Esters Apartment | Bruzkus Batek Architekten


Description by Bruzkus Batek Architekten:

Bruzkus Batek’s design ideas found an ideal stage in the remodelling and renovation of Ester Bruzkus’s own apartment. A bright and extensive space was created offering Ester Bruzkus a place of both openness and retreat.
The apartment consists of a sunny, loft-style room with concrete floors and ceilings that extends through from one façade to the other. The architectural prelude to the apartment is the freestanding kitchen block with a large work surface of polished statuario marble, also used to clad the niche in the wall of cupboards behind.
Connecting though, the dining and living area extends the full depth of the building. Here extensive built-in furniture hides all elements that could detract from the clarity. The 40cm deep and 180cm wide structural offsets in floor and ceiling heights on both sides of the building seem to create an intermediate zone between the internal and external space. The podium and the balcony on the street side of the apartment have a fine view towards the Berlin TV tower.
Centrally located, the black bath-box can be accessed via two doors, either from the entrance zone or from the bedroom. Painted black on the outside, the wall towards the living room becomes a backdrop for pictures by Niki Elbe, the artist. Inside the box, the walls are clad in slabs of large-format statuario marble with a strong grain – complemented by a waxed and polished concrete floor. The antique-pink built-in cupboards create both generous storage space and an interesting colour contrast. Spatial tension is held in the shift in floor heights that reappears here in the bathroom where the shower is a couple of steps higher.
The architects increased the depth of the existing change in floor height towards the courtyard side of the apartment. The sleeping area is located here, walled with oiled, lightly structured oak cladding. A reading area with a small library supplements the quiet zone, which can be divided from the living area with a five-leaf folding wall. Inspiration for the project came from the traditional Japanese house where changes in room heights are used to differentiate public from private space.

A convincing design was created here, demonstrating the material interaction of concrete, marble and timber in an exemplary way, and allowing Bruzkus Batek to present the essence of their work – also to their clients.

Design Office: Bruzkus Batek Architekten

Location: Germany

Photographs: Jens Bosenberg

House in an Urban Jungle | Dreimeta Armin Fischer


Design Office: Dreimeta Armin Fischer

Location: Augsburg, Germany

Photographs: Steve Herud

Penthouse B27 | Hollin+Radoske Architekten

Description by Hollin+Radoske Architekten:

Lots of space and two atrium courtyards were offered by the 50’s penthouse above the roofs of Frankfurt. The layout was reorganized. An atrium with a bamboo garden and hot tub, one with a koi pond and a six-meter-long dining-and kitchen area connect with the existing structure into a cosmopolitan, expansive atmosphere. The sand-colored brick walls contrast with anthracite and light gray. Just as the kitchen, the sleeping area seems more of a fluid space sculpture than a conventional use of space. The various room areas have been zoned by exclusively purist furniture with invisible sliding doors, integrated lighting and hidden technology. Light-filled spaces intersperse with introspective retreat areas. Reduction in the design builds the backdrop for personal favorites.

Design Office: Hollin+Radoske Architekten

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Photographs: Ludgar Paffrath

House M | Architekten Wannenmacher + Möller

Description by Architekten Wannenmacher + Möller GMBH:

The Möllmann residence is located in a long-standing residential area, mainly comprising detached houses, outside Bielefeld. It was not possible to realise the requested flat roofed house because of the land use stipulations that required a symmetrical roof with an angle of 30 – 38°. Therefore the decision was made to use the traditional regional architecture as a point of orientation for the exterior of the house. The barns that are popular for agricultural use in this rural region were chosen as a particular reference for the formal design of the house. In line with the simple, unpretentious architecture of the barns the residence was designed as a lengthened, rectangular structure with a double-pitched roof without overhang. The masonry facades on three sides in quarry stone also refer to the traditional architecture in rural regions.

Although the house includes formal references to regional traditions the character of its interior is still consistently modern. This is made particularly clear in the open layouts that allow the rooms to flow into one another. The complete glazing of the side of the building shell that faces the garden, which allows the inside to melt into the outside through its lack of materials, is also a typical characteristic of a modern space concept. Numerous built in storage elements, benches and storage rooms provide sufficient storage inside the house. The books are also gathered in one place in a specially fitted library on the ground floor of the house. This meant that all the utility areas in the building could be kept free of objects for everyday use. The walls remain clear and can thus develop their spatial effects without disturbances.

Reduction to only a few materials and colours – Italian sandstone for the floor, white plaster for walls and ceilings, oiled oak for the benches and glass and grey aluminium for the windows – gives the rooms a soothing calmness. With the support of a minimum of furnishings the architecture develops an ascetic austerity that makes the house a place of contemplative peace and allows the residents to escape from the hectic and noise of everyday life.

Design Office: Architekten Wannenmacher + Möller GMBH

Location: Germany


Loft in Berlin | Dreimeta Armin Fischer

A view of the world from Berlin: A global entre- preneur had a loft built in a listed brewery building. With the fantastic view over the roofs of Berlin the loft is given an unconcealed sensation. The interior has been made into a private, very personal retreat with authentic materials and treasures from throughout the world.

Description by Dreimeta Armin Fischer:

Our client: Inventor of a new market

The loft was designed for a couple, wherein the husband introduced an entirely new concept to the market; with it he initiated and designed a whole new segment in the hotel industry.The entrepreneur draws an enormous amount of expertise from his knowledge in the areas hospitality and design which he brings in to his projects. We used the couple‘s knowledge as important input for our concept to design the loft‘s interior.

Our task: Redesign a loft to make it into a private apartment

In order to become a private retreat for the couple, the Berlin loft had to fulfil various premises, some of which stood in contrast to each other: the client‘s sophisticated, almost museum term of aesthetics, functionality suitable for everyday use as well as a pleasant atmosphere to compensate for stressful travels throughout the world. We also had to allow for the client‘s request of having guest area in our spatial planning. There were three floors on site, including the roof and terrace. During the design process we remained in close contact with our clients in order to find convincing solutions for each and every task.

Our idea: A less-is-more concept with enough space for art

For a client who is at home throughout the world, his own four walls become a pole with which he can realign himself. For this reason we wanted to avoid extreme statements and rather provide a neutral film which the client could use to enfold his creativity and art affinity. A further approach was for us to stimulate the character of the historical building by working with corresponding materials.

Our creative solution: Calm colours, natural as well as industrial materials

Our colour and material concept for the loft focussed on calm colour shades – earthy shades in particular, in combination with white- washed brickwork.

The floors were covered in solid oak floorboards; mastic asphalt was used for the floor in the di- ning area, which will gradually gain patina and thus develop a unique look. Beside natural shades and materials, we also integrated industrial materials with a new interpretation. A rusty steel wall in the entrance area cites the industrial character of the loft which partitions off the storage space behind. In favour of the client‘s art collection, treasures, artefacts and objects from throughout the world, the interior design took a back seat and provided room for their staging.

Our success: Berlin dependance as a panora- mic viewing point and retreat

Between journeys around the world the owner can relax in his own private quiet zone in the middle of town. A retreat was created as a place to centre oneself as well as to house collectibles. A place to have an open, inspiring view on the world as well as a personal, introspective view in intimate surroundings, completely attuned to meet ones own requirements.


Design Office: Dreimeta Armin Fischer

Location: Berlin, Germany


Galerie Andersen | Dinesen

The old Berlin Brewery is bubbling with art and design.


Description by Dinesen:

In the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood in former East Berlin, Mikael Andersen found a building from the 1800s, which previously contained a brewery. Only after extensive renovation he was able to open the doors to this 250-square-metre art venue with works by recognised artists from around the world. Above the gallery is Mikael Andersen’s own flat, which clearly reflects the owner’s profound passion for art and design as well as his Danish background. The interior revolves around Scandinavian design. Old classics as well as new designs adorn the home. The flat has wide Douglas planks from Dinesen throughout. Along with the general style of the interior design, the light and harmonious flooring with the clean lines form a beautiful and elegant background for the expressive art works that dominate the decor. The art works come from all over the world, although there is a particular emphasis on German, Danish, Japanese and South African art, including a large collection of West German Ceramics from the 1960s.

Design Office: Dinesen

Location: Berlin, Germany



Penthouse | Honey and Spice

Design Office: Honey and Spice

Location: Germany



Berlin Apartment | Emmanuel de Bayser

Design Office: Emmanuel de Bayser

Location: Berlin, Germany

Photographs: Manolo Yllera

Summer Apartment in Berlin | Loft Szczecin


Description by Loft Szczecin:

Summer apartment is set up in the palace complex surrounded by a forest in the suburbs of Berlin.All rooms have undergone a major renovation. Before starting the work huge amounts of garbage had to be removed from all rooms. The walls required drying and restoration. The floor was a threshing floor so bricks and planks were laid all over the entire surface. The apartment will be used mainly in the summer and during holidays and special occasions.The idea for the interior design to some extent refers to the old Mediterranean architecture, while equipment and furnishings in order to avoid banality, was supposed to be a little eccentric, mysterious and elegant. The kitchen has a simple, homely and a little rural character. Furniture, lamps and accessories have been completed thanks to contacts with collectors and dealers from whom designer has been acquiring those items for years. In many cases, they were completely renovated. Designer, Jacek Kolasiński, is also pleased that most furniture, lamps and rugs come from Poland. Several of these items are very unique (some of them were even made bespoke many years ago). Among the furniture and equipment there are also products of the Czech Republic and Denmark at the turn of 50-60, as well as items designed by our studio and manufactured in Poland.

Design Office: Loft Szczecin

Location: Berlin, Germany

Photographs: Karolina Bak

House S | Stephan Maria Lang

Description by Stephan Maria Lang:

On a sloping site oriented to the morning sun the house is hovering with its widely levitating roof anchored to the ground by 3 stone clad rocky volumes. The white coated slabs with floor to ceiling sliding doors in between create an image like a yard in a light breeze.

The Indoor outdoor living with lots of friends, enough space for entertaining and the maximum input of sea view and evening sun hiding early behind the Hilltop made up the decision to have the Living area in the second floor at street level.

You enter the house in the upper level through a 4 meter (13 foot) high entrance hall. A big western facing window over the entrance door marks the entry in the widely closed street façade. At night the classic artichoke Light of Poul Henningson is a magic focus point for the visitors.

Opposite the entrance hall is the more private living space with a view to Lake Starnberg.

Adjacent to the right is the huge kitchen area overlooking the lake with the mountains in the background. Sky frame sliding Glass door system allows to melt the space to a huge terrace under the dramatic levitating roof subtle lit at night. A big chimney is the heart of the Mountain View terrace which terminates in the infinity pool overlapping free into the garden.

A hidden stairway leads to the lower first floor and the water sunken courtyard, which is an invention to let light in the hill facing guest and bathrooms. The sleeping rooms in this very private area are facing the garden and are connected by wooden terraces.

In the whole house we tried to use a simple but sophisticated material and color concept.

White walls to present a photo art collection, Maple for floors and furniture and Kehlheimer local Limestone for bathrooms and chimneys. The well determined detailing creates an atmosphere of sensitive luxury. Exactly composed vistas determine the free floating groundplan.

The play with fluent passage is enhanced by the garden layout. The sculptured building interacts with the prairie style garden. The Composition creates different garden spaces and vistas.

Design Office: Stephan Maria Lang

Location: Munich, Germany

Photographs: Hans Kreye & Mark Winkel

Contemporary Timber House | Stommel Haus UK

Design Office: Stommel Haus UK

Location: Troisdorf, Germany

S Residence | Zwo P

Design Office: Zwo P

Location: Ulm, German

Apartment in Germany | Alexander Zenzura

Design Office: Alexander Zenzura

Location: Germany

Apartment Sch | Ippolito Fleitz Group

Description by Ippolito Fleitz Group:

An art-loving couple moves into a new apartment in one of the best areas of Stuttgart on a hillside offering a fantastic view over the city nestled in the valley below. The object not only satisfies their desire for a stylish residential setting, it also offers a more than suitable space in which to hang their extensive collection of paintings.

The apartment stretches over three mezzanines in the upper storeys of a building dating from the 1980s. A rigorous reorganisation of the object created a flowing, three-dimensional room, whose fluid effect is further underscored by light stoneware flooring throughout. Access to the apartment is already impressive, as you enter it straight from a lift that leads directly into the lower floor of the apartment. Here a generous room is revealed, which is structured into three areas. A seating island, contained by a circular luminous ceiling and a metal curtain, denotes the centre of the room and is positioned in front of a long, horizontal window band. The adjacent dining area is characterised by a white, free-standing, high-gloss lacquer kitchen unit. Opposite the kitchen is a long, solid wood table, which creates an interesting contrast to the delicate lamp floating above. Translucent curtains at your back filter in daylight from the outside. A corridor, in which a wardrobe and row of cupboards are concealed behind a textile skin, leads away from the kitchen towards the private quarters of study, bathroom and bedroom.

The other end of the room houses a billiard table. The stoneware tiling of the flooring is continued on the wall behind it; a design principle that is echoed in both the bathrooms. Next to the billiard table, a staircase leads up to the upper floors. The ceiling above the table extends upwards at this point. Fascinating vistas are thus opened to the floor above, which differ according to your vantage point. The strict geometry of the walls and areas is emphasised by their materiality and colour. In this way, both the doors that lead on to the stairwell and lift are made from bronze-anodised aluminium panels and fully integrated into the wall as concealed doors.

The living mezzanine is reached from the first landing, where a large mirror that opens up the sloping roof and acts as a virtual window immediately catches your eye. Its oval shape is dissected into four equal parts, which are gently inclined towards the centre and thus produce dramatic and surprising mirror images. Opposite the seating group is the television. When switched off, it disappears almost completely behind a black glass pane and the viewer’s gaze is drawn entirely towards the large format painting by artist Rosalie that hangs above. The most spectacular eye-catcher of the room, however, remains the remarkable view. It can be properly savoured through the gabled window that is glazed on three sides and which gives on to the spacious terrace. The upholstered cosy corner in front of the fireplace and reading/piano area perfectly round off the room. The sloping ceilings here and on the top floor are painted in a light beige tone, which provides a gentle contrast to the white perpendicular walls. Another landing leads to the top mezzanine that houses the bedroom and generous bathroom landscape.

On entering the top level, the first thing to catch your eye is the filter of twisted leatherette bands that spans between the corridor and the lowered sleeping area. The two areas are separated by means of a 4 m glass wall; when necessary, an opaque curtain ensures privacy and intimacy in both areas. The bathroom holds a large, round bathtub, a bamboo forest shower and free-standing washstand fittings. The mirrored cupboard is suspended from the ceiling and thus retains a narrow line of sight from the bathtub, across the bedroom, and out on to the green hills of the surrounding area. There is also a beautiful view from the sauna, whose windows afford a fine view over the city. The focal point of the sleeping area rests on the walnut veneer bed with accompanying sideboards, surrounded by a cosy, plush carpeted floor. These materials are also continued into the spacious, en suite dressing room.

The spatial architecture of Apartment Sch is entirely designed around pictures and perspectives. The incredible panoramic views are framed within different settings, and the clients’ remarkable collection of paintings creates a striking interplay with the materials, geometric forms and colours of the interior.

Design Office: Ippolito Fleitz Group

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Photographs: Zooey Braun

House in Berlin | Studio Loft Szczecin

Design Office: Studio Loft Szczecin 

Location: Berlin, Germany

Photographs: Karolina Bąk

Loft ESN | Ippolito Fleitz Group

Description by Ippolito Fleitz Group:

The Palmscher Park in Esslingen is a former army barracks from the late Wilhelmine era. It was transformed into a residential complex at the turn of the millennium and has become a very popular residential area thanks to its attractive hillside situation, only ten minutes walking distance from Esslingen town centre. When an agency moved out of a loft space at the short end of a two-storey block, a family with two small children sought to transform the site into their new home. An open and spacious living space with differentiated living zones and tantalising visual perspectives was created across 400 square metres.

Now when a visitor enters the loft, a wide space opens up along a horizontal and vertical axis. The living area is only separated from the entrance area by an L-shaped filtering curtain. At the foot of the staircase a wardrobe is concealed behind a mirrored wall, reflecting Tom Dixon’s Mirror Ball infinitely back and forth.

The ground floor is laid out around the dining area. A long table is located in space by a carpet and slender, intersecting, pendant lamps. An open-plan kitchen connects well with the dining space thanks to three, freely stacked, solid surface cubes. A rear row of kitchen units houses different household appliances and a tall, narrow wine rack, creating an enticing mix of stainless steel, lacquered wood and solid surface. The tiled splash-back of golden, Italian glass tiles recalls the owners’ origins and childhood. The row of kitchen units also screens the children’s living space. Its rear wall containing integrated cupboards forms the corridor leading to the three children’s bedrooms.

A projecting section of wall divides the living and dining areas from one another. On the kitchen side its surface has been given a chalkboard finish. Coloured glass reflects the room on the other side, and flat screens are integrated into both sides of the wall. The living area is dominated by an expansive couch landscape and a deep-pile carpet. A grand piano stands at the enclosed end of the room in front of an upholstered fabric wall, surmounted by a skylight. Two doors opposite lead out onto the terrace. The wall surrounding them is mirrored from floor to ceiling. A branching pattern of lines is traced upon the mirrored surfaces and glass doors, awakening associations with twigs and branches and overlapping with the actual view of the garden. The mirrored wall borders a tall firewood container, which holds the fuel for the sculptural, suspended wood-burning stove. The precise, smooth glass surface and the randomly piled wood create an exciting contrast, which is reflected throughout the space. Warm natural materials and colours – including a dark-stained oak parquet floor, earthy tones on the walls and curtains, but also the shimmering golden surfaces – find a corresponding analogy in pink expanses of colour, cuboid solid surface forms and glass surfaces. The room receives an additional dynamic twist thanks to its sloping ceilings; their individual surfaces are accentuated by a contrasting colour scheme.

The upper level is the parents’ domain. A separate study was not part of the brief, so instead a small work station is located in an open-plan area. This is part of a house-in-house construction, which conceals the bedroom, because the clients specifically asked for a bedroom into which no light could permeate at all. This almost hermetically sealed room, the contours of which follow the simplest of house outlines – five strokes of a pencil – only retains contact with the outside world via the doors and a curtained passage to a skylight and windows. The ceiling’s warm dark blue is punctuated by a large grey circle. The circle and side walls serve as a blank canvas for a labyrinthine shadow-play that is cast in all directions by five fragile spheres of light.

The bathroom open upwards, providing a perfect counterpoint to the hideaway bedroom: A mirrored wall is the only element separating the bathroom from the corridor. Suspended light drops thus illuminate both areas and connect the collage-like objects and rooms to form a poetic landscape.

The Loft ESN embodies an exceptional transformation of an army barracks into an office, and finally into a spacious and exceptional living space.

Design Office: Ippolito Fleitz Group

Location: Eßlingen, Germany

Photographs: Zooey Braun

Jackie Su Restaurant | RAUMINRAUM

Design Office: RAUMINRAUM

Location: Bremen, Germany

Photographs: Nikolai Wolff

Apartment in Berlin | Peter Fehrentz Design

Design Office: Peter Fehrentz Design

Location: Berlin, Germany

Photographs: Peter Fehrentz Design

Black and White House | Fabi Architekten bda

Description by Fabi Architekten bda:

A house like an archetype. As a prelude to the castle “Schönberg” (12th century) at the Wehrgraben – site of a former guard house.

The house consists of two building volumes – one homogeneous, black saddle roof building lying turned and cantilevered on a white flat roof box. A minimal intrusion into the hillside topography. The volumes open up targeted to the natural space, the forest. The buildings to the sorroundings shine quiet and conciseness– unambiguity.

Diving into the slope the visitor develops the house over an underground wardrobes / reception room – is soaked up through the ray of light over a free overhanging stairs. Above: One-room for working, thinking, talking, eating, celebrating, relaxing,…..result of the failure of all irrelevancy – minimum. In the evening retreat into the belly of the house for cleaning, relaxing and sleeping.

Always accompany of the look in the nature room – diminution. Pure geometric out of lively material – monolithic with penetration.

On the Outside: granite crushed stone following the topography – of rough till fine – black aspahlt as a back gear. Sufficiency and respect for the place are the aims of buliding the future.


Design Office: Fabi Architekten bda

Location: Wenzenbach, Germany

Photographs: Herbert Stolz