Townhouse Oberwall (2012) by Apool Architects located in Berlin, Germany | The Hardt
Townhouse Oberwall (2012) by Apool Architects located in Berlin, Germany. The found structure of a semi-finished townhouse within the context of the urban development of central Berlin. The new design intensifies the vertical principle of the townhouse model on a narrow plot to the extreme. The white building shell is made of high-gloss painted aluminum panels, it highlights the significance of the abstraction and the vertical aspect of the project. You don´t need any outdoor advertising to highlight the flagship store – the serene surface making the location recognizable and replacing classic outdoor advertising.
The 21 foot (6.5-meter) fully glazed sliding door that forms the entrance to the store is as tall as the building is wide. Within the tight restrictions of a deep and narrow plot, the house achieves generosity through the ceiling height of the duplex issue. The two-story fixed glazing and exterior outward-opening doors on the courtyard side have the same dimensions. The qualities of natural light and space are more important than the optimization of surface area and flexibility. The panels can be opened like shutters when the studio apartment on the upper floor is in use. the house will be used as a flagship store for the owners’ fashion label and their second home, the radical simplicity connects the different aspects of use and creates a clear unit in a diversified neighborhood.