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’.

About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

Architect, educator and writer. Partner at ArqEstructura. Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Blogger at criticalista.com.

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