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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.  Photo by: John Clark
    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.

    Photo by: John Clark

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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.  Photo by: John Clark
    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.

    Photo by: John Clark

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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.  Photo by: John Clark
    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.

    Photo by: John Clark

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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.  Photo by: John Clark
    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.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  A detail of the building's exterior reveals the texture of the ipe cladding.  Photo by: John Clark
    A detail of the building's exterior reveals the texture of the ipe cladding.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  A view across the kitchen counter to the living room reveals different shades of changing light.  Photo by: John Clark
    A view across the kitchen counter to the living room reveals different shades of changing light.

    Photo by: John Clark

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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.  Photo by: John ClarkCourtesy 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.

    Photo by: John Clark

    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.  Photo by: John Clark
    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.

    Photo by: John Clark

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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.  Photo by: John Clark
    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.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  Although the loft is relatively small, high ceilings and an open floor plan give it room to spare.  Photo by: John Clark
    Although the loft is relatively small, high ceilings and an open floor plan give it room to spare.

    Photo by: John Clark

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