Inserting a mix of texture, raw materials and functional elements, the new additions to the home were artfully married with the original industrial construction using a palette of concrete brick, stainless steel plate, blackened steel and mirror.
The award-winning 1310 East Union Building designed by the Miller Hull Partnership for Seattle-based developers, Dunn + Hobbes, accommodates eight loft-style condominiums with big views of the surrounding neighborhood.
To add functional elements to the space that blended with the building’s original palette of concrete floors, zinc plated pan-decking ceiling, and blackened steel beams and railings.
The client, a young couple who work nearby, came to the firm with an original layout that did not harmonize with everyday living patterns; an exposed entry way, lack of storage and oversized hallway left no place to hide. Inserting a mix of texture, raw materials and functional elements, the new additions were artfully married with the original industrial construction using a palette of concrete brick, stainless steel plate, blackened steel and mirror. In the kitchen, the counter was extended beyond the original range to create a protected entry way and more generous kitchen space. Storage was an outstanding issue throughout the loft, particularly in the master bedroom. A custom-crafted lightweight enclosure of perforated steel defines a closet space while maintaining the openness of the original layout. The formerly exposed upstairs loft space was closed off with a translucent 3Form wall panel and a framed wall to create a guest room and additional storage. The thoughtful mix of raw materials and targeted elements helped solve practical problems while building upon and enriching the original aesthetic of the building, leading to cohesive additions that feel native to the space.