Loft apartment with super-thin staircases
by ADN Architectures

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Folded steel staircases lead to elevated rooms atop freestanding metal towers inside this old industrial building in Brussels that ADN Architectures has converted into an open-plan apartment (+ slideshow).

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

Belgian studio ADN Architectures added the two-storey structures on opposite sides of the space, loosely dividing a living room at one end from a central dining area and adjoining kitchen.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

The architects used a mixture of solid and perforated metal to vary the transparency of the more secluded spaces within the towers, which comprise a bathroom and a utility room on the main level, and a bedroom and study on the upper levels.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

Cantilevered staircases made from folded steel lead separately to the top-floor spaces and face one another across the dining area.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

Describing their intervention as "two volumes and three pieces of furniture," the architects explained that they wanted to create a simple interior with a limited palette of materials and colours.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

The pieces of built-in furniture mentioned are a kitchen counter, a bookshelf and a double-height wall of storage, which stretch along the two long sides of the apartment.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

Concrete ceilings are left exposed and three columns come down to the meet the new flooring, which is made up of a polyurethane screed.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

Photography is by Filip Dujardin.

Here's a project description from ADN Architectures:


Loft FOR

Let's get straight to the point: an imposed decorum, four walls and a few windows, functional needs to sleep, eat read and wash. Two internal bodies that embrace the envelope without touching it, opaque, translucent, airy, abstract.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

A place: An unfinished surface of 96 square meters: walls made of terracotta blocks, raw concrete ceiling, windows on two of the four walls and two technical ducts.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

A program: Designed it for a couple who want a loft conversion type of interior design with efficient use of space.

An answer: Seek purity of form and functional simplicity.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

Means: Creation of a minimum of two new volumes and use of a very limited set of materials.

Organisation: Two volumes are built and three pieces of furniture are installed to structure the volume.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

The two metallic volumes on the ground floor welcome the two functions that require doors that close: the bathroom and the laundry room. The top floors of the volumes conceal a bedroom and an office.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

The position of these volumes alongside technical ducts determines different volumes with different qualities.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

The three pieces of furniture then structure and give function to the remaining space: a long kitchen cabinet in a narrow space between the entrance and the laundry room, a wall of storage near the entrance and a library in the more intimate space that leads to the balcony.

Loft FOR renovated apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures

The materials are polyurethane screed for the floor; solid or perforated metal for the structuring elements, stratified MDF for the furniture, with a paint finish to exacerbate the texture of the various materials. The ceiling is kept as is to remind of the pre-existing unified volume.

Loft apartment in Brussels by adn architectures
Lower level plan - click for larger image
Loft apartment in Brussels by adn architectures
Upper floor plan - click for larger image
Loft apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures
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Loft apartment in Brussels by adn Architectures
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  • zee

    Won’t the stairs make noise when treaded upon?

  • lamtorogeng

    In Indonesia this big space can fit 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with an additional maid’s quarter. Of course with a living room, dining room, kitchen etc.

    • Boris Situmeang

      True dat!

  • SCAQTony

    Beautiful but leave your shoes at the door.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Stairs, handrails and bathroom location: lessons from the Japanese that should not have been learned.

    • Stephen Ritchings

      Could you be more specific ?

  • Otis

    It is a very beautiful interior. How well does this white polyurethane screed floor preforms? I would like to know more about this material.

  • dalai guevara

    A very cool flat indeed. Nice space planning, good finishes, why not back it up with similar efforts on lighting design?

  • http://www.ladders-online.com/ John Ford

    It looks ultra modern and the staircases look great. Not sure what this apartment will look like once a family moves in and the place gets all cluttered up, but for the photo shoot it looks amazing!

    • Nancy

      I couldn’t even imagine that the staircases can
      be so super-thin! Looks fantastic! Also I like the colour you have chosen. Of course white colour is not so appropriate for kitchen (I saw many, but they are usually traditional made of wood or people combine some bright colours with light) and here we have a great example of everything white, so extraordinary and charming!

      Many homeowners love some white accents in the kitchen because it feels clean and classic. Also it reminds me business studio. Some people say that if your room is lacking personality or warmth, consider layering whites in similar shades of white, warm whites, grey, warm greys, etc. White rooms are a great way to find out what inspires your room. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of shades of white and all of them do not look like versions of beige!

      Moreover, white creates a canvas for you to decorate in different ways all year around.Whether you love to usher in autumn with gorgeous rustic tones of red, yellow, and burnt umber or change to bright colours and pastels in spring, an all-white interior gives you the versatility to change at a whim! Anyway, the idea is awesome!