Project Detail


Outside-In Loft

Boston, MA United States

Höweler + Yoon Architecture


Project Description

2008 RADA

Renovation / Merit

The opportunity to purchase side-by-side apartments on the top floor of a Chinatown building allowed these clients to build the light-filled loft they really wanted. Although a structural partition between the two units had to stay, Höweler + Yoon Architecture made abstract interjections that open the core to the elements.

Large skylights illuminate a bathtub and a shower, translucent room dividers disperse the natural light, and a clever interior courtyard invites the owners and their two children outside for morning coffee, moonlight conversation, or water fights. The 8-foot-by-8-foot courtyard is lined in red South American mahogany slats that slip inside on the adjacent kitchen wall. Opposite sets of sliding glass doors create an open-air thoroughfare. “At one point it's a cube, at another point it's a corridor,” says Eric Höweler, AIA.

One judge cited the courtyard as “a fabulous example of how an economic insertion reprograms the whole space. It's exquisitely detailed and achieves a level of poetry.”


Project Details

Outside-In Loft
Shared by:
Project Team:
    Eric Howeler, Principal In Charge.
  • Project Designer: Carl Solander 
  • General Contractor: John Benjamin 
  • Photography: Courtesy Höweler + Yoon Architecture. 
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Project Size:
    2,200 sq ft
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Specified Products

Bathroom and Kitchen Plumbing Fittings:Franke Consumer Products; Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures:Ann Sacks Tile & Stone; Brick/Masonry Products, Countertops:Stone Technologies; Flooring (Ceramic Tile):Stone Source; Interior Paneling:Panelite; Kitchen Cabinets:IKEA; Kitchen Plumbing Fixtures:Master Kitchen Supplies



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