This Loft Apartment renovation centered on a built-in library was designed by architect Alex Bykov, situated in the heart of Kiev, Ukraine’s historical district. The apartment only has two doors separating rooms, as each space flows into the next in a looping arrangement. “The concept of movement appears through the spatial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom surrounding the kitchen – the historical symbol of the family’s heart,” states the architect.
From the architect: Usually they say that the successful interior is a beneficial combination of environmentally friendly contemporary decorative materials, design furniture, sanitary equipment and home appliances. Nevertheless, the interior of an apartment located in the heart of Kiev’s historical district has a much more valuable treasure – an idea.
A young creative couple had been looking for an architect, when their designer friend recommended them Alex Bykov. The couple was preparing for a wedding and decided to spend their honeymoon in the renewed apartment.
After a fruitful discussion of suggestions and proposals the concept of “constant motion” was born. Furthermore the concept became the main vector of planning design and stylistic solutions of the interior.
The concept of movement appears through spacial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom surrounding the kitchen, the historical symbol of the “family’s heart”. So you can move from one room to another in an uninterrupted circle, since the spaces flow smoothly into each other.
The windows face to the south-east side ,which is why the living room and the bedroom are filled with an early morning’s golden shine. The interior has a cosy warm colouring due to the pastel brick walls, the natural texture of wood and soft furniture.
During the process of dismantling it was discovered that the doorways had previously been blocked. Alex decided to shift the doorways by using the original bricks with an authentic early 20th century mark. The brick was bought from junkmen and carefully laid into the living room wall.
The built-in library – a primary wish of the couple, was designed to house the family library. The library has a podium, which was designed to provide more space for storage. It was decided to make two types of shelves for the library; thus this flexible solution gives an opportunity to change the geometric pattern of shelves in the future.
Alex also designed all the furniture and prepared individual work drawings. The woodwork was made from low cost materials. Artificial lighting is dim, warm and comfortable.
Decorative lamps are by Ukrainian designers Anna Popovych and Vasyliy Butenko; the ceiling lamps, which were presented to the newly-weds by close friends as a wedding gift, are by ‘Artemide’.
Bespoke wrought-iron products also immediately grab attention: the legs for the coffee and dining tables, a mirror in the bedroom, a sleeve for the kitchen hood and a window.
Photos: Courtesy of Alex Bykov
Bermondsey Warehouse Loft is situated in an industrial building that was formerly used as a tin and zinc factory, completely refitted by FORM Design Architecture in Bermondsey, a district in south London, United Kingdom. The industrial character and scale had previously been lost beneath raised floors, lowered ceilings and partitions in this 1,119 square foot (110 square meters loft).
Storage, bathroom & utility functions are contained within a sharply-detailed block ‘parked’ in the corner of the now fully revealed Loft space, with a similarly detailed linear kitchen counter block. A concealed sliding wall allows the sleeping area to be enclosed if required. At the other end, a full width counter provides a work area for the photographer owner. In between are flexible zones for dining, relaxing and exercise.
Apart from the unfinished floorboards, all surfaces are finished in white, the crisp machine-made quality of the solid acrylic blocks setting them apart from the more hand-made and time-weathered surface textures of the original industrial building. Surface finishes within the service block are in dark grey, accenting the idea of a fruit or jewel-case-like object with a smooth exterior skin contrasting with a darker, sensual core.
Hudson Loft is a historic preservation project of a former American Express warehouse building, which has been designed by Schappacher White Architecture in TriBeCa, New York. The architects combined two spaces into a 3,000 square foot residential loft. The design evolved from the local warehouse history, materials, and forms of the existing spaces. Materials were selected that have age or been aged. Materials such as: chemically aged steel wall panels, zinc, new steel baseboards to reflect existing metal capitals, custom metal lighting at vaulted ceilings, wired glass at bath door/partition, and stained fumed oak. The kitchen incorporates custom center pivot windows that open to a pantry located behind the length of the kitchen.
The wall treatment seen here in the family room is what the architects call “liquid metal wall” since it looks fluid and changes in appearance as the light in the room shifts. SchappacherWhite custom designed the treatment and had it fabricated for this application. It is made of hot rolled steel sheets, cut to size and to follow the vaults at the ceiling. The steel was chemically “aged” and then a sealer applied. Our metal fabrictor made this wall, zinc shelves and counters, custom designed lighting, and bases for the columns to match the cast iron capitols.
The sofa is from B&B Italia, the light fixture at the left is by Arteriors, the wall mounted is Olampia.
This project has an exhaust hood behind the cabinet doors. It is a gas cooktop, so the owners open the doors for access to the hood when using the cooktop depending on the setting of the flame. The light fixture over the kitchen island was custom designed for this loft by SchappacherWhite.
The dining table is from Restoration Hardware. The light fixture over the island is custom designed by SchappacherWhite for this project. The fixture over the dining table is through Urban Electric.
The wire shelving in this kitchen pantry area is from Metro Shelving. The pantry is 4′ wide x 17′ long. The width will depend on what shelving depth is required. The windows at the left are at the kichen’s backsplash, so pantry items can be passed through directly to the kitchen counter. The lundry basket is by Restoration Hardware.
The striking portrait on the wall of a girl and her dog is a 6′-0″ wide painting by artist Bill Sullivan.
The desk, shelves and rods were custom designed by SchappacherWhite for this specific project. The shelves and desk surface are zinc, the rod is steel. The built-in shelves are + – 30″‘ wide. Desk is the same width, but extends over the radiator another 6″.
The floors are fumed oak. The pocket door into the master bedroom is black metal framed fibergalsss panels.
Radiator covers have a Corian top and laquer painted doors/covers.
The custom shower enclosure by SchappacherWhite, fabricated by Gunnar Design.
Photos: Jason Lindberg
This contemporary loft is situated in the historic Hermann Lofts Building in downtown Houston, Texas, designed by local C O N T E N T Architecture. The seventh-floor, 1,275 square foot apartment features wall-to-wall windows throughout, flooding the home with light. This unit was renovated in 2011, with the design utilizing an internal core to liberate the unit’s generous 180 degree view of the city. The exposed brick and concrete ceilings of the nearly century-old building remained untouched, while the flow of the apartment was increased by separating the internal walls in the kitchen and bedroom from the rear of the apartment, adding a second walk-through space. The set-up of the kitchen was also reversed, moving the range to the island so that the owner, who is an avid cook, could appreciate the view and interact with guests in the living room as she cooked. In the bedroom, a large wardrobe was added to delineate the space, and the entrance to the master bathroom was shifted to make room for a larger closet area.
As the hallway transitions into the open loft space, a makeshift dining area includes a striped reclaimed-wood table by Houstonian Bob Card flanked by Arne Jacobsen chairs, a trio of framed lotus leaves and a modern light fixture by Pelle.
Dividing the public areas and the bedroom is a flex-space that accommodates both a home office and yoga area. Custom millwork throughout increases storage while providing a backdrop to the owner’s eclectic art, library, and furniture collection.
Photos: Peter Molick
The Brick Loft House was once a dingy looking office unit that received a complete overhaul by architecture firm FARM, situated in Joo Chiat Ln, Singapore. The new owners saw the potential of this apartment and so did the architects. Situated on the second storey of a shophouse unit in the charming JooChiat area, the architects wanted to reinvent, with a localized design language, the concept of a chic industrial loft.
From the onset, we knew the importance of bringing light and the sense of lightness to the space within. The apartment has to feel as if it’s suffused with light. To do that, walls were knocked down to create an outdoor verandah area upon entry. Huge timber framed glass sliding doors are used to further increase light porosity. Generous amount of louvres are used at the rooftop to bring in more light to the mezzanine bedroom.
The feel of the industrial is brought out through the sensitive use of building materials and the reinvention of their vocabulary and usage. Taking a cue from concrete ventilation blocks found in old houses, we updated the look with a new custom-made pattern. This pattern is then abstracted and transformed again and brought into the living area via a laser-cut metal screen folding door.
The old plaster of the house was also peeled off to reveal bricks in their original gritty but charming condition. What are ‘industrial lofts’ without some bricks eh? Then using the idea of these bricks as basic building blocks, we created continuous wall shelving with a similar structure and framing. The key unmissable feature in the apartment is the spiral staircase constructed entirely out of metal, spray-painted all glossy white, and with its balustrade in the dangerously-sexy form of a curving brick wall.
Photos: Jeremy San TzerNing
The Glass Farmhouse Loft is an open loft space in former factory building situated in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood, New York, designed and owned by Charoonkit Thahong of Studio Recreation Inc. Thahong spent months searching for just the right raw, industrial space to remodel for his own home. The loft is in a former 13-story school building called The Glass Farmhouse, that was converted into residential apartments in 1982. With 52 sun-filled loft-style apartments, occupied mostly by photographers and artists, this loft was exactly what he was looking for: open space, hardwood floors and plenty of sunlight.
“It was almost as raw as I expected,” Thahong says. “It was actually livable, but it just wasn’t my taste.” In seven months Thahong transformed this 1,340 square foot one bedroom and one bath eclectic showcase for his individual style. Collections of ceramics, tropical plants, mid-century alarm clocks and other quirky knickknacks occupy almost every surface, but the space still manages to feel clean and modern. Most of Thahong’s decor consists of vintage pieces and classics in a neutral palette.
The ceiling lamp in the living room started as an iconic Lyndon outdoor floor lamp by designer Vico Magistretti, but Thahong had it adjusted and rewired for a statement-making ceiling fixture.
Thahong’s background in product design and ceramics has fostered a deep love for simple white vases. Most of his collection hails from Germany, particularly from Rosenthal and the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin.
He also loves the Danish Holmegaard Gulvase in white, red and amber glass. “I like the concept of ‘simple is best,’” says Thahong of the vase’s classic shape.
The stainless steel and walnut-stained plywood island was preexisting, but Thahong had a custom stainless steel top made for the back counter out of a single piece of steel with integrated sinks. Open industrial shelving extends all the way to the top of the wall, helping Thahong get maximum storage out of limited square footage. He keeps a ladder and step stool on hand for when he has to reach the party platters and other little-used items up top.
Although the original kitchen was dark and dated, Thahong lucked out with Viking appliances left over from the previous owner. The restaurant-quality range hood was already in place when Thahong bought the space. Unlike many city kitchen hoods, this one vents out the window. “It’s almost impossible to get a permit now to do that in a New York apartment,” says Thahong.
Thahong sleeps in a lofted bedroom located atop a small closet. A classic Vitra wall organizer keeps must-have items on hand near the door.
The lofted sleeping space has room for little more than a cozy bed, but Thahong still managed to sneak his collection of 1960s and ’70s alarm clocks onto the half wall behind his bed.
The mirror on this side of the room reflects the slate tile on the shower’s back wall. The walnut-stained plywood console displays more of Thahong’s Holmegaard Gulvase collection. “The bathroom is a really important part of all my designs,” he says. “I like it to surprise and have an exotic feeling.”
The bathroom sits toward the front of the apartment, away from the windows on the other side of the unit. To keep the space from feeling like a cave, Thahong opened it up with a large, clear sliding glass door supplemented with a curtain for privacy.
On the side of the bathroom shown here, floor-to-ceiling subway tiles cover the wall behind a 60-inch round bathtub. The vessel sink’s location was determined by plumbing lines; Thahong usually sits cross-legged on the plywood tub deck when using it.
Photos: Andrea Ferrari
This West Loop Loft renovation unifies four existing lofts in a former Nabisco cracker factory built in 1884 into one large open space by Scrafano Architects in Chicago, Illinois. The 6,000 square foot residence is situated in the top northwest corner of a five story, brick and timber-frame building. The three-story loft has mezzanines at every level using a dynamic layering of cantilevered metal grate floors with open rails increasing the live/work area and allowing light to filter to the spaces below.
The kitchen and eating area were located in the center of the space to create a central social gathering and communal area. Fireplaces are used as focal points to mark both ends of the L-shaped living space.Built-in shelves and cabinetry separate interior rooms while simultaneously connecting spaces and storing the owners’ large book collection and travel treasures. The bedrooms, bathrooms, and offices are tucked upstairs under the building’s original wood ceiling. The new trapezoidal twenty-foot skylight provides views to the sky and directs natural light into the two story spaces below.
The Chicago approved green roof deck and trellis creates an outdoor living room while providing an unobstructed 360-degree view of the Chicago skyline beyond. Stainless steel mesh panels delineate the garden edge while providing a screen from the unsightly HVAC units. The undulating IPE wood deck, sloping trellis, small lawn and the native prairie grasses soften the urban industrial setting.
Photos: Catherine Tighe
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This unique home was once an old commercial property, a toy store, then went on to become an ultra-modern house with an amazing layout in Barcelona, Spain. Architecture studio Egue y Seta was commissioned for the reform of the project as well as the interior design. They left the essential walls, renovated facilities and combined warm materials such as iroko and oak woods , with other loft aesthetics, such as concrete, brick and galvanized sheet metal.
Glass is the key material in the reform, which directly influences the organization of space. It is mostly used in the facade, so that natural light takes the leading role. Behind the facade of glass, two fronts of vertical oak slats provide privacy on both sides of the entrance door, flanked by two walls that give life to the house. These shrubs, alongside a real indoor garden, featuring local species and bed of pine bark, forming a green triangle that provides a natural setting environment, something made possible by the special layout of the house.
To the right of the entrance are the common areas, an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. A sunken living room was a solution for achieving spaciousness, as the difference in level creates the illusion of distance with the dining room when, in fact, they are close.
The walls are enhanced by contrasting brick wall and gray paint. The original wrought ceiling with beams was left exposed and galvanized steel ducts for air conditioning and heating was added.
The bedroom, is separated from two totally glazed volumes: the bathroom and indoor garden located in front of the entrance. Privacy is redefined as well in this house inhabited by a childless couple. In return, the owner’s can enjoy the central garden, as without a wall between the sleeping area and the bathroom, the bedroom is designed as a suite.
Photos: Mi Casa
This sensational property was a former industrial building transformed into a beautiful loft in TriBeca, New York by Threshold Interiors. The designers used many re-claimed and salvaged items to complement the architecture and original purpose of the building.
The designers used reclaimed industrial windows used to provide light to an interior room. The dining table is custom from Olde Good Things in NYC.
The countertop is a reclaimed marble.
The living room is reclaimed barn wood nailed to drywall. The column is original to the home.
The bathroom tile can be found at Casale Tile in Ocean Township, New Jersey.
The master bathroom features custom-made shower doors and a reclaimed sink. The flooring is silver travertine from Casale Tile in Ocean, New Jersey.
The wall paneling are poplar boards the designers bought from their local lumber yard, they are inexpensive and they fit together by using a tongue and groove process. The poplar was stained using Minwax MWB 37. The sink is reclaimed from the Tastycake factory in Philadelphia.
Photos: Courtesy of Threshold Interiors
This incredibly designed contemporary loft in downtown Houston, Texas has been designed by interior design firm Kristina Wilson Design. With exposed concrete ceilings and brick wall in the living room, this open plan home has plenty of fabulous industrial features. There is also beautiful wooden flooring throughout and eclectic details, exuding a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the homeowner and guests.
Kristina Wilson Design’s unique approach to interior design and eclectic use of patterns and materials are a reflection of Kristina’s colorful personality. Her style and demeanor are best described as bold, clever and concise, making KWD a favorite amongst national and international clients. KWD is focused on being an accessible, honest and fearless interior design leader in an industry filled with vagueness and ambiguities.
Photos: Courtesy of Kristina Wilson Design