BWArchitects’s Artist Loft Juxtaposes a Gritty Brooklyn Warehouse with Warm Interiors

Posted On Wed, November 19, 2014 By

Posted On Wed, November 19, 2014 By In Architecture, Brooklyn, Design, Interiors

There’s plenty to be said about Brooklyn becoming a brand and the second most expensive place in the country to live. But every once in a while, we stumble across something that still has a bit of the borough’s old school glory.

Take this Brooklyn Artist Loft designed by BWArchitects. The firm’s dramatic conversion of a light manufacturing warehouse to a work/live artist studio juxtaposes the building’s gritty, industrial exterior with warm, light-filled interior spaces.

Brooklyn Artist Loft, BWArchitects, warehouse conversions

Brooklyn Artist Loft, BWArchitects, warehouse conversions

BWA’s clever design separates the live and work areas with a retractable translucent wall divide. Not only does it serve a functional purpose, but it adds just the right touch of industrial design to the main spaces of the loft. Additionally, a large sloped skylight divides the two spaces. When the wall is closed, its translucency filters direct light from the linear skylight toward the library and studio areas. A white steel-and-glass staircase–a contemporary addition–connects the main lower level with the bedrooms and roof deck on the floor above.

Brooklyn Artist Loft, BWArchitects, warehouse conversions

Thanks to huge, packed-to-the brim dark wood floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, rich, patterned rugs and plush furniture, the library is perhaps the warmest space in the entire loft. Modern hanging lamps give the space a contemporary touch, and the wall of windows opens it to the outdoors.

Brooklyn Artist Loft, BWArchitects, warehouse conversions

The entire first floor is open to the lovely terrace, which can serve as a second dining room, place to relax, or landscaped backyard. It makes perfect sense that this is a live/work space, because with the beautiful, functional design who would ever want to leave?

See all of BWArchitects’ work here.

Photos via BWArchitects

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