Proud and Tall
At Home at »Charlotte« in Berlin-Mitte
It stands amid empty lots: the modern solitaire »Charlotte« is just a stone’s throw from Checkpoint Charlie. Within are 28 upscale apartments designed for urban dwellers on the go.
»Charlotte« is special: in an area dominated by federal structures, the building stands entirely by itself, a lone tooth marking the corner of an empty block.
Even as it was being built, the area was developing enormously: »Charlotte« was a sales success. After just four weeks, all the purchase agreements had been notarised. The decisive factor was a close working relationship with target buyers. Thus &MICA was able to create floor plans precisely tailored to the needs of potential residents. A high standard of living comfort, expansive views, contemporary layouts, and balconies for every unit.
The challenge for the design was to enable the detached building to have these places to step outside while counteracting the visual imbalance.
The result is an exterior that is playful despite its clear lines. The eight-storey corner building resembles a sophisticated cruise ship from the future. Bay windows and balconies add spirited but clear articulation to the angular façade of glass and concrete. The textured surface of the exposed concrete balconies calms the view while lowering costs.
»Charlotte« and Functional Orientation
Building for the Users
Through close collaboration with the commissioned realtors, &MICA succeeded in tailoring the floor plans of the 28 units to precisely meet the needs of the urbane target market. In addition, the ground floor is set aside for commercial and gastronomic use.
Building for the Surroundings
»Charlotte« will stand isolated on the corner for the foreseeable future. This singular location demanded a self-confident exterior. At the same time, &MICA had to counteract the visual perception that the building leans forward. The pointed façade offsets this effect. And gives the building a unique elegance.