Berlin practice Sauerbruch Hutton has renovated and extended a former Prussian military uniform factory to accommodate its own offices and an artist’s studio. Sauerbruch Hutton added a two-storey extension with a grey render and zigzagging roof that contrasts with the listed brick building, which is the largest in a cluster of former barracks.
A long glass wall running along the centre of the renovated second floor separates a series of offices from a large open-plan space, while a staircase cast from concrete connects the two new storeys. The new third floor contains a reception area and conference room that flank a gallery leading to a library and a series of smaller offices and meeting rooms.
Roof lights in the extension introduce daylight into the offices, while large windows frame views of the trees outside. Sauerbruch Hutton also created a studio and apartment for conceptual artist Karin Sander in the eastern portion of the building. Studio spaces with skylights, bedrooms, a kitchen, a library and a living room are spread across two storeys, with a roof terrace providing outdoor space.
gross floor area 980 sq m
construction 2008 – 2009
conversion and extension of a former barracks building to an architect’s studio