Apartment B in Berlin by Thomas Kröger Architekt | Yellowtrace

Apartment B in Berlin by Thomas Kröger Architekt | Yellowtrace

Apartment B in Berlin by Thomas Kröger Architekt | Yellowtrace

Apartment B in Berlin by Thomas Kröger Architekt | Yellowtrace

Apartment B in Berlin by Thomas Kröger Architekt | Yellowtrace

 

Berlin is one of my absolute favourite cities, with a balance of fascinating history and super-cool-modern Architecture – the place oozes class at every turn. So it comes as no surprise that Apartment B by Thomas Kröger is located to the west of the German Capital in the affluent and vibrant area of Charlottenburg. There is no denying that everything about this exquisite refurbishment hits the mark on every single level, with a meticulous and almost obsessive attention to detail that evokes pure joy.

Designed for an art collector and enthusiast, who also clearly has an awesome eye for 20th century furniture, the main spaces within the apartment act as merely a backdrop or blank canvas. It would be easy to overlook the stunning workmanship that creates this project, on looking closer it becomes clear that every single line and junction has been considered (which, trust me, is a mammoth undertaking!), a testament to the Architect and their complete focus on achieving something extraordinary. Even corridors on this scheme become something of an experience, becoming vast libraries with carefully positioned mirrors that play tricks on the eye, and also exaggerate perspective. This is a theme that we see reoccurring throughout the project – look twice and you see that opening to the next room is in fact just a reflection.

 

Apartment B in Berlin by Thomas Kröger Architekt | Yellowtrace

Apartment B in Berlin by Thomas Kröger Architekt | Yellowtrace

Apartment B in Berlin by Thomas Kröger Architekt | Yellowtrace

Apartment B in Berlin by Thomas Kröger Architekt | Yellowtrace

 

The reception rooms maintain the cornice and ornate ceiling detail, in a sympathetic move that helps to elevate the grandeur of the interior. New details and junctions are treated with a minimal elegance which neither detract or scream for attention but exist in harmony with the original features. Sections of wall have also been removed, opening up the whole floor plan and oversized thresholds introduced that highlight the generous ceiling heights and spaciousness.

In contrast to the slick living spaces, is the uber-lux and materially rich bathrooms. Here, the designers clearly allowed themselves to let loose, the wet areas having their own distinct personalities that pop with colour and excitement. We see luxurious stones such as Persian Travertine, exciting textures that crave to be touched, beautiful timbers, and quirky lighting techniques that strive way beyond the standard. In making this design choice and allowing for the smaller, functional rooms to become a sensory overload, Thomas Kröger Architects have shown that they are capable of way more than just slick, minimal detailing and welcomed a playful side to shine through.

In the end, this project becomes a shining example of how to tastefully and sensitively tackle refurbishment. A nod to the context, an injection of the modern and a splash of fun results in a home that makes visitors smile both inside and out.

 

 


[Images courtesy of Thomas Kröger. Photography © Thomas Heimann.]

 

About The Author

Rachel Maude
Contributor

Rachel is originally from the north of the England where she studied and lived for the majority of her life. After qualifying as an Architect and working in London for a number of years, she made the move to Melbourne in the search of a new adventure. Her work to date has covered a range of sectors and scales, and although a lover of all things design, her passion and expertise lay in smaller scale residential projects and seeing them through to completion. An environmentalist at heart, she has a keen interest in sustainability and minimising mankind's impact on the planet. When not fulfilling her designing duties, if the sun is shining you will find Rachel outdoors - always eager to explore new places by foot or pedal power (whilst also topping up her tan!).

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