I’m not sure I can ever really get behind minimalism, but this converted warehouse in Sydney transformed into a concrete bunker of sorts is really quite beautiful. That curved ceiling and the 2 story impact of it is spectacular. It’s incredible that such a simple architectural detail could add so much interest. I also love how the curve is found throughout the loft (sofa, console, mirror, shower door). Brutalism with a cocooning impact. Designed by Matt Woods.
Camperdown Warehouse, a residential refit within a former car assembly plant by Sydney-based Archer Office. The original warehouse conversion in 1993 had 2 mezzanine bedrooms that cut off light to the apartment’s interior. The new design creates a flexible three-bedroom residence “using a series of movable partitions supported by a lightweight steel frame. Each of the spaces open towards the main volume, so that the flexibility in partitioning also delivers shared spaces that add a feeling of generosity throughout.”
Photography by Kasia Werstak
“Located in the old Toy Factory Lofts in Downtown Los Angeles, the 850 sf studio loft underwent a full interior architectural remodel as well as re-space planning, and custom designed millwork. There was a request for a separate semi private bedroom area, new custom designed kitchen and larger bathroom. New entry wall and dividing custom shelving unit was placed to create privacy and allow for porosity and visual connectivity to the rest of the space. Custom details and an existing concrete column was re purposed as a back drop for a custom bench and side table.”
Hands up who daydreams of living in an industrial style loft. OK I’d probably have to ditch the husband and the large dog to make the dream come true or at least keep the space looking so wonderful. Toy Factory Loft by Mass Studio.
Is it working on a weekend or getting away for the weekend? Right now I’d be happy to do either. Paramount House Hotel by Breathe Architecture.
Inside an old Berlin factory interior architect and artist Ewelina Makosa and designer Jan Garncarek have created a light filled art studio. “Life moves at a much slower pace here, compared to the city center of Berlin. The lack of trendy cafes and restaurants provides ideal conditions for genuine contemplation and focus. In addition, the local lake is a great summer destination.” The building had remained unnoticed until an Irish carpenter leased and renovated the property, sectioning the available space into several artistic workshops. The duo managed to save the original walls and flooring from being “renovated”. The interior, designed by Ewelina, celebrates the vertical space, over 5 meters tall.
The Tatra sofa was mass produced in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s but many of the pieces were designed by Jan himself. The glass top desk and a brass and marble coffee table are prototypes but others such as the two Hasta lamps (imitating fencing foils belonging to Jan’s grandfather), U2 lamps and Metropoli Argand lamps suspended over the table are already in production and can be found at Jan Garncarek Design. “The place is like a haven to us. It lets us quieten down and focus, simultaneously providing an inexhaustible source of inspiration” says Ewelina. The light that streams through the loft windows makes the space perfect for creating the artist’s large scale works exploring memory and the remnants of the past … just like the studio itself.
Last photo by Aleksandra Laska