How do you transform a 5,000-square-foot industrial space into a comfortable residence without losing that sought-after urban loft feel? Winka Dubbledam used tactile surfaces, varied floor textures, and dipped ceilings to create warm public and private zones within the free-flowing loft. “Planes are introduced as connective membranes,” she says, “not only by means of translucency, but also by the slicing of these planes, separating them into suspended, floating, and pivoting elements.”
Such connective membranes include translucent glass panels around a U-shaped master bath, signifying the transition from public to private areas, and a 10-foot-long pivoting breakfast bar that swings out for guests or tucks neatly underneath a similarly cantilevered worksurface. The partitions physically separate and visually unite. By the slicing of these planes, says Dubbledam, “conventional domestic elements are transformed.”
The loft's entrance is the elevator, so the kitchen was constructed as a freestanding wall that doesn't quite meet in the middle. This slice of air offers visitors a hint of the surprises to come. The wall folds around necessary culinary appurtenances and exposes the kitchen to the rest of the living spaces. Dubbledam's idea “was that the client could cook and still be part of the whole apartment.” A band of extruded aluminum and frosted glass cabinets are suspended above a bank of stainless drawers. The drawers surround the oven, dishwasher, and “completely invisible” refrigerator. Heralded only by a discreet door at the end of the wall, a narrow pantry stores bulky items and things, Dubbledam says, you just don't want to see.