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  • mercantile lofts
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    rick GERSBACH: WMercantile lofts is an interior renovation of a 1906 Chicago Style Beaux-Arts building in Downtown Los Angeles. After changing ownership and uses over the course of a century, there are now extreme structural and mechanical constraints to making any further modifications to the building. These limitations provoked a series of questions about building in an environment that can’t be altered: If walls can’t be added or removed, what if design alters the character of existing walls? What if walls appeared to be deep instead of flat? What if graphic and color gets confused with three-dimensional objects? In other words, is it possible to manufacture more space without changing the size of a room?

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