This project consists of two mixed-use buildings: Torstasse 86, completed in 2014, and Torstrasse 84 built three years later. The two separate buildings follow the same design principles, structured by a grid of regular, extra-large windows and a reduced model-like facade.
Torstrasse 86 is a seven story apartment building sitting on a lot just 11 meters wide in the centre of Berlin Mitte. While the stuccoed north-facing front facade is smooth and serene, on the south side the structure is stepped back in stages, giving the apartments generous south-facing balconies and terraces. The basic floor plan is organized around a central living space that connects two very different sides, extending from the busy street to a quiet courtyard. Large windows bring plenty of light into the 15-meter-deep building. The result is four single-story loft apartments and a two-story penthouse on top, with retail space in the basement and groundfloor levels.
A similar structure is present in the neighbouring Torstrasse 84, with the first floors reserved for commercial purposes, and the top floors planned for residential use. The garden, with its patio pavilion and walkway delineated by cherry tree espaliers, was designed in collaboration with Atelier Le Balto.