Top floor

This weekend I went to a viewing - not because I'm in the market of a super expensive flat - but because I saw an opportunity. R21 Arkitketer designed three loft conversions in Oslo a few years back, and now one is (was) on the market. The project is nominated for Oslo bys arkitekturpris 2016 and has set a new precedent for the standard of craftsmenship when it comes to the finishing of flats. The architects no doubt spend a lot of time perfecting these flats- and as you would expect the result is perfect. Perhaps developers will see this project and realise that there is a huge market for high quality homes, not just half way solutions that cost next to nothing and last as long. 

The key to the design of these flats are the large windows that not only provide the interiors with tons of light, but add to the quality of space by adding ceiling height to the otherwise relatively low ceilings. It's also rather dramatic- and who doesn't love that?

These arcs are the key to the magic of these flats. They let in light a gives a double night feeling to the otherwise low ceiling space.  

These arcs are the key to the magic of these flats. They let in light a gives a double night feeling to the otherwise low ceiling space.  

The arcs are lined with timber on the inside which adds warmth and caracther to the interiors.  

These arcs are the key to the magic of these flats. They let in light a gives a double night feeling to the otherwise low ceiling space.  

These arcs are the key to the magic of these flats. They let in light a gives a double night feeling to the otherwise low ceiling space.  

Section illustrating how much height the architects added by lifting the ceiling with these arcs.  

Section illustrating how much height the architects added by lifting the ceiling with these arcs.  

This project made me think of other loft conversions I've been lusting after. 

Loft conversion in Vienna

Loft conversion in Vienna

Bernd Gruber oversaw the loft conversion of this Wilhelminian era house in Vienna into a classically modern space. The angled walls and black and white color scheme make for a dramatic, yet minimalist interior.

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Loft in Manhattan is a minimalist residence located in New York, New York, designed by Dieter Vander Velpen. The space utilizes premium and elegant materials to enhance the space, and maximize the high ceilings. To contrast the pure feel of the marble, the walls are covered in Mortex, a cement-chalk wall coating for a warm, textured vibe. The table is designed by Dieter Vander Velpen as well, with custom made brass trestles and a walnut tabletop, accompanied by a long bench under the windows that doubles as storage space.

 

The Wooster apartment

The Wooster apartment

The "Wooster apartment" is a dream pad, it has an impressive 7,200sf and occupies the entire top floor of a landmark red-limestone building at the corner of Wooster and Broome Streets, New York City. The loft was renovated by Natalya Kashper of "Dub Studios", she is also the lucky owner.