Reichenbergerstrasse Apartment, anchored deep within a Kreuzberg Hinterhof, embodies a transformation of space and light. A young family’s desire for openness and connection to the building’s raw industrial character guided the design.

The existing steel and brick skeleton preserved an inherent structure for a new narrative. Two rooms anchor opposing corners of the L-shaped plan, defining spaces while maintaining fluidity. A large black steel and glass interior window, set back from the façade, draws light and fresh air while freeing exterior walls.

The new floor, a polished expanse of cement, amplifies the industrial character. Rustic wood, black steel, and concrete-toned tiles compose the bathroom, a sanctuary of understated texture. Pastel hues, exposed brick, and a warm fireplace counterbalance the dark steel and concrete kitchen, creating a space of subtle energy and warmth.

Architect: ALLEN KAUFMANN Architekten

Photography: Yuzhu Zheng