The loft is designed as a pied-à-terre for a client from San Paulo, who became charmed by the oversized ceiling beams, the original wood floors, and even the raw industrial locale out the window.
Magdalena Keck was first approached to reimagine the space in 2012, a recommendation came by way of former clients, also from Brazil. The client and the designer enthusiastically embraced the challenges and were determined to make some key changes.
The most aspiring objective was to replace the windows with balcony doors to allow maximum daylight in and to add even a small outdoor space. Another significant item was the removal of the tin ceiling, the exposing of the original beams and decking, and finding a fireproof coating that would be completely transparent and matt.
The new, polished elements of the loft balance the restored, distressed ones; the loft resonates with the past and the present.