Many cities have embraced adaptive reuse. Rather than tearing down old commercial or institutional buildings, they repurpose them into lofts. Boston-based Hacin + Associates created a high style loft in a converted 1840’s mercantile wharf building.
Three existing units were combined and transformed into a single two-storey space.
The 4,570 square foot loft “was designed strategically to expose as many of the original surfaces as possible while concealing the mechanics of a 21st-century high-tech home.”
The focal point of the loft–a custom, weightless feeling steel airplane wing-shaped kitchen island.
Above the island is a custom weighted LED light fixture.
The concept of symbolically bridging the history of the building and its contemporary adaptive reuse was a theme used throughout the project.
The architect describes it as a juxtaposition of modernity with history, craft, and technology.