At a residence in Berlin, which presents itself as unconventional in every respect housing a collection of large-size artwork, ERCO spotlights demonstrate once more their quality and versatility in use – even for unusual requirements. Lawyer and art collector Gunnar Schnabel, an internationally recognised specialist in art restitution, took us on a tour of his home.
It is arguably one of the most extraordinary structures in the German capital – the house in Berlin’s Tiergarten district, which lawyer Gunnar Schnabel built for himself, his wife, his art collection, and his office. Situated in a quiet street off Potsdamer Straße, the structure suggests neither luxurious villa nor capricious house that draws attention from afar.
Erected on a plot which previously had lain idle for decades, the building looks rather inconspicuous from the outside. Integrating harmoniously with a neighbourhood defined by Wilhelminian style tenement buildings, it gives the impression as if it had always been here. Its dark clinker façade makes reference to the surrounding properties, while the bay projecting from the first floor out into the air space over the pavement is reminiscent of traditional tenements in Berlin.