Building transformed into industrial home in Portland

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SE Division Street is a commercial building project that was transformed by Emerick Architects into an industrial home by adding a second story light-filled living space in Portland, Oregon. An open floor plan, lots of large windows and door panels and 12 foot tall ceilings give it the character of an industrial loft. Custom stainless kitchen cabinetry combined with vintage fixtures and furniture carry out the eclectic feel of an old urban loft.

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A machined hood, custom stainless cabinetry and exposed ducting harkens to a commercial vibe. The 5’x10′ marble topped island wears many hats. It serves as a large work surface, tons of storage, informal seating, and a visual line that separates the eating and cooking areas.

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Windows and door panels reaching for the 12 foot ceilings flood this kitchen with natural light. Custom stainless cabinetry with an integral sink and commercial style faucet carry out the industrial theme of the space.

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Upon entering the penthouse the light and dark contrast continues. The exposed ceiling structure is stained to mimic the 1st floor’s “tarred” ceiling. The reclaimed fir plank floor is painted a light vanilla cream. And, the hand plastered concrete fireplace is the visual anchor that all the rooms radiate off of. Tucked behind the fireplace is an intimate library space.

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A glimpse into the office space from the living room reveals the large custom built-in painted wood filing and storage cabinet below the windows. Clerestory windows above the desk bring in additional natural light.

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A custom-designed paneled zinc barn door is a piece of art, as well as functioning to close off the living space when desired.

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A huge wall of windows faces the bed and billowy parachute curtains soften the space. The room was left simple and intimate to create restfulness.

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With the floor to ceiling windows continuing through into the bathroom, and white details throughout, the room is airy and filled with light. The sink is re-purposed from a commercial building and the custom zinc medicine cabinets are extra deep and outfitted with outlets so that the bathroom clutter is contained.

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The movement is orchestrated so that you experience the heavier/darker ground floor upon entering the building and then travel up through the light filled stairway.

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The concrete stair treads and steel risers wrap around the hand plastered elevator shaft.

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The interior stair that leads up to the living space is filled with natural light and gives way to a view of the rooftop outdoor terrace and garden.

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Setting the penthouse 12 feet away from the property lines allowed for outdoor rooms. as well as another opportunity for an environmental feature: storm water management. With tall light embracing windows and bi-fold doors the indoors feels a part of the outdoors and vice versa.

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The exterior terrace features large concrete tiles, built-in planters and a reflecting pool. Amber string lights provide mood lighting outside the dining space.

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The second story was added atop this existing commercial building to make a new loft-style residence. The existing building received new windows and a facelift to blend with the new rooftop dwelling.

Photos: Lincoln Barber


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