When we think of loft-style architecture, we typically think of big cities, but cities of all sizes around the world with an industrial past have warehouses and other commercial structures that have been converted into loft spaces. Lofts became popular in new construction projects in the early 2000s, combining the traditional utilitarian loft aesthetic with additional modern amenities and storage.
Loft architecture is traditionally large open spaces with exposed industrial features, such as duct work along the ceiling, bare wood or concrete beams, large windows, concrete or wood flooring, and open floor plans with few walls or segmented “rooms”. Some lofts have platforms or an elevated space that can be used to create a more private area for a bedroom or office.
Elements of design:
- Open floor plan
- Tall ceilings
- Flexible, utilitarian space
- Exposed features such as brick, structural beams and sometimes duct work
- Ample light from large windows
- Concrete or hardwood floors