New Yorkers rebuild their Tribeca loft in Portland

The couple tapped a local architect with a reputation for converting vast spaces

A Tribeca-style loft recreated in Portland (source: Remodelista)
A Tribeca-style loft recreated in Portland (source: Remodelista)

WEEKENDEDITION Even outside of the metropolis, the New York City lifestyle dies hard. But for one couple it wasn’t enough to simply hustle down sidewalks and criticize the bagels in their new home of Portland, Ore. — they brought their Tribeca loft with them.

The couple chose Portland-based Emerick Architects to help give their new Portland home – a penthouse above a one-story industrial building with an 8,000-square-foot footprint — the feeling of the Tribeca loft they left behind. Emerick is known for converting large industrial and commercial spaces, such as an old Ford assembly plant and fire station in Portland.

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The couple added a large warehouse-style space to the top of the property with an 11-foot set back that works as a wraparound terrace and garden. They even used factory windows to give the space a historic industrial feel. Inside two concrete masses anchor the space, housing an elevator on one end and a fireplace on the other.

“The inspiration for the penthouse came from living in a loft in Tribeca. We always loved loft living, but in New York if we wanted to enjoy the outdoors, we had to ride down the elevator and go to a public space. We wanted to incorporate outdoor space and Portland’s lush greenery into our living space, and essentially bring the outside in.” [Remodelista]Christopher Cameron