Formerly an air raid shelter that fell to disuse, this WW2 building recently underwent a transformation under the hands of Jens Casper. Located in central Berlin, the building, once a place of refuge from war violence, has now become the Boros Residence, an immaculate modern example of adaptive reuse architecture. While the facade remains unchanged, the interiors reflect a soft and modern aesthetic that perfectly frames the beautiful art and furniture within.
No longer the dank concrete bunker it once was, light now seeps into the previously dark space which consists of a 3,000 sq meter maze of bare walls. Originally built in 1942, the building remains riddled with bullet holes that help it retain a sense of its wartime history. Casper’s design also features a complicated array of rooms in a glass structure, bringing light into what was once a dark void.
The building is inhabited by ad agency founder and publisher, Chistian Boros, his wife Karen and their son. At the center of the construction is an exhibition of contemporary works from the private collection, filled with paintings and installations by acclaimed artists. As such, the family’s home has become an artist beacon within the historical Mitte district.
For more about the Boros Residence check out Freunde von Freunden’s interview and images.