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Architecture reflects values
Main image & above left: Villa, Berlin Grunewald (new build)
Berlin-based architect and artist Klaudia Keilholz is passionate about beautiful buildings from a glorious past. By carefully preserving the historic features while adding the amenities of modern times, she brings old houses back to their original splendour and creates new houses with a historic flair from scratch.
with modern technologies,” Klaudia Keilholz says. According to her the reflection of the inhabitants of a building need to be pictured perfectly in order to ensure a happy life together under one roof.
Above middle: Klaudia Keilholz Above right: Watercolour painting by Klaudia Keilholz
TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: CHRISTOPH DOERING
A graduate from the prestigious RWTH Aachen University as well as Italy’s University of Venice, Klaudia Keilholz worked in Germany and the United States for many years, before establishing her own architectural office in Berlin. Specialising in exclusive country mansions and historic urban villas, Keilholz is an expert in the field of listed buildings. For her, architecture is a way of turning a dream into reality and she considers the first consultation with a client the most important and defining phase of a project. Once the foundation is laid, Klaudia Keilholz guides her client personally through
every single step of a building project, from the first intense interview to detailed planning to overseeing constructions – until finally the keys are handed over, the experienced architect is a partner to rely on for her clients. “The private home functions as a business card for its owner and reflects the values of the inhabitants,”Klaudia Keilholz explains. She is convinced that form needs to be balanced and reveal function. Generous floor plans and the use of sustainable materials are crucial in her work with historic buildings, which are a very complicated matter.“Classic architecture needs to be blended
Klaudia Keilholz is bursting with creativity and a keen and renowned watercolour artist. She sees her artworks as an inspiration to dream for others.“Contrary to the expert know-how and the attention to detail in architecture, I step back and create lightness through generous brush strokes and reduce things to the bare minimum”, Klaudia Keilholz says. Not seldom do her clients decide to grace the walls of the newly finished home with paintings from the architect they established such a strong bond with during the whole process. www.keilholz-architektur.de
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