Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd.
Design Team: Todd Hansen, AIA, CID; Mark Tambornino, AIA; Abigail Merlis, Assoc. AIA
Project Type: Remodel
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Settled within a historic building on the riverfront, this top-floor corner loft features picturesque views of downtown Minneapolis in one direction and the Mississippi River in another. With the desire to make this loft just as beautiful as the views, the main remodeling goals were to create an updated, modern home for the empty-nester occupants that still feels warm and inviting. The space was completely gutted and transformed into a much more efficient and user-friendly home, with a new aesthetic in the living room and a seamless transition from the kitchen to the dining room.
To make the best use of the vertically limited space, structural wood decking enabled the architect to create a floor system only 2 ¼” thick and construct the multifunctional upper level. The sitting room and den double as sleeping rooms for visitors. While open walls and internal windows allow daylight to flood the loft, the owner’s bedroom and bathroom receive ample lighting from the existing skylights above. The spiral staircase was relocated and modified to provide access to a roof deck with 360-degree views of the downtown skyline and the Mississippi River parkway.
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Click on a thumbnail to see a full-size view. All photos by Peter J. Sieger.