Firehouse Loft

Saint Paul, MN

February 1, 2015

Alchemy’s condo design in a renovated St. Paul firehouse includes replacing generic finishes and fittings with practical, authentic materials, and custom fabrications.

Hot rolled, steel-clad barn doors with custom rolling hardware provide privacy and allow for a more defined bedroom entry. New built-in bedroom cabinetry provides efficient storage and focus on a formerly blank wall. A simple elegant task niche, clad in white oak, hides indirect lighting within its folds. A cadence is set by alternating sliding doors, wood panels, and painted walls. 

Exposed metal ducting and sprinkler fixtures led the architects to fabricate a few functional elements including a blackened steel coat rack trio, and leather drawer pulls accented with stainless steel washers that mimic the industrial aesthetic. Each facet of this remodeled is embedded with tactility and craft, paying homage to the industrial ego of Saint Paul’s Lowertown.