Offering spectacular Bay Bridge views, this two-level loft was an uninspired white box chopped up into many small rooms. Having worked with the owners on another home in the Carmel Valley, the designers wanted to bring a similar warm, modern and spacious character to this loft that celebrates the view while offering two-bedroom suites for overnight guests.

SOMA Loft Residence by Studio VARA

ArchitectStudio VARA
Location: San Francisco, USA
Interiors: Tony Ambus, Design Details
Structural Engineer: Strandberg Engineering
General Contractor: Upscale Construction
Photography: Bruce Damonte

SOMA Loft Residence by Studio VARA

From the architect: To accomplish these goals, walls & soffits were first removed to expose concrete. Now pared down to the essentials, the space was reimagined as a composition of planes and volumes in warm materials: concrete, wire-brushed and waxed European white oak, gunmetal gray panels & gallery white walls.

SOMA Loft Residence by Studio VARA

The kitchen, a compact composition of white lacquer casework opens to harbor views over an oversized island. A slender blackened steel stair of white oak treads and a frameless glass guardrail replaces the heavy original, and serves as a focal point for the room. The adjacent guest bedroom features a moveable wall of hanging panels that can be hidden away, allowing the living room to seamlessly double in size.

SOMA Loft Residence by Studio VARA

The master bathroom features backlit steel mirrors, travertine slab floors & shower walls and vanities made from wire-brushed, waxed oak. Overlooking the living room, a loft features casework that separates a large dressing area from the media room.

SOMA Loft Residence by Studio VARA

Using a vibrant Stark carpet purchased by the owners before construction started, furniture and art were selected to complement the natural material palette. Unique pieces include a custom steel and oak dining table and an upholstered bench.

SOMA Loft Residence by Studio VARA

SOMA Loft Residence by Studio VARA

SOMA Loft Residence by Studio VARA

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SOMA Loft Residence by Studio VARA

Designed by Studio VARA. SOMA Loft Residence is 2017 IIDA Global Excellence Award Finalist...

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