The building and its spectacular renovation reflects the history of Berlin after the fall of 1989, when numerous vacant factories in the city center were reused. The new name “Opern Lofts” is derived from the recent history of the impressive clinker brick architecture: from 1947 to the early 2000s, the building was used by the Komische Oper Berlin as a space for their props and stage sets. However, the construction is much older: the two-yard industrial complex was built between 1890 and 1900 as a factory for men’s underwear. The architectural office of Ingo Pott converted the old factory for modern living at the highest level and built a spectacular penthouse extension on the main building. In addition to some penthouses and townhouses, 25 lofts were built in the old factory floors of the main building and due to the two side wings – the name were established.
As part of the Opera Loft project, INVENTIO, in collaboration with the Berlin architecture firm ambrus + co, took over the complete interior design of a loft unit on behalf of a private client. The basic idea of the architect László Ambrus is based on organizing the functional areas in different cubes and compactly placing them in the middle of the room. As a result, the dimensions of the original room can still be experienced. The industrial space becomes a ‘loft’.
INVENTIO has worked with Alexandra Schafer from VELVENOIR and the gallery owner of Camera Work together, to source and collect fine-art photographs from established artists which are now part of the owners private art collection and carefully placed within the lofts interior design.