Rescuing a Midcentury Gem in Berlin

March 8, 2016 – 11:35 pm

Three years ago, a pair of Berlin architects were hired to renovate a faded house and garden under strict architectural preservation—so strict, in fact, it's up for consideration as a UNESCO world heritage site.

The architects are Stefan Flachsbarth and Michael Schultz of bfs-design in Berlin, and the house is a 1957 bungalow designed by Bauhaus architect Eduard Ludwig, whose career was cut short by a tragic accident soon after this project was completed. The house has a courtyard garden and covered atrium, and its location at the end of a block of five houses that abuts a Berlin park ensures that the views are fantastic.

But by the time Flachsbarth and Schultz saw the house, it had been completely deformed, Schultz said. And preservation requirements slowed the remodel. Still, the architects figured out how to return the house and garden to a state that is a credit to its architectural history.

Above: A view from the open courtyard through the living room and into the atrium beyond.

Eduard Ludwig was a disciple of Mies van der Rohe who was well on his way to making a name for himself before he died in a car accident in 1960, a mere three years after this house was constructed. The house sits in the center of Tiergarten Park in the middle of Berlin, built as part of the Interbau development for the Berlin International Building Exhibtion in 1957. At Interbau, 48 architects—including Walter Gropius, Arne Jacobsen, and Le Corbusier—designed a housing development with a wide range of multi-family and single-family homes.

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Above: A view from the courtyard garden into the office space. The living room is through the windows to the right.

Though the plants, including conifer and birch trees, were newly planted in the restoration, they were placed in the exact location of the original design. The architects used concrete slabs for the terrace and limestone gravel for everything else. There is occasional intentional tension between the boundaries of the limestone gravel and natural soil.

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