At a location very close to Ludwigkirchplatz in Berlin Wilmersdorf, Ester Bruzkus und Patrick Batek have designed a penthouse for a married couple. Excepting the external dimensions and the staircase and elevator core, the ground plan and design of this 210m2 apartment was completely in the hands of the architects. The elevator opens directly into the apartment. The living and dining area – lit from two sides – and the kitchen, are grouped around the elevator core. There are no dividing walls here: functions merge seamlessly into each other and can, if needed, be visually separated by sliding doors. As soon as one enters the apartment, one’s eye falls on the fireplace wall with its built-in cabinets and drawers. A of Pietra gray marble bench in front of the fireplace continues over the entire width of the living and dining room and becomes a generous seating and shelf space. An exclusive herringbone pattern oak floor runs through the entire apartment. A walnut-panelled box containing additional features such as the wardrobes, guest bathroom, library, and kitchen cabinets, encloses the elevator core. In contrast to the living area, the zone for private retreat is smaller-scale in structure. A central hallway separates the two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. Team: Ester Bruzkus, Ulrike Wattenbach, Zlatan Kukic