Community Building

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January 17, 2009
Originally published in All Together Now
Completed in 2004, the Belmont Street Lofts—with their crisscrossing pattern of wood, metal, and glass—have settled neatly into their neighborhood, offering a contemporary complement to the architectural elder statesmen of the block.
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  Architect John Holmes, of Holst Architecture, chose Brazilian ipe for the exterior, despite the Northwest's unwritten rule that a wood facade will succumb quickly to the rainy climate.
    Architect John Holmes, of Holst Architecture, chose Brazilian ipe for the exterior, despite the Northwest's unwritten rule that a wood facade will succumb quickly to the rainy climate.
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  Randy Rapaport can’t get enough of his favorite band, the Flaming Lips, and happily whiles away the hours spinning their records in his 1,000-square-foot loft. On the wall is a painting by Timothy Scott Dalbow that Rapaport picked up from the nearby New American Art Union Gallery.
    Randy Rapaport can’t get enough of his favorite band, the Flaming Lips, and happily whiles away the hours spinning their records in his 1,000-square-foot loft. On the wall is a painting by Timothy Scott Dalbow that Rapaport picked up from the nearby New American Art Union Gallery.
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  Wire-mesh balconies provide a perfect perch to enjoy the mornings, afternoons, and evenings while floor-to-ceiling glass helps fill all the units at the Belmont with plenty of natural light.
    Wire-mesh balconies provide a perfect perch to enjoy the mornings, afternoons, and evenings while floor-to-ceiling glass helps fill all the units at the Belmont with plenty of natural light.
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  The simple, spare bedroom is brought to life by Rapaport’s toy Bugs Bunny and a pair of egg-shaped Dolmen table lamps designed by Philippe Daney for Ligne Roset. The Lumeo bed is also by Ligne Roset and was designed by Peter Maly.
    The simple, spare bedroom is brought to life by Rapaport’s toy Bugs Bunny and a pair of egg-shaped Dolmen table lamps designed by Philippe Daney for Ligne Roset. The Lumeo bed is also by Ligne Roset and was designed by Peter Maly.
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  A detail of the building's exterior reveals the texture of the ipe cladding.
    A detail of the building's exterior reveals the texture of the ipe cladding.
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  A view across the kitchen counter to the living room reveals different shades of changing light.
    A view across the kitchen counter to the living room reveals different shades of changing light.
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  Attorney by day, DJ by night, Sanjiv Kripalani’s design inspiration for his Belmont loft was the futuristic vision of director Stanley Kubrick. The Ball chair by Eero Aarnio is manufactured by Adelta.  Courtesy of Brian Libby.
    Attorney by day, DJ by night, Sanjiv Kripalani’s design inspiration for his Belmont loft was the futuristic vision of director Stanley Kubrick. The Ball chair by Eero Aarnio is manufactured by Adelta. Courtesy of Brian Libby.
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  Resident Brooks Jordan and his son Leif take some time out to play outside the Belmont, where a steady stream of pedestrians and diners lend the building an inviting feel.
    Resident Brooks Jordan and his son Leif take some time out to play outside the Belmont, where a steady stream of pedestrians and diners lend the building an inviting feel.
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  Rapaport is a confirmed Ligne Roset fanatic—his living room may as well be a showroom for the French manufacturer. The centerpiece is a classic Togo sofa designed by Michel Ducaroy; the wall system was designed by Pagnon and Pelhaitre.
    Rapaport is a confirmed Ligne Roset fanatic—his living room may as well be a showroom for the French manufacturer. The centerpiece is a classic Togo sofa designed by Michel Ducaroy; the wall system was designed by Pagnon and Pelhaitre.
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  Although the loft is relatively small, high ceilings and an open floor plan give it room to spare.
    Although the loft is relatively small, high ceilings and an open floor plan give it room to spare.
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