The temptation when faced with a large, open
living space is to see it as an opportunity to ﬁndplaces for all your favorite pieces of furniture,art works and other interesting objects.When project architect Thomas Meyer andproject designer Kristilyn Vercruysse of Meyer,Scherer & Rockcastle (MS&R) were asked toremodel this loft-style inner city apartment,they saw the potential of the space. Occupy-ing the entire ninth level of the nine-year-oldHumboldt Loft Building in Minneapolis, theapartment had good bones, says Meyer.“The structure was well designed when
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1 bedrooms,2 bathrooms, 3 ensuite bathroom,4 living room, 5 gallery, 6 mastersuite, 7 dining area, 8 kitchen,9 terrace, 10 media room.
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Project architect ThomasMeyer and project designer KristilynVercruysse of MSR wanted to keepthe strong sense of space in thisapartment. Furniture was chosen byinterior designer Jodi Gillespie tosuit the scale of the high ceilings andbig concrete columns. Large wallsdisplay pieces from the owners’ artcollection, which they rotate toensure the apartment does not lookcrowded or cluttered. A pair of chairswas reupholstered as a counterpointto the sleek, modern design.
it was built, with high ceilings, exposed rawconcrete ﬂoors and ceilings, and plenty of bigwindows, but the original ﬁt-out didn’t reallytake full advantage of the interior space or thefabulous position,” he says.“On the interior our role was to bring outthe best from the loft, in a series of subtle ways.We added a new lighting system, relocated afew sprinkler pipes to tidy them up, introduceda canopy over the kitchen to house acousticpanels, and added a black steel ﬁreplace tocreate a feeling of warmth.”The main living, dining and kitchen areasform a single, large, open-plan space. Themaster suite and second bedroom, not part of this redesign, are to one side, and a third bed-room has been converted into a media room andofﬁce with built-in cabinetry to accommodatecomputers, television, and stereo equipment.To maintain the appearance of volume andgenerosity of space, Meyer says they used avery simple color palette, and kept furnishingsto a minimum.The gray of the concrete ﬂoors, columns andceilings is a foundation color that is lifted by the black ﬁreplace and window frames.“These neutral tones bind the space together,while splashes of color are introduced with afew carefully chosen items, such as the rugs, theart, and the views,” says the architect.Key pieces, such as the modular white sofaon the red rug, the kitchen under its canopy, andthe large dining table, create simple composi-tions within the wider space, without clutteringthe living area and making it seem smaller.Even the owners’ art collection has beenpared back. Instead of hanging everything atonce, they select a few pieces to display androtate them from time to time.