When we think of modern lofts and loft living we think of live/work spaces with high ceilings, expansive windows, and an open plan. Here we show the best ideas for industrial loft spaces that have been transformed into modern residences. As more people look for reinvigorated downtown housing options, loft spaces exemplify modern urban living.

The Tower House is made up of tiny houses, clustered at the southern end of the property and clad in white steel panels and western red cedar shingles. Spinning off the living room on the north side of the main house, the children’s study sits separate from the other pavilions. On its upper level, Oxley netting forms a web on which the kids and their friends can sit and read with views of the leafy street and garden.
The upper level contains the master bedroom and the kids' room. "We wanted the upstairs gallery that connects the two bedrooms to be as open as possible," principal Aljosa Dekleva says. "The rope mesh works as a fence for security, but is also performs as a multifunctional transparent wall on which one can hang different objects." A desk provides an additional workspace.
Steel rods surround the staircase. A MayDay lamp by Konstanting Grcic for Flos is affixed to the rope wall.
The cork stairs with a rope railing lead down to the kids’ level.
NOTE designed the wood blue-gray wall covering in this bedroom. A chrome Bestlite BL6 wall lamp by Gubi hangs near custom-made curtains, created using fabric by Astrid.
Cool Spaces at the Kauffman Center

The first episode on performance spaces, which is rolling out on network across the country explored Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Barclays Center with the architects and designers.
Cool Spaces at the Disney Center

“With our show, you can see the place on television, then actually go there,” says Stephen Chung, host of Cool Space. “Buildings aren’t the stars, it’s about the people.”
Cool Spaces at the Seattle Library

Chung, who has taught design at RISD and Yale, started the project seven years ago, when a recession and the subsequent struggles of many architecture firms made him consider how to make the work of architects more relevant. While there were whole networks devoted to homes and interior design, there wasn’t a place on television to discuss great public spaces. In each episode, Cool Spaces focuses on a particular building type, such as libraries or stadiums, and breaks down three examples.
The warped wooden wall backing the living room not only visually counterbalances the coldness of the steel and glass, but also reduces reverbation throughout the entire loft.
Indoor Sunbathing“In the morning, the eastern light comes into the small terrace by the kitchen,” De Smedt says. “If I have work to do at home, which I do a lot, I’ll sit at the dining table and just look out. And in the summer, I’m out on the terrace. On clear nights, I’ll head upstairs. There’s a skylight and you can see the stars. Even in the city, you totally can! The skylight really changes the condition of the interior. If you light that gap in the evening from the outside, it’s as if there is daylight.”

The Inconstant Gardener“I have a lot of cacti, which is probably because I don’t have a green thumb,” admits De Smedt of his sculptural flora. Inspired perhaps by his neighbors’ greenhouse just across from his patio, the architect’s next project for the apartment involves turning the terrace into something of an oasis—as long as the plants are hardy. “I have an idea to grow some ivy.”
The lofted room is adorned with inexpensive features, such as a wall of Spur shelving with aluminum brackets.
Cool Spaces Speaks with Steven Holl

With Cool Spaces, a new public television series that profiles the process and personalities behind contemporary public architecture, Chung takes viewers behind the scenes at spaces like the the Seattle Public Library and the Barnes Foundation, while analyzing the work of masters such as Koolhaas with a more approachable, yet investigative tone. It’s all a means to help educate the public about the importance of public spaces. 

“We as architects weren’t communicating why it was important,” he says. “I was going to write a white paper, and thought, who’s going to read that? I sort of said I’ll do a TV show on a lark.”
The kitchen countertops are made from affordable laminated oak intended to line the beds of tractor-trailers, which the couple coated with Salad Bowl Finish to create a food-safe surface.
Wall-to-ceiling glass panels on the two exterior walls maximize the views and flood the apartment with light. The interior wall panels can be entirely removed to create a single loft space.
Designed by Norm Architects for Menu, the Steel Table Clock is a celebration of materiality, color, and simplicity. Paring down the clock to its most necessary elements, the designers took the expected silhouette of a wall clock and folded it to create a clock that can rest on a flat surface. The clock is available in four colors, all of which were chosen for their connection to the Scandinavian climate. Powder-coated for a smooth finish, the clock is unobtrusive, and was designed to be an enduring, timeless addition to a home. Also available in a wall clock.
The office, which overlooks the main living space, is situated as if it's the prow of a ship.
The use of wall space is maximized to keep clutter from the floor and allow for an open feeling. Micro-unit LaunchPad. Clei s.r.l/Resource Furniture; Designed by Pierluigi Colombo and architecture by Amie Gross Architects. Photography by John Halpern. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York
The clients were expecting their second child and it was important that there was as much space as storage. Studio Bazelet found a clever solution by building a slender closet behind the living room wall and custom furniture with storage.
The ModuLayer magnetic wallcoverings from Visual Magnetics Dynamic Spaces allow endless personalization, as the designs can be moved freely without any special adhesives or glue.
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