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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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SE Division Street is a commercial building project that was transformed by Emerick Architects into an industrial home by adding a second story light-filled living space in Portland, Oregon. An open floor plan, lots of large windows and door panels and 12 foot tall ceilings give it the character of an industrial loft. Custom stainless kitchen cabinetry combined with vintage fixtures and furniture carry out the eclectic feel of an old urban loft.
A machined hood, custom stainless cabinetry and exposed ducting harkens to a commercial vibe. The 5′x10′ marble topped island wears many hats. It serves as a large work surface, tons of storage, informal seating, and a visual line that separates the eating and cooking areas.
Windows and door panels reaching for the 12 foot ceilings flood this kitchen with natural light. Custom stainless cabinetry with an integral sink and commercial style faucet carry out the industrial theme of the space.
Upon entering the penthouse the light and dark contrast continues. The exposed ceiling structure is stained to mimic the 1st floor’s “tarred” ceiling. The reclaimed fir plank floor is painted a light vanilla cream. And, the hand plastered concrete fireplace is the visual anchor that all the rooms radiate off of. Tucked behind the fireplace is an intimate library space.
A glimpse into the office space from the living room reveals the large custom built-in painted wood filing and storage cabinet below the windows. Clerestory windows above the desk bring in additional natural light.
A custom-designed paneled zinc barn door is a piece of art, as well as functioning to close off the living space when desired.
A huge wall of windows faces the bed and billowy parachute curtains soften the space. The room was left simple and intimate to create restfulness.
With the floor to ceiling windows continuing through into the bathroom, and white details throughout, the room is airy and filled with light. The sink is re-purposed from a commercial building and the custom zinc medicine cabinets are extra deep and outfitted with outlets so that the bathroom clutter is contained.
The movement is orchestrated so that you experience the heavier/darker ground floor upon entering the building and then travel up through the light filled stairway.
The concrete stair treads and steel risers wrap around the hand plastered elevator shaft.
The interior stair that leads up to the living space is filled with natural light and gives way to a view of the rooftop outdoor terrace and garden.
Setting the penthouse 12 feet away from the property lines allowed for outdoor rooms. as well as another opportunity for an environmental feature: storm water management. With tall light embracing windows and bi-fold doors the indoors feels a part of the outdoors and vice versa.
The exterior terrace features large concrete tiles, built-in planters and a reflecting pool. Amber string lights provide mood lighting outside the dining space.
The second story was added atop this existing commercial building to make a new loft-style residence. The existing building received new windows and a facelift to blend with the new rooftop dwelling.
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This exuberant contemporary loft, spotted on ESNY, is spread out on two levels and 1,689 square feet of living space situated in Stockholm, Sweden. This two bedroom residence is comprised of exquisite details, featuring a spacious open floor plan, large glass fireplace, wooden flooring throughout, lit staircase that seems to float freely , generous spa with steam room, a beautiful tile mosaic in the bathroom and exclusive dressing room inside the master bedroom retreat. The home also contains integrated light and sound system.
This modern Loft Space in Camden has been transformed into a bright and dynamic living-working space by London based studio Craft Design. Originally used as an open plan office space, the challenge was to convert the 602 square foot (56 square meters) property into a bespoke and innovative environment that efficiently and creatively responds to the demands of living in London. In response to the brief, the idea was to maximize the sense of space as well as keeping a simple and efficient layout. The solution successfully achieved this with the introduction of a single volume located central to the loft where all the services are accommodated. Detached from the facades and ceilings this element has divided the open plan into several spaces for different uses such as Kitchen-Dinning, Living Room, Storage, Bathroom and a Mezzanine for the sleeping and working area.
The 4.5 m height party wall and roof eaves have been fully used with shelves and storage, which serve the whole space. The stair to access the mezzanine level was cleverly integrated into this single piece of furniture. The rest was about keeping a simple palette in terms of materials and colors to allow the owner collection of objects, art and books give the wall an authentic personality to the space.
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This incredible two storey industrial style loft apartment is situated in New York’s NoHo district, designed by Wettling Architects. The owner is Bradley Darryl Wong, who is best known for his role as Dr. George Huang in the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His 12-year-old son lives with him on weekends. The bedroom with en-suite and dressing room and a laundry room are at basement level. On the ground floor, there is a large living space, kitchen, guest bedroom/office, and another bedroom and bathroom. It was important for the homeowner to show the history of the former commercial building, so plaster was removed to reveal brick walls and the air-conditioning pipes were exposed.
The architect added a wall of windows and a massive steel skylight to replace the original wooden one and brighten the back of the buildings. Layers of plaster were chipped away to reveal vaulted brick ceilings. Then reclaimed wooden flooring and salvaged pieces were brought in, including a pair of century-old bronze doors for the entrance. Complementing the polished wood and warm brick are walls painted in rich green and purple, with furnishings in acid yellow and fuchsia. The downstairs space is oxblood red to match a lacquered box that belonged to the homeowner’s grandfather.
The stainless-steel kitchen is a mix of existing units and new cabinetry. Bright-shaped tiles echo the original exposed brick in the rest of the apartment and contrast with the cool steel units.
The view down the wide hallway showcases the theatrical elements of the homeowner’s apartment, with stage lights spotlighting the kitchen and living room ‘sets.’ The layout is adaptable, so the space can be divided into intimate areas or opened up when friends come to visit.
The glazed doors were sourced from the basement of the historic Puck Building. They conceal shallow cupboards where the homeowner hangs his favorite hats.
Photos: Courtesy of Wettling Architects