Berlin-based architecture practice Barkow Leibinger built an extraordinary residential house, situated in the inner courtyard of a block in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood.
The building, characterized by its bold shape is entirely enveloped by a multi-colored brick skin. With its steep roof looming above the building, the house may resemble a pyramid. The roof stretches over three stories up to the building’s upper edge, standing at a height of approximately 18m, creating a space for a roof terrace. Archaic, yet modern appearance was also achieved by the use of a brick skin, seamlessly covering the cubed volume.
The bricks were especially manufactured by a Brandenburg manufacturer, in a range of six different colors: from off-white and yellow to orange-brown, pink, and grey. "Along with the lively fabric of the brick façade, irregularly applied windows help to loosen up the strict geometry of this building that asserts itself as an unmistakably contemporary complement to the ensemble,” added the architects.
This unique house provides two residential units, that are organized as multi-level apartments. The lower unit is organized into a ground-level living floor opening onto a private courtyard garden, with bedrooms located on the second floor. Meanwhile, the second one consists of four levels, having an access to the roof terrace.