Loft Interior Design Glasgow – design and transformation
The interior architecture of this project focused on enhancing both the comfort and utility of the space. The project required extensive intervention to convert the loft area to a habitable condition and included installing a floor, wiring, insulating and paneling the space. As the introduction of natural light was not possible the emphasis was placed on creating a warm inviting sanctuary space. The existing roof structure influenced the configuration of the paneling and also afforded the possibility of creating an expansive storage area beyond the core space.
This storage area is accessed via concealed hinged panels. These panels are retained by a custom designed cleat, that in isolation speaks little of its function. The design challenge was to create a system that would allow any combination of entry hatches to the storage area to be held open for access. The solution arrived at does not require any further hardware to be fitted to each of the doors, rather the door is held open using a cleat bracket that defines the maximum possible opening aperture by attaching to the existing door surround structure.
As is the case throughout the space, the loft hatch is trimmed with natural European Oak in a manner that allows the carpeted surface to continue, uninterrupted, across its surface. The hatch is bisected by an Oak section that pivots out to support it when the loft hatch is opened from the level below. The hatch is insulated and structurally reinforced to allow it to be walked on.
In order to repeat the angled motif established by the timber paneling a custom light fitment was designed. Three iterations of the design were developed and 3d printed for the space. Each shares the same silhouette in elevation but are subtly different in design to add an additional subtle level of detail to the space. The design is optimised to transmit the maximum amount of light possible whilst also taming the harsh output of the LED lamp units. The design is optimised to use a minimal amount of material and features a method of mounting the bulb holder that enhances ventilation by convection.
Access to the loft is via a custom high pitch staircase. Each rung of the staircase is extended to the opposing wall which results in a staircase/shelving storage hybrid, suitable for generous shoe storage.
The ‘step shelves’ radiate from the circular light unit that illuminated the contents of the shelves.
The cupboard area that provides access to the loft is spatially optimised, such that there is a wedge shaped storage shelf that echoes the angle of the outer stringer of the staircase.
The shelf area is also contoured to allow space to comfortably view and access shoes stored on the shelves.
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