Lofts in the laundry factory

Once a candle factory and laundry, then club premises and an artist’s studio, this old factory building is marked by an unsettled history. Long periods of standing empty, incendiary bombs from the Second World War and flawed renovation measures had left the 4,100 m² complex from the 19th century in a ruinous state that demanded far-reaching measures.

With respect shown towards the old building stock and its history, as well as through numerous unusual, detailed solutions, the factory has been returned to its original state, without losing any of its charm.

And the story continues: in collaboration with artist Ingrid Göttlicher, a bare firewall has been transformed into a poetical artwork. With an over-sized text on the theme of banishment, the painter, who herself worked for a while in the former studios, seems to blend the past and present into one.

Built in the 1850s, 55, Schönhauser Allee in Berlin is the oldest building in Prenzlauer Berg. While one day it would boast prestigious balconies, delicate stucco works and a façade made of sandstone, at the beginning of the renovation it was badly neglected.

Complex restoration work began in close collaboration with the Office of Historic Monuments, from the very foundations to the smallest detail of décor, work which eventually gave the splendid building back its dignity. Meanwhile, the front house with its adjoining factory building possesses its own garage. The ground floor offers attractive space for commercial usage and its three floors received contemporary floor plans for living space, which allows for a finely-tuned division between private and public zones. In this way the old building fulfils modern requirements both for living and working, without forfeiting any of the charm of its refined historical features.

Protecting heritage

55, Schönhauser Allee in Berlin is the oldest building in Prenzlauer Berg.

Poesie

In collaboration with artist Ingrid Göttlicher, a bare firewall has been transformed into a poetical artwork.

From the very foundations to the smallest detail of décor.

Complex restoration work began in close collaboration with the Office of Historic Monuments, work which eventually gave the splendid building back its dignity.

Location
Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Type
Living
Client
Knightsbridge Properties
Time Frame
2009 – 2011
Size
Approx. 5,900 m² GFA
Services
LPH 1 – 9 HOAI
Status
Completed
Photography
Axel Hartmann and Maximilian Meisse

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