Multifunctional loft system expands small San Francisco apartment

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Apartments in coveted urban areas tend to be expensive and small. So how to make the best out of a potentially cramped living situation? In the heart of San Francisco's financial district, this multifunctional loft addition transforms a not-so-big condo into a much larger and more dynamic space, able to adapt to different needs at different times.

Seen over at Design Milk, the Domino Loft system is made out of prefabricated concrete panels, wood slats and custom-made cabinetry, done in an Oakland workshop and reassembled on site. Designed by Charles Irby of ICOSA and Peter Suen for a young couple, the Domino Loft encompasses a dining room, a full-sized closet, a bedroom, a guest room and workspace all in one -- helping to add more functionality to the existing space of 500 square feet, and a little more privacy for each individual when needed.

Here, one person can relax up in the sleeping loft, while the other can work below, sketching on a large-sized whiteboard.

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The working space -- which includes a standing desk -- can be converted into a dining or more comfortable working area with the addition of a table.

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We love this feature: when guests come over, this same space transforms into an extra bedroom, thanks to a fold-down bed, hidden behind the large whiteboard.

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Go around the corner, and you'll find storage for clothes and shoes, and the rolling ladder going up to the sleeping loft. The ladder has very minimalist, antennae-like handholds, which look nice but probably aren't too ergonomic.

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Looking down from the loft, you can see the rest of the condo -- there's a projection screen across the room and a kitchen off to the side. One possible suggestion would be to add some kind of multipurpose railing here, that could have doubled as a low, long table for leaning on, putting a laptop on, or eating while watching a movie. It seems a bit uncomfortable to have the legs dangling over the ledge, but perhaps the designers had a reason for leaving this element out.

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Ultimately, this clever multipurpose loft system adds a lot of extra features into a small space, giving the couple intimacy, yet each person can have their own space, allowing them to do different activities simultaneously, in the same space, without tripping over one another. See more over at ICOSA and Peter Suen.

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