Bankside Loft by YARD Architects

Enrich living space through storage units and mezzanine

Project Specs

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Bankside Lofts位于标志性的泰特现代美术馆对面,是曼哈顿Loft公司开发的第一批项目之一。他们创造了一套不同寻常的模型,将公寓作为“外壳”出售给业主,让他们自己装修。Bankside Lofts是公司早期的开发项目。一对夫妻委托设计师对大楼Victorian侧的一间公寓进行改造,创造更加私密且令人愉悦的空间。

Bankside Lofts, opposite the iconic Tate Modern building, was one of the first projects developed by the Manhattan Loft Corporation. They pioneered an unusual model, selling flats as ‘shells’ for owners to fit out themselves. Bankside Lofts was once of their earliest developments. We were asked to reconfigure and update one of the apartments in the Victorian section of the building, for a couple who wanted more privacy and better entertaining space.

▼空间概览,overall view of the space ©Emanuelis Stasaitis


The existing apartment had lots of character and architectural features, including three huge arched windows with steel frames overlooking Tate Modern, exposed brick, timber beams and concrete columns. Our design reinforces the architectural qualities of the space and uses robust materials that are in keeping with the industrial aesthetic of the building. We wanted to create a project which felt like it fitted with the building and would last for many years, without looking out of date.

▼改造前公寓原状,existing apartment before renovation ©YARD Architects


The layout of the apartment was the main reason for the refurbishment. There were two open plan mezzanine bed space overlooking the main space, which had no walls or privacy and had very low ceiling heights. This worked for the owners when they had younger children, but now they were adults they needed a proper enclosed bedroom space, more storage and a bigger kitchen for entertaining. They also wanted to retain a space for guests but keep the space as open as possible when not in use. Creating the main bedroom was particularly difficult, because the ceiling height was not quite large enough for two full stories to be inserted, meaning somewhere there would be a very compromised ceiling height.

▼改造后的起居空间,living room after renovation ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼起居室,餐厅与开放厨房,living room, dining room and open kitchen ©Emanuelis Stasaitis


Our solution was a complex puzzle of interlocking storage units, varying in height which maximise the ceiling height where it is needed, but also increase the amount of usable floor space. Wardrobes were reduced in height in order to gain standing space in the room above. A library allows ample height to sit and read a book and allows a full ceiling height to the bedroom below. The guest bed is on a raised platform above the entrance hall.

▼交错的储物单元形成夹层空间,interlocking storage units creating mezzanine space ©Emanuelis Stasaitis


The new structure for the mezzanine is completely free-standing with the perimeter walls of the apartment, made from large sections of timber. These mirror the existing ceiling beams, so the new elements feels like a part of the existing building, blending in to create a sense of a unity. We included a hidden bedroom for the owners dog, Ruby, a double height shower and lots of hidden storage. The yellow staircase up to the mezzanine adds a pop of colour to the otherwise monochrome palette, and the steps double up as drawers for shoes.

entrance hall, the structure of the mezzanine mirrored the beams on the ceiling ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼夹层结构细部,closer view to the structure of the mezzanine ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼从玄关看向起居室,view to the living room from the entrance hall ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼衣柜和黄色的楼梯,wardrobes and yellow staircase ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼楼梯踏步下设有储物抽屉,steps doubling up as drawers ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

设计采用简单的材料,以协调公寓中已有的各种元素。卧室由钢制滑门和窗户围合,空间开放,充满自然光照。使用者可以通过拉上窗帘保证隐私。浴室的完成面涂以Moroccan Tadelakt灰泥,与裸露的混凝土柱无缝衔接。夹层使用条纹玻璃,在满足私密性需求的同时让阳光洒满空间。

We used a simple palette of materials to complement those already found in the apartment. Steel crittall sliding doors and windows enclose the bedroom but allow the space to feel open and be filled with natural light. A hidden curtain can be drawn for privacy. The bathroom is seamlessly finished in Moroccan Tadelakt plaster, reminiscent of the concrete columns which were left exposed. Reeded glass on the mezzanine level offers a sense of privacy to the upper level whilst allowing light to flood the space.

▼主卧由滑门和玻璃围合,the main bedroom is enclosed by sliding doors and windows ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼主卧一侧为卫生间,washroom on the one side of the main bedroom ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼裸露的混凝土柱,exposed concrete column ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

transparent glass creating an open feeling of the main bedroom, while reeded glass used on the mezzanine ensuring the privacy ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼夹层,mezzanine ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼浴室,washroom ©Emanuelis Stasaitis

▼平面图,plan ©YARD Architects

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