenement building, they have successfully created a unique residential space that offers both privacy and panoramic city views. This architectural masterpiece is sure to be a sought-after gem in the heart of Berlin's vibrant Mitte district.

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