Blog/Split Level Loft Conversion In Austria

a sculptural staircase features in this converted warehouse loft in salzburg austria

Here in this impressive Austrian residence, local architects Smartvoll have reimagined the notion of loft living.


Sculptural concrete staircase features in this contemporary loft conversion in salzburg, austria
A central staircase appears to support and carry rooms above.



This impressive 350 sq m, split level loft in Salzburg, Austria has been recently converted by visionary architects Smartvoll. Located in Panzerhalle, an area where tanks were once stored and repaired, this extraordinary apartment now sits amongst a thriving neighbourhood of creative co-working spaces, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants.

According to Smartvoll, the challenge was not only to preserve the existing space but to fill it with natural daylight. To achieve this, a sculptural concrete staircase has been inserted into the very centre of the main living zone. The staircase divides the space, creating a roof for the kitchen whilst also supporting the bedroom, bathroom, and guestrooms above. On the mezzanine, sleeping zones have been moved to the margin, providing views of the Salzburg mountains.

The carefully considered interior features smoothed and waxed concrete in a modern interpretation of the building's heritage. Subtle semi-transparent materials such as glass contrast concrete and original brick throughout. 

Photography by Tobias Colz

floating living room and bathroom features in this converted warehouse in salzburg austria

Sleeping zones were moved to the margin, directly by windows giving views of the Salzburg mountains.



“I never play with the facade, I do not live there.”

Adolf Loos, Smartvoll

lava stone kitchen features in a converted austrian loft

A lava stone kitchen serves as a multifunctional working, eating, and communication zone.