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CONCRETE JUNGLE 

I could barely contain the excitement when reading a recent Elle Decor post on a divine concrete penthouse apartment in Berlin. Originally published in Elle Decor Espana, this incredible home of Christian Boros and Karen Lohmann takes cues from nearby New National Gallery, and the early designs of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The couple “were looking for a singular space in Berlin—both for living and exhibiting their vast contemporary-art collection—when they discovered an old five-story bunker in the central neighborhood of Mitte. The bunker had been built in 1942 as an air-raid shelter for residents of the area. “It was what we wanted: something really interesting from a historical point of view,” Lohmann recalls.

In 1945, the building was converted into a prison. After the war, it became a warehouse, first for textiles and then for produce. Since then, the property had undergone various reincarnations: a nightclub, a nonprofit organization, and an exhibition hall—until the couple bought it in 2003." 

Their stunning home literally tops my dream list; Karen, Christian - when can I move in? Beauty is in the details, from the purple vintage chairs in front of a console found in Bali, to the Wolfgang Tillmans photo in the study. Oh, and did I mention their home holds more than 100 works of art, reflective of the owners personalities throughout the loft. 

Source : http://www.elledecor.com/decorating/articles/berlin-home