Studio Building in Berlin
Architect: Walk Architekten, Seeger Müller Architekten, Berlin
Location: Invalidenstraße 7, 10115 Berlin
client: Bauherrengemeinschaft, Invalidenstraße
In the middle of a Wilhelminian perimeter block this new, rectangular construction does little to show off its diverse inner life. The unique character of the interior spaces can only be guessed at, for the building presents a uniform appearance: its sculptural façade, rendered in a custom-developed textured plaster, covers the entire building, creating a high degree of homogeneity among its heterogeneous urban-planning environment.
The six-storey building is home to five different use-based spaces. The individual suites are arranged horizontally. On the ground floor, two doctors’ practices are accessible from the street. The first upper storey has three architecture offices, a loft-like studio and a private library that extends over two floors. The remaining floors accommodate apartments with bespoke floor plans. The spectrum ranges from the one-room bachelor pad to the 180-m² five-room flat. On the rear side of the building, there is a terraced area that offers generous free room and additional interior space.
This new construction features low energy consumption; it is heated by a cogeneration plant and a gas-condensing combi-boiler. Vertical awnings provide passive shelter from the sun, and a heat-recovery system has been integrated into the ventilation apparatus.
This residential, office and studio building provides a ready answer to the question how to combine diverse lifestyles, living spaces and spatial needs under one roof. In contrast to its uniform exterior, the inside surprises visitors with its variety and individuality. Living and working have been brought together here without sacrificing individual requirements. With their urban typecase, Walk Architekten and Seeger Müller Architekten have created a contemporary approach to urban living.