It does not feel like an office when you enter the new rooms of the Berlin-based digital innovation company Of Unicorns&Lions designed by LOEHR.
Their studio, located on an upper floor of the neo-brutalistic LOBE block in Berlin-Wedding, is reminiscent of a loft. For the first time, LOEHR is also responsible for the interior design. The concept is based on colourblocking and surface materiality to code the functional areas – a subtle and emotional subdivision of the otherwise open space.
The LOBE Block in Berlin’s Wedding district is a special place. With its mixed-use of residential and commercial space, the building has an unorthodox shape even for Berlin. On the one hand, it refers to the classic inner-city Gründerzeit mixed-use typology, on the other hand, it is formally associated with terraced houses found in Switzerland or Mediterranean countries. The LOBE Block, completed in late summer 2018, was one of the top five nominees for the European architecture prize “Mies van der Rohe Award 2019”.
The unit that is the home of 'Of Unicorns&Lions' is shaped as an open “L” when viewed in the floor plan. By the concept, it is divided into five zones: A workspace, the entrance area, lounge, kitchen, and dining area. The raw surfaces of the building are contrasted with strong colors and high-quality, natural materials. These colors are material fields codes that underline the individual functional areas.
The interior concept is the result of an intensive and joint dialogue in which the requirements for working methods, experience, and habits of 'Of Unicorns&Lions' formed the basic criteria for the design process for LOEHR. Applied solutions result in architecture that profoundly reflects the culture and character of the client.
LOEHR is a Berlin-based design brand, founded by three brothers David, Leon and Julian. Furniture and objects by LOEHR are created in a constructive interplay of force, planes, and materials. Reduced to the essential, they reveal their radical nature in the detail, challenging senses and perception. For people who change perspective. The intellectual proximity to architecture already reflects the ambition to create spaces. With CREATIVE SERVICES, LOEHR is expanding its offer with the services of a design studio.