PHOTOGRAPHER'S LOFT BERLIN, GERMANY 2014

Ester Bruzkus and Patrick Batek have designed a concise and clear-cut residential loft for an internationally active photographer and his partner in a former hat factory in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The architects have created a well-lit space that refers to the industrial history of the building in its smooth gray concrete floors and its exposed ceiling structure. At the same time, cleverly designed built-in furniture with matt surfaces conceals from view anything that might disturb the eye. The kitchen, dining and living zones form one spacious unit, leading off with a large kitchen block made of green forest marble. Once again, here there is a place for everything: all kitchen equipment is neatly concealed from view under the kitchen block, while a long sideboard with plenty of shelf space serves as a modern larder. The private living zone is marked by a double doorway. Here the concrete and matte paint finishes are complemented by warm oak parquet. But rather than being a floor material, here the parquet is used as panelling on the bedroom to bathroom wall, continuing through to also clad the bathroom walls. Team: Ester Bruzkus, Ulrike Wattenbach