Le Tre Porte.
Apartment Renovation. Berlin, Germany / Budget 80'000 €
The Three Doors apartment challenges the rigidity of old structures to bring playfulness and brighten the grey winter days of the German capital.
In a historical building facing the Landwehr canal in the heart of Berlin, the client’s goal was to bring more light into the deep floor plan. The resulting design challenges the outdated apartment organization, leaving the main building's structure untouched. The apartment’s pre-war-era organization was broken up to allow for fluid circulation. Modifications to the non-structural walls free the apartment’s plan and single rooms are rediscovered as a succession of spaces, each enjoying double the amount of windows. Natural light also enters the bathroom through a series of glass-block insertions. Thousands of colored reflections reach the entrance hall when the sun shines through. Two “boxes" are placed on either side of the structural wall: the bathroom + kitchen and a walk-in closet + bed, together containing all necessary services and storage.