Lofty aspirations in the Dublin 8 warehouse

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No31 The Warehouse, Clanbrassil Terrace, Blackpitts, Dublin 8 Asking price: €525,000 Agent: Felicity Fox (01) 633 4431

New York lofts often sell for 50 million euros. So who would have thought that the classic look of this iconic home type has its roots in penniless entertainers’ need to quickly hide all signs of their own dwelling?

In the mid-20th century, impoverished artists in New York City found dirt cheap studios in the dilapidated late 19th-century industrial warehouses in blocks south of Houston Street (SoHo).

And so the temptation abounded to plant a bed and a kettle there and live there too; thus saving a lot of money on residential rent. But then it was completely illegal under New York’s strict housing and fire laws.

So the artists made platforms on pulleys that could be hoisted skyward in seconds in case a firefighter or housing department official came calling. The cupboard storage was hidden behind wall panels. Kitchen counters were assembled from scraps of wooden pallets, and rusty industrial lighting dominated to ensure their spaces looked convincingly utilitarian as work studios, with no hint of clutter. clandestine living spaces.

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Interior Designer Samantha Plaisted

Interior Designer Samantha Plaisted

Located in non-residential areas where a loud nighttime groove wasn’t an issue, these loft studios/apartments were also perfect party spaces in the city during the Swinging Sixties. The expansive floor spaces provided perfect post-club dancing potential for the grown ensemble.

There was metal sculptor Donald Judd’s five-story warehouse at 101 Spring Street, purchased in 1968 for $70,000 to serve as his workspace, gallery and home. Today it is a museum dedicated to the experience of living and working in a loft.

Perhaps the most famous was Andy Warhol’s first factory at 231 East 47th Street, which he rented in 1962 for €100 a year and then lined with foil (handy from an insulation point of view). Although guests often stayed overnight, Warhol largely lived in his nearby townhouse.

Wealthy patrons came to these lofts to buy art and party and they liked what they saw. Before long, the artists were evicted by developers to redevelop the buildings for residential use and sell the resulting apartments to the city’s elite for the best price. When they ran out of warehouses, they started to build new blocks to look like them: the so-called “soft” lofts.

Now an international affair, the New York loft-style apartment is characterized by its central location, expansive open plans, rugged industrial-style floors and windows, and very high ceilings.

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The exterior of the warehouse on Clanbrassil Terrace, Blackpitts, Dublin 8


The exterior of the warehouse on Clanbrassil Terrace, Blackpitts, Dublin 8

The exterior of the warehouse on Clanbrassil Terrace, Blackpitts, Dublin 8

While Ireland has many converted distilleries and old mills, there are not too many genuine factory or warehouse conversions. Perhaps Dublin’s only scale version is The Warehouse at Clanbrassil Terrace in Blackpitts, Dublin 8, a former clothing factory run by Crowe and Wilson.

The disused 1940s building was redeveloped in 1999 by developer Michael Roden who recognized the character of the four-storey, flat-roofed, red-brick block and hired architect Mary Donohue specifically to turn it into a loft project of Manhattan style with a difference. Residents of The Warehouse over the years have included Sugar Club owner Nicky Toppin; Tipperary Crystal owners Robbie and Karen Scanlan and fashion designer Jen O’Dwyer.

Twenty-two years later, a few of them need an overhaul. The owner of No 31 on the second floor decided to hire interior designer Samantha Plaisted of Reign to update her flat for sale.

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The open kitchen dining area


The open kitchen dining area

The open kitchen dining area

The open spaces are so large here that this one-bed home has more floor space than most average three-bed family homes, at 1,270 square feet.

“It was very tired, worn and dated in some of its furniture and decor,” says Plaisted who studied it extensively before filing its solutions. “It had dated wallpaper, dark red walls and a good quality but very 1990s Shaker style kitchen. The more I looked at it, the more I saw that many aspects of the apartment were classic and fundamentally sound and could be refurbished rather than replaced.

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A view of the entrance hall


A view of the entrance hall

A view of the entrance hall

“The floor is the best travertine and it was dirty and with stains in the grout. So we called in Chemdry Cleaners to see what they could do. The results have been incredible. they gave it a sand treatment and it came out flawless. Some of the mid-century style furniture that the owners had purchased from the original owners was also cleaned by them and to our surprise also appeared like new.

“With this floor revamped and reflecting in the light, the next big change was the decision to go back to basics and brighten up the whole place with an Oxford White from Benjamin Moore and a Slipper Satin from Farrow & Ball for the carpentry, to unite that in white.

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The black library offers a counterpoint to the white walls


The black library offers a counterpoint to the white walls

The black library offers a counterpoint to the white walls

“We also painted the kitchen, also white. It worked well with the original black marble countertops which were in like new condition after 20 odd years. We have replaced the lighting with modern track mounted versions. We’ve softened this with throws and cushions in a Moroccan style and brought in pieces like the plush sideboard from Vintage Hub and bedside tables from Ikea. And now No31 is offered for sale through Felicity Fox Estate Agents for €525,000.

The apartment has a designated parking space and access to a shared courtyard with garden. There are built-in Bosch appliances including an oven, hob, extractor fan and dishwasher. He entered through an industrial glass and metal door in the entrance hall.

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The common outdoor courtyard


The common outdoor courtyard

The common outdoor courtyard

There is a bedroom with fitted wardrobes and an adjoining bathroom; a utility room with storage cupboards, there is a shower room; a heat press and the huge open-plan kitchen/living/dining area. A door leads to a shared balcony. And of course, there’s this expansive open kitchen, dining room, and living space the size of a small factory floor.

For those who like to have fun. New York style.

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