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.
Photos: Lincoln Barber
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.
Photos: Armando Elias
Spanish Oaks Residence is a stunning coastal contemporary home designed by Cornerstone Architects to evoke a coastal design feeling while maintaining a Hill Country style native to its environment in Austin, Texas. The final design resulted in a beautifully minimalistic, transparent, and very inviting home. The light exterior stucco paired with geometric forms and contemporary details such as galvanized brackets, frameless windows and linear railings achieved the exact coastal contemporary look the clients desired. The open floor plan visually connects multiple rooms to each other, creating a seamless flow from the formal living, kitchen and family rooms and ties the upper floor to the lower. This transparent theme even begins at the front door and extends all the way through to the exterior porches and views beyond through large frameless windows. The overall design is kept basic in form, allowing the architecture to shine through in the detailing. The sensational interior design was carried out by Joy Kling Interior Design, offering warm and welcoming textures and materials.
Photos: Merrick Ales
We just received images of the latest project by AR Design Studio, The Medic’s House, which is an incredible modern addition of a 1950s three bedroom house situated in Winchester, United Kingdom. The architects, Andy Ramus & Laurent Metrich, were commissioned to update the home by two doctors who are based in Winchester to meet the needs of their growing family. The brief required that the architects add two additional bedrooms to the upstairs and create a spacious open plan family space with plenty of light, views and access to the beautiful garden on the lower level.
From the architects: AR Design Studio’s solution was to create a large charcoal grey living box at ground level with a full height glazed opening elevation to the garden. A timber clad sleeping pod is perched above at first floor level providing the additional bedrooms.
The fenestration was resolved as a series of verticals that celebrate the depth of the walls with a combination of recessed and flush frameless windows. The overall composition was influenced by the ancient Greek theory of the ‘Golden Section’ in order to provide a well-balanced and proportioned rear elevation.
At ground floor level the extension contains a utility, WC, kitchen, dining room and lounge area, fitted with 3 large eco-friendly sliding glass panels creating an uninterrupted view of the garden. The flush threshold and continuous floor surface enhance this connection with the garden by allowing the internal space to flow seamlessly out into it on warmer days.
The walls are constructed from super insulated block and oversized insulated cavities ensuring a very thermally efficient envelope. Large opaque glass panels to the sides allow etch light to enter deep into the plan of the space. The structure is hidden in strategically placed fins that suggest living zones within the open-plan space.
Upstairs, the western red cedar clad addition consists of a generous master suite with a separate dressing area and one other additional bedroom. This upper box is also fabricated in timber, allowing for a light weight structure that reduces the need for unsightly columns beneath. The construction contains over 250mm of insulation which AR felt was important at the upper level. This approach to construction was also carried through into the over insulated single-ply roof.
Photos: Martin Gardner
This sensational fifth floor Prince Street loft, spotted on Sotheby’s, is located in the SoHo district of New York City, New York. Featuring plenty of incredible details in the newly renovated 2,500 square foot loft, including six gorgeous wood-framed windows offering an abundance of natural light in the open plan living room, cast iron columns, exposed brick and wood beams. The living room boasts 11’+/- ceilings, an Eco Smart Fireplace and fully integrated audio/visual system including a 103” drop down projector screen. The kitchen is fit for a chef and replete with custom stainless counters, cherry wood cabinets, and top tier professional appliances ranging from SubZero to Wolf, Fisher Paykel to Miele.
The luxurious master bedroom has a walk-in closet and en suite bath featuring floor to ceiling Limestone, Neptune soaking tub, Koehler fittings and a large glass enclosed shower. The residence includes three-four bedrooms, two baths and media room with custom Murphy bed. The home also offers abundant storage, private laundry room, and 2-zone central air. There is a common roof deck and private storage within this intimate 5-unit Cast Iron landmarked building.
This sensational loft could be all yours, listed for sale at $4,650,000, from here.
Lodgepole Retreat is a Rocky Mountain, Colorado getaway designed by Arch11, taking its simple form as a modern response to simple mining structures of the area. The single roof plane efficiently manages the snowfall at 9000’ above sea level while serving as a platform for the 10kw photovoltaic system that, along with an electric boiler, an air to air heat exchanger, and LED lighting, allows this 2,200 square foot house to operate at net zero energy use each year. An open-plan, glass-enclosed great room gives the sense of living in the out of doors while each private space offers carefully-framed views of specific parts of the alpine setting. All construction assemblies and materials are designed to meet the strictest fire-resistant codes.
What started as an intimate 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath cabin for a Colorado couple and their grown children, grew to 3 bedrooms and 3 baths when they began to consider space for their grandchildren. The couple had owned the property for years-spending weekends there as their two children grew from toddlers to teens. A 1960’s-era stone cabin sufficed, until the pair decided they wanted something more enduring. Having previously seen an Arch11-designed house, the couple decided they wanted a contemporary cabin. The homeowner’s wish was for unobstructed views of the majestic Rocky Mountains that surround the site. The pristine setting includes a 30 acre meadow and high alpine forests, which suggested for a design solution that should be as light on the land as possible. So light, that the owners wanted to get as close to net- zero as possible and be nearly maintenance free as well.
The living plane is elevated above the ground on a poured-in place concrete pedestal to heighten the experience of floating above the meadow. Floor to ceiling glass offers occupants an almost cinematic experience of the diurnal rhythm of the earth.
Sustainable features: Energy model was net-zero energy use, High performance, triple-pane glazing 10 kw solar array, Solar thermal system, Electric boiler with ceramic storage for radiant heat system, Natural ventilation, Large overhangs for shading, Concrete with fly-ash content, FSC-certified lumber, Formaldehyde free cabinets, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting.
Photos: Raul Garcia
This sprawling pre-war condo loft spotted on Elliman is rustic and chic, situated in Soho, New York. This incredible home is comprised of more than 4,100 square feet of architecturally-handsome space. Accessed directly via private elevator, enter through an intimate foyer into an expansive living room, beautifully illuminated from the east by a shimmering wall of industrial-style, over-sized windows. Outfitted with exposed brick walls, original wooden columns, and a gas fireplace, the loft features high ceilings, hardwood floors, and authentic structural details. The open chef’s kitchen, overlooking the living and dining areas, is outfitted with top of line stainless steel appliances, including dual Sub-Zero refrigerators, separate wine cooler, double ovens and a vented cooktop. The baths are newly renovated and spacious. The master is a retreat unto itself with an enormous dressing room and spa-like bathroom, complete with double sinks, separate shower, soaking tub, and water closet. A separate laundry room and abundant storage space complete the package. 30 Crosby is a 7 story 13 unit Condo built in 1890. The building features a 24-hour doorman, elevator, and an exquisite wine-room on the lower level.
Impressive yet cozy, and irresistibly charming, this luxury loft is located on one of Soho’s most enchanting and conveniently located streets, listed for sale at $8,950,000, from here.
Granite outcrops, steep slopes and spectacular views define the form of the Sunshine Canyon House in Boulder, Colorado designed by Renée Del Gaudio Architecture, completed in 2012. Two linear volumes are stacked and crossed, reaching out to mountain views to the south, and city lights to the east. Sliding barn doors and a gabled roof tap into the forms and materials of nearby historic barns. Colorado’s vernacular style combines with the clean lines of modernism.
The 2,600 square foot building is responsive and adaptive to its environment. It addresses the topography, wind and light patterns, and the movement of the sun. Rolling barn door shutters close down the house from the cold and wind at night and open it up to the views and sun of the day. A 3.6kW solar array produces 100% of the home’s electric needs. An open floor plan allows daylight and breezes to naturally filter through all sides of the three bedroom, three bathroom home.
Exposed beams, rusted steel cladding, and industrial-size barn doors visually link the home to the community’s rural roots, but principally serve to create a fire- resistant, maintenance-free structure. Corten steel complements the landscape as it ages with a weathered, natural patina. The 2010 forest fires above Boulder, Colorado ravaged this property and burned down a cherished wood cabin. In the cabin’s place is now a smart, spirited house that connects to the past and looks towards the future.
Photos: Dana Miller
This decaying mid century modern home in Berkeley Hills, California home was remodeled and restored by YamaMar Design. Built in the 1960s of redwood siding and concrete block, the home was weathered and rotting, with a black, decayed pond in the courtyard. It was dark and dingy and falling apart. The homeowner, Derek Holley, lived in faraway place such as Berlin, Tuscany and Manila (where he made a fortune in the call center business) and wished for a place for his family to call home. The owners split their residency between an apartment in Siena, Italy and the US and wanted their home to reflect true California living. Despite the obvious cosmetic challenges, the 2,700 square foot home was structurally sound. It had a wonderful open floor plan and the interior was filled with old-growth redwood shelving and paneling that could be repurposed in the remodel. The home boasted uninterrupted views of the Bay Area and Golden Gate Bridge from two levels, the main living level and the bedroom level below.
Living lightly on the land was very important to the Holley family, who are both active outdoor types that have few possessions and low carbon footprints, they wished for simplicity. They wished to reuse as much of the house as possible, a home that reflected sustainability and style. A mix of modern minimalism and earthy and warm. The renovation includes a voluntary seismic upgrade, envelope and energy efficiency upgrades, and enhanced daylight and panoramic views. A new landscaped entry courtyard creates a wind sheltered entertaining space and garden. Interior plan changes include a new en-suite master bath, and expanded stairwell as well as a home gym and bicycle storage for Derek who is an avid bicyclist. NanaWall doors spanning the width of the house allow seamless flow from inside to out, and railings are designed to be visually quite. A restored redwood wall anchors the design and creates a new heart for the lightened interior.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
This stylish avant-garde home with a rustic stone interior in Goa, India, is designed to maintain an uninterrupted flow with its lush surroundings. Perched on a slope amongst tall tropical trees, the contemporary open plan home is the perfect getaway from the crowds and usual distractions of modern life. Comprised of 4,500 square feet of living space, there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, three bedrooms being in the main house (the fourth is in the pool pavilion). All four bedrooms are open on two sides, have teak wood doors and polished cement floors. The three bedrooms in the main house also have basalt walls. The design of the home incorporates the latest in green building concepts, and uses natural and recycled materials wherever possible, with an emphasis on sourcing locally to reduce its carbon foot print.
The home has been finished in stone and Burmese and African teak wood, and contemporary furnishings, designed to be resistant to temperature change so as to maintain the ambient temperature inside. The house provides a high level of luxury and comfort to its occupants. Furthermore, the architecture of the house maximizes daylight and cross ventilation, thus reducing the need for artificial lighting and mechanical cooling. The front of the property offers an expansive pool, deck and pool pavilion. There is also a terrace at the top of the house with a rooftop lawn and space for al fresco dining with open views of the picturesque countryside.
This fabulous property is listed for sale at $740,000, from here.
A swimming pool in front of the main house uses rainwater stored in a 60,000 liters water tank, which is also used for the garden.
The pool pavilion serves as an area for entertaining during the day and a guest bedroom at night. There’s a staff area with two bedrooms and a bathroom below the pavilion.
The open design allows an unobstructed flow of air and natural lighting. Little artificial lighting or air conditioning is needed.
A covered verandah provides additional shade to the room while extending the indoor space outdoors.
. The central room in the house is the living-cum-dining area that is furnished with an eclectic mix of contemporary and period pieces, an impressive double height space with 17 foot high ceilings designed to be completely open on two sides allowing an unobstructed flow to and from the surrounding gardens.
On the upper level is the master bedroom suite that is accessed via a steel and wood staircase that goes all the way up to the terrace.
A balcony off the master bedroom offers an expansive view, including a river and an old whitewashed church.
The master bathroom includes an outdoor area with basins made by a local artist.
Fourteen trees originally on the land, including tamarind and mango, were preserved.