Win­ners in Res­i­den­tial, Com­mer­cial/in­sti­tu­tional

Here’s what is truly re­mark­able about Loft Panz­er­halle, be­yond its ob­vi­ous achieve­ment as a vi­sion­ary ar­chi­tec­tonic master­piece: The new in­ser­tion hasn’t over­whelmed the orig­i­nal red brick build­ing that houses it. Lo­cated on the top level of a re­fur­bished ar­mory, where mil­i­tary tanks used to be re­paired, the apart­ment takes ad­van­tage of its eight-me­tre height thanks to the ad­di­tion of a rib­bon-like mez­za­nine, where the pri­vate rooms are now lo­cated, along the perime­ter. From this van­tage point, the bed­room – shrouded by a white cur­tain rather than sta­tion­ary walls – pro­vides views of the Salzburg moun­tains, vis­i­ble through a bank of paned win­dows orig­i­nal to the struc­ture. Get­ting to this up­per level is like a the­atri­cal event. At the cen­tre of the space is a float­ing stair­case made of cast-in-place con­crete. It as­cends with a low and lin­ger­ing in­cline be­fore split­ting into a Y to cre­ate two routes. Tucked below it is a seven-me­tre-long kitchen is­land made of lava stone and fea­tur­ing shelves for grow­ing herbs. The rest of the main level has been kept open to al­low liv­ing spa­ces, en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas and workspaces to be con­fig­ured as de­sired. Else­where, quiet ar­eas have been carved out of the 350-square-me­tre space, in­clud­ing a spa with a sauna and a fire­place. From al­most ev­ery an­gle, some as­pect of the orig­i­nal build­ing shines though, adding an un­ex­pected warmth to this fu­tur­is­tic, al­most sur­real in­te­rior.

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