It all began with a classified ad on the internet: looking for builder-owners for studio- and office building. Erected in 1910 as a multifunctional building with a reinforced concrete skeleton, Villa Heike lay abandoned for over 20 years. What had saved it was its status as a listed building.
The concept for the project had been laid out in advance by the architects: Affordable space in a builder-owner setup for artists and creative businesses.
The concept was tailor made for the building. That made it possible to keep the historic fabric mostly unchanged. The post-war additions were removed, lost elements were carefully added. The completly converted entrance hall was reconstructed according to its initial state. As a witness to history the Villa Heike is meant not to hide its scars. Intentionally, traces of all periods are kept visible, contemporary additions and reconstructed elements are carried out in a perceivable manner. Significant elements that were lost, the entrace door for example, the balustarde in the entrance hall or the third floor balcony, are all designed in a contemporary manner, but strongly inspired by the historical predecessor.