Converting a gas station into a Berlin home

November 11, 2015 7

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The next time you stop at a gas station to fuel your car, pause for a minute and try to imagine living at the gas station, better said in the gas station. Absurd, crazy, ridiculous? Think twice! Juerg Judin, one of Berlin’s most influential gallerists, has converted a 1950s gas station in the middle of the Berlin neighbourhood Schöneberg into his unconventional home and private exhibition space. This incredibly beautiful and unique home underlines the peculiarities of urban living – thinking out of the box and creating homes with existing structures that initially had another function.

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

I am particularly fascinated by the fact that this former 1950s gas station has turned into an urban oasis hosting not only the home owner but also his three chicken from a noble Indonesian breed alongside with equally exotic ducks and geese. Lush plants surround the area formerly frequented by cars and other vehicles. The actual building itself is another fascinating example of unusual urban dwelling – the typical mid-century shapes and materials, the large rounded glass front, the former garage – all this was turned into a very personal home filled with art curated by the gallerist Juerg Judin himself. What used to be the sales area until 1982 is now the living room with mid-century furniture and a large Bauhaus-style chandelier and the spacious former garage is now a large open-space kitchen.

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

converted gas station, Berlin homes, home tour, gas station turned into home

Here’s a funny sidenote how I got aware of this fantastic home: The home tour and interview including a video was produced by Berlin-based Freunde von Freunden in collaboration with Siemens Home – the latter being my employer for whom I am managing social media projects. One of those projects was sharing the home story of Jürg Judin – one of three home stories created by Siemens Home in collaboration with Freunde von Freunden. How lucky am I? To see more of this creative home, read the interview with the gallerist Jürg Judin and watch a video hop over to Freunde von Freunden. To discover two other equally amazing home stories, visit Siemens Home. Have fun!

Photography by Ailine Liefeld courtesy of Siemens Home / Freunde von Freunden

 

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  • Reply Julia (mammilade) November 11, 2015 at 19:25

    This is just WOW!
    Gorgeous, stylish, aery…

    Julia

    • Reply Igor November 11, 2015 at 19:26

      Totally Julia! I was like where is the next gas station that I can turn into a home for myself LOL

  • Reply un23 ilaria November 12, 2015 at 00:01

    what a gorgeous idea and what an amazing place! I love the huge windows and basically everything else in there ♡ xx

    • Reply Igor November 12, 2015 at 00:39

      I absolutely agree Ilaria! When I saw this home tour at work I was like ok I am moving into a gas station too. How utterly stunning it is!

  • Reply Nina November 12, 2015 at 12:20

    Amazing!
    I do love everything!
    Lots of hugs from Portugal
    Nina

    • Reply Igor November 12, 2015 at 17:03

      Thank you Nina & hugs to Portugal!

  • Reply Alex | Der Wohnsinn November 12, 2015 at 16:53

    Hi Igor!
    What a lovely place. Until now, I couldn’t have imagined how to turn a gas station into such a wonderful home. I like its industrial character.
    Greetings from Nuremberg,
    Alexandra

    • Reply Igor November 12, 2015 at 17:04

      Neither have I imagined it before! But it looks so cool and amazing – I would move into it in an instant! Greetings from Munich!

  • Reply Nancy Ballard November 17, 2015 at 08:11

    The glass doors and windows were perfect to showcase your exquisite interior design. Using the bookshelf as a divider is a clever idea. Brilliant mate!

  • Reply Beauty Follower November 24, 2015 at 12:12

    Wow this is awesome!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

    • Reply Igor November 24, 2015 at 19:26

      Happy you like it!

  • Reply Chloe December 16, 2015 at 17:34

    Love this! Would made a really interesting film location too.

    • Reply Igor December 16, 2015 at 18:50

      I agree Chloe!

  • Reply elena +deco January 20, 2016 at 21:34

    That is incredible, I have never seen anything like it.
    The front of the former gas station seems to be built with the purpose of being the front of a beautiful house!
    Fair play for the owners who are gifted of lateral thinking, no doubt!

  • Reply elena +deco January 20, 2016 at 21:35

    I forgot to write that Chloe is spot on, it would make a really interesting set.

    • Reply Igor January 21, 2016 at 09:41

      It is amazing indeed and it really feels like it was made to be converted into a cool and urban home. I am very jealous of this guy’s home:-))

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