June 2, 2023


A loft in Alexanderplatz with the sky of Berlin as the ceiling

In charge of this refurbishment, RQH Studio chose PORCELANOSA's PAR-KER® Vancouver Sand as the main floor tiles for the loft

The sky of Berlin as the ceiling. With this idea in mind, RQH Studio refurbished this 200-m2 duplex loft in the heart of the city. In this project the interior design of the extensive, open spaces is based on simple lines in order to achieve a bright and modern loft, which features a masculine style and industrial touches.

The uniqueness of the property lies in the striking two levels of the outermost area on the lower floor, which is rounded off with enormous picture windows. These start at the floor and reach the ceiling, extending to the building's inclination. "This effect of having the sky as the ceiling is incredible, and on top of that it brightens the spaces", says Rober Quiñones-Her, the studio's founder and creative director.

Another element that gives the loft its personality is the spiral staircase connecting both floors. Made with wooden cantilevered steps and a very light rail, it occupies a discrete area in the loft's distribution, and its black finish defines its contour, giving it the right amount of protagonism. The original exposed brick on the inner side of the façade also stands out and perfectly combines with the shades of white, dark grey and black, achieving a balanced chromatic central theme.

The main floor tiles selected for the loft were Porcelanosa's PAR-KER® Vancouver Sand. They are made of a highly resistant ceramic material, are inspired by natural wood and are sustainable, containing 95% recycled material.

As for the distribution, the duplex has three bedrooms, three bathrooms (two of them en suite) and a lounge-kitchen-dining space. The latter occupies most of the lower floor, creating the home's most social area. The kitchen features an island with a storage and bar-type dining area that is rounded off with the main cooking and washing areas. As for the cabinets, they decoratively extend to the ceiling in the section with two levels. The lounge is at the other end of the open room. With very simple lines, anthracite grey elements have been chosen with the aim of giving the environment further presence.

Between the sofa and armchair is the access to the first bedroom. With an en suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, it stands out for its masculine style and sobriety, combining white and dark grey. A large upholstered headboard that extends from the floor to the ceiling merges with wooden and mirror walls, one of them leading to the walk-in wardrobe through a sliding door. An elegant proposal that has also been applied to the bathroom, entirely of white marble.

The spiral staircase leads to the upper floor, where we find the second bedroom. It has been arranged using a wooden structure that covers the headboard and extends in an L shape to create a desk that overlooks the city. The bedroom features a bathroom in shades of grey, with its entrance next to the staircase.

On the opposite side of the upper floor is the main bedroom. It is a large space with an attic-style ceiling, where a sloping panoramic window and an element that fits the bed, which extends to the headboard and includes the bedside tables, particularly stand out. The white colour of the bathroom fittings and walls combine with the grey colour of the furniture and the shade of PAR-KER® Vancouver Sand. Due to its technical characteristics, this material has been used in the shower tray, enhancing the sensation of continuity.

This is a modern and functional project from which to enjoy one of the main European capitals.

See it in Porcelanosa Projects.

Architecture: RQH Studio

Photo: RQH Studio

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