Prenzlauerberg apartment
by Sophie von Bülow

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Berlin architect and designer Sophie von Bülow knocked through walls between two residences to create this spacious apartment in her home city (+ slideshow).

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

Sophie von Bülow had to start from scratch when renovating the two apartments in the Prenzlauerberg district of Berlin, which hadn't been touched since the Second World War.

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

"The apartments were totally time-worn," Von Bülow told Dezeen. "Everything had to be done new, which was a lovely challenge."

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

Two full-height gaps were created in the walls separating the adjacent apartments and the layout was rearranged to encompass both.

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

Von Bülow strived to restore and preserve the original features in the property. "We tried to keep the lovely details like the old art nouveau stucco, parts of the old timber piling and the beautiful windows," she said.

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

Peeling wallpaper was removed so the walls could be replastered and painted neutral colours, while wooden floors was sanded and oiled.

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

The bathroom floor was replaced with a screed-like material created by German company Concreed, which was also formed into a sink mounted on a wall of white tiles.

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

Tables in the living spaces were also designed by Von Bülow, including the coffee table made from square steel tubes and topped with pigmented prestressed concrete.

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

Rooms are filled with an eclectic mix of furniture, fittings and ornaments including metal toolboxes used for storing small items and a scuffed red pig.

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

We've recently created a new Pinterest board full of apartment designs, which includes a renovated home in Barcelona with triangular floor tiles and a loft conversion in London with a combined staircase and bookshelf.

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

More projects in Berlin on Dezeen include a museum of architectural drawings with sketches etched into the concrete facade and an interior covered in wrinkly mirrors.

Prenzlauerberg apartment by Sophie von Bulow

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  • someuser

    This is great!

  • Manolete

    A typical Berliner conformist style.

  • oooosstt

    Books organised by colour, to me this signifies total stupidity.

    • Sam

      Really? I know quite a few designers like myself who do it, simply because they remember the colour of the books they’re looking for better than a title or category.
      I suppose in your estimation visual people are just stupid?

      • jmg

        These books are organised by the colour of their spines rather than their covers.
        “”I need that book with the red spine!” but I can’t remember the title, author or whether it was a graphic novel or a textbook” really?

    • rainbowbright

      But looks pretty.

  • Mary

    Looks great! Awesome framed photo by my fave photographer Camilla Storgaard :)

  • Andy

    Why is this on here? There are plenty of period apartments all over the world that have been painted white and nicely furnished. Hardly innovative or original design.

  • James

    Nice but nothing really interesting or special about it.

  • smack

    Whenever I see someone organise their books by colour I become convinced they don’t really read them.

    • diii

      I totally agree..

  • Conor

    Can any German readers give me some information on the product that Concreed uses? How is it different to concrete? Thanks, C.

  • blakenetizen

    I’m sorry but that wire hanger “heart” is hideous.

    • lucienneli

      I think it’s supposed to be a capital “S”.

  • http://leninablahova.blogspot.com Lenina Blahova

    I like the bathroom, as well as the iron boxes. Cool.

  • Nicole

    “Two apartments in the Prenzlauerberg district of Berlin, which hadn’t been touched since the Second World War.”

    Now THAT is something more interesting than this not so special refurbishment. I would like to see the “before-pictures”

    • syrup

      I doubt it’s possible to find apartments in that area that have not been changed since the reunion, let alone WWII. Prenzlauer Berg is “ground zero” of gentrification.

  • Mary

    Great photo on the shelf by Camilla Storgaard Photography :)

  • jba

    Lucky the owners have some lovely artefacts…

  • lavabullet

    What is so interesting about this apartment? It looks like most Berlin apartments. It’s a nice open apartment space. Some of the objects are nice – the mucky ladder is stretching it a bit, but otherwise it’s pretty boring.