60 K STREET  
BOSTON, MA  02127   
617.268.5479   
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    Urban Living XXL

    This Boston loft – nearly 5,000 SF with 18-foot high ceilings – presented a number of amazing opportunities and more than a few challenges. Chief among the opportunities was amplifying the immensity of the central living space – perhaps the largest in the city – while making an understandable and livable family house. Two monolithic organizing walls and a floating ceiling anchor the space and orient the occupant without disturbing its vastness or disrupting sightlines. These walls – one of matched Koto wood panels and the other a billowing sail of polished plaster – define and enclose the central living area, creating a ‘stage set’ on which life’s daily activities are played out. Gaps between the walls, along with fissures in their surfaces offer glimpses into ‘back of house’ spaces, including bedrooms, an office and a wine cellar. Because the organizing planes never touch the building enclosure, the resultant open corners allow the eye to travel and take in adjacent spaces, a move which intensifies the experience of unbroken space and encourages the user to wander and discover its edges.

    Light is always at a premium even in a loft with this many windows. At the entry, a stair is veiled in expanded stainless steel mesh lit from above as well as washed with programmable LED colored light for an evening effect. Both sources also back-light an acrylic and steel panel which pushes just slightly through a curved plaster wall, punctuating the dining room.

    Location  

    Boston, MA

    Completed  

    2008

    Furniture and Accessories  

    Meichi Peng Design Studio

    General Contractor  

    Sleeping Dog Properties

    Photography  

    © John Horner Photography; © Boston Virtual Imaging, LLC

    AWARDS  

    Housing Design Award
    Boston Society of Architects / New York AIA, 2010

    Interior Architecture / Interior Design Citation
    Boston Society of Architects, 2012

    PRESS  

    Esplanade,
    September / October 2009
    XXL

    Boston Home
    Fall 2009
    A Grand Production

    Residential Architect,
    January / February 2010
    k + b studio

    Custom Home,
    January / February 2010
    K + B Studio