German architecture, particularly in Berlin, is not known for its conventionality and plush historic detailing. But the Germans do have a knack for converting seemingly brutalist spaces into incredibly living spaces. And one off the best examples of this we’ve seen in a while is this converted miller’s house.
Dubbed the ‘Müllerhaus’, this 19th century miller’s house was converted by Hamburg-based studio Asdfg Architekten into a modern family abode arranged around the original brick walls. The building was built in the 1840s and had previously been used as a workshop as well as the local police station to the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood where it resides.
In the design stage of the process, the main aim of the project was to make a space of industrial heritage into something habitable and comfortable for a family with the three children. The building had been neglected through the years, and much of the space had been divided into small rooms not spacious enough for family living.
Most of the partition walls were removed and only original brickwork at the centre of the house now divides the living spaces, with openings in the central wall allowing free movement around the entire ground floor. A wooden staircase made from original beams was also added along one of these central brick walls to make the upper levels more accessible.
One of the standout rooms in the Müllerhaus is a studio area which allows working from home. It occupies the landing at the top of the stairs and connects to the adjacent master bedroom. Rather than regular doors, however, Asdfg added large sliding doors to keep things free flowing while still offering privacy when it’s needed.
The children’s bedrooms on this level are also interesting and feature platform beds which are accessed by stairs. Netting across the beds create a protective barrier around the sleeping areas, while one of the rooms overlooks the dining space below through a window in the central wall.
We absolutely love buildings like the Müllerhaus which seamlessly fuse old materials and structures with contemporary techniques and finishes to create something genuinely unique. Check out more of asdfg Architekten’s designs over at their Website.
Photography by Michael Pfisterer.
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