Avant-Garde Architectural Elements: the Kempart Loft by Dethier Architecture

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“We were fortunate to have a committed and receptive client who was fascinated by precision engineering,” says Dethier Architecture about this project. “This allowed us to apply our research into a loft’s reinterpretation, and to integrate a technically advanced architectural object.” For the Kempart loft in Liege, Belgium, the aim was simple: creating a living space for a couple with no children, in what had been an abandoned bakery. First, tie beams were removed and the rafters strengthened with metal plates. Then the architects incorporated a rounded modular unit — inspired by the Airstream trailer — to contain two bathrooms, storage areas, and the heating and ventilation systems, as well as housing the entertainment center in one wall. The space around the unit comprises the hallway, office, lounge, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and dressing room.

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In keeping with the addition’s brushed aluminum palette, the décor of the remainder of the loft is largely tones of gray and white, reflective but with a very cool feel. The color-saturated areas of the modular unit — in lime green and orange, respectively, for the bathrooms — and chairs of the dining area are among the sole colorful elements present. Custom furniture was commissioned to seamlessly fit into this scheme; floor-to-ceiling windows allow for views to the street and out to the terrace. While giving no hint to the esoteric nature of the décor inside the remainder of the loft, the terrace is a welcome fresh-air element that almost doubles the occupants’ living space — and provides for direct contact with the neighborhood. It’s a reinterpretation of loft living for those with a touch of whimsy in their high-tech souls: the Kempart loft.

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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).