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The buildings existing exteriors were simply repainted; new portions consist of vertical cedar slats that also function as a rainscreen.

The Finn Lofts, Wichita, Kan.

The Finn Lofts, Wichita, Kan.

  • Bathroom walls serve as translucent light monitors for the units in the building's center.

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    Bathroom walls serve as translucent light monitors for the units in the building's center.

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    Bathroom walls serve as translucent light monitors for the units in the building's center.

  • The building's existing exteriors were simply repainted; new portions consist of vertical cedar slats that also function as a rainscreen.

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    The building's existing exteriors were simply repainted; new portions consist of vertical cedar slats that also function as a rainscreen.

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    The building's existing exteriors were simply repainted; new portions consist of vertical cedar slats that also function as a rainscreen.

  • The third level of the Finn Lofts.

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    The third level of the Finn Lofts.

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    The third level of the Finn Lofts.

  • A section drawing of the building that highlights the light monitors added by el dorado.

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    A section drawing of the building that highlights the light monitors added by el dorado.

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    A section drawing of the building that highlights the light monitors added by el dorado.

  • The Finn Lofts orange entry doors add a touch of bright color to the exteriors.

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    The Finn Lofts orange entry doors add a touch of bright color to the exteriors.

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    The Finn Lofts’ orange entry doors add a touch of bright color to the exteriors.

  • The project fits perfectly into its industrial, artsy Wichita neighborhood.

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    The project fits perfectly into its industrial, artsy Wichita neighborhood.

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    The project fits perfectly into its industrial, artsy Wichita neighborhood.

  • Loft-like open space was one of the characteristics that drew el dorado to the original building, so the firm opted to keep the unit interiors as open as they could. We decided to take advantage of the special qualities of the building with the insertions of kitchen and bath cores, says Doug Stockman, AIA.

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    Loft-like open space was one of the characteristics that drew el dorado to the original building, so the firm opted to keep the unit interiors as open as they could. We decided to take advantage of the special qualities of the building with the insertions of kitchen and bath cores, says Doug Stockman, AIA.

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    Loft-like open space was one of the characteristics that drew el dorado to the original building, so the firm opted to keep the unit interiors as open as they could. “We decided to take advantage of the special qualities of the building with the insertions of kitchen and bath cores,” says Doug Stockman, AIA.

  • Wood salvaged from the demolished parts of the original building was re-used in the common areas.

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    Wood salvaged from the demolished parts of the original building was re-used in the common areas.

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    Wood salvaged from the demolished parts of the original building was re-used in the common areas.

  • The Finn Lofts ground-level floor plan.

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    The Finn Lofts ground-level floor plan.

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    The Finn Lofts’ ground-level floor plan.

  • The projects second-floor plan

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    The projects second-floor plan

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    The project’s second-floor plan

el dorado
kansas city, mo.

The century-old warehouse building containing The Finn Lofts presented el dorado with both a challenge and an opportunity. Its 30,750-square-foot size was a boon, but the square-shaped floor plate didn’t lend itself to a standard multifamily layout. The question was, says principal Douglas W. Stockman, AIA, “How do you organize everything so each unit can engage with the exterior?”

He and his colleagues carved out the building’s center and added on vertically, bringing illumination down into the middle units via light monitors. Other units feature interior courtyards. “It’s done economically and urbanistically,” said a judge.


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