Adaptive Reuse

Past to Present

Historic motorcycle factory converted into affordable housing features high-performance windows with insulating spacers. Originally built in 1890, the building is famously known as the Indian Motorcycle’s former manufacturing mill facility. The company is credited with producing one of the first motorized bikes, and is considered to be the premier manufacturer of motorcycles in the racing industry. The vehicles also provided agile transportation to U.S. troops in World Wars I and II. They were distributed nationwide until the 1950s, and in 2011, the brand was reintroduced.The Mason Square Apartments II at Indian Motorcycle project, located in the McKnight National Historic District of

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Solarban 90 Starphire glass from Vitro Architectural Glass

The Right Glazing Supports New Dallas Icon

To best showcase the exterior ceramic framing on the adaptive reuse of a 1950s bank building into a five-story mixed-use building in downtown Dallas, 5G Studio Collaborative selected Solarban 90 Starphire glass from Vitro Architectural Glass.With Solarban’s high performance solar control and Starphire’s industry-leading clarity, the product delivered the energy efficiencies and aesthetics the unique project was seeking.“Numerous options were considered and after reviewing them all in combination with the artistic tile on the building. Solarban 90 Starphire glass was selected because of its clarity, reflection and lack of color,” says Josh Allen, partner, 5G

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Former American Graphophone Co. now houses the Great Oaks Charter School and a residential space in Bridgeport, Conn.

Historic Steel Replica Windows Fill Adaptive Reuse Needs

After the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office rejected a window manufacturer looking to replace the windows from an early 20th century machine shop, Crosskey Architects turned to Graham Windows. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the adaptive reuse of the former American Graphophone Co. now houses the Great Oaks Charter School and an adjacent residential space in Bridgeport, Conn.To replace the rather large existing windows, Graham provided 680 SR6700 Steel Replica windows in fixed and fixed/projected configurations to simulate the authentic look of the original steel factory windows. The windows met the structural performance needs and historic requirements

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Elementary School Vřesovice, Czech Republic

New Life

“Conversion” may become the buzzword that defines construction in 2020. It certainly did here at the Elementary School Vřesovice in the Czech Republic, which involved the reconstruction of a Baroque rectory. The church wished that the village should not let the whole premises deteriorate, but use it for a purpose—it did, becoming a school and daycare center. To give it new life, the designers, Public Atelier and FUUZE, emphasized the interconnection of individual parts so that their historical value as a complex could be preserved, while the users of the converted facility could feel comfortable and free to use all its parts. Simple cubic shapes, smooth surfaces and distinc

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The Cube, Calgary, Ca.

A Heating Renaissance at Calgary’s Residential Conversion

An undesirable, vacant 38-year-old office building is reimagined and now features the city’s first office-to-residential space conversion with new high-efficiency condensing boiler heating technology. The Cube, a 52,000-sq.-ft., seven-story building in Calgary’s Beltline neighborhood, features 65 one- and two-bedroom residential rental units and is just a short walk from the city’s downtown area. Once the aging Stephenson office building, the building was converted to new residential and rental units in 2019. The building’s developer, Ash Mahmoud, managing director of Calgary-based Strategic Builders Inc. (SBI), the construction arm of Strategic Group, oversaw the con

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Hyvee Arena, Kansas City, Mo.

HyVee Arena’s Sports Complex Repurposes Building

Considered the nation’s first multi-level sports complex, Hyvee Arena adaptively reused the historic Kemper Arena’s single-level venue transforming it into a modern, four-level, multi-functional, 10,000-seat recreational facility in Kansas City, Mo. Working with McCownGordon Construction, the building owner and design team devised a solution that inserted a second floor in the middle of the existing facility.According to McCownGordon Construction, the construction of the facility was complex due to the addition of the new structural upper sport floor over the existing lower arena sports floor and seating. The renovation also included enhancements to the interior environ

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Converse Global Headquarters, Lovejoy Wharf, Boston

The Lovejoy Wharf

For years the privately-owned Lovejoy Wharf was a missing link in the HarborWalk that extends 46 miles around Boston’s waterfront. Revived in 2015, Lovejoy Wharf is now home to a new pedestrian walkway and a reinvented 200,000-sq.-ft., circa 1904 office building—the new global headquarters for iconic footwear company Converse. A unique mix of retail, entertainment and commercial office space, Lovejoy Wharf hosts 600 corporate employees; Converse’s non-profit sound studio, RubberTracks, that helps non-mainstream artists record an album; a yoga studio; fitness center; café/commons and materials library. Embracing multiple old and new exposed hard surfaces, building materials

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Adaptive Reuse

The reuse movement is happening across the country. In Seattle, architect Susan Jones, orchestrated a partial demolition of a 1980s office building to create a new home for the First Congregational Church of Seattle’s growing congregation. In Baltimore, sports clothing retailer Under Armour’s new facility is contained in a former Big-Box store reimagined as a corporate campus with the help of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. In Chicago, the former New York Life Insurance Building was rescued from demolition thanks to the efforts of Kimpton Hotels, who, as part of their effort to preserve historical structures reopened the building as the luxurious “The Gray.” In the case of the latter, it’s just mor

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BIG Rigs Housing Solution

Urban Riggers is making a splash—literally. A floating hub of shipping containers refitted as student housing for the University of Denmark was met with critical acclaim last month in Copenhagen, and is now the most de rigueur and affordable student accommodations in the city. “My oldest son needed a place to live when he was going to university,” Kim Loudrup, cofounder of the Copenhagen housing startup Urban Rigger told World Architecture News. “When we went online to see the availability for student housing in Copenhagen, it dawned on us that it was a nightmare.” Architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG and partner Kim Loudrup, CEO of Urban Riggers have become BMOC (big men on campus) for conceiving

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