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Siskin says he has always liked the idea of entering directly into the living area, but the architect convinced him to create the formal entry, which the designer has lined with bookshelves. “There is a definite processional feel to this space,” says Chan. “You come into this very tall 14½ft atrium – essentially a library – which in turn opens into the living area. The large fireplace is on the same axis – you just get a tantalising sense of what lies beyond in terms of the view.” In keeping with the desired loft-style 26 aesthetic, the main living area is a large steel-framed pavilion, measuring 20ft by 40ft. The space is completely open to the master bedroom, which features another sitting area. The extra-wide opening can be closed off with a sliding door. Steel windows and doors enhance the industrial look, as do the large steel I-beams that form the fireplace mantel. These were ground and polished by the contractor, a former bridge builder. Rough-sawn reclaimed pine wood on the chimney, polished concrete floors and search | save | share at natural walnut cabinetry in the kitchen area reinforce the raw quality of the material palette. Natural materials are also a feature of the furnishings, with leather, steel, chrome and wood most prominent. “The furniture is mostly pieces I have gathered over the past 40 years, for various apartments and stores,” Siskin says. “It’s a very eclectic mix – the dining chairs are new, but I have had the Corbusier chairs for four decades. They were originally black but I had them recovered in an orange-red leather.”