The Finn Lofts / el dorado

© Mike Sinclair

The Finn Lofts is located in the heart of what has come to be known as the commerce street arts district in , . The project converts an early century warehouse building into a community of dwellings, and retail spaces that compliments the local art community.

More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Structural Engineers: BDC
MEP Engineers: PKMR
General Contractor: Farha Construction
Landplan-landscape arch/civil engineering: code consultant services
Owner: Finn’s Lofts LLC
Project Area: 30,757 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

© Mike Sinclair

The challenge was to create twenty seven residential units, all with natural light and ventilation. Originally used as a transfer point for cargo between locomotives and trucks, the existing structure has a large square floor plate with limited opportunities for apertures to the exterior.

© Mike Sinclair
floor plan

The solution is based on the simple notion that light can be borrowed both horizontally and vertically. By understanding the constraints and opportunities of the site and existing structure, our approach focuses on four strategies: Adapting, Removing, Carving and Adding.

light diagram
Cite: "The Finn Lofts / el dorado" 24 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Andrew

    This is absolutely beautiful. I live in Boston, MA and the usage of inside brick seems to be getting used more and more often. Thank you for posting this, great work.

    - Andrew
    mendocino county architect

  • up_today_arch

    Nice solution indeed… Easy and ecological for interiors… good color combination for outside…

  • colo

    very nice project.
    Simple and quite effective.
    It’s a shame it doesn’t have more 2 or 2+ bedroom units.
    (Shouldn’t this be filed under “refurbishment” tag as well?)

  • ygogolak

    Uh oh, where’s the people complaining that there are no windows in the bedroom?