Berlin micro-apartment is given a modern makeover to maximize space

Fitting all your home necessities into a 21-square-meter room can be tricky, but it can feel downright impossible when you also need to cultivate a modern and spacious environment that respects the building’s historic 20th century character. Berlin-based design studio spamroom, however, was about to achieve just that with their renovation of a Berlin flat in the district of Moabit. Created in collaboration with johnpaulcoss, this sensitively renovated micro-apartment was created with a minimalist aesthetic that pairs pale wood surfaces with white steel.
Spamroom created the micro-apartment by gutting the original layout and knocking down the interior walls to start with a blank canvas. Screed was also peeled back to reveal the original hardwood floorboards, which were then restored, whitewashed, and patched with salvaged wood wherever necessary. A new insulated ceiling was inserted above and all fixtures were re-fitted.
The architects stacked several of the programmatic features—a mezzanine level with the bedroom are directly above the ground floor bathroom and kitchen unit—to divide the flat in a way that felt balanced and maximized space. The mezzanine can be reached via a paper-like steel staircase that extends from the floor-to-ceiling timber storage unit. White steel beams cantilever over the bathroom unit’s ceiling to increase the mezzanine floor area. A raised skylight provides shelving on the mezzanine as well as access to natural light in the Art Nouveau-inspired bathroom.