n old hat factory, concrete flooring and exposed ceiling beams; this is the Berlin home of a world-class photographer and his partner. This loft apartment, designed by studio Bruzkus-Batek of Berlin, has no room for anything that could disturb this perfect setting, in a world where great aesthetic sense reigns supreme. The large cupboards that house everyday objects make way for a poetic and at the same time Spartan type of beauty.
In the living room, the modern and the surreal are combined in a charming way: large sofa in dusty-pink faces the fireplace (Schumann Design) camouflaged by the black plinth. Next to it, a floor lamp which is effectively the large-scale version of a traditional table lamp, Nazka di Adriani & Rossi, the Pig coffee table by Moooi and an ironic take on a traditional cuckoo clock.
We are in Berlin-Kreuzberg, the iconic alternative neighbourhood of Berlin, where factories abandoned decades ago, with their large open-plan spaces and wall-to-wall glazing, have gone from being unconventional communal settlements to desirable VIP homes that have often greatly altered their original character. Not in this case: the loft-apartment refurbished by Ester Bruzkus has preserved the original layout with an open-plan area, almost fifteen metres longue, that includes kitchen, dining area and living room.
At the entrance we are greeted by a majestic-looking slab of Rainforest Green marble: this is the owner’s business card, ex chef and food stylist, who loves cooking and entertaining. The perfect cooking equipment is hidden under the counter that offer ample cooking space.
The L-shaped living room extends to the more private part of the loft apartment, in other words the bedroom, bathroom and the study. The floor is in concrete like the rest of the apartment, timber cladding on the bathroom partition creates the necessary warmth. Using different materials creates a harmonious and dramatic overall effect: glass, timber and concrete in different finishes, matt and glossy, see-through and reflective and in block colours, white, black, grey and the warm shades of timber and leather of the Butterfly Chair.
The message is loud and clear: a fuss-free décor that makes way for surprises and creativity, and great food of course!
Renovation and interior design of a city loft apartment
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bruzkus Batek Architekten Partnerschaft
Schwedter Strasse 34°, Berlin, Germany
Tel: 0049 30 440 421 32
Team: Ester Bruzkus, Ulrike Wattenbach
Thomas Hoof, Manufactum
Courtesy Bruzkus Batek