An old factory transformed into a stunning and functional design family loft
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Canteras del Mundo
Sirius, Bergen, Kelya | White Zeus
Estudio Two Good Monkeys
Dekton | Silestone
Kitchen worktop and island, bathroom countertop and washbasins, office area worktop, nightstands, dining table, bar, barbecue area worktop
“The most interesting aspect of this project was to transform this large industrial-style loft – originally an old factory converted in the 90s – into a family home with a warm and homely atmosphere and, at the same time, an avant-garde design”, says Estudio Palombo, the studio in charge of the project.
For this transformation project, the studio opted for clean textures and white and neutral colours, finishing off the space with metal surfaces and different black shades of Dekton, which were softened with touches of wood.
The result is a 150 square metre home with separate spaces for the family: a big living room connected to the kitchen, a large dining room, a TV room for the adults, another one for the children, an office, a barbecue area…
Dekton Bergen for a natural, stylish and functional touch in the kitchen
In order to create all these separate spaces, a new mezzanine floor was built to increase the total surface area. Meanwhile, the use of glass doors allowed the illusion of continuity typical of lofts to be maintained: “We connected the kitchen with the social space but, at the same time, we managed to separate it through the use of iron and glass doors, leaving it exposed for decorative purposes”, the studio says.
In relation to this room, they further say: “The idea was to create a large bar top, but the loft originally had a smaller kitchen, so we had to extend it”. The space now features a huge and majestic island on two levels clad in Dekton Bergen. Inspired by natural Portobello stone, this colour strives for perfection in tone, structure and depth through the beauty of its greyish veins with sculptural pattern on a whitish background.
“It is a very warm design, with such a realistic veining that makes it look like natural stone but without the risk that comes with a porous material, as is the case with veined marbles”, the studio says. “It is the perfect mix of design and functionality”.
These properties are especially appreciated by the new owners: “Being in the food sector, the owners often cook and prepare special meals for their guests themselves. It was essential to choose surfaces that would not stain, damage or scratch and that could withstand high temperatures”, the studio further says.
Dekton Sirius, a textured black shade for a ‘visual impact’
As Dekton met all these requirements, it was also the material of choice for the worktop surface of the barbecue and office area, as well as for the large bespoke table in the dining area within the living room. In all cases, the colour chosen was Dekton Sirius, a black shade with a textured appearance and greenish hues that adds strength to the space. “We chose it to create a visual impact”, say the professionals.
Dekton was also the material chosen for the bar top. Specifically, the colour chosen was Kelya, a tone with a touch of uniqueness inspired by dark marbles and featuring a light veining that is perfect for creating the most sophisticated atmospheres.
“The major advantage of using Dekton was the peace of mind of knowing that the surfaces would stand up to daily use and, at the same time, knowing that we had achieved the look we wanted”, the studio says finally. All these reasons led the architects to use the same surface for the nightstands in the bedroom. And they even chose another Cosentino surface, Silestone White Zeus, for the bathroom countertop and washbasins.