Morton Loft is a residential space converted from a former parking garage. This situation lends itself to LOT-EK‘s ethos, which is to integrate organic and manufactured materials from the contemporary urban landscape into their design. LOT-EK often uses prefabricated objects and invents new functions for the byproducts of industrial and technological culture. For the Morton Loft, they cut a petroleum trailer tank in two and incorporated the pieces as a sleeping area within the loft. One piece placed horizontally on a mezzanine level creates the bedrooms, and one placed vertically holds two bathrooms, one atop the other.
At parties, Morton says, most of the guests gravitate upstairs. “There are usually eight people in each pod hanging out, chatting. You get a good view of the action below.” The feeling inside the pods is not unlike that inside the colorful padded “womb” rooms in hip New York clubs. The downside? “Invariably someone spills a drink up there,” Morton says with a sigh.
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