Living in a vintage gas station, in Schoeneberg

Andreas Meichsner for The New York Times

Have a look at the fabulous article by the New York Times on a very lateral-thinking renovation: from gas station to apartment-cum-art-gallery!

Actually, I remember seeing an Aral gas station teamed up with a bar/restaurant at Schlesisches Tor U-bahn station, close to Club der Visionäre. I wonder if it is seasonal or open all year round…have to check it out.

The full article can be found on the New York Times website together with a beautiful slide show. An excerpt of the article follows.

In Berlin, a renovated gas station



In renovating the actual station building, lying in the shadows of an elevated subway line, Mr. Judin stayed true to the structure’s spirit, salvaging tiles, replacing curved windows and using red trim in door frames, the same shade as in the Shell logo.


Back in the gas-station portion of the home, the interior features furniture and artworks from Mr. Judin’s private collection — a second-generation Bauhaus chandelier from 1952 floats above a large dining table. A huge abstract painting by the French painter Bernard Frize hangs on the wall flanking it.


He may (or may not) soon give over the place to his artists, but for now, he’s enjoying living in one of the very last gas stations from Germany’s “Wirtschaftswunder” (“economic miracle”) postwar era left standing in Berlin. “A gas station is a symbol of mobility and independence, a modernist idea,” he said. “The irony is that I don’t even have a driver’s license.”

7 Responses to “Living in a vintage gas station, in Schoeneberg”

  1. 1 Fat Andy December 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Bit rich to be cutting and pasting an entire article someone else commissioned and wrote to your own site, no? Copyright violation?


    • 2 stripedcat December 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

      …mumble….mumble…you know what? you are right. it’s a bit rich. will leave just an excerpt and not the full article. thanks for the constructive criticism!

  2. 3 stripedcat December 7, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    the article is quoted and attributed to the author Kimberly Bradley and to publisher NYT both in the text of the post and with a specific link to the NYT website.

    the intent is to refer to an interesting article by the New York Times and not to attribute this article to anybody else.

  3. 4 Mark January 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    That looks really cool! I think it was good that you shared this with us as not all of us read the NYT! I thank you striped cat :).

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