The term "loft" gets thrown around quite often to describe high-rise urban, residential buildings. Recently, we have been fascinated with unconventional loft conversions, such as abandoned fire stations, barns, and churches. We have a deep obsession for the history of the buildings and their strong architectural features.We can try to make our place look worn in and old, but it just isn't the same to living in a place that has aged 100 or more years. The architectural elements of the old buildings carry so much visual interest that they become the design of the home or at least a very strong design inspiration. We could spend hours viewing every little detail of the featured loft photos.
We would love for you to indulge us with inspiration if you live in a converted building that is now your residence. What was your home's former glory and what are your favorite features of the loft?
- Abandoned Warehouse Space in Brooklyn, New York, designed by Ochs Design: We will admit that we are first drawn to the masterpiece of the draping fabric bed. The softness of the fabric in contrast to the raw brick and beams seals the deal for us.
- Converted Church into a Residence Located in the Netherlands: The rib vault ceiling is an architectural feature that we would give anything for.
- Stable Conversion Loft in Brussels: Lofts are generally cold in the sense that they have hard materials and have sharp lines. For us, the large round window and the arched entryways bring a level of softness to the home.
- Converted Chapel in the Netherlands: We are intrigued by the uniqueness to live in an old chapel.
- Converted Chapel in the Netherlands: This kitchen is so stunning and minimalistic, yet we love the touch of the stained glass windows.
- Amersterdam Loft by Uxus design: We love all the exposed beams and how each room is separated by drapery.
- Converted Chapel in the Netherlands: All we can say is, wow. We imagine having a house party and playing music on the organ, imagine the fun you could have.
- Converted Chapel in the Netherlands: The entryway to the loft is symbolic and makes quite a statement.