e-lofts Alexandria

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Since the advent of the smartphone in 2008, 16 million people have joined the work-from-home workforce—a number that will only continue to rise with the millennial generation. In response to shifting societal values, how can we design residential spaces that better serve our evolving needs?

e-lofts has reimagined traditional residential life to suit today's growing mobile workforce by transforming suburban office buildings into lofts for apartments, workplaces or both. e-lofts targets acquisition of vacant office buildings that contain tall ceilings, big windows, open floor plans and traditional office parking for conversion into highly amenitized loft-style spaces that function equally for home or office use.


These hybrid residential-commercial spaces found their first home in Alexandria, Va., in August 2016, where a 1987 office building was transformed into 200 live-work units. Imagine stepping out of your apartment as someone arrives to work in the unit next door. As the lines between work, live and play continue to blur, e-lofts offers flexibility for the future.


e-lofts provides the ultimate work-from-home space, with access to both business and residential amenities. Lofts have huge windows, tall ceilings, plank floors and designer kitchens, as well as business-ready electrical and data service and fiber-optic backbone capability to ensure seamless functionality for business occupancy for up to 10 employees.


Lord Aeck Sargent was the architect on record for the project. The D.C. office of LAS collaborated with D.C.-based Gensler for interior design on the amenity spaces and half of the lobby level among other spaces, and LAS managed in-unit interiors.

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Modern home with Outdoor. e-lofts redefines the idea of creative office space by giving tenants control over the functionality of their spaces.  Photo  of e-lofts AlexandriaView Photos

e-lofts redefines the idea of creative office space by giving tenants control over the functionality of their spaces.

Modern home with Living Room. Huge windows, tall ceilings, plank floors and designer kitchens create an atmosphere of luxury with a modern, industrial aesthetic. Photo 2 of e-lofts AlexandriaView Photos

Huge windows, tall ceilings, plank floors and designer kitchens create an atmosphere of luxury with a modern, industrial aesthetic.

Modern home with Dining Room. The open lofts feature large windows providing views of the city, and 10-foot exposed ceilings and LED lighting. Photo 3 of e-lofts AlexandriaView Photos

The open lofts feature large windows providing views of the city, and 10-foot exposed ceilings and LED lighting.

Modern home with Bedroom. Day-lit bedrooms include spacious walk-in closets and deluxe bathrooms with double sinks and oversized walk-in showers or soaking tubs. Photo 4 of e-lofts AlexandriaView Photos

Day-lit bedrooms include spacious walk-in closets and deluxe bathrooms with double sinks and oversized walk-in showers or soaking tubs.

Modern home with Office. Each loft has business-ready electrical and data service and fiber-optic backbone capability to ensure seamless functionality for business occupancy for up to 10 employees. Photo 5 of e-lofts AlexandriaView Photos

Each loft has business-ready electrical and data service and fiber-optic backbone capability to ensure seamless functionality for business occupancy for up to 10 employees.

Credits

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Architect
  • Lord Aeck Sargent
Interior Design
  • Lord Aeck Sargent
  • Gensler
  • Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design
Photographer
  • David Madison

Overview

Year
  • 2016