Although there’s some flexibility involved when designing a loft, the interior is usually pretty much the same every time. The typical loft has a spacious main floor with some sort of extra space on a mezzanine level which usually holds the sleeping area or a home office. Forget all that and try to imagine something completely different. It’s not so easy but the architects from Smartvoll can help with this exquisite project which they completed in 2015.
The architects won the competition for the new design of this loft in Salzburg, Austria. Their task was to re-imagine the space and to come up with a unique idea for its new interior design. The winning concept placed a staircase at the center of the apartment. The fact that the apartment is spacious, measuring 350 square meters in total, allowed the architects to transform the staircase into a dramatic statement piece.
The new design has a futuristic vibe with a little bit of industrial charm. The exposed brick walls and concrete floors suggest a bare and pure palette of materials and a decor that lacks the typical glamour of modern design. This shell is dominated by the sculptural staircase which unifies the interior spaces and divides them at the same time.
The staircase forms a roof over the kitchen and at the same time it divides the upper floor into two zones. This also has an impact on the overall interior design which has a dynamic vibe that contrasts with the simplicity of the design’s general direction. Concrete is the main material used here and the architects combined it with others which are more subtle, including wood and glass.
The decor being minimal, the focus is on the architecture of the space and that’s why the materials used, the finishes and the forms are so important. It’s as if the architecture of the building is revealed inside the apartment while the exterior remains unchanged. It’s not easy to maintain the balance between such powerful and dramatic design elements and all the other things that seem small in comparison. This project was a big success in this sense.