Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Architecture Wednesday: Loft 19

It just seems, at least from the outside, so cold and gray and lonely; or, as the architect called it, “an island over the city, abandoned and peaceful environment with special aesthetics.”

It used to be part of the HFF factory complex—a weapons factory—in the southern part of Budapest and is roughly 100 years old. Now, the tower, at least, is Loft 19, a 6,458 square foot, four-story building protected as a national industrial monument.

The design of the space is a personal mix of different styles and eras; it is full of special pieces, collected one by one during decades in flea markets, auctions and antique shops or created by the designers themselves.

Huge windows, light, the unusual size rooms, the old structural elements and materials, the bright colors play the main role. Old iron doors were kept, original beams were reused for book shelves.

I quite like the idea of this island of color in a dismal gray industrial space. I could live there ... this is one of my favorite reimaginings of an old space.


mistress maddie said...

The outside is cold, but I too love and agree about the reimagining of the inside. The concepts always fascinate me to no end. Now the inside is a bit sparse, but I could definitely live here as a hide out! Just call me Breathless Mahoney.

Anne Johnson said...

Aren't we all told that it's what's on the inside that counts?

the dogs' mother said...

Glad it got a new lease on life. :-)

Bob Slatten said...

@MM, er, Breathless!
Yeah, but I like the austere outside and the vibrancy inside.

True dat!

I love when these old space are given a new lease on life and become something other than what they were.

Helen Lashbrook said...

Don't go live in Budapest; democracy is dead in Hungary