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Washburn Lofts, 9th Floor

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    • located in the historic Washburn A Mill Utility Building, this accessible, adaptable space includes many Universal design features
    • Overview

      “Located in a renovated Minneapolis mill building, this downtown loft displays an inner beauty that dates back more than a century. Exposed duct work, concrete columns, and juxtaposed industrial and household themes reinforce the character of the space.”—Midwest Home & Garden

      Located in the restored Utility Building within the National Historic Landmark Washburn A Mill Ruin complex, this accessible, adaptable loft accommodates the clients’ passion for art and regional history and their casual style of living and entertaining. The loft space explores themes of everyday domesticity and accessibility and provides numerous Universal design features throughout. Should it become necessary, the clients intend to employ a home healthcare worker, rather than moving to a nursing home.

    • lever handles, 3' and 4' wide doors, level floors, and 5' turning radiuses will provide easy access as the clients grow older
    • “panic button”-style light switches and motorized draperies provide easy control and multiple lighting options to aid the client’s Seasonal Affective Disorder
    • sound-absorbing material covers the old concrete ceiling to improve acoustics and provide a comfortable range for human speech
    • open shelving, drawers with four-finger-wide cut-out pulls, and pull-out shelves makes it easy to locate and reach items
    • bathrooms are designed for self-reliance with amenities such as adjustable-height faucets, comfort-height toilets, roll-in showers, and custom grab bars
    • should it become necessary, the clients will employ a home health care worker; the guest room is designed to accommodate this assistant
    • Specifications

      Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Type: Interior fit-out

      Size: 3,500 square feet

    • Awards

      ASID Minnesota Interior Design Award.

    • Project Contact

      Thomas Meyer

      • Architect / Principal
      • thomas@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3222
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