CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects helps revitalize a post-industrial district in Brno, Czech Republic with a bright, minimalist loft complex

Wood on White

The Urban Infill Lofts is a new 5-story, 14-unit residential loft and commercial complex fitted out in a compelling combination of stark white and ash-wood finishes. Completed by Prague, Brno and Bratislava-based architecture firm CHYBIK + KRISTOF earlier this month, the new complex building brings a breath of fresh air to a bleak post-industrial district on the southeastern outskirts of Brno, Czech Republic.

Multi-level loft apartments feature large windows with sweeping view of the historic city. (Alex Shoots Buildings)

A bold, geometric stairwell sits at the core of the new building. (Alex Shoots Buildings)

Throughout the project, sleek white wall contrast ash-wood volumes. (Boys Play Nice)

The new structure sits on an unused site that intersects two other buildings; what the architects have coined an urban infill: a pragmatic solution that revisits an abandoned city lot and considers the potential for urban renewal. The particular shape of the site accommodates a polygon floor-plate and central geometric stairwell. This irregular shape allows for sweeping views of the historic city. The use of large windows is a nod to the locale’s industrial heritage. Balconies integrate into the structure rectangular mass. Inside multi-level loft apartments, a fluid palette of reinforced concrete floors and white wall contrasts delineated light wood volumes.

The new Urban Infill Lofts complex is the first new development project of its kind in this Southeastern outskirt of Brno. (Alex Shoots Buildings)

The building's corner position and tower-like presence makes its a new beacon for the rapidly changing neighborhood it occupies. (Alex Shoots Buildings)