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It has to stand out
3/6/2013

Boasting a protruding, sculptural façade, the new building by J. Mayer H. Architekten at Johannisstrasse 3 in Berlin is certainly an eye-catcher. Owing to the street’s width (just twelve meters) the team did not manage to obtain planning permission for the construction of balconies or oriels, features that would ordinarily define the appearance of an entire building. For this reason, it was clear from very early on in the design process that the façade should protrude out onto the street itself. The project is a joint venture between J. Mayer H. and the Euroboden group, which until now has been mostly known for its projects in Munich and took its first step into the Berlin property market with the Johannisstrasse project. The fruit of this collaboration is an apartment building that is truly extraordinary, thanks above all to its organically formed façade. On the one side vertical aluminum lamellae guarantee both privacy and protection from direct sunlight while on the other generous recesses ensure that the apartments, which have been fitted with floor-to-ceiling glazing, are flooded with sufficient light. High ceilings with maximum exposure to natural light were an express wish of the client.
Depending on personal preferences and requirements, the new inhabitants can choose between a townhouse with a private garden, a classic apartment or a penthouse with a spectacular view. All units are fitted with top-quality real-wood parquet and impressive interior landscapes in luxurious leather. The bathrooms boast mosaic or natural stone flooring each with its own unique design penned by the architects themselves, free-standing bathtubs and fittings by Vola. The architects have had nothing but good experiences with Vola. Not only because they like working with bathroom specialists, Vola is also a name that most of the select clientele are familiar with, one that is associated with high-quality, sophisticated design. This ultimately eases communication between the clients and the vendors for it assures buyers that the rest of the interior will also be of the highest quality. Furthermore, the fittings are available in plethora of colors and finishes, allowing them to cater to the individual wishes of the buyers while maintaining a consistent overall image.

The new apartment building by J.MAYER H. Architekten on Johannissstrasse in Berlin boasts a façade that is eye-catching to say the least. Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden
The new apartment building by J.MAYER H. Architekten on Johannissstrasse in Berlin boasts a façade that is eye-catching to say the least. Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden
The building’s bathrooms boast free-standing bathtubs as well as bathroom fittings by Vola. Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden
Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden
Viewed from the street, the sculptural qualities of the façade that fronts the apartment building by J. MAYER H. Architekten in Berlin are even more pronounced. Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden
Inner courtyard with firewall. Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden
Vola provided the bathroom fittings in a variety of designs and finishes. Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden
Open living spaces and spacious ground plans are concealed behind the sculptural façade of apartment building at Johannisstrasse 3 in Berlin. Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden
The elaborate aluminum lamellae provide protection from direct sunlight while ensuring that the apartments, with their marvelous floor-to-ceiling glazing, are suffused with sunlight. Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden
Like the façade itself, the firewall opens up to allow natural light into the building. Photo © Ludger Paffrath for Euroboden

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