I've always connected the word loft to the German word Luft which means air. I have to do some research to find out whether my intuition is right. I have always been looking for lofts and open spaces in Rome, but there aren't so many ex industrial places in Rome ready to be transformed into urban living places. You can find lofts in Milan and other industrial cities, but not in Rome, where I live. People living in areas where disused plants and factories have been converted into living places are really really fortunate because they can afford themselved wide spaces, void rooms, mega parties with friends, great working spaces and a lot of other funny and serious activities.
Here are some of my favourite lofts! Hope people out there living a loft can find some inspiration!