Idunsgate Apartment is a two story modern loft that has been transformed by Haptic Architects, situated on the top floor of a 19th century apartment building in central Oslo in Norway. After purchasing the loft space above the apartment, the clients were able to do a full scale refurbishment of the loft, bringing the two floors into one, unified space.
Through a thorough three-dimensional survey of the apartment and careful assessment of the means of escape, we were able to incorporate every nook and cranny and even part of the stairwell into the design.
By fully utilizing the level changes and opportunities we could introduce spatial drama with substantial vertical sight lines. The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom is organized over three levels. A sunny terrace has a large glass wall that brings evening light deep into the apartment.
Some loft space has been sacrificed to create a double height space over the living room.
The centerpiece of the apartment is the feature staircase connecting the two levels. A modular, powder coated, white steel stair is suspended between the joists and connects to a low storage/sofa unit that runs along the front facade.
The original kitchen was tight, inefficient and north facing. By moving it into the common areas we could create a light, airy and spacious space that becomes the social heart and integrates with the rest of the apartment. A small fireplace is integrated into the kitchen worktop and the kitchen fronts are painted to match the color of the fireplace.
The bathroom incorporated several level changes, and by using large scale 100x300cm tiles, the impression is of one that is carved out of a single block of stone.
Photos: Courtesy of Haptic Architects
Homeowner Kursteen Salter Price spent twelve years of ripping out flooring, tearing down walls and converting three separate units of a former Portland, Oregon factory into a single family home. She delved into every aspect of the renovation process, from welding window dressings to handcrafting wallpaper. Price transformed this 2,400 square foot, three bedroom, two bathroom loft into one spacious, cohesive home with a Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi interiors can be described as muted, dimly lit and shadowy, giving the rooms an enveloping, womb-like feeling with natural materials that are vulnerable to weathering, warping, shrinking, cracking and peeling. Uncluttered yet not overtly austere, wabi-sabi rooms are, above all, hospitable and comfortable.
As a former factory, there were no load bearing walls to worry about in the renovation process. She exposed concrete and brick walls, a concrete floor and wooden ceiling beams. She would spend days scrubbing paint off the floor, then sealing it with polyurethane. Unhappy with the finished product, the polyurethane was taken off and replaced with a wax finish. This is how she progressed, one DIY project at a time.
Price discovered most of her furnishings and materials at neighborhood vintage and salvaged-goods stores. “The more dents, the better,” she says. “It gives them character.”
The loft is a top-floor corner unit and enjoys sunlight on two of the four sides. When Price split the open space into bedrooms, bathrooms, study spaces and a kitchen, she prioritized natural light. “I wanted the inner spaces to have as much light as possible but also keep privacy,” she says. She achieved this through porous barriers such as EcoResin walls. The panels are made in Canada and have natural materials like grasses and twigs embedded in the resin.
The kitchen’s red walls showcase Price’s practice with Venetian plaster. “The first time it looked great, but within a few days it started falling off the wall,” she says. “Then I paid more attention to ratios.”
The dining area features a handmade table created by a friend who did much of the home’s woodwork. For the ironwork Price took on the task herself, including making an early version of the handrail leading to the deck. “I kept failing a sculptural welding class,” she says. “It was a great way to use the equipment.”
Burlap feed bags work as wallpaper in this sitting area. Price salvaged them from a nearby dairy farm that was planning to burn the bags. To secure the bags to the wall, she used simple wallpaper paste.
At night Moroccan lamps project soft light onto the ceiling. Price made the custom cabinets under the windows from wood salvaged from a local high school. The gym floor at the school flooded, and they scrapped the wood. Price repurposed it, painted it with milk paint and used it for her fireplace mantel and storage.
For one sitting area, Price enclosed the space with windows and salvaged wood from an old barn.
Since the space was initially three separate units, there were two spare kitchens in the loft after Price tore out the walls. She converted them to study spaces and now, instead of extraneous cooktops, reading nooks dot the home. Price’s family didn’t install a television, but they have an iPad, and “maybe that’s worse,” she confides.
In the most industrial bedroom of the house, steel diamond plates are set as flooring and run up one wall. The whole concept for the bed began with some vintage wheels that Price found. She wanted to design an elevated bed with them, so when a friend told her about an abandoned mill selling old, wide-plank sugar pine, an idea struck. She bought some of the wood and designed a bed to incorporate the distinct wheels and wood, and her friend did the woodworking and welding to complete the design.
The central bathroom features a traditional Japanese cedar soaking tub. The walls are a natural black pebble, the floors are cedar, and a barn door, made from salvaged wood, closes the space for privacy.
Each bedroom is on an elevated platform, and access doors under the room open to a storage space. For this door Price took two square steel plates and placed them on rollers. They separate for entry to the crawl space.
A copper wall creates texture over a custom sink. The sink came from a wool factory, where it once collected clippings from the sheep. Price added a custom basin to the basket and two wood panels along the top.
Black pebbles cover the walls of a steam shower, which seals by way of a sliding resin door. The custom resin panels preserve twigs and leaves and continue the natural motif in the bathroom.
Another bathroom features the same black pebbles and a semiprivate wall of dry vines between the sink and toilet. The stone sink “was meant to be a birdbath or something,” Price says. She had a custom concrete base made to elevate and give new purpose to the bowl.
After spending twelve years creating this unique loft space, Price and her family have decided to sell the loft. They purchased a home just a couple of miles away, an old Tudor that Price will be renovating. The family has changing needs with two kids who have grown older, the new home will provide them with a yard and an area for a garden. She said it was very sad to leave her handiwork behind but she is excited by the prospects the new home will bring.
Photos: KuDa Photography
This playful office design is that of the GoGo squeeZ Headquarters, known for their on-the-go healthy and fun squeezable pouches of applesauce for families, located in Manhattan, New York. In this fast-paced renovation of 8,380 square feet, the client wanted an open office to bring in natural light and help to promote democracy within the company. With the open office concept, there still had to be some type of productive privacy for employees, so pixelated window decals were installed by the creative team members of Signazon to help screen the floating meeting rooms which were called pods. Logo-perforated felt panels slide onto glass perimeter conference rooms, which also helps to create visual interest and inspire creativity.
Signazon is a leading web-based printing company in Dallas, Texas. Customers can upload their own designs or choose from thousands of templates by their in-house designers to create custom banners, glass decals, posters, canvas prints, and other forms of printable media.
These freestanding conference pods were installed with custom vinyl decals to screen for privacy yet at the same time filter in natural light and allow views through the windows and out to the cityscape beyond. The pods can be identified by the brightly hued felt that wraps the walls, floors, pin-up walls and ceiling. Felt has excellent sound attenuation, and as an added bonus, it is associated with childhood fun!
An industrial rope swing, typically found in loft spaces, hangs from the ceiling as a reminder of staying active and keeping a playful attitude.
A long wooden bar features changing functions and heights, from bar to window seats, allowing employees to use the space as a break area or spot to eat to enjoy the NYC skyline views.
The open office space encourages employee interaction and communication.
Another whimsically inspired detail in this office is the “playwall”, comprised of a long storage wall with felt lined cutouts which houses people-shaped passage, a hammock, a privacy phone booth, the Vitra Living Tower and a dining nook.
A hammock and all sorts of other fun seating arrangements can be found throughout the office. A view of the customized vinyl decal by Signazon can be seen through the wall cutout. Their partner site Easybanners also creates custom banners and backdrops, a perfect creative solution for a multitude of spaces, indoors and out.
Photos: Peter Murdock / Courtesy of Signazon
Lower East Side townhouse is the conversion of an old Jewish school into a singly family residence containing an art gallery on the ground floor, designed by Labo Design Studio, situated in New York. Wherever the old structure could be used to meet the new requirements it was incorporated into the new building.
The existing three floors were enlarged with the addition of a volume in the rear of the building connected to the main body through three symmetrical openings and a partial floor on the top projecting onto the two story high living area of the third floor. The spatial arrangement is reminiscent of a loft, where the living area is organized in the front and the bedrooms and technical spaces in the back.
The vibrant color of the furnishing contrast with the monochromatic palette of the building materials.
Photos: Sergio Ghetti
This former garage spotted on Vtwonen has been transformed into a stunning two story working and living space for a family in Den Bosch, a city and municipality in the southern Netherlands. The garage turned home is comprised of over 10,764 square feet (1,000 square meters) of living space. When you walk into the studio-cum-living room, you will be embraced by a spacious and bright space with high ceilings and open living plan. The home offers an industrial air with exposed beams, concrete flooring and herringbone wood flooring in some of the living spaces to add coziness and warmth. The furnishings are very eclectic mixing vintage and modern pieces with bold pops of color to create a truly unique living environment. There are plenty of windows and skylights to filter in natural light, lessening the need for fluorescent lighting.
Photos: Jean-Marc Wullschleger/Living Agency
This loft condo renovation designed by Besch Design is situated in a building that once housed National Biscuit Company, now known as “Nabisco” and is located in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The loft style condo unit is located on the upper floor and is a multi-level unit. One of the main features is the kitchen, which is located in one of the old ovens used for baking. The steel parts for the oven doors are still embedded into the exposed brick. The master bedroom has an opening that overlooks into the living spaces on the first floor. Reclaimed barn wood was used on an accent wall that is has become a feature in the unit and is used to display some of the Owners guitars from his collection.
This living space in the multi-story loft unit is flooded with light from two levels of windows. The exposed brick is the old exterior of the National Biscuit Companies (now Nabisco) oven used to bake the biscuits.
The main family room area of this loft condo features a two story wall that was clad with reclaimed barn wood. The master bedroom over looks onto this space from the bi-fold door opening above.
This office loft was renovated to accommodate the owners eclectic collection of movie and TV memorabilia.
The massive exposed brick wall still has the steel plates and parts that once were the sliding doors to the massive oven that once baked the biscuits for the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). The old oven now houses the kitchen for the unit.
Arched brick ceiling with a custom made light fixture. The owners found the parts for this light fixture over the island and had a local artist create this one of a kind fixture. The table with the seating is made from an old bowling alley lane. The pin placement marks can still be seen on the table top. The table is free standing so it can be moved off the island if desired. A reclaimed scupper box is the transition piece from the range hood to the duct work with red accent paint.
This accent wall is clad in reclaimed barn wood and is used to display the owners guitar collection.
This small opening creates a view to the family room below as one proceeds up to the upper levels on the stairs.
The second bedroom looks out over the family room two story space, with views out the large double hung windows.
The exposed steel truss cuts through the entire unit. The ceiling was lightened by painting it white which allowed for the truss to be more of a focal element along with the exposed duct work and sprinkler pipes.
The bi-fold door opens up in the master bedroom to overlook the living spaces below. It is clad with the reclaimed barn wood.
The original master bathroom was cramped and the truss was enclosed by drywall. We opened it up and reconfigured the entry to the bathroom and in turn exposed the great truss passing through the space.
When the steel truss was exposed in this hallway, the owners were glad to find “Carnegie” stamped on the truss. It was fabricated by Carnegie Steel Co.
Given the interesting history of the building in which this condo was built, the Owners have tried to preserve some of that history. They have found small pieces or accessories that were once used by the National Biscuit Company, and they proudly display them throughout the unit.
Photos: Peter Nilson Photography
This industrial style renovation has been carried out by designer Paola Navone, who transformed a 200-year-old factory into an inviting home in the ancient town of Spello, in east central Umbria, Italy. The designer was given a brief to turn an abandoned tobacco-drying plant that started life almost two centuries ago as a silkworm farm into a cosseting, appealing home.
This stylish London mews house has undergone a complete interior overhaul by Turner Pocock to create the feeling of a spacious New York loft apartment in London, England, United Kingdom. Use of neutral colors and finished accented with splashes of color for interest. Finishes flow through the 1,500 square foot house seamlessly from room to room and floor to floor avoiding any division of spaces. Doorways have been lifted to generate height and the balustrades installed in glass open up the central staircase. Turner Poock were responsible for interior architecture throughout as well as converting the garage into a living space and the roof terrace into a large external garden.
Turner Pocock is a leading interior design company providing the highest quality design services for both private residential and commercial projects in the United Kingdom and abroad. The company designs inspiring traditional and contemporary spaces – taking the lead from the client’s brief and the building to create environments that work perfectly in both form and function. They provide a comprehensive service that is tailored and scaled to meet the precise requirements of individual projects.
Photos: Courtesy of Turner Pocock