Substance Architecture designed the Jirsa Loft which is located in Iowa. The idea of the design as a simple, linear volume containing the major public spaces (kitchen, dining, living, media, and bedroom) served by a series of smaller, more private spaces (laundry, master bath, office, powder room, pantry, and guest bath). This plan arrangement provides the owner with a variety of spatial opportunities including the expansive, open volume one comes to expect from loft living; more intimate, contemplative rooms; and “in-between” spaces.
Simple ebony casework is used to subdivide the large, open volume and define functional subspaces. These low cabinets allow the volume to be understood as a single space when standing, but define subspaces (living room, dining room, etc.) when visitors sit. In addition, the thick gallery wall, which runs the full length of the loft, is broken into elements corresponding to these subspaces. Even exposed door and cabinet hardware was minimized or eliminated where possible. The result is a raw, industrial space which contains a small set of highly finished, minimal objects which define the domestic program for the owner.