There are certain people who wouldn’t want to live in a loft but, so far, nobody has met them…
A Parisian couple decided to leave the city centre for the dreary suburb of Bagnolet to find the lofty home of their dreams. He is a textile designer for an iconic French brand. She is a costume designer for films. Together they bought their loft as a “concrete block”, part of a housing project of similar apartments: The industrial pedigree is owed to the building site on which a sawmill initially stood. With the help of architect Isabelle Rouyer who used Le Corbusier’s “Modulor” to calculate the proportions, the owners designed the interior from scratch.
The main idea was to place ‘a block within the block’: The kitchen at the centre of the apartment -accessible from different angles- is topped by the bathroom on the superior level. This arrangement puts the utility spaces at the core of the living areas. And cuts the long (16m) and slightly narrow (6m wide) space in half. Naturally the height is where the loft makes its statement: 5 metres, allowing for a solid mezzanine construction upstairs which houses the bedrooms. The downstairs living area is open exclusively on the side of the neat (60sq m) garden. To invite as much natural light in as possible, the “team” designed windows wall to wall using the full height and achieving a whopping 30 sq metres of glass panelling. Adding air to light, in the summer, the windows at the lower level slide open to their full 6 metre length.
Fontenelle Lofts, a 2004 recreation of a 1912 structure is a great ‘true loft’ in the heart of the Roosevelt Historic and Art Districts. Exposed brick and ductwork, steel I-beams, and concrete and cherry wood floors are the structures that encompass a clean and modern home. Soaring ceilings and an open great room and kitchen are on the first floor. Custom steel door and staircase lead down to a 8×8 bonus room below the kitchen that has den or wine cellar uses.
The second floor is an expansive master suite with an outdoor patio. Architect Hayes McNeil designed a closet system that doubles as a headboard and provides privacy and storage with modern style. Bright master bath with skylight, shower and tub and dual travertine sinks. Private and gated 1 car garage + carport.
3600 square foot loft in the Union Square Area of Manhattan exemplifies the industrial era it was born out of. Its tall vaulted ceilings, structural steel columns, floor-through configuration and open feel were hidden by years of adhoc and maze-like modifications. Both the Architects and the Owners saw the potential in this jewel but understood also that there was a need for luxury in its utilitarian functions.
This full floor & roof space were renovated to create one large loft space. Large Living room, kitchen & dining areas, office, two separate bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, sauna, and dressing rooms are all perfectly integrated. Using flush door panels and clerestory glass, the design allows the entire arched ceiling to be visible and allows all 28 windows to be apparent from every space in the apartment. A steel and wood stair allows access to the roof, with roof top hot-tub, outdoor fireplace, kitchen and lounge areas. The layout of both the roof and the interior spaces were optimized to dramatize views across the rivers to New Jersey and Long Island, and the views up and down Broadway.
Conversion of a former granary into lofts.