On Sunday June 5, 2011 Saskatchewan’s largest city, Saskatoon, will hold it’s biennial Doors Open event to allow some 10,000 Saskatooners (?) to view private residential buildings that could not otherwise be viewed by the general public (unless they were invited for tea). The idea behind it is good old appreciation of architecture, both old and new. At absolutely no cost, thousands can view up to 25 homes, buildings, and warehouses all in the name of curiosity.
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One highly anticipated project to ogle will be the Rumley Distinctive Lofts (pictured above). The now loft space was originally built in 1912 as a tractor assembly plant, and recently re-imagined by the reputable principal architect of Klypak Rusick Architects, Heney Klypak to the tune of $12M.
The King George in downtown Saskatoon (above) is another historic landmark building that locals are clamoring to check out. With one of the most prestigious addresses, this reno features classic contemporary touches.
And rounding out the top 3 more intriguing architectural projects participating in Doors Open this year is the renovated T. Eaton lofts which converted the original Eaton’s distribution warehouse into a modern-day gem, and helped to flip its Caswell Hill neighbourhood from seedy to superb.
It is clear to see that the Saskatoon real estate market is going through a real ‘lofty’ faze these days – perhaps attempting to capture some of that loft craze that went on in larger US and Canadian cities in the last decade. And the Saskatoon Doors Open event will allow everyone to get a little taste of loft life!
For more info on Doors Open Saskatoon, click here.
5 QUICK TIPS FOR DECORATING A LOFT SPACE
- Use area rugs, partitions, and furniture to create distinct spaces.
- Select contemporary materials like stainless steel, glass, wood, and chrome to mimic the industrial feel of the space.
- Upholster furniture in natural textures and fabrics, like linen.
- Keep overall colour-palette neutral, and add some carefully-selected bright, bold accessories.
- Pendant lighting works best with the high ceilings.