15 owner-occupied Flats
15 owner-occupied apartments in a building on Hamburg's Bogenallee is the second project by German architects blauraum. The project was born out of the conversion of a four-storey office building from the 1970s, not far from the famous Grindel tower blocks. The surroundings (it is located in the middle of a block of houses and accessed via a cul-de-sac) seemed ideally suited to increase development density while the concrete skeleton of the original structure offered sufficient stability and flexibility for a complete transformation. The low ceiling height (2.55 metres) was compensated by generous glass fronting. At the rear of the building, all-round balconies were attached to the exterior. Their supporting structure, a large steel framework fixed to the house (on which the self-supporting elements are hung) disappears behind the cladding material of golden brown slats that run round the whole building, creating the impression of a wooden house.