Barrier-Free Living, SF Loft Edition by

Issue 23 · Cool Dads · June 12, 2014

Barrier-Free Living, SF Loft Edition

Issue 23 · Cool Dads · June 12, 2014

The joy of loft living is open and unobstructed space. But what happens when requirements like bedrooms and bathrooms encroach? In this 1,200 square-foot loft in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood, Line Office Architecture masterfully met their client's needs without carving up the space. Their design celebrates open space while also respecting the pragmatic needs of day-to-day living.

Photography by Joe Fletcher via ArchDaily

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Exposed Wood Beam Ceiling, Wood Columns, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: In a corner of the loft, the architects inserted a sculptural, multi-faceted box that serves as a wall of the kitchen on one side while enclosing a bedroom on the other. The new additions work harmoniously with the existing Douglas fir columns, beams, and ceiling.

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Exposed Wood Beam Ceiling, Wood Columns, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen and dining areas flow seamlessly into each other.

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: In the kitchen area, a horizontal band of wood-faced cabinets sits above a glass backsplash that is lit from behind.

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: The glowing glass backsplash turns the corner into what becomes the entry area and presents as a light box.

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: Steps lead up to the bedroom, which is set on a platform inside the sculptural box. As the kitchen cabinets extend into the entry area, they shrink in depth and bcecome a narrow display cabinet.

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: The raised platform keeps the proportions of the room at a comfortable scale, avoiding a small dark bedroom with ceilings that are too high. Private but not fully enclosed, the sleeping area makes the most of the loft's natural daylight. The architects also incorporated built-in storage into the bedroom area.

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: Across the entry hall, the door at the bottom of the stairs leads to the bathroom. 

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Wood Columns, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: A view of the living area's window wall from the sleeping platform. 

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Exposed Wood Beam Ceiling, Wood Columns, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: Minimal furnishings help retain the open feeling of the loft. 

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: in the entrance hall, the bathroom and laundry rooms are situated on the right, and the platform bedroom is on the left. 

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, white bathroom, Photo by Joe Fletcher | Remodelista

Above: The stone floor tiles from the entry continue into the bathroom.

Line Office, San Francisco Loft, Plan | Remodelista

Above: The plan of the the 1,200 square-foot loft space by Line Office Architecture in SOMA, San Francisco. 

See more loft living in The Plywood Makeover: Artful Living in Melbourne and The Unplanned Designers' Loft in Brooklyn. Over on Gardenista, Outbuilding of the Week: Retro '60s Camper explores the opposite of loft living. 



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