The Losa Loft in San Francisco’s Mission District had been remodeled into a warm, cleanly-detailed space for urban living. The existing space was rendered as a neutral white box, into which 5 architectonic elements (the cradle, the zipper, the hearth, the stage, and the scrim) were inserted.
Christopher Losa freely admits to being “OCD.”
“I need to exist in a space that’s free of clutter,” he claims, and it’s this compulsion that led him, in 2003, to his present home in San Francisco. At first glance the empty loft condo seemed run-of-the-mill, but Losa had a strong vision for the space and high hopes for his new life in the Mission Disctrict. He and his wife, Elizabeth, tired of the Beltway-driven life in Washington, DC, moved to the Bay Area to find an environment with more cultural stimulation. Losa, an independent supply-chain management consultant for 16 years, an excellent cook, and longtime food connoisseur, dreamed of opening his own restaurant.
They opted for a loft because “it’s a clean way of living,” says Losa. “It’s a beautiful thing to come home to a space that opens up. In a way, it’s everything that ‘urban’ isn’t.”
The transplanted couple’s 1,400-square-foot unit had the usual: tall ceilings, concrete floors, large windows, no walls; “a big white box,” in Losa’s words. In order to remodel it to fit their needs, they hired Joshua Aidlin (of Aidlin Darling Design), who based his eventual design around what he calls “a generous amount of eastern morning light” that streams in from tall ground-floor windows.
Aidlin conceived a plan made up of five architectonic elements: “the cradle,” “the zipper,” “the hearth,” “the stage,” and “the scrim.” After two years of renovation, the loft was transformed into a radiant interior dotted with mid-Century treasures .