Located in the Delfshaven neighbourhood of Rotterdam, Loft Office, designed by JVST, is a conversion of a former steam-cleaning factory into an inviting studio space for the architectural firm.
With an objective of retaining the original scale, transparency and airiness, the project comprises a slightly raised walkway that runs along the space to organize and redirect the flow of people, a coffee corner that links the workspace with a meeting room, a mezzanine with plants and a pantry, and a central glass meeting room.
A wooden wall next to the walkway has a series of niches that display models, samples and prototypes, along with doors and windows that link different spaces. The wood finish instils a cosy environment that contrasts nicely with the white surroundings.
The small roof garden addition on top of the meeting room expands the perception of space, maximizing the available free height that the open space offers. Accessible via a short flight of stairs, the mezzanine garden offers a delightful space to unwind during busy days.
This mezzanine garden offers a delightful space to unwind during busy days. In addition, it also serves as a beautiful landscape feature while absorbing noise to create a quiet environment.
Therefore, the project shows the potency of neglected spaces in the city, illustrated by the transformation of a factory into a lush office loft space.