Michael & Lisa Wilkes / Wilkes Loft


Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Set in a turn-of-the-century manufacturing building, this project required a complete redesign of an existing 3,000 SF stacked loft with the addition of an adjacent 1,500 SF unit. The goal of the project was to create a dialog between modernist elements and the existing industrial character of the loft. The architect chose a sophisticated palate to create a continuity of materials throughout the loft. For example, terrazo used on the expansive countertops is used as stair treads, bathroom flooring, and hearth; frosted glass panels that surround the stair are used in shower walls and tub rooms of the master bath; and greyed oak panels are used for kitchen cabinetry, stair guard rail panels, and furniture. Colors are used to accent framed planes throughout the loft. Interiors are detailed to suggest ‘pockets of space’ rather than walled rooms, and flexible details such as a large, pivoting countertop allow the space to be quickly adapted from a private home to a well-planned entertainment space.
This project received the Pittsburgh Magazine Superior Interiors Honorable Mention for “Interior Design, Residences over 3,500 S.F.”