Loft Renovation


This 3,000 square foot loft in the heart of New York’s SoHo Cast Iron Historic District was converted in 2007 from commercial use to live/work quarters for artists. The architectural design preserves the existing loft’s spatial and historic industrial qualities while accommodating its new live/work use. Expansive north-facing glass doors and transom windows that access the century-old Singer Building’s signature cast iron balconies dominate the open rectangular plan. The original operable mahogany doors and center-pivot transom windows of Ernest Flagg’s landmark façade have been retrofitted with insulated glass and restored to full operation, utilizing original hardware.

The new space is organized on one side of the round columns that run down the center of the loft. As a result, most of the original open loft plan is preserved, and the prevailing north and south exposures are unobstructed. Two bedrooms are arranged along a portion of the south courtyard façade. The bathroom, made of architectural glass blocks framed in steel, is tucked behind one of the original round columns adjacent to the bedrooms. To the north, the single slab granite kitchen island rests on a stainless steel frame straddling one of the columns that flanks the open kitchen. Radiant floor heating was installed to augment the existing building system and improve overall comfort. The loft accommodates all the comforts of a modern live/work space while preserving the integrity of the Singer Building’s industrial heritage.