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Hamburg, Germany

A bunker in peace alley

 

How do you transform a raw World War 2 peoples shelter into a warm family home? Creative couple, Janine and Mark Seelen's new Hamburg home offers the answer. In a buzzing neighbourhood in Hamburg, in the street of Friedensallee, which translates to Peace Alley, the couple inhabit top floor of new apartment building with outside concrete walls 1.4 m thick echoing its former purpose as a bunker. A calm, clean and reduced to the necessary interior combined with well-crafted details offers a warm brutalism - exactly what Mark and Janine wanted to obtain in their new home.

How do you transform a raw World War 2 peoples shelter into a warm family home? Creative couple, Janine and Mark Seelen's new Hamburg home offers the answer. In a buzzing neighbourhood in Hamburg, in the street of Friedensallee, which translates to Peace Alley, the couple inhabit top floor of new apartment building with outside concrete walls 1.4 m thick echoing its former purpose as a bunker. A calm, clean and reduced to the necessary interior combined with well-crafted details offers a warm brutalism - exactly what Mark and Janine wanted to obtain in their new home.

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Meet the owners

“At the rare occasion of a vacant Farmhouse, we check-in to tune-out. It offers a shift in velocity and an opportunity for togetherness which is often bypassed by our consuming professions”, explains Sisse, who is the producer behind some of the biggest Danish movie successes including Druk (Another Round) and Retfærdighedens ryttere (Riders of justice).

 

While a stone’s throw away from home, checking into the guesthouse feels like a welcome change of scenery for the couple. “We bring a basket of freshly picked produce and then we start cooking”, says Ulrik.

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THE V1 KITCHEN – A 7-unit V1 kitchen in grey perfectly suits the low-ceilinged farmhouse. Fitted with screws, the kitchen legs are adapted to the floor covered in Danish Ølands-tiles.

 

THE V1 KITCHEN – A 7-unit V1 kitchen in grey perfectly suits the low-ceilinged farmhouse. Fitted with screws, the kitchen legs are adapted to the floor covered in Danish Ølands-tiles.

 

THE ARCHITECTURAL REMINISCENE – While the architectural shell is a reminiscence from when it was built in 1775, the newly furbished interior brings us into the modern area of Scandinavian minimalism and its ode to functionalism.

 

THE ARCHITECTURAL REMINISCENE – While the architectural shell is a reminiscence from when it was built in 1775, the newly furbished interior brings us into the modern area of Scandinavian minimalism and its ode to functionalism.

"Under the thatched roof two bright bedrooms invite for a good night’s sleep or for a bit of countryside stargazing."

"Under the thatched roof two bright bedrooms invite for a good night’s sleep or for a bit of countryside stargazing."

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