Architect Visit: A Midcentury Makeover in Berlin by

Issue 93 · Eastern Europe · October 7, 2013

Architect Visit: A Midcentury Makeover in Berlin

Issue 93 · Eastern Europe · October 7, 2013

Not that it's fall, we're reminded of the warmth that color can bring inside when there's a chill in the air. In their renovation of a 1957 atrium house built for the International Building Exhibition in Berlin, Bfs Design takes the color lesson to heart.

Protected as a historic monument and completely untouched since it was built, the one-story building and its garden required a sensitive and gentle update. The mandate: to create living as well as office spaces for owners who run a model casting agency. Working with a framework of black and white, Berlin-based Bfs Design added a textural autumnal palette that we predict will stand the test of time. For those (like me) who fear that anything but the safest tones will soon look dated, their example provides a bright new way of thinking.

Photography by Annette Kisling via Bfs Design

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, small pebbles and smooth pavers | Remodelista

Above: The atrium house is in the middle of the Tiergarten Park in the center of Berlin. 

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, feature black tile wall, black and white striped area rug| Remodelista

Above: The high contrast of black and white in the living room creates an ordered backdrop for welcoming in a bit of color.

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, feature black tile wall, white sheer curtains, suspended black fireplace | Remodelista

Above: A wall of small black tiles introduce texture and depth to the room, which is prevented from looking clinical thanks to a simple stack of logs  

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, brass pendant in kitchen, multi-colored Eames chairs | Remodelista

Above: Autumnal tones arrive in the kitchen.

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, brass pendant in kitchen, multi-colored Eames chairs | Remodelista

Above: The theme of black and white continues, but is secondary to the warm shades of the chairs and brass light fixture.

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, feature tile wall in kitchen, red faucet | Remodelista

Above: Tiles with a relief pattern liven up the sink wall. 

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, feature tile wall in kitchen, red faucet | Remodelista

Above: The tiles stand out against minimalist, hardware-free cabinets, all of which are below the counter.

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, brass pendant in kitchen, multi-colored Eames chairs | Remodelista

Above: Color and texture keep the white room from feeling cold. Stay tuned: Tomorrow we're running a Steal This Look on the kitchen.

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, gray bedroom with built in storage over the radiator | Remodelista

Above: A few brights carry over into the bedroom. The built-in storage shelf above the radiator is an efficient use of space.

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, feature tile wall in bathroom | Remodelista

Above: A tiled wall with a circular relief pattern adds a look that's both mod and contemporary to the guest bath.

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, dark moasic tiles in shower | Remodelista

Above: Dark mosaic tiles line the shower.

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, small pebbles and smooth pavers | Remodelista

Above: The garden is ordered by contrasting textures of small pebbles and smooth paving stones.

Atrium House by Bfs Design in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, wood garage door | Remodelista

Above: A wooden garage door brings warmth to an otherwise austere exterior.

Tile walls are a good way to introduce texture, depth, and sometimes pattern and color to a space. See more in Five Favorites: Textural White Tile Backsplashes and Moroccan Glazed Tile Roundup

 



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