Loft-style apartment by architect David Hacin

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Architect David Hacin's own loft-style apartment features designer furniture, hardwood floors, full-height windows
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This home was designed by David Hacin of Hacin + Associates. Here is an intricate, designer light fixture.

One of the challenges of adapting a loft space for residential use lies in injecting a human scale into what is an industrial or commercial footprint.

That challenge is somewhat mitigated when the building is purpose designed as a live-work environment, and when the space in question is the architect's own.

This building was designed to provide studio spaces for resident artists, as well as dedicated apartments the money from the sale of which helps fund the studios, says architect David Hacin.

A local in the neighbourhood already, Hacin decided to buy an apartment in the building for himself.


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Bathroom in loft-style apartment designed by owner-architect David Hacin.

"I purchased the apartment in its raw state, which even then was impressive. I was very aware of the power of the full-height windows and was determined to create something that revelled in that.

"The interior became a volume within a volume, with the bedrooms housed within a box structure that can be completely enclosed and which allows for the windows around the entire perimeter."

The architect then turned his focus to creating a home.

"I am against interiors that are divorced from experience. All the pieces in the apartment hold a personal significance they are inherited or are part of a collection. Their inclusion has allowed us to create a home that is very meaningful.

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Owner-architect David Hacin teamed wood with metal and a painted finish to create a simple and understated palette in his loft-style apartment. The classic treatment softens the loft aesthetic and gives the overall effect of being a part of a more intimate setting. The map shows New York City in the 1960s.

"So often, when confronted by a living area as voluminous as this, the response is to scale everything up. Instead, I created a seating grouping that would exist in a more traditional space."

Additionally, lighting elements are at floor level, emphasising the furniture rather than the room and augmenting the intimate feel Hacin was striving for.

"The treatment of natural light too, was paramount. At first I resisted the idea of drapes, but we settled on a linen fabric that gives the light an ethereal quality, and almost immediately it changed the whole feel of the space."

Oct 06, 2013

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
SieMatic
Structural engineer
Hawksworth Bibb
Hardware
The Brass Center; Baldwin
Paints and varnishes
Benjamin Moore Super White and custom mix taupe and gray in various shades
Fans
Eclipse Series by The Modern Fan Company
Furniture
Knoll desk and chairs in media room;
Kitchen cabinetry
SieMatic in clear maple
Builder
David Bardes, D H Bardes
Doors and windows
Custom pivot panel door
Flooring
Winchester Black slate from Vermont Structural Slate; Cordes in Spice and Suede by Avalon Carpet Tile and Flooring; Clear finish maple
Lighting
Prescolite recessed fixtures; Bega step lights; Bruck track lighting; Lutron controllers from Lightolier
Home audio
Greg Mesmer, Audio Video Consulting
Drapes
Synthetic linen
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