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Apartment overlooking a Graveyard in Berlin

Contemporary Interior Architecture in Germany – design by ALLENKAUFMANN

10 Sep 2019

Apartment overlooking a Graveyard


Location: Berlin, Germany

Apartment overlooking a Graveyard

Apartment Overlooking a Graveyard Berlin

This is a ground floor apartment in Berlin, Mitte that looks over a cemetery. There are two courtyards to pass through to reach the apartment and each building in-between has a tunnel. Our building, which also had a tunnel, would become the main entrance and a bedroom.

Apartment Overlooking a Graveyard Berlin

The apartment ALLENKAUFMANN was hired to renovate would connect two separate ground floor spaces by closing off the building tunnel. The architects ended up with a useable floor plan area that we visualized as a square rectangle being divided in half and then one section being shifted away, forming an abstract S. The area left over from the shift is a private garden.

Apartment Overlooking a Graveyard Berlin Apartment Overlooking a Graveyard Berlin

ALLENKAUFMANN’s clients were a married couple in their late 30s with two young children. They had recently returned from a trip to LA and they wanted something LAish, the architects countered and pushed for something more New Yorkish and Berlinish.

Apartment Overlooking a Graveyard Berlin

Berlin has a type of apartment layout that is unique and traditional to the city. The floor plan is very cut up and sectioned off, every room has a door and is connected to a central foyer or hallway. We proposed using the concept of the “shifted rectangles from a square” to define the living space. Using the shifted rectangles we created a public and private zone. The public zone is open and loft like and the private zone is sectioned off and Berlin like.

The german clients had recently spent time in LA and NYC and they really appreciated the American style of open spaces, but they also appreciated the typical Berlin style of division and separation. So we proposed an apartment with both american openness and german closedness.

The project was in an old building in a back courtyard. Two separate spaces, with different ground floor levels needed to be combined to form an entrance for the entire building and one single space for a new apartment.

To combine two ground floor spaces separated by a tunnel into one single apartment space with a garden over looking a graveyard.

Apartment overlooking a Graveyard, Berlin – Building Information


Project size: 200 sqm
Completion date: 2015

Apartment Overlooking a Graveyard Berlin

Photography: Yuzhu Zheng

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