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Modern Loft of Transformed Tankers and Fire Escape Stairs

Here is one of the coolest loft design ideas we’ve come across. Located in… where else but New York?! The trend-setting town is home to the Morton Loft by Architecture & Design, which is itself a groundbreaking concept. What began as an old petroleum tank has been slices, painted, mounted and repurposed into a newfangled private nook within this otherwise open concept apartment space, which fittingly was itself once a parking garage. From its unusual origins into this recycled house with an ultra contemporary look and smart, functional design, this is one modern loft not to be missed!

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Photo credit: Paul Warchol

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Four large hatchback doors are operated by hydraulic pistons that open and close with the simple push of a button, letting natural light and air flow through.

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A fire escape leads up to the grated catwalk, which circles around the open two-storey space, leading to the contemporary loft with open views below.

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We love the industrial style of the space in its entirely, and the tanker loft is the jewel in this warehouse-chic crown. Within these minimalist interiors, the yellow-painted interior of the tanker is an instant attraction.

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These luscious, lemony interiors won’t be ignored, and beg to be explored!

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The apartment has a, dare we say it, cold quality about it. There are actually two tankers used in the home – one placed horizontally on the upper level housing two sleeping pods, and another tanker positioned vertically, like a tube, containing two stacked bathrooms – one accessed by the lower level, one by the upper.

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The bathroom tanker’s yellow interior is actually an automotive enamel coating (harking back to the home’s original purpose as a parking garage) and all the plumbing mounted to the tanker’s exterior.

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Here it is from the outside. Now that’s what we call “service on wheels”!

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Here’s a shot of the tanker as it makes its grand entrance into its permanent, proud home.

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This diagram illustrates how the tankers are places inside the open apartment, highlighted in yellow, with the steel stairs and upper-level walkways indicated in blue. Too cool!

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