Loft Panzerhalle came about after Vienna based Studio Smartvoll won a 2013 competition to design the space, which is no surprise after seeing the finished results. Located in the Maxglan district in Salzburg, Austria, the loft spans 350 square meters of open space over two floors. The space was originally used to repair tanks but is now a multifunction building which includes a market hall, restaurant, spa facility and two co-working spaces.
Original details, like the brick walls, are juxtaposed with the bright white surfaces of smoothed and waxed concrete. The curved edges and slanted, almost sinuous, railings of the second floor give the industrial space a futuristic feeling and the double staircase certainly has its design roots in Saarinen’s TWA Terminal.
The master bedroom and guest accommodation cantilever out over the polished concrete floors below. Privacy is not really a consideration here – even the shower juts out as a glass box over whoever might be below. This place is certainly not for the prudish! The spaces feel gallery-like as if the intent is for people watching.
Fitted furniture throughout the interior enhances the feeling of the entire space being constructed as a seamless sculpted unit – certainly more a concept of what is home than what’s traditional.
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Photos by Tobias Colz/smartvoll