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Poor But Sexy, an Alt Bau renovation
Why is Berlin ″Poor, but Sexy″? | Made in Germany | DW |
Poor But Sexy is the refurbishment and complete renovation of an 82sqm apartment located in an Alt Bau; an old traditional building in Berlin. Turning the problem into a potential design element, the presence of the existing wall is the starting point of Poor But Sexy project. Thus, the wide wall remains exposed, showing its original texture as well as the signs of time, and is used as a spatial element that distributes the different rooms around it. Following the same design strategy, other original elements, as wooden doors, were left exposed, restored, repainted and treated with oil. On balance, Poor But Sexy results in a totally renovated apartment where different traditional textures and elements live together in modern rooms with white walls that enhance the space luminosity.
Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West
A decade ago Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit tried to attract creative types to the city by declaring " Berlin ist arm, aber sexy " poor but sexy. It worked. The city has already produced some globally recognised tech startup successes, including the music sharing service SoundCloud and games company Wooga — and Wowereit wants more. The city already boasts 2, tech startups, and has attracted hundreds of millions of euros in investment from some of the world's biggest venture capital funds.
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