Philipp von Matt Architects has recently completed “O12 — Artist House”, a bright, sculptural new home and studio located in the central Mitte district of Berlin. Fostering the dialogue between art and architecture, the project is borne of the continuous exchange between the architect and the private client — a well-known French artist. The result is a hybrid of artwork and architecture, that responds to the critical challenge of balancing professional and private life.
O12 – Artist House in Berlin
The ground floor harbours a more public vocation, housing a gallery and an exhibition space. The sequence of rooms unfolds along the stairway in a concatenation of monumental and intimate spaces, generously open to the West and with more modest rooms to the East. The first floor hosts the kitchen and the living area, while the second floor is entirely dedicated to the sleeping area. Going up the stairs and following a path that seems to simultaneously compress and decompress spaces, guests finally reach the peak: the top floor exclusively occupied by the atelier.
“I am fascinated by the friction between the ordinary and the remarkable and I like the quality of creating something ordinary because it is not easy to achieve… like that feeling of comfort when you enter an old building that has been standing for hundreds of years, what we could call the ordinary in the sense of the well-known“, asserts Philipp von Matt.
Photography: courtesy of Philipp von Matt
Project name: O12 – Artist House in Berlin
Location: Mitte, Berlin (Germany)
Architect: Philipp von Matt
Project team: Philipp von Matt, Stefano Tiracchia,
Completion: January 2020
GFA: 670 sqm