The historic Oriental Warehouse Loft Building sits nestled within San Francisco’s south beach neighborhood. Leave it to local architecture team Edmonds & Lee to spearhead a complete reconfiguration and renovation of the space. The team explained, “in order to maximize the spatial experience of the loft, traditional notions of domestic privacy were abandoned in favor of open and transparent relationships.”
Edmonds & Lee brought their concept to fruition by replacing opaque guardrails at the sleeping mezzanine with transparent glass rails, providing a direct visual connection to the space below. Edmonds & Lee also let the bathroom breathe by using an oversized sheet of transparent glass at the restroom instead of a closed off wall, allowing minimal privacy in order to maintain the open and lofty atmosphere.
The original shell of the space was compromised of heavy timbers and rustic old bricks. The architecture team added modern and sleek new fixtures in the restroom and kitchen areas, and a new cantilevered steel staircase, which leading to the sleeping quarters. New age elements were added to the design of the space including a set of spherical reflective lights hanging over the living room, gallery style canvas art hanging from the walls, and polished oak wood floors to contrast the existing timbers.