Under one roof: The Michelberger Farm barn designed by Sigurd Larsen right in the middle of the Spreewald is not only a place of retreat and community, but a holistic concept for the way we live and live together.
Only an hour away from Berlin, the floodplain opens up with its small rivers, dense forests, lonely paths and pretty wooden houses. In the south of this biosphere reserve lies the Michelberger Farm. A farm with a guesthouse that invites you to reflect and live in the countryside. Being outside and feeling safe inside – the transitions here are as fluid as the landscape itself.
To restore the original ensemble of the four-sided farm, the former 1871 barn was reconstructed and reinterpreted in the process. It forms the heart of the Michelberger Farm and is another subtle piece of art by Danish architect and designer Sigurd Larsen. Here, guests are literally gathered under a sprawling roof to discover all the diversity of the forest garden. A glass façade ensures openness and permeability. The traditional red brick façade extends into the interior, where it forms a kitchen block and an atmospheric fireplace that grows out over the room and seems to support the floating roof.
The minimalist bedrooms on the upper floor are deliberately small in reminiscence of country life and offer only a double bed, a sideboard and a lamp in addition to the meditative view over the fields to the horizon. All other amenities are deliberately relegated to the common areas. Much more important is the feeling that unfolds here: a retreat where you feel at home. And if you need more space or your own small kitchen after all, simply choose the Hideout category instead of Cosy or Loft.
The focus of the architectural and overall concept is on community – eating together at the long table, getting to know each other, discussing or enjoying the silence together on the sofa with a view, in the courtyard or in the garden. And yet individual free spaces are hidden everywhere, such as the desk niches in the balcony-like hallway. A special highlight is the striking brick tower in which one of the shared bathrooms is located, offering a 360° view like a stork’s nest.
In addition to the red brick and traditional tiled roof, dark, burnt wood rounds off the interior – a homage to the nature-loving, sustainable idea of the farm with its more than 15,000 plants, trees and shrubs, which not only supply the long table in the barn but also the Michelberger Hotel in Berlin with regional, high-quality food. A concept that benefits everyone – soil, plants and people.
Photos: Tobias König
What to do
Whether by bike, canoe or on foot - numerous cycling, river and hiking trails await you here to discover the nature and culture of the Spreewald, swimming in the surrounding lakes, Sole Therme and Spa, Spreewelten adventure pool, climbing forest, horse riding, Biberhof, Duschka boat hire, Lehde open-air museum and many small, fine cafés and inns to stop off at in between.
Why we like this house
Architecture that touches all the senses - a place full of positivity, a sense of community and clever concepts for nature and people.
This house is great for
Friends, couples, families, small to large group
Holistic ecosystem based on the principles of permaculture and syntropic agriculture according to Ernst Götsch, promotion of biodiversity, e-charging station available, public transport: 1 hour by train from Berlin Ostbahnhof (on the RE 2 line to the Raddusch stop).
|Scenery||In the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve|
|Number of guests||Up to 19 people in the barn and 9 people in the Hideout apartments|
|Design||Sigurd Larsen, Berlin|
|Architecture||Modern, Old & new|
|Accomodation||Apartment, Hotel, House|
|Criteria||8+ (house/apartment), Rooms for 1-2 (hotel), Dog-friendly, Family, Garden, Hiking, Meeting, Restaurant, Workation, EV-charging station, No car needed, Own agriculture|
|Same Architects||Dortmannhof, Das Glashaus in der Uckermark|
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