Architect Thomas Kröger renovated a former GDR agricultural cooperative into Werkhouse, a minimalist and green metal-clad workshop and house. The client, who is a carpenter, was heavily involved in the construction process and he built many of the interior details. To soften the building's appearance, Kröger wrapped Werkhouse in a corrugated iron skin that helps the structure blend in with the surrounding German countryside.
Werkhouse’s charm comes from its simple yet precise design with few decorative frills. The no-nonsense, minimalistic style is evident in the restrained color scheme, exposed trusses, and its raw, but polished materials palette. Pinewood, which covers the entire bedroom, brings warm accents throughout the house, from the panels for the meeting room to the entrance to the living spaces.
Formerly a metal workshop for a local agricultural cooperative, the renovated building is split into three areas: a studio, living quarters, and a two-story workshop with office spaces. Large glazed windows look out into the Brandenburg countryside. To better bolster Werkhouse against the bitterly cold winters, Kröger added thick insulation beneath the corrugated metal facade. A woodchip boiler fed by waste from the carpentry workshop heats the interior.