Apartment-house Kaiserdamm 25
The six-story dwelling ‚Kaiserdamm 25’ presents itself with a rhythmic-segmented facade of windows and balconies on a light plaster surface.
In the year 1929, the building was finished as one of the first of its kind in the style of the ‚Neuen Sachlichkeit’ for solitary persons under the responsibility of Prof. Scharon and Georg Jacobowitz for the ‚Aktiengesellschaft West für Textilhandel’.
The first floor is for shops. The next four floors are designed as single apartments. In the attic floor are studios with small roof gardens, which offer panoramic views over the Kaiserdamm.
The dwelling house is situated at the corner of the junction Kaiserdamm and Königin-Elisabeth-Straße. A round corner facade with integrated balconies accentuated the curvy end of the two ornate facades of the Kaiserdamm and the Königin-Elisabeth-Straße, which thereby easily merge into one another. The optical dynamic towards the junction gets additional accentuated to the vertical by a small tower aside the the curve.
At the mid-level, three different types of apartments shape optimal arrangements of living space while taking up a minimum amount of space.
The two small-type apartments consist of a bath and a living room, with an alcove bed for one or two persons. A vestibule with a small kitchenette leads to the apartment. An adjoining room gives space for racks.
At the larger apartments, two additional rooms, a living and a sleeping room as well as a separated kitchen were aded.
These, for this time, quite luxury one- and two-room apartments, are suggestive of a concentrated representation with a smart placement of the sanitation facilities on a minimum amount of space. Large balcony doors, which are equiped with handrails and wind-breaks, provide the apartments with light.
The facade is segmented in units by the arrangement of the balconies in the mid-levels and by the following stair accesses. L-shaped lugs of the balconies form wind-breaks.
The l-shaped elements stand out from the white facade through red steel borderings. Eight to ten balconies implie rectangles in the facade.
After each living-unit, a stair access follows, which indicates an additional Unit at the exterior wall. The windows are connected in groups by twos in vertical and displaced about one third of window height. The shift references to the L-shaped elements and get accented through red steel borderings as well.
The dwelling Kaiserdamm 25, which is under monumental protection, takes the role of a trailblazer in construction of small apartments with an optimal arrangements of living space. With its plain design and its economic adjustment, it could have been build 80 years later in our time.