Capitol Hill Loft | SHED Architecture & Design

The 1,702 ft2 industrial loft was remodeled by SHED Architecture & Design.

It is located in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Description by SHED Architecture & Design:

SHED Architecture & Design, based in Seattle, recently completed a custom crafted urban remodel of a 1,702-square-foot Capitol Hill loft. The award-winning 1310 East Union Building designed by the Miller Hull Partnership for Seattle-based developers, Dunn + Hobbes, accommodates eight loft-style condominiums with big views of the surrounding neighborhood.
The client, a young couple who work nearby, came to the firm with an original layout that did not harmonize with everyday living patterns; an exposed entry way, lack of storage and oversized hallway left no place to hide. The main challenge was to add functional elements to the space that blended with the building’s original palette of concrete floors, zinc plated pan-decking ceiling, and blackened steel beams and railings.
Inserting a mix of texture, raw materials and functional elements, SHED Architecture & Design was able to artfully marry the new additions with the original industrial construction using a palette of concrete brick, stainless steel plate, blackened steel and mirror. In the kitchen, the counter was extended beyond the original range to create a protected entry way and more generous kitchen space. The brick found in the backsplash and island was chosen for its sympathetic materiality that is forceful enough to blend in with the native steel, while the boldly grained Zebra wood casework adds warmth and character.
The new island houses valuable additional storage, a built-in microwave (a playful “curly cord” hanging from the ceiling provides the power) and informal seating for four. Its wood top is easy on the elbows while the 3/16” stainless steel plate counter that flanks the sink and range is impervious to the hazards of the kitchen. The geometric wallpaper by local designer Brian Paquette adds subtle texture and movement to the space. Inspired by a traditional Japanese pattern book, the design was reproduced on 11×17 paper and applied to the wall using wheat paste.
The extended kitchen creates a protected entry way that lets things unfold naturally upon entering the space. The open cabinet above the extension sheds light into the entry and serves as a place for personal belongings; the bench below creates a space for shoes, and a mirror clad wall reflects light from the living room windows into the heart of the space. “These functional elements are things we think about when designing a new space; it’s a consistent theme on all our projects,” says Thomas Schaer, Principal of SHED Architecture & Design.
Under the stairs, the steel base board was replaced with steel plate to create a durable storage space for bikes. Storage was an outstanding issue throughout the loft, particularly in the master bedroom. The SHED team designed a lightweight enclosure of perforated steel that defines a closet space while maintaining the openness of the original layout.
The intention in the newly converted loft upstairs was the opposite; the formerly exposed loft space was closed off with a translucent 3Form wall panel and a framed wall to create a guest room and additional storage. The thoughtful mix of raw materials and targeted elements helped solve practical problems while building upon and enriching the original aesthetic of the building, leading to cohesive additions that feel native to the space. The remodel was skillfully executed by the firms frequent collaborators Dolanbuilt Construction.


Design Office: SHED Architecture & Design
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Area: 1702.0 ft2
Contractor: Dolanbuilt Construction
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Mark Woods, James F. Housel


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Loft 19 | A+Z Design Studio

The Loft 19, an abandoned and peaceful environment with special aesthetics, is located in Budapest, Hungary.

It was designed by A+Z Design Studio.

Description by A+Z Design Studio:

“This is an island over the city, abandoned and peaceful environment with special aesthetics.“

No matter that living there is a bit like plunged into the world of  the “Sin City”  or the science fiction movie “Metropolis” of Fritz Lang.

The architect and production designer Attila F. Kovács and his wife art director and stylist Zsuzsa Megyesi found this  unusual giant space and movie set like environment ideal for making their home.

The HFF kniting factory complex is located in the southern part of the capital of Hungary, Budapest  and dates as early as from 1913-1915.  It was originally  built as a weapon factory designed by Árpád Gut and Jenö Gergely.  The Loft 19, this  tower like 600 sqm four-story -building  and the huge  factory complex are protected industrial monuments .

A concrete fire water tank was found in the attic which was turned into a swimming pool with artificial current.   The design of the space is a personal mix of different styles and eras. It is full of special pieces, collected one by one during decades in flea markets, auctions and antique shops or created by the designers themselves. Huge windows,  light, the unusual size rooms , the old structural elements and materials play the main role .  Old iron doors were kept, original beams reused for book shelves. The bedroom level on the contrary was designed to be  bold and private with a mid century “boudoir like” atmosphere to it.


Design Office: A+Z Design Studio

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Photographs: Beppe Brancato


Loft in Milan | Studio Motta e Sironi

This modern Italian loft is located in Milan.

It was designed by Studio Motta e Sironi.


Design Office: Studio Motta e Sironi

Location: Milan, Italy

Photographs: Andriano Pecchio


 

Fitzroy Loft | Architects EAT

Fitzroy Loft  located in Melbourne, Australia.

It was designed by Architects EAT.

Description by Architects EAT:

This project is a conversion of a gritty 250m2 brick warehouse in the old industrial area of Fitroy into a family home. The former industrial building is a mixture of intimately scaled family spaces and vast entertaining voids. Two full height voids act as the lungs of the design bringing both light and sky views deep into the internal space. The private areas such as the study and bedroom are accommodated on the first floor by volumes of a more intimate scale.
The Fitzroy Loft was the Winner of 2016 Australian Interior Design Award for Residential Design.


Design Office: Architects EAT
Location
: Melbourne, Australia
Area: 250.0 m2
Completed Year: 2015
Photographs: Derek Swalwell


 

“The CAT”, Loft in Ukraine | Zooi Design

“The CAT”, a Concrete Loft is located in Ukraine.

It was designed by Zooi Design.

 

Design Office: Zooi Design

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Peter’s House | Studio David Thulstrup

 

Design Office: Studio David Thulstrup

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Photographs: Peter Krasilnikoff

Studio Loft | GASPARBONTA

Description by GASPARBONTA:

STUDIO LOFT is a delicate flat in downtown Budapest. Originally a studio of a well-known hungarian painter, this flat has all the right features to be a contemporary loft home. The huge central space which contains the kitchen and the living room is accompanied by two bedrooms with separate bathrooms each and a small, invisible storage space.

Naturally, the visually most engaging part is the enormous window in the central space, which is almost 4 by 4 meters. The flat happens to be located on a corner of Budapest’s central park area, Városliget, which is currently being transformed into a multi-layered cultural and recreational park (the Liget Budapest project).

The interior design concept is based on using the existing industrial features and combine them with clear geometry, raw and honest materials, like iron, concrete and wood to create a smooth, airy, empty space. Then add some colorful furnitures and art pieces and finally, add some unique lighting solutions, to perfect the visual consistency.

Design Office: GASPARBONTA

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Photographs: Balint Jaksa Photography

The East Village Loft | Shadow Architects

Description by Shadow Architects:

The East Village Loft occupies a wing of what was once a small hospital across the street from the historic St. Mark’s Church.  While already converted to an apartment in the 1980s, Shadow Architects reconfigured and renovated the layout to create a new master bedroom suite and a great room with three sides of windows at the end of the apartment, highlighting the expansiveness of the original structure.  After entering the apartment via a large foyer, the Owners now pass through two large framed portals delineating their bedroom hallway and then enter the main living area beyond.  The kitchen, seating and dining areas are now all combined in this spacious great room, with a study behind new metal and glass doors off to the side that can easily be closed off to create another bedroom for visiting guests.

From the beginning of the design process, the Owners and their designer Harriette de Swaan Arons were heavily involved in discussions of concepts and materials, and did a lot of research on possibilities for finishes, keeping the budget for the project in mind.  The team eventually settled on an simple palette of dark wood floors and white painted walls and cabinetry, and then added selected statement pieces like the dining light fixture, the metal and glass partition, and the low slung living room sofas with an oversized coffee table.   New air-conditioning and audio-visual systems are carefully coordinated to create minimal visual intrusion so as not to take away from the  clean effect.  Surrounded by the city beyond, the great room is now the center of activity for the owners and their guests.

Design Office: Shadow Architects

Location: New York, Usa

Colorful Loft | Anna Gili

Design Office: Anna Gili

Location: Milan, Italy

Photographs: Giacomo Giannini

“De Mote” Loft | AD Office

 

Design Office: AD Office

Loft in Berlin | Dreimeta Armin Fischer

A view of the world from Berlin: A global entre- preneur had a loft built in a listed brewery building. With the fantastic view over the roofs of Berlin the loft is given an unconcealed sensation. The interior has been made into a private, very personal retreat with authentic materials and treasures from throughout the world.

Description by Dreimeta Armin Fischer:

Our client: Inventor of a new market

The loft was designed for a couple, wherein the husband introduced an entirely new concept to the market; with it he initiated and designed a whole new segment in the hotel industry.The entrepreneur draws an enormous amount of expertise from his knowledge in the areas hospitality and design which he brings in to his projects. We used the couple‘s knowledge as important input for our concept to design the loft‘s interior.

Our task: Redesign a loft to make it into a private apartment

In order to become a private retreat for the couple, the Berlin loft had to fulfil various premises, some of which stood in contrast to each other: the client‘s sophisticated, almost museum term of aesthetics, functionality suitable for everyday use as well as a pleasant atmosphere to compensate for stressful travels throughout the world. We also had to allow for the client‘s request of having guest area in our spatial planning. There were three floors on site, including the roof and terrace. During the design process we remained in close contact with our clients in order to find convincing solutions for each and every task.

Our idea: A less-is-more concept with enough space for art

For a client who is at home throughout the world, his own four walls become a pole with which he can realign himself. For this reason we wanted to avoid extreme statements and rather provide a neutral film which the client could use to enfold his creativity and art affinity. A further approach was for us to stimulate the character of the historical building by working with corresponding materials.

Our creative solution: Calm colours, natural as well as industrial materials

Our colour and material concept for the loft focussed on calm colour shades – earthy shades in particular, in combination with white- washed brickwork.

The floors were covered in solid oak floorboards; mastic asphalt was used for the floor in the di- ning area, which will gradually gain patina and thus develop a unique look. Beside natural shades and materials, we also integrated industrial materials with a new interpretation. A rusty steel wall in the entrance area cites the industrial character of the loft which partitions off the storage space behind. In favour of the client‘s art collection, treasures, artefacts and objects from throughout the world, the interior design took a back seat and provided room for their staging.

Our success: Berlin dependance as a panora- mic viewing point and retreat

Between journeys around the world the owner can relax in his own private quiet zone in the middle of town. A retreat was created as a place to centre oneself as well as to house collectibles. A place to have an open, inspiring view on the world as well as a personal, introspective view in intimate surroundings, completely attuned to meet ones own requirements.

 

Design Office: Dreimeta Armin Fischer

Location: Berlin, Germany

 

Galerie Andersen | Dinesen

The old Berlin Brewery is bubbling with art and design.

 

Description by Dinesen:

In the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood in former East Berlin, Mikael Andersen found a building from the 1800s, which previously contained a brewery. Only after extensive renovation he was able to open the doors to this 250-square-metre art venue with works by recognised artists from around the world. Above the gallery is Mikael Andersen’s own flat, which clearly reflects the owner’s profound passion for art and design as well as his Danish background. The interior revolves around Scandinavian design. Old classics as well as new designs adorn the home. The flat has wide Douglas planks from Dinesen throughout. Along with the general style of the interior design, the light and harmonious flooring with the clean lines form a beautiful and elegant background for the expressive art works that dominate the decor. The art works come from all over the world, although there is a particular emphasis on German, Danish, Japanese and South African art, including a large collection of West German Ceramics from the 1960s.

Design Office: Dinesen

Location: Berlin, Germany

 

 

Loft 9b | Dimitar Karanikolov – Veneta Nikolova

 

Description by Dimitar Karanikolov:

After several years living and working in London architect Dimitar Karanikolov and interior designer Veneta Nikolova moved back to Sofia, where they found a small but interesting attic apartment in a newly built development.They spent the next two years reconstructing the place, designing furniture and experimenting with details, and finishes.

A massive dark “cube” occupies the center of the living room, hiding the bathroom (which sits on the top of the building’s elevator shaft). The “cube” is clad in thin (16mm) custom made concrete panels that continue inside as well.

Since the development was set rather too close to the existing higher residential buildings privacy was a major issue. To solve this the entire apartment has been outlined with tall cantilevered aluminium planters – a green aura that surrounds the entire place and makes the terrace appear like a serene courtyard – completely sheltered from the outer world.

A space full with a lot of а carefully crafted details and surprises:
The wardrobe in the bedroom ( designed to look like an old suitcase ) hides a floor level build-in bathtub situated on a second level of the 4.5m space – an area which is used for a guest bedroom / bathing space.
The techniques used to create the wardrobe inspired the start of a new boutique furniture brand – LOFTCASE ( available soon at http://www.loftcase.com)

Air conditioner is concealed in a bespoke made wooden drawer.
Black metal panels encapsulate the ventilation system. Magnet-held Edison bulbs attached to the them, hang above the dining table.

An interior concept aiming at well-balanced hipster modernity garnished with pieces of vintage furniture and accessories.

 

Design Office: Dimitar Karanikolov – Veneta Nikolova

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Photographs: Minko Minev – Georgi Petev – Dimitar Karanikolov

Industrial Loft | Studio Gild

Design Office: Studio Gild

Location: Denver, Colorado, Usa

Photographs: David Lauer

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