The renovation of this downtown Minneapolis loft began as an effort to bring warmth, refinement and better acoustic separation to a raw, drafty space located in the original loading dock area of the building. The owner was looking for more storage, display space for a modern art collection, and storage for extensive book and wine collections.
In the main living space, a modern gas fireplace, clad in steel plate and wood slats was added against an exposed concrete block wall with a 12 foot rolling steel bookshelf below. Tall mahogany shelving frames the glass garage door to the public courtyard, and wood clad interior balconies were added to bring warmth and function to the space at its edges. The kitchen, contained in the original brick elevator shaft, was extended and refinished with high gloss car lacquer, steel countertops, new lighting and a wood slatted island with a translucent resin top. The resulting space is a testament to the creative process and the collaboration of client, architect and craftspeople.