August 11, 2022

Opened this 12 months, the family-run Lodge Wilmina (pictured) in Berlin was previously a girls’s jail and a courthouse 

Eye-catching photographs reveal the exceptional transformation of a jail in Berlin right into a luxurious lodge.

Opened earlier this 12 months, the family-run Lodge Wilmina within the metropolis’s Charlottenburg district has ‘spacious’ visitor rooms created from former jail cells.

The unique jail yard, which was at one time the primary level of arrival on the girls’s jail, has been become a restaurant, and the felony courtroom that adjoined the advanced is now a gallery house. On the rear staircase a cell stays in its authentic state to serve ‘as a spot of remembrance’ – it is going to be open for lodge friends to go to upon request within the close to future. 

The jail and courtroom compound, designed by architects Adolf Bruckner and Eduard Furstenau, dates again to 1896. It’s steeped in German historical past – the part that lies in the back of the advanced was used as a jail for resistance fighters throughout World Struggle II. 

After the jail closed in 1985, a piece of the property went on to function an archive for the land registry.

Hotel Wilmina's guest rooms have been created from former prison cells. In the prison, one cell (above) was so small that it covered less than six square metres (64 sq ft)

Above is one of the 11-sq-m (118-sq-ft) 'Cosy Alcoves' at the hotel - the smallest room type available

Lodge Wilmina’s visitor rooms have been created from former jail cells. Within the jail, one cell (left) was so small that it coated lower than six sq. metres (64 sq ft). On the proper is among the 11-sq-m (118-sq-ft) ‘Cosy Alcoves’ on the lodge – the smallest room sort obtainable

The location, nevertheless, had been ‘inaccessible and forgotten’ for a while earlier than it was reworked right into a 44-room lodge by Berlin-based Gruntuch Ernst Architects.

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New supplies have been used within the conversion and present parts of the jail have been additionally ‘reused and thoroughly reconfigured’.

To enter the lodge, guests should cross the central courtyard the place ‘tall timber, shrubs, hedges and climbing crops have unfold unhindered over a number of a long time.’ 

As soon as inside, friends are greeted by the ‘shiny, high-ceilinged’ foyer and an ‘inviting fire lounge’.

Part of the historic building complex was used as a prison for resistance fighters during World War II

A part of the historic constructing advanced was used as a jail for resistance fighters throughout World Struggle II

The prison cell wing (pictured prior to the restoration), which lies at the heart of the complex, has been transformed into the hotel's atrium

Light spills into the atrium via skylights in the ceiling

The jail cell wing (pictured left previous to the restoration), which lies on the coronary heart of the advanced, has been reworked into the lodge’s atrium. Gentle spills into the house through skylights within the ceiling

Glass pendant lights suspended from the ceiling in the atrium

One of the walkways in the atrium that lead to the cell-wing rooms

Within the atrium, glass pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling and walkways result in every cell-wing room

A staircase brings friends as much as the five-level atrium, which lies within the former cell wing within the coronary heart of the constructing. 

Right here, mild spills in from skylights, glass pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling, and wrought-iron balustrades line the walkways that result in every cell-wing room. 

Within the authentic jail, one cell was so small that it coated lower than six sq. metres (64 sq ft). To create extra space within the restoration, dividers between cells have been opened as much as create interconnecting rooms. 

The visitor rooms vary in measurement from 11-sq-m (118-sq-ft) Cosy Alcoves to the ‘spacious’ 75-sq-m (807-sq-ft) Backyard Loft, which is situated within the former prisoner meeting room.

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Pictured is a Classic Garden View room. The hotel says that the architects have transformed the premises 'from a prison into a place of longing'

Pictured is a Basic Backyard View room. The lodge says that the architects have reworked the premises ‘from a jail into a spot of longing’

Some prison cell windows were previously too high to offer a view of the outside – these windows have now been extended downwards

The original prison bars remain intact on the windows of the hotel. Pictured is a Classic room type

Some jail cell home windows have been beforehand too excessive to supply a view of the surface – these home windows have now been prolonged downwards. The unique jail bars stay intact on the home windows of the lodge. On the proper is a Basic room sort

In the restoration, the walls between cells were opened up floor-to-ceiling to create interconnecting rooms

Pictured is the ensuite bathroom in a 'Cosy Alcove' guest room

Within the restoration, the partitions between cells have been opened up floor-to-ceiling to create interconnecting rooms. Pictured on the proper is the ensuite toilet in a ‘Cosy Alcove’ visitor room

Some jail cell home windows have been beforehand too excessive to supply a view of the surface – these home windows have now been prolonged downwards, although the unique bars stay intact. 

Every room – none of that are precisely alike – combines ‘historic authenticity with fashionable luxurious and luxury’, adorned in ‘soothing’ mild colors and tender textures. 

Shifting up the constructing, the newly-built penthouse ground lies on the fifth storey, and its visitor rooms boast floor-to-ceiling home windows draped in curtains made out of an ‘elegant shimmering veil’ of ‘positive metallic chains’. 

On the very high, there’s a roof terrace that appears down on the roof gardens on the decrease ranges of the advanced. Different services embody a bar, library, spa and health club.

The lodge’s Lovis Restaurant, in the meantime, is ‘sheltered by lush gardens and interflowing courtyards’. Chef Sophia Rudolph is on the helm, with menu gadgets together with pink-roasted saddle of lamb with gremolata jus, and crispy onsen egg (a kind of Japanese slow-cooked egg) with Caesar dressing.

Chef Sophia Rudolph is at the helm in the Lovis Restaurant, where menu items include pink-roasted saddle of lamb with gremolata jus

Chef Sophia Rudolph is on the helm within the Lovis Restaurant, the place menu gadgets embody pink-roasted saddle of lamb with gremolata jus

A press release from the lodge says: ‘The Berlin architects Gruntuch Ernst have devoted lots of power to this place. In a delicate dialogue with the historical past they succeeded in radically remodeling it from a jail into a spot of longing with a lodge and restaurant. The method concerned reversing the spatial configuration and its that means in order that an anti-social house can grow to be an inviting place – a gem for a intentionally chosen retreat.’

The redesign gained the BDA Prize Berlin 2021, an award that celebrates refurbishments. The jury stated: ‘The transformation of the previous girls‘s jail into the Lodge Wilmina by Gruntuch Ernst is characterised by its delicate design and atmospheric density.’

For extra info, go to wilmina.com.