Loft housing originated in the 1960s in the USA, when more people wanted to live in big cities, but their financial situation did not allow them to rent a full-fledged apartment or house. For this purpose, they used former industrial halls or factories, which offered space with high ceilings, which were widely available to build another floor or gallery. At the same time, the upper floor remains open to the rest of the space. Light flows into the space from large full-length factory windows, often used by artists for their studio.
It was customary for interior elements in the form of exposed structures, columns, beams or beams to form part of the interior. Something like this was unheard of until then. The new trend goes hand in hand with the emergence of the High-Tech architectural style developing in England in the 1960s. High-tech tries to show its technical side as an aesthetic feature. The roots of this trend can be found in pre-war functionalism or constructivism. A textbook example is the Center Pompidou cultural center and modern art gallery in Paris.
But back to the lofts.
Before long, this trend reached London and then other countries. People liked the unusual housing very much. It was unprecedented and unusual, and everyone could, to a certain extent, adapt it to their own image.
Since not everywhere are available industrial buildings that are no longer used, and also because the demand is many times greater than the supply, the solution is to build new houses, where the classic one-story apartments have been replaced by lofts. Although it often loses its original features, such as exposed structures or beams, the rule of two-level housing is still followed.
Although lofts were originally inhabited by bohemians, today, at least in the Czech Republic, they are perceived as an above-standard housing layout. Naturally, the demand rose and the price accordingly.
Nowadays, lofts are more sought-after housing by young couples or people who live alone. The main reason is the connected space, which does not create 100% privacy between the parties, which could be missing in a larger family.
If you feel that a loft apartment is something that interests you, come and see max32 in Zlín, where living in Bať's former factory area is designed in this way.
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