Nima Yadollahpour designed a modern loft residence within the 2,100 square foot of raw space on the top floor of a five story building in Boston's North End:
The private areas include two bedrooms and two baths. The transition between private and public is made by a curved raised partition defining an office space dubbed the “Lantern”. There are five major elements which define the public space: the elevated kitchen platform, a see-through fireplace, an alternating stair reaching the roof top, and a casual dining bench. A metaphor of a continuous “ribbon” connects these elements. This is defined by a dark bamboo which serves as a distinguished floor which wraps up and becomes the mantle for the fireplace, it rips and becomes the alternating stair, and it folds and serves as the bench for the casual dining space. By this, all these elements are connected visually and not floating as separate isolated elements in the space. To achieve clean, uncluttered open ceilings in the loft, all mechanical, plumbing, and electrical elements were installed below a raised floor which coveres the entire footprint of the loft.
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