Remember back in the 90’s when the lofts at 5th and Delaware were all the rage – almost the only rage when it came to lofts and downtown Kansas City. As long as the space had “exposed brick” then you knew it was a loft. Today, lofts have transcended to new heights. Mixed use, co-working spaces, sustainable design – the public now views lofts as a license to stretch their design legs and create unique spaces that showcase their individuality.
Piper Lofts is a great example of this, located at 20th & Wyandotte in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District. Originally built in 1917, the HD Lee Building served as the LEE Jeans factory for nearly 60 years and manufactured one-piece overalls for the military during World War I. The building has since evolved into a sought after address for people that want to work and live in the heart of downtown Kansas City.
We’ve turned 10,000 square feet of the first floor into Law Offices for SLS Law Firm. It’s a mixture of industrial such as tall open concrete ceilings, exposed duct and sealed concrete floors, all the things that loft space is known for yet warm rich finishes with custom dark oak cabinets, doors and rich warm colors hand selected by our client. It embodies their spirit and culture that’s the beauty of the evolution of design and construction today – the new life that is unveiled with each client’s vision of what fits them.
We are currently making preparations to finish out the last 15,000 square feet of the second floor for another client. This will complete the build out of the two floors of commercial space in the building.
Open space and a blank canvas is sometimes all you need to get those creative juices flowing. Well, that and a breathtaking view of the city from a cool rooftop in the Crossroads doesn’t hurt either.