Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Berliner Altbau in Germany by marc benjamin drewes ARCHITEKTUREN & schneideroelsen
June 8th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: marc benjamin drewes ARCHITEKTUREN & schneideroelsen
Small and cautious interventions try not to destroy the special atmosphere and to retrieve hidden qualities in the refurbishment of a typical Berlin apartment from around 1900.
In three rooms several layers of old color were taken off the extensive moulding on the ceiling. Behind the thick layers of color parts of the original ceiling frescos appeared. Since the ceilings were not painted again, the rooms are being characterized by a lively and diverse feeling full of history. The slight irregularities of a rough lime cement plaster on the walls are equally far away from a too monotonous perfectly smooth surface. The old hardwood flooring was sanded off and treated with a mixture of oil and wax.
In the rooms without moulding such as the bathrooms and the bedroom the patterns of cement tiles create a colorful atmosphere. The rest of the rooms is kept pure and without expandable details: instead of a skirting board there is a line of special paint and the doors are completely flush with the walls. Between kitchen and bedroom an old Moroccan door marks the transition between the richly decorated original parts and the new pure and modern parts of the apartment. This almost surreal element bought by the client, an international artist duo, before the start of the renovation establishes a strong personal touch. That way a unique atmosphere is being created that combines traditional and modern elements.