3six0 Architecture designed this loft renovation in 2009 for a couple situated in the jewelry district of Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
The space was designed to accommodate the live/perform habits of two folks with vastly diverse professions.
Paschke Danskin Double Loft by 3six0 Architecture:
“An artist specializing in ceramics and light reflective installations had lately bought a loft in Providence’s jewelry district.
We have been asked to convert half the loft into her live/work space her pc engineer husband was going to remodel the other half to his liking.
A meeting later the couple decided to have us design each halves, but asked us to contemplate each and every as distinct spaces, to be uniquely created for each and every client.
An unusual beginning to an unusual project, the “double loft” owners challenged us to acknowledge their extended and committed relation, whilst celebrating their independence and individual predilections.
Programmatically most spaces had been to stay separate and duplicate a sun space, entry and utility space have been the only spaces planned with equal access.
Ahead of the loft could be produced coherent it had to be divided. The trapezoidal geometry of the raw space, determined by the surrounding urban fabric, had plenty of bumps, angles and awkwardly located columns to thwart any simple division of the space.
He had an affinity for the most tough and dynamic situation, a long angled side skewed to the column grid, even though the simplicity of the frequently columnated region appealed to her sensibilities.
She likes light filled, airy, and serene spaces he likes raw supplies, grilling steaks and functioning on racing vehicles. From these clues we developed two architectural “characters”, cloud and stack. Cloud floats, grows down from the ceiling, has soft rounded corners and appears seamless, immaterial, white or translucent.
Stack is extremely constructed you can see the parts, the angular adjustments and the material, generally wood or mdf with steel information. We organized the two loft spaces by mingling cloud and stack into walls and storage spaces.
Every single character is foregrounded accordingly, stack on his side and cloud on hers, but one particular is by no means in isolation from the other.
Casework and detailing continued the conversation among hers and his, cloud and stack. His casework was actually conceived as stacked volumes gradually spreading and transforming from closed cabinets to open shelves.
On her side the casework continues “stack” abstractly, modified with glass doors and a far more monolithic expression.
Cloud wanders by way of both spaces and negotiates amongst the two sides. Her bedroom is a nest, gently embraced in cloud on his side this cloud pushes by way of “stack”, tempering the long mdf and steel living room wall.
The architectural spaces of the double loft are developed to help and represent the independent arrangements of this couple. The opposing components (cloud and stack) supply a language for the narrative of two lives, individual, and intertwined.”
just before renovations
Pictures by: John Horner Photography