Last month, Duke Energy moved about 400 employees into its 83,000 square-foot space at Optimist Hall, a renovated former textile mill near NoDa and Optimist Park. Katherine Peralta KPERALTA@CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM
Corporations are moving into rehabbed warehouses for similar reasons restaurants are — for the trendy atmosphere. “Developers want to do a cool project. It’s not just about making money,” Klenk said.
Source: Old factories in Charlotte are being turned into restaurants | Charlotte Observer
One of the highlights at LX Factory, a mixed-use adaptive-reuse complex in an old textile factory, is Rio Maravilha, a cheerful, colorful bar whose upstairs terrace affords staggering views of the Tagus River. Echoing the cool ambience, the cocktails here are creative.
Source: 15 Best Bars in Lisbon – Condé Nast Traveler
All of the renovated buildings retain parts of the original construction. In 102 The Mill, these deliberately exposed frameworks are complemented by industrial-inspired lighting fixtures and minimalist, streamlined furnishings. Timber floors and warm fabrics help imbue the former factory with a sense of cozy warmth.
Source: Adaptive reuse project turns warehouse into an industrial-chic home | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
A Baowu Steel facility in northern Shanghai will be regenerated into an art and education hub, named Shanghai International Art City. Ti Gong
“Keeping the authenticity of the buildings has become a kind of art itself,” said Yongwoo Lee, artistic director of the Shanghai International Art City Research Institute. “Industrial heritage goes far beyond existing architectural recognition with unique standing and image.”
Source: City industries paved the way for art – SHINE
Photos by Tom Harris via Dezeen
In Toledo, Ohio, HKS transformed a 124,000 square foot plant into a new office building for ProMedica, a growing medical company whose offices had been spread throughout the city.
Source: Gorgeous renovation turns old steam factory into modern office space – Curbed
Keller Williams Realty Cityside
A pioneering adaptive-reuse property, the 500-unit landmark building was originally a 19th Century cotton mill. Transformed into lofts in the 1990s, it withstood a wicked fire in 1999 and a tornado nine years ago.
Source: For $525K, Cabbagetown loft is old, vast, borderline gothic – Curbed Atlanta
Located on Jamaica Avenue, the climate-controlled greenhouse is on the roof of a four-story manufacturing building that formerly housed the Ideal Toy Company. Slated to produce over 5 million heads of pesticide-free leafy greens each year for the New York market, the urban farm was installed with advanced automated greenhouse technologies using various efficient and renewable energy components.
Source: Gotham Greens opens massive rooftop greenhouse in Hollis, Queens | Inhabitat New York City
Will, together with his daughter Shane, designed the store in partnership with Birmingham-based McIntosh Poris Associates, the lead architect of the store, and Micco Construction in Pontiac and Architectural Salvage Warehouse Detroit completed the build out.
The painstaking attention to detail in its design was met with a commitment to maintaining some of the original look of the space, and an effort to utilize locally sourced building materials.
“The design was inspired by the original elements of the building – tile, terrazzo floor, exposing the ceiling,” says Shane.
via Take A Look Inside The Beautiful New Retail Space For Will Leather Goods.
By the mid- to late 20th century, it saw businesses close or leave town until most of what was left was empty warehouses.
Then, in the early 2000s, a revitalization of the Warehouse District began. It gained traction in 2005, when there was a major art exhibit in one of the warehouses.
via 4 Millwork District buildings in Dubuque represent rebirth – THonline.com: Tri-state News.
Two of the buildings involved in the Machinery Row project are shown as viewed from across the Root River on Friday. SCOTT ANDERSON email@example.com
Deconstructing the northern ends of the two buildings will open more public space along the river, Bowman pointed out. Creating public access to the river and a public walkway have been part of the plan from the beginning.
FDP’s general contractor, Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies, should be able to choose a firm soon for the deconstruction job, Bowman said. Timbers and bricks from that process will be reused in building out the apartments.
via Machinery Row work ongoing, slower than first expected.
Every time we work with something that already exists rather than creating something new, we’re conserving resources. Google just announced one such example, the conversion of an old coal-fired power plant to a data center that will use green technology.
via 7 Cool Examples of Adaptive Reuse | Care2 Causes.
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Dunn, a longtime Hyde Park resident known as the city’s “zero waste man” is preparing a historic streetcar garage and six-acre land at 93rd Street and Drexel Avenue to become the future home to the Creative Reuse Warehouse, an urban farm and commercial kitchen, composting center and a place to take and store the vast shipments of unsellable food products that come through Chicago—what Dunn estimates at 600 tons per day.
via Zero Waste Champion Eyes Historic Streetcar Garage Site For Big Sustainability Project: Chicagoist.
Milan’s rawest yet most refined restaurant, Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, is located in a former 1930s sawmill (segheria is Italian for sawmill).
via Raw Yet Refined: Carlo e Camilla in Milan: Remodelista.
“The Ansarada fit-out poses a legitimate response to this condition through its adaptive re-use of a century old wool store in Sydney’s historic rocks district, expressing its inherent beauty by juxtaposing a highly adaptable and sophisticated work environment for the companies most important asset, its people.”
via Ansarada by Those Architects.