Michigan Loft is a renovated apartment on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, comprising expansive ceilings and a spacious living area its main level. Steps lead up to a lofted area, giving the flat its name.
“poorly functioning as a domestic space”
The ultimate industrial flip
The apartment is located inside a century-old structure that was built for automotive assembly and display. Prior to the renovation, it comprised a black-painted kitchen tucked underneath a lofted area, and a living room that lacked organisation and storage.
Vladimir Radutny kept the space stripped back, including structural details such as the concrete ceiling and pillars during the overhaul. The studio then added in a series of built-in units to improve the layout.
Among these additions is an elevated wooden platform on the main level, which features in the kitchen, in a portion of the living room and in the bedroom.
“The continuous wood platform organises the vastness of the open room, providing an edge for more intimate furniture arrangement and a backdrop for plants and life objects collected throughout our client’s lives,” the studio said.
A central core
A black steel cube conceals the bedroom, and as acts as a visual anchor within the living room. Panels open up revealing its many uses, including storage for a television.
The various inserts also act as transition zones, from first entering and through to a kitchen, and hide ancillary functions. Laundry and mechanicals, for example, are also integrated within these volumes.
Other updates include a new staircase design, with concrete steps on the bottom and slender wood boards that lead higher up the wall.
Big thanks to Dezeen for the spotlight and the great photography is by Mike Schwartz.