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Trends - MSR - Andrea Rugg Photography

Trends - MSR - Andrea Rugg Photography

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Andrea Rugg Photography featured in Trends video of award winning loft space.
Andrea Rugg Photography featured in Trends video of award winning loft space.

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Published by: Andrea Rugg on Mar 08, 2013
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With a simple, minimalpalette of colors and materials,supplemented with a few key piecesof furniture and works of art, thespaces in this loft-style apartmentfeel generous.
The white modular couch canbeconfigured to create seating for upto three groups. As it is, it providescozy seating for two by the fireplaceand a second area where a largergroup of friends can be entertained.
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On a clear afternoon
Minimal furnishings and decorations in this loft-style apartment drawattention to the generous spaces and the dramatic, animated outlook
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
Legend for plan: 
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.
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The stainless steelkitchen countertop is offset by darkoak cabinetry, and the stainlessrange draws the eye up to thematching canopy. Large glass slidingdoors beyond the kitchen open ontothe terrace.
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Interior designer JodiGillespie worked with the architectsto find furniture that fit the aestheticof the loft. The 10ft-long cantileverdining table combines roughindustrial metal and refined glass.
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The owners enjoy cooking and entertaining,so the kitchen was designed as a large, openfeature in the center of the space, delineated bya canopy made from very thin, closely spacedsheets of stainless steel.“Because the kitchen is an integral part of theoverall living area, it had to meet the standardand style of the rest of the space,” says Meyer.To take advantage of the position – whichhas dramatic views over the city and towardsthe new Guthrie Theater, designed by Frencharchitect Jean Nouvel – the architectural teamremoved the single door that opened onto theroof terrace and replaced it with floor-to-ceilingglass sliding doors.“As well as creating a strong feature in theapartment, these doors help to link the indoorand outdoor living spaces. A canopy, in thesame material as the canopy over the kitchen,was then built over part of the terrace to givedefinition to the outdoor room in the largerspace and to provide shade, as the apartmentgets all-day sun from the south and east,” saysthe architect.“Our objective was to keep the space serene,well proportioned and well crafted. “

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