This volume provides examples that illustrate how this trend is applied today, from huge industrial spaces to small premises where architects have to take the fullest possible advantage of the spatial possibilities to create a feeling of greater expansiveness. This is not to ignore those lofts that still follow the now-classic american model of large factoryspaces converted into homes, which exerted such a strong influence on the loft movement in cities like London and Berlin; this book, however, has opened up the range of perspective with spaces that establish more private aeras alongside other larger, more open oness, thereby contributing to the reinvention and updating of the loft concept.
Idea and concept : Paco Asencio, Hugo Kliczkowski
Editor and text : Maria Sol Kliczkowski
Distributed by Page One Publishing Private Limited 2004
Pages 110 à 115
Loft on Avenue Philippe Auguste
The simple lines, The warm of the flooring and the use of translucent materials in the divisions bring spaciousness to what were originally dark, poky premises.
This loft, designed as both a home and work space for a Young couple without children, is the result of the refurbisment of part of a mirro stor dating fron 1920. The redbrick building topped with a glass and métal structure reminiscent of Eiffel is situated in quiet, sunny patio. The Small size – Two stories of 270 sq.ft each – and the lack of sunligth on the part of the ground floor required an intervention that concentrated on making the most of thèse limited possibilities.
The architects divided the space into three : on the ground floor there is a work studio, along with the garden terrace and more intimate space, while the other rooms are on the first floor. The need to achieve the greatest possible spaciousness demanded a project that removed barriers opaque surfaces. The façade was therefore made of glass, to capture the maximum amount of sunlight and extend the visual space of interior into the patio doted with trees. Morever, the different areas are marked off by variations in the floor heigt, or by panels made translucent or transparent materials. For example, the work space and the private area are only separated by a polycarbonate partition that allows light to pass through.
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