Slavs and Tatars Home by Marc Benjamin Drewes and Thomas Schneider

Slavs and Tatars Home by Marc Benjamin Drewes and Thomas Schneider
[Berlin] Germany
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Room. Berliner Altbau by Marc Benjamin Drewes and Thomas Schneider. Photograph © Enrich Duch.
Marc Benjamin Drewes and Thomas Schneider joined this time to converter a late 19th century apartment in Berlin for an artist duo.

In this conversion of the apartment Marc Benjamin Drewes ARCHITEKTUREN y Thomas Schneider restore the old ceilings that were found in the main rooms. Therefore the rest of the project they decided to do in a very quiet and inconspicuous way. They gave the leading role to the moulding on the original ceiling.

Description of the project by Marc Benjamin Drewes Architekturen

Small and cautious interventions try not to destroy the special atmosphere and to retrieve hidden qualities in the refurbishment of a typical Berlin apartment from around 1900.

In three rooms several layers of old color were taken off the extensive moulding on the ceiling. Behind the thick layers of color parts of the original ceiling frescos appeared. Since the ceilings were not painted again, the rooms are being characterized by a lively and diverse feeling full of history. The slight irregularities of a rough lime cement plaster on the walls are equally more


Marc Benjamin Drewes. 1998 – 2005, architectural studies RWTH Aachen und TU Delft, The Netherlands. 2003 assistant designer MVRDV, Rotterdam, The Netherlands2006 – 2008 projectleader E2A, Zürich, Switzerland. 2009 – 2012 projectleader Raumzeit, Berlin. Since 2012 office in Berlin. Since 2011 scientific staff member Technical University Berlin.



Thomas Burlon, born Schneider, was trained as an architect at the TU Dresden and the RWTH Aachen. He initially worked together with BeL in Cologne, and since 2010 has managed the Brandlhuber + Emde, Burlon office in Berlin. His areas include the rehabilitation and re-programming of built structures, the revaluation of urban spatial neighbourhoods and the investigation of usage-neutral more