The goal of the design was to find within this wide and undifferentiated loft a sense of spatial definition in order for the space to function and feel its best. Returning the loft to its original simple lines, retrieving the desirable openness and exposing the detail of the former industrial space while introducing fabric and new reflective materials and details to create an engaging sequence through various types of more public spaces to the privacy of the bedrooms.
Walls were removed to expose the central axis of riveted steel columns and the original plaster ceiling was remade. A kitchen was designed with eco-friendly units made of glass, under a dropped lit floating ceiling, which forms the loft’s new hub.
A new media room allows for acoustic and visual privacy while remaining open to the loft. Throughout a control system provides pre-set lighting moods, which relate to different ways of inhabiting the space, helping reduce energy consumption. Prioritizing simple concepts like fans, wipe-off-mats and sound absorption into the scheme supports the ongoing sustainable lifestyle of the clients.
Some design features, such as a stainless steel mesh screen and reused perforated-metal radiator covers, mediate the industrial aspects of the loft; others, especially fabric and acoustic panels, help lower noise levels, which are now a fraction of what they were before the renovation.