Vorgarten mit Pool und großer Terrasse des in schwarzem Holz verkleideten Einfamilienhauses A28 in Berlin.


Conversion of a production building into a single-family home, Berlin

Reanimation - Häuser des Jahres 2021 Auszeichnung

In Berlin, we gave a 1970s industrial building a new skin and a new lease of life. Built as a functional building, it followed its function: Staff area on the lower ground floor, naturally lit by the shape of the topography, a big delivery hall with machine shop on the ground floor and offices on the first floor. A lot of daylight everywhere. A clear grid with strong beams to keep the space free of any columns, exposed concrete without any visual requirements. The vacant house was stripped to its core, but the skinnings with the rough concrete of the structure, the skylights, the staircase with its terrazzo tiles and, with an ironic wink, the flag polls in the front yard remained visible. Now a second skin was added. The building received a mineral insulation and a timber cladding with rough boards glazed in black. The new skin unifies the former moultings as well as the different building volumes. Various widths of the boards prevent the windows from cut outs.

Bürobereich mit Ausgang zur Dachterrasse desEinfamilienhauses A28 in Berlin.
Essbereich und Küche des Einfamilienhauses A28 in Berlin. offener zweigeschossiger Wohnbereich mit Blick zum Essbereich des des Einfamilienhauses A28 in Berlin.

“Reduce, reuse, recycle”

On the ground floor a patio is placed between two living areas. A ceiling slab was removed to create a gallery between ground- and first floor. This all creates an interesting multi-perspectivity. Large windows, the patio and visual references bring nature into the living space and open up the building to the outside. Kitchen, dining, and living area with a library stretch deep through the building and provide very different moods of daylight. The series of beams allow the old machine shop to be tangible. Necessary rooms set in a wooden box are clearly divided from the crude concrete of the rest of the building by a visible joint. They remain elusive, more a gift box or furniture than rooms.

Ostfassade mit begrünter Abtreppung zum Untergeschoss des Einfamilienhauses A28 in Berlin.
  • Project type


  • Purpose


  • GFA

    370 m²

  • Project status


  • Period

    2016 – 2017

  • Construction cost

    900.000 €

  • Service phases

    1 – 9 (HOAI)

  • Project team

    Sandra Scheffl
    Alexander Wild
    Eun Kyoung Song

  • Awards

    Best of Houzz
    Häuser der Jahres

  • Photography

    Philipp Obkircher