Apartment renovation

Location: Berlin, (DE)
Client: Private client
Status: Completed work, 2015
Footage: 40 sqmt

Photo by: Salvatore Di Gregorio

Located in Friedrichshain, the building KPS is an "Altbau" ( residential building of the early '900).

As many of the Berlin buildings in the former East Berlin, it underwent the so called “emergency renovation” in the time from the WWII and right after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.


RARE Office has been commissioned to renovate the apartment at the 3rd level of the building in the courtyard.

The apartment presented a typical Berliner floorplan: the entrance gave on a corridor with no window from which it was possible to access a kitchen equipped with shower, a toilette and a bedroom.


Aim of the project is to design a contemporary studio apartment with maximum efficiency.

All the partition walls have been demolished and the floor plan reorganized, creating a new bathroom and a micro bedroom that is still separated from the living room equipped with a kitchen. The new partition wall between the living and the sleeping area is a functional wall with cabinets that can be used from both the living and the bedroom, working as kitchen cabinets as well as a bookshelf.

The whole bedroom is occupied by a functional bed, positioned on an elevated floor that works as storage.

A portion of the original wall painting has ben left exposed to partially testify the story of the apartment.

The original door, half sanded and finished with transparent lack, have been reused and converted to sliding doors.

Rest material from the original wooden floor (Dielung) and a last door have been reused for the construction of the bathroom’s washbasin.


The apartment is almost completely furnished with furniture specifically designed for the client and the space, among which, besides the bed, a big cabinet with TV and a sideboard.