Seamless Loft

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The Seamless Loft is a guest bed on top of a walk-in closet.

2 x 4 wood-frame structure of loft during construction. The round, cantilevered ladder rungs were inserted after the gypsum board was applied by means of drilling into three studs next to entrance.

2 x 4 ‘balloon frame’ structure of loft during construction.

I designed and built the Seamless Loft in 1992, when I lived in Edmonton (Canada) in a schoolhouse that had been converted into large, high-ceilinged apartments. The Seamless Loft is a guest bed above a walk-in closet in a room used as a studio / home office. Edmonton’s extreme climate requires dwellings to contain ample storage space, which this former classroom didn’t have. The loft structure is a ‘balloon frame’ clad in MDF and gypsum board. The cantilevered ladder rungs are hardwood dowels embedded in the stud-wall. The Seamless Loft was cited by Myron Nebozuk in an article titled ‘Canted Planes’ in On Site Review #23 ‘Small Things’.

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About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture, CIEE Architecture and Design program, as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

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