A grand 1929 building provides the striking concrete backdrop for a spacious and light-filled industrial loft in Downtown Long Beach
Listing courtesy of Nate Cole
The Walker Building was designed by Meyer & Holler, also responsible for the design of the original Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and was constructed at the end of the roaring twenties. Originally a department store, the Walker Building was one of first buildings to be adaptively re-purposed as residential lofts in downtown Long Beach.
The re-design and conversion of the building’s structure was thoughtfully articulated by Long Beach-based Intertice Architects. The building’s robust concrete construction and voluminous proportions provide a striking industrial backdrop: tall columns of raw shuttered concrete and three large wooden-framed sash windows set the tone of Loft 311.
The loft’s interior has dual north and east aspects which provide impressive natural light to illuminate the space. The current owners have improved the space with a minimal, contemporary kitchen: Reform Basis cabinets in olive green provide a handsome contrast with white oak counters and the stainless steel of professional-grade DCS appliances. A marble-topped island table with Vipp overhead pendant lamps provides additional counter space and acts as a place to gather.
Defined by its open-plan layout, exceptional ceiling height and polished concrete floors, the living space flows imperceptibly into the sleeping area, cleverly delineated by black steel and glass partitioning.
A sleek bathroom effortlessly fuses the building’s industrial fabric with a contemporary palette of materials: white Duravit wall-hung vanities with matt black fittings, rectangular in-line wall tiles and black hexagonal floor tiling are accentuated by the natural light provided by steel-framed windows.
The loft is further enhanced by access to building’s rooftop featuring panoramic views, and an outdoor fireplace.