These open lofts prove that internal walls really are optional.

(Photo: Ema Peter.)

1. Light and Bright

Architects Jeremy Sturgess and Lesley Beale gave a bare-boned, Arthur Erickson-designed loft a spirited revival; tweaked with a kitchen clad in white Corian, flexible furniture, and a plethora of vibrant colours, this West Coast loft space is full of life and a whole lot of love. Read more about this decorous design. (Photo: Sarah Murray.)

2. Casual Masculinity

This loft designed by Jamie Hamilton and Greer Nelson of Oliver Simon Design takes the full range of macho from its owner, film and television actor Callum Keith Rennie, while maintaining the space’s laid-back soul. See more of this industrial interior. (Photo: Tracey Ayton.)

3. Smooth Operation

Renovating and designing any home is a taxing practice in patience: Alec Smith of Shape Architecture remade the entire space over the span of four years while Shift Interior’s Jamie Deck provided the finishing touches to create this minimalist, cozy home. See more of this Main Street loft. (Photo: David Strongman.)

4. Sophisticated Warmth

This snug loft, designed by Sophie Burke, is a sophisticated space that embraces its industrial vibes, allowing the existing architectural elements to speak for itself. See more of this beautiful brick interior. (Photo: Tracey Ayton.)

5. Vintage Treasures

Nadia Nascimento designed this eclectic loft through various sources. While the rug and floor cushions are from Home Depot and Ikea respectively, much of the loft is a treasure trove of vintage pieces. Read more about this Bohemian dream home. (Photo: Ema Peter.)

6. Welcome to New York

This stylish, New York-style loft designed by Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds of Falken Reynolds Interiors has a variety of mixed woods, black powder coated metal accents and industrial shelving to create a space that’s both beautiful and liveable. Read more about this Big Apple makeover. (Photo: Martin Tessler.)

7. Lofty Ambitions

Architect D’Arcy Jones brings this ’90s loft to the 21st century by carefully balancing its dynamic between hard-edge and playful turns. Jones’s loft is in itself a sculptural work, a treasure that needs to be seen. See more of this modern marvel.

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