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A Former Lingerie Factory Transformed Into A Brutalist Lakeside Haven

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German architects Brandlhuber+ Emde, Burlon refurbished an abandoned undergarment factory from the Cold War era into ‘Antivilla’: an elegant, brutalist home on the waterfront of Lake Krampnitz, Germany.

Krampnitz, located in Potsdam, is less than an hour’s drive southwest of Berlin. The factory was built sometime in the 1960s, but after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the company was liquidated and the 500 square meter building was abandoned. Architect Arno Brandlhuber began construction on the property in 2010, and instead of total demolition, decided to keep the original concrete facade, which he explains was “simply sealed using grey lime sludge”. A new roof was constructed, supported by a central concrete core, and inside, a full renovation has enabled ‘Antivilla’ to encompass a studio, residence, and symposium space. The monochrome interior can be sectioned off with sheer, white curtains, allowing spatial versatility. In winter, Brandlhuber keeps warm with the sauna and open fireplace; in summer, a swim in the lake is an evident choice.

One of the property’s most impressive features is its crumbling, fractured windows: large holes were excavated facing the lake and forest, to expand natural light and maximize the view. “To celebrate this, friends were invited to the construction site to collectively punch out holes for the windows”, explains a statement on the firm’s website. Brandlhuber is responsible for a number of remarkable concrete buildings in Berlin that we have previously featured, including Kreuzberg’s König Galerie, and the multipurpose Lobe Block in Wedding.

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All images © Erica Overmeer