This loft apartment occupies the top floor of a converted mill building, where grain silos, the Mississippi River, and skyscrapers create a dynamic urban context for collectors of abstract and minimalist art. The architecture is austere, though tempered by the warmth and richness of Douglas fir, its primary finish material. The openness of the loft is punctuated with figural elements, particularly the library, which is defined by curved steel and plaster walls that are lined with fir cabinetry. Translucent curtains define a zone of perimeter circulation and create privacy for the adjoining bedrooms. A large, sliding wood panel tracks along an exterior glass wall to provide shade, as well as new wall space for art.
The rooftop terrace reflects the same ideas that are given shape in the interior space: minimalism as a framework for daily life, and the creation of warmth with only a few, carefully chosen materials. An elevated plane of natural grass framed in COR-TEN steel defines a spatial center and visual anchor for the other terrace elements, including a meditation pavilion wrapped in black wood lattice, and monumental COR-TEN steel planters.