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7 Modern Mezzanines

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Mezzanines are, by definition, in-between spaces—neither here, nor there; neither upstairs nor down. But mezzanines needn't be wasted space. Here, from Dwell's archives, are seven examples of creative designs for the mezzanine—a lofty perch on which one can sleep, read, work, or merely observe.
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  A ship's ladder leads from the ground floor to a mezzanine-level bathroom and closet in a small brick boiler room that Christi Azevedo, an architect and metalworker, converted into a 93-square-foot guest house in San Francisco. Photo by Cesar Rubio.  Photo by: Cesar RubioCourtesy of: Cesar Rubio

    A ship's ladder leads from the ground floor to a mezzanine-level bathroom and closet in a small brick boiler room that Christi Azevedo, an architect and metalworker, converted into a 93-square-foot guest house in San Francisco. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

    Photo by: Cesar Rubio

    Courtesy of: Cesar Rubio

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  Cubit shelving artfully displays books and objects, accessible by a glass-walled mezzanine that Designer Byron Peart and his partner, the German-born fashion executive Stefan Weisgerber, added as part of an extensive renovation of an apartment in Moshe Safdie's Habitat '67 in Montreal. The couple turned the two-level space into a polished home that brings Safdie’s creative modernism into the 21st century. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.  Photo by: Alexi HobbsCourtesy of: Alexi Hobbs

    Cubit shelving artfully displays books and objects, accessible by a glass-walled mezzanine that Designer Byron Peart and his partner, the German-born fashion executive Stefan Weisgerber, added as part of an extensive renovation of an apartment in Moshe Safdie's Habitat '67 in Montreal. The couple turned the two-level space into a polished home that brings Safdie’s creative modernism into the 21st century. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.

    Photo by: Alexi Hobbs

    Courtesy of: Alexi Hobbs

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  A mezzanine-level office  in an industrial loft in Venice Beach, California—home to a co-working space called Number Five. Photo by Marc Alt.

    A mezzanine-level office in an industrial loft in Venice Beach, California—home to a co-working space called Number Five. Photo by Marc Alt.

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  In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, architect Rytis Mikulionis renovated  a former Soviet army barrack into an apartment that includes a mezzanine-level bedroom. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

    In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, architect Rytis Mikulionis renovated a former Soviet army barrack into an apartment that includes a mezzanine-level bedroom. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Clear glass panes set strategically into an otherwise translucent curtain wall draw fresh air and rear views into the mezzanine in Yvette Leeper-Bueno and Adrian Bueno’s renovated 19th-century Harlem townhouse. Photo by Adam Friedberg.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg

    Clear glass panes set strategically into an otherwise translucent curtain wall draw fresh air and rear views into the mezzanine in Yvette Leeper-Bueno and Adrian Bueno’s renovated 19th-century Harlem townhouse. Photo by Adam Friedberg.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  Steps lead from the living room to a mezzanine in a house that Carterwilliamson Architects renovated in Glebe, Australia, a suburb of Sydney. Photo by Brett Boardman.  Photo by: Brett Boardman

    Steps lead from the living room to a mezzanine in a house that Carterwilliamson Architects renovated in Glebe, Australia, a suburb of Sydney. Photo by Brett Boardman.

    Photo by: Brett Boardman

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  Delicate wooden dowels—used both on the exterior facade and the mezzanine-level balustrade of John Wilkin and Susanne Pini's renovated cottage in Annandale, Australia—are nods to the bamboo fences traditionally found in tea gardens.  Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com

    Delicate wooden dowels—used both on the exterior facade and the mezzanine-level balustrade of John Wilkin and Susanne Pini's renovated cottage in Annandale, Australia—are nods to the bamboo fences traditionally found in tea gardens.

    Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com

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