City Loft, Cologne

Designed by: Corneille Uedingslohmann Architekten
For client: Confidential Floor area: 135.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: 年度大型公寓

About the Project

The ground floor apartment of this building, built in 1951 by Cologne architect Karl Band (1900-1995), was distinctively renovated in close cooperation with the monument protection authorities. The central features of the existing architecture are the original, exposed reinforced concrete ribbed ceiling and the preserved brick walls with embedded spolia from Cologne churches. The original windows and other components from the existing building were also restored and modernized.

The redesigned, opulent bathroom impresses with an oversized shower wall made of heavily grained, greenish natural stone. The free-standing bathtub and the matching built-in furniture complete the unique character of the bathroom. However, the heart of the apartment is the custom-built, open kitchen. It has been completely personalized and functionally designed to meet specific needs. Its oak wood cabinetry and the polished marble countertops harmonize with the building’s original material canon. The 135sqm unit has been converted into a compact, contemporary city residence with exceptional details and interior design.

What’s unique about it

With this project it was possible to transform the living space of this historical building into a modern, striking loft with individual highlights and a cool, classic charm. Original elements, such as the ribbed concrete ceiling, which had the potential to be translated into the contemporary architecture and furnishing language, were exploited and set into scene. Extraordinary materials, such as the greenish natural stone in the bathroom, form corresponding accents in the overall concept and lend the loft an individual look. The tailor-made kitchen shows a high degree of precision in design, planning and production and was developed for the special needs of the client.

Interior design often takes place in existing spaces that bring with them a history and defining aspects that limit the freedom of planning. Whether it be monument protection regulations, unalterable structural conditions or technical limitations, the art lies in welcoming these challenging facets and integrating them into a coherent concept. The final result should appear as if one had been completely free in its planning and if given the chance to build completely new, would have done it just the same.

The opportunity to plan an existing apartment with such extraordinary potential is rare - the stunning result of this conversion just as remarkable.

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