Toy Loft

Los Angeles / United States / 2014

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The clients are a husband and wife, both visual artists. One is a creative director and the other is an illustrator. They purchased a top floor unit, in need of substantial remodeling because of the work left behind on all surfaces by an artist with questionable talents. The clients wanted a flexible livework space on a very tight budget ($75k) when they approached us. The use in the unit is genuine live-work for two working visual artists.


Our proposal involved a 'super compaction' approach. Into this single-story loft, we dropped in a compressed structure designed to contain everything they required. A loft within a loft, or a "toy loft", as it were.



To meet this tight budget, we hacked together IKEA shelving, light gauge steel framing, site-cut exposed edge plywood and mdf. This single shell contains an attic nook, a lower lounge, a rolling seasonal closet, bleachers with storage cubbies and a worksurface, all interconnected to maximize their space. The seasonal closet in particular, is a highlight we're proud of. It was built as a series of modules that can roll on tracks, concealing lesser used shelving beyond. The clients can then slide these modules to configure as they please for both seasonal and his/ her needs. The cubby, workspace desk and bleacher steps are also tightly integrated to support both their freelance visual work needs and provide a flexible social space for entertainment. 


 

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    The clients are a husband and wife, both visual artists. One is a creative director and the other is an illustrator. They purchased a top floor unit, in need of substantial remodeling because of the work left behind on all surfaces by an artist with questionable talents. The clients wanted a flexible livework space on a very tight budget ($75k) when they approached us. The use in the unit is genuine live-work for two working visual artists. Our proposal involved a 'super...

    Project details
    • Year 2014
    • Work finished in 2014
    • Contractor Taz Construction
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Interior Design / Building Recovery and Renewal
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