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jan 05, 2011

reinhardtjung: reinhardtjung: fns apartments apartments

‘fns apartments’ by reinhardtjung in berlin, germany all images courtesy reinhardtjung photography: lumen photography

frankfurt-based architecture studio reinhardtjung (dagmar reinhardt, alexander jung) has sent us images of ‘fns apartments’, an interior renovation project in berlin, germany. housed in a gründerzeit building from the early 1900s, the project retrofits two apartments to create and distribute a network of spaces that ‘float’ into one another.

kitchen / dining space

during the designing process, the firm drew elements from antoine de saint-exupéry’s famed novella, ‘the little prince’. the illustration in question is of a boa that swallows an elephant, where the first drawing only depicts the outline of the enclosed inhabitant followed by a second which shows the interior content of the snake. an object forms a shape but form depends on the content. ‘fns apartments’, in a similar manner, aims to disguise the existing boundaries and thresholds of common residential spaces to create architectural objects that are shaped by their functions.

consisting of movable walls and flexible architectural elements, the apartments give no defining routine practice but engages the inhabitants with the formation of new zones. the resulting design encourages boundaries to ‘float’ into one another instead of designating one program per space where functions are neatly aligned along the wall surface. carefully placed compact service components loosely define the surrounding area and host a number of services such as storage, shower, the kitchen, and dividers.

storage in compact function component

(left) wall panel pivot joint (upper right) open form (lower right) closed form

illustrations from antoine de saint-exupéry’s ‘the little prince’

floor plan

rendered 3D model of the apartments

analyzing communication patterns

(a) compact functions (b) open areas in between

aerial view of the model

compact functions as architectural objects

  • Speechless!!!

    Tanveer says:
  • insanely poetic. love the little prince reference!

    aydio says:
  • this is lovely

    helena says:
  • stunning

    the white/white/white would be a bit much if not for the little blasts of color that emerge as doors are opened and the interiors revealed

    dbkii says:
  • really well covered
    nicely done

    msheret says:
  • surely I will be lost in such a place

    Eric Calabros says:
  • is it me or their presentation, which make me confuse? i don’t really get it

    axelynx says:
  • What a wonderful space.

    rcvs1 says:
  • Concept and design great. Insufficient contrast with white. Antiseptic d;-)

    Jetwax says:

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