In Loft P Per-Johan and Caroline Dahl draw from their research and practice in architecture and urbanism to extract the spatial typology of the loft. Departuring from the synchronized celebration and critique of Modernism, which spurred the emergence of loft architecture in Lower Manhattan during the 1950s and '60s, the book deploys the design and construction of Loft P in Malmo, Sweden, to extrapolate the architectural significance of the loft. The loft became a real estate success in the 1970s that spread beyond New York City, yet, however, often lacking a critical approach to architectural design. By recognizing the historical and theoretical premises of the loft, this book establishes a body of knowledge useful for various fields and practices when engaging the spatial attributes of the loft in contemporary discourse.
Per-Johan Dahl and Caroline Dahl are the co-founders of smog studio. smog studio is a research oriented design practice committed to mediate the intersections and overlaps between architecture and urbanism. Drawing from the instant interaction between these two disciplines, the firm responds to the fluctuating and advancing social, cultural, geopolitical, and technological conditions of contemporary life. Per-Johan Dahl was educated at Lund Institute of Technology (Master of Architecture), University of Texas at Arlington (Architecture), and Blekinge Institute of Technology (Engineering). He attended the Doctoral program at UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design in 2007 and advanced to PhD Candidacy in 2009. He has extensive experience from architectural practice with responsibilities in design, construction, and management. As an acclaimed professional he has been appointed several board member positions both in Sweden and internationally. He is a close collaborator with RIEA and cityLAB. In concurrence with responsibilities for the design and construction of several projects at smog studio, he has been engaged as a teacher at UCLA, LTH-A, OTIS, and Woodbury University. Caroline Dahl was educated at Blekinge Institute of Technology (Master of Spatial Planning), and SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture (Master of Architecture). She has worked for various public entities such as the City of Helsingborg and the City of Landskrona with responsibilities for comprehensive planning, urban renewal, and urban design. She was commissioned by the County Administrative Board in Skane to promote local and regional initiatives for sustainable urban development. In concurrence with responsibilities for several ongoing design research projects at smog studio, she is also the manager of the research programme FUSE at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Department of Landscape Architecture.
.- Foreword (Guy Lafranchi) .- Introduction (Per-Johan Dahl and Caroline Dahl) .- Tracing the Architecture of the Loft (Per-Johan Dahl) .- The Model .- Loft P (Per-Johan Dahl and Caroline Dahl) .- The Plan .- Axonometric Drawing .- The Partitions .- The Armatures .- Construction: Phase 1 .- Construction: Phase 2 .- The Armatures .- About the Authors .- Project Data