The 'Cölln-Palais', designed by architect Sohrab Zafari, is an ultra-exclusive ensemble comprising two townhouses and a complex of buildings containing 5 apartments. Described as a masterpiece beyond compare.
The Cölln-Palais ensemble is located in Waisenstrasse in Berlin Mitte, in the center of Berlin. Alexanderplatz with its countless shops, restaurants, cinemas, central post office and many more services is just a short distance away, while both the Nikolaiviertel district and trendy Hackescher Markt are in close proximity. Public transport links include the nearby subway station, and the suburban railway hub as well as the tram network.
An exclusive entranceway with exposed concrete walls, tailored lighting concept and epoxy resin flooring from where a premium quality lift is gives direct access into the property, on the main floor of the penthouse, situated on the sixth floor of the building is a light-flooded apartment with a living area made up of copious space. The interior design of the apartment imitates the fascinating structured wall surfaces visible from the exterior and its geometric lines and fascinating visual axes. Additionally, materials such as black natural stone, exposed concrete and white stucco walls, cladded doors, top quality carpentry work and Italian "Black Uruguay" flooring combine to create an engaging, highly sophisticated architectural home. The most striking feature of the living area is an imposing piece of fitted furniture that combines ample storage space, with eternit fronting from Austria, with a fireplace. The emergency exit is also expertly hidden within this structure. A terrace that surrounds the entire lenght of the living area, as well as sliding windows that open wide, provide the perfect link between the exterior and interior of the property.
An exclusive fully-equipped contemporary kitchen ,from Reuter & Schmidt, Mannheim, with an integrated dining area directly adjoins the living area. The truly stand-out feature of the kitchen is the use of a single stone block which makes for a kitchen unit (containing the sink and cooking island) however, this feature does not overpower the rest of the kitchen area. Fitted cupboards are used to conceal the fridge-freezer as well as additional storage. The kitchen also features: kitchen appliances from Miele, Gaggenau and Liebherr; marble work surfaces made from Italian Bianco Perlino marble; kitchen flooring made of 200-year-old oak floor panels from Dinesen; large dining table and premium lighting fixtures.
From the kitchen area, two staircases lead to the additional areas of the penthouse, such as the roof terrace or the bedroom on the ground floor. The open interior design and architecture of the kitchen and bedroom give the apartment a loft-style feel, which is further augmented the windows that are extra-large and wide and feature a shading system. The bedroom is distinguished by the simple, clean choice of materials and an equally exquisite design. Fitted furniture provides ample storage space. There is also an attached master bathroom with shower, which can also be used as a steam sauna. The sinks are made of Bianco Perlino marble, to match the kitchen and features premium natural stone as well as luxury bathroom furniture. Compelling slits in the wall allow for an extraordinary play of light and beautiful views whatever the time of day. A sliding door divides the main bathroom from a separate toilet.
The real highlight of this property is undoubtedly the two spacious roof terraces with extraordinary vistas on two levels. One of them brandishes a unique architecural pool that boasts a fascinating water feature with floating concrete islands for lounge chairs and seating. The water island was created and produced by 'Atlantic Pool' and rendered in Godelmann self-compacting concrete in the shade "nativo white".
Other features of the property include: an intercom with camera; CEStronics electronic locking system; under-floor heating and under-floor air-conditioning systems.
Additionaly there is an underground parking area with rounded walls, extra-wide parking space and epoxy resin flooring which is accessed by a premium quality elevator. The price of purchasing a carport is 50.000 EUR.
Waisenstrasse is one of the oldest streets in Berlin, and was first named in 1861, after the Friedrichs hospital and orphanage once located between the banks of the River Spree and Stralauer Strasse. The orphanage was founded by Elector Frederick III (Frederick I) in 1697 and completed in 1716. Waisenstrasse is also home to the historic restaurant "zur letzten Instanz", one of the oldest known eateries in Berlin. It is part of a group of several narrow buildings, dating at their core from the 16th century. During the construction of the fortifications in around 1680, the original city walls, dating from 1200, were used to form the back walls of these small residential houses. Some remnants of the interior part of the city wall are still visible on the street today. The group of buildings under preservation order in Waisenstrasse also includes the adjoining residential property constructed at the end of the 17th century and reconstructed in slightly altered form in 1961-1963, as well as the administration and residential building of the Parochial Church congregation dating from 1912/13.
'Cölln-Palais' has already been garnered with various architectural accolades and awards and has received high praise throughout real estate publications. This architectural masterpiece is truly unique in Berlin.
Energy Specific Value: 75 (Energy Performance Certificate obtained 2013)