Steel Life

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July 21, 2009
Originally published in Urban Revival

Edge Studio's apartment building with its glass-and-steel facade is a glowing example of the urban renaissance that's gripping Steel City.

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  The 947 Liberty Lofts, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Penn-Liberty Historic District, is one of developer Eve Picker’s efforts to bring the city core back to life. A 20-foot setback leaves room for an outdoor café that bustles at lunchtime. The 15-foot sculptures were created by James Simon, a Pittsburgh artist.
    The 947 Liberty Lofts, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Penn-Liberty Historic District, is one of developer Eve Picker’s efforts to bring the city core back to life. A 20-foot setback leaves room for an outdoor café that bustles at lunchtime. The 15-foot sculptures were created by James Simon, a Pittsburgh artist.
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  “I love the old brick walls, and the idea of something very new and sleek sort of tucked back between these historic walls,” says Picker.
    “I love the old brick walls, and the idea of something very new and sleek sort of tucked back between these historic walls,” says Picker.
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  For rents ranging from $900 to $1,500 per month, residents of 947 Liberty, such as Alena Roberts and Jon Norton, get a clean, minimalist space, bracketed by white drywall on one side and unadorned gray cinderblock on the other.
    For rents ranging from $900 to $1,500 per month, residents of 947 Liberty, such as Alena Roberts and Jon Norton, get a clean, minimalist space, bracketed by white drywall on one side and unadorned gray cinderblock on the other.
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  Burnished concrete floors complement the stainless steel doors, refrigerators, and kitchen cabinets.
    Burnished concrete floors complement the stainless steel doors, refrigerators, and kitchen cabinets.
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  Sleeping space is adventurously tucked away in an alcove above the kitchen, accessible by a track ladder that slides along a rail mounted above the counter.
    Sleeping space is adventurously tucked away in an alcove above the kitchen, accessible by a track ladder that slides along a rail mounted above the counter.
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  Edge Studio used an aluminum-and-glass curtain-wall system for the building’s façade. Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows frame impressive views of Pittsburgh’s skyscrapers to the south.
    Edge Studio used an aluminum-and-glass curtain-wall system for the building’s façade. Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows frame impressive views of Pittsburgh’s skyscrapers to the south.
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  Architect Dutch MacDonald and developer Eve Picker relax at the Pittsburgh Presse Deli in the building’s ground-floor storefront. Designed by MacDonald’s Edge Studio, the restaurant serves gourmet panini six days a week.
    Architect Dutch MacDonald and developer Eve Picker relax at the Pittsburgh Presse Deli in the building’s ground-floor storefront. Designed by MacDonald’s Edge Studio, the restaurant serves gourmet panini six days a week.
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