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City Loft Cologne


The ground floor apartment of this building, built in 1951 by Cologne architect Karl Band (1900-1995), was distinctively renovated in close cooperation with the monument protection authorities. The central features of the existing architecture are the original, exposed reinforced concrete ribbed ceiling and the preserved brick walls with embedded spolia from Cologne churches. The original windows and other components from the existing building were also restored and modernized.

The redesigned, opulent bathroom impresses with an oversized shower wall made of heavily grained, greenish natural stone. The free-standing bathtub and the matching built-in furniture complete the unique character of the bathroom. However, the heart of the apartment is the custom-built, open kitchen. It has been completely personalized and functionally designed to meet specific needs. Its oak wood cabinetry and the polished marble countertops harmonize with the building’s original material canon. The 135sqm unit has been converted into a compact, contemporary city residence with exceptional details and interior design.