Minimalist bathrooms from LAUFEN at the former women’s prison in Berlin

From courthouse to thriving space for art and culture; the Wilmina Hotel, Berlin.

Located in the vicinity of the Laufen Space Berlin sits the secluded Wilmina, hidden yet in the heart of the city. Originally built in 1896 as a free-standing courthouse and women’s prison, the Wilmina homes multiple gardens, high walls and the essence of privacy. Despite its popular location, the space exudes tranquillity, culture and wellbeing, being sheltered by lush gardens and interflowing courtyards.

Wilmina offers three spaces at one unique location, all surrounding open, communal outdoor spaces. In the original courthouse is Amtsalon, a space reserved for various pop-up art and cultural events, while Wilmina Hotel and its restaurant Lovis can be found in the former prison complexes. All respectfully transformed, expanded and reprogrammed by Grüntuch Ernst Architekten.

In the Wilmina rooms the aesthetic is somewhat minimalistic, with a simple, yet elegant, colour palette of white, grey and light greens. A focus on light, too, with all rooms featuring multiple windows; some floor to ceiling. Light fixtures are warm, enticing a cosy, homely feel.

The attention to detail and design continues into the en-suite bathrooms, featuring a selection of Kartell • LAUFEN, the Cleanet Navia shower toilet and Libertyline barrier free wallhung pan for the accessible bathrooms. The choice in products is architectural and cohesive with the simplicity of the overall scheme, allowing the bathrooms to effortlessly complement the architectural features of the listed ensemble.

Architect: Grüntuch Ernst Architekten



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