asdfg Architekten converted the oldest heritage building of Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, Germany, into an original home for a family with three children. The challenge was immense, as the authorities requested the main facade to be reconstructed exactly as depicted on a drawing from 1844.

“The history and special situation of the building was a big challenge, but we also saw a high potential in it to become a very unique single family house with a garden in the center of one of the most popular neighborhoods of Berlin,” the architects said. Many elements of the old miller’s house were kept intact, such as the brick walls which add a bohemian feel to the interiors.

“As a result of the previous uses as a police station and a workshop, followed by many years of vacancy, the house was in bad condition and had many small rooms,” the architects explained. “In order to create a generous space we only kept the outer walls and one massive wall in the middle. The staircase, kitchen, as well as some sleeping galleries are somehow plugged into this wall.”

The minimalist approach led to spacious and functional interiors. A large sliding door on the first level separates the parents’ bedroom from the main living space. A wooden staircase hints the way to the home office upstairs. Many of the furniture units were custom made for the project, including washbasins and the bathtub. What are your thoughts on this heritage house conversion in Berlin? [Information provided by asdfg Architekten; photography by Michael Pfisterer]