Biomorphic forms and subtle Space Age design converge at this Berlin apartment by architect Jürgen Mayer.
JOH3 was completed in Mitte in 2012 near Museum Island and Friedrichstrasse and features a sculptural, undulating structure set around a graduated courtyard garden – conceived as an oasis within the city by Mayer’s eponymous practice.
The development is said to be inspired by Space Age design. It is wrapped in a unique slatted façade made with aluminium blades that play with ideas of transparency and seclusion, cocooning inhabitants while capturing southwest light through floor-to-ceiling glazing.
This 119 sq m apartment is on the third floor and has a breezy, open-plan design. The centrepiece is the living room, where a sunken conversation pit recalls the curvilinear volumes of the exterior with a dose of 1960s design. Outer walls are heavy glass, offering views across the apartment’s private 10 sq m loggia and the communal garden below, plus a unique perspective of the building’s dramatic facade. (Motorised light-transparent blinds help cool the space in summer).
A glossy, all-white Bulthaup kitchen heightens the soft, minimalist space vibe, while other unique features include a cloud-shaped window in the bedroom and a UFO-inspired tile design in the bathroom.
The Mitte bolthole is for sale via Fantastic Frank Berlin for €1.565m (with an option to purchase a parking spot in the complex’s underground garage for an additional €50,000) and furniture designed by local studio New Tendency. The Spandauer Vorstadt gallery district is on the doorstep, with shops, cafes and restaurants all within easy walking distance.