Luce et Studio designed a 2,500 sf live/work space for a Chicago-based speech writer and a California banking executive. The clients’ wish was to continue an urban lifestyle within the context of a “sub–urban” Southern California neighborhood.
The loft design contrasts large-scale volumes with intimate studies of body movement and sensuality. Architectural details provide physical intimacy in each space, and contrasting materials in juxtaposition invoke the urge for experience through touch. Detail and rendering of a sculptural staircase draws the body’s climb and descent, choreographically, through space.
Where the body is most vulnerable, in bathing areas, the studio focused mostly closely on detail. Relationships between body and ritual are intensified; one bathroom space uses voyeuristic aspects of transparency; the other internalizes the act of cleansing into a secret box where metal touches skin.
The American Institute of Architects, San Diego, gave the Felkner/Lehman Loft design the prestigious Honor Award in 1999.