The oldest building of Prenzlauer Berg district in Berlin (Germany) was constructed in 1844; it used to be a police station for a long time and then became neglected. Recently the construction was renovated by asdfg Architekten studio. The renewed residence is called MMB (Umbau Müllerhaus Berlin), occupies 400 sq. meters and is intended for a family with children.
The internal space was totally reconstructed. The architects kept only external walls and one massive wall at the center. The staircase, kitchen and mezzanine-located children bedrooms are aligned to this central wall. The main staircase is divided in two parts. The first five stairs lead to the platform through the big wall opening; the platform gives the possibility to feel all the living room`s height. The second part is suspended and is conjoined with the opened gallery at the second floor, stretching from one wall to the other and thus creating both the work and rest space for parents, separated with massive sliding door.
The beams of the former ceilings were re-used and now create the staircase and kitchen interior. Moreover, the wall`s brickwork was also kept and left opened.
The development was carried out in close cooperation with the customer; as a result the apartment gained many outstanding and custom-made elements. Not only the wardrobes, but lots of other items, from louvre-boards to sinks and bath, were customized as well.
Photos by Michael Pfisterer