Torstraße, Berlin

Site: Berlin
Client: TOR 149 Grundbesitz
Services: LPH 5-9
Duration: 2011-2012
Cost: 2,5 Mio. €
Photos: Tobias Hein

A residential and commercial building with six or eight storeys has sprung up at Torstraße 149 in the middle of Berlin (Berlin-Mitte). Designed by Graft Architekten, it was taken step by step to completion by Bollinger + Fehlig. A contemporary interpretation of buildings typical of Berlin’s gründerzeit (founding period), it has five full storeys facing the road and rounds the historical perimeter block off. Each of the split-level apartments with sizable windows on the southern side has five rooms of various sizes on various levels, and terraces lead up from the first floor to gardens. The faceted facade facing the busy road is ambitious in design but also meant to be sustainable. The metal is tough and durable with a look of tarnished bronze, and in sunshine the light hue has tinges of blue and red.