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Eccentric in Berlin: a Space for an Architect to Live and Work


This inspiring live / work space in Berlin is as eccentric as its owner and architect, Jorg Ebers. The four-storey building devotes the upper two floors for residential use, with commercial space occupying the lower two levels. The bones of the building are as eccentric as the eclectic decor pieces that fill it. Ceilings of varying heights create different interior views from room to room, adding interest and a sense of openness inside. But what we love most about this home is the element of surprise – you never know what’s waiting around every corner. From its double-height ceilings and upper level lofts, to book nook, a winding staircase and of course, an extreme color palette – the designer explains, the use of color is a simple but effective decor tool, and he certainly makes the most of it.


Awash in green – the designer’s choice for calming hues – a small but sweet den has all the elements of a traditional living room: a fireplace with stylish firewood storage, bookshelves on either side, artwork on the mantel, and seating. The only different is its scale. This nook opens to the main living area and is topped by an upper-level library accessed by a ladder.

This concrete stairwell features a vibrant green sculptural handrail, providing a bright pop of color in this neutral space, and a focal point where you wouldn’t typically find one.

This sitting area has a “salon” feel to it, but with a modern twist. A collection of artwork ranges from classical to modern works, illuminated by a massive window on the adjacent wall. Extra high ceilings enhance the already awesome sense of space, and a suspended swing hangs at the center.

Just on the other side of the wall, a bright orange bathroom is bursting with energy.

The eat-in kitchen has a retro feel to it, with wood-clad walls and an olive green island that evokes memories of meal time in Mom’s kitchen.

A set of stairs leads down into a kids’ room, where a largely white palette draws focus to the pops of color in the yellow and blue cubby holes, and green wall art. The orange bathroom is visible from this space, adding yet another hue to the palette.

This unusual loft area offers a seat to relax and look at goings-on down below, and overhead.

Another bathroom, this one splashed in green, features a skylight and a window. A bathtub nook offers an intimate place to soak away the cares of the day before turning in for the night.

Jorg Ebers


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