High-quality construction efficiently implemented in a compact area - this issue is as relevant today as it has ever been. One of the most impressive historical examples of optimum use of small residential space in large cities is Berlin’s Unité d’habitation built in 1957 by style legend Le Corbusier.
This 17-storey complex embodies the social, urban and architectural model of the early 20th century and is a listed building due to its classic design. A duplex unit within its walls has been renovated and rebuilt in accordance with the spatial language of Le Corbusier. The 530 apartments in this world-famous icon of residential architecture are home to mainly artists, designers and architects. Its proximity to the Spree and Havel rivers, its offer of compact living in urban greenery and its spectacular views of the Teufelsberg all contribute to an extraordinary quality of life.
The 77-sqm south-facing apartment number 458 consists of two rooms on two floors. The living area is skirted by a large window front and the kitchen and bathroom are located at the rear. The entire microloft was initially stripped down and rebuilt delicately and in keeping with its listed building status. Interior fittings such as kitchen elements, bathroom interiors, lighting and storage space have now been developed to fit perfectly into its new spatial structures. As a contemporary interpretation of the building, all internal fixtures have been deliberately designed in industrial style and the choice of colours for the interior design is based on Le Corbusier’s distinctive facade. The result is a perfectly functioning apartment which appears spacious and airy despite its compactness. The integrated interior design punctuates the character of the building and allows flexible, contemporary, urban living and quality of life.