Adaptive Reuse

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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