On the famous Unter den Linden boulevard in Berlin, in between beautiful historical buildings, lays Linden Palais, one of the few buildings that was not destroyed during the Second World War. Recently, the property was completely renovated by the Danish architectural studio Norm Architects, who managed to turn it into elegant, relaxing workspaces.
With marble kitchens, spacious lounge areas that remind of impressive lofts, and sublime herringbone parquet, this is without doubt a place that stimulates your creativity and productivity and where you will enjoy coming to work. Both young entrepreneurs and freelancers as well as longtime experts of their field will immediately feel at home here. The main source of inspiration was, not surprisingly, the beautiful location itself. It was soon clear that the building’s historical aspects, such as the striking ornaments, precious mosaic ceilings, and neoclassical stucco work had to be emphasised in a modern way. They form an interesting backdrop for the new, contemporary design. For the colour palette, inspiration was found in the colours that were originally used for the ceiling in the entrance hall: heavy shades combined with marble, gold, wood, and stone. To create a minimalistic look, subtle variants of those tones are used. The boulevard is drawn in as much as possible in the building. The large windows have an almost unobstructed view on the street and provide an abundance of natural light. Furthermore, the rhythm of the linden trees on the boulevard is reflected in the building with the help of columns and much greenery in the spacious lobby, which brings the repetitive element from the outside to the inside. That creates an interesting ‘urban outdoor’ feeling, which is reinforced with the concrete floors and the industrial but tactile materials that form an interesting reference to the city. The reception and lounge area, for instance, must give you a feeling of being outdoors. The boundaries between inside and outside are blurred, bringing about unique spaces.
An interesting urban outdoor feeling is created
‘The feelgood character of offices is often underestimated,’ we hear. That is precisely why this interior with attractive design, clear concept, and beautiful materials stands out so much. When you feel good, productivity is stimulated. It was therefore necessary to create an office which focuses both on hard work and relaxation. Thanks to the open spaces with natural light, lamps become superfluous, while the great acoustics in the building work perfectly for conferences or video calls. In addition, the interior is very special in itself, thanks in part to the detailed panelling and arched windows. Those classic features were given a contemporary approach by combining them with modern artworks. Linden Palais is not just an office: it is a beautiful historical place that has been approached in a modern way and creates a warm feeling of home that is hard to match. Thanks to the unique spaces, the connection to the past and the extraordinary roof terrace, motivation is guaranteed!
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Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Sandie Lykke Nolsøe