In Alabama, a commercial building with a multifarious past begins a fresh chapter for a young family after a modern renovation.
Love, love, love....contrasting to the student apartments around Auburn University, this industrial space was built in 1920 as a mercantile space in a thriving African-American neighborhood during segregation.The building has since hosted several pool halls, a barbershop, a Baptist church, a few cab companies, several restaurants, and, rather dubiously, a “fish shop.”
When the Hills purchased the building, they were unaware of its backstory —it was merely a termite-infested plumbing storehouse with a promising brick-and-concrete exterior. “During construction our neighbors kept coming up and sharing stories about getting their hair cut here, or eating here when it was a cafe,” David says. “We realized we had to be a little more careful. This thing had a life, a more interesting life, than we had ever imagined. We kind of stepped back a little bit and didn’t do some of the architectural moves that we originally thought we were going to do.”
The story is very interesting and the journey of renovating this building had some important messages for anyone taking on a project like this.
Easily found items such as metal-clad doors and industrial sinks for the kitchen contrast with the building’s brick exterior, playing modern against historic. Large, off-the-shelf industrial windows let light into the space, open up the interiors, and help the building relate better to the out-of-doors. Using ready-made fittings saved on budget, too.
Unlike many homes, inside this one, skateboarding and floor hockey are a-okay: For kids, that’s the stuff of dreams. For parents, on the other hand, indoor sports could be the very definition of mayhem—but in this Chicago house, it also makes for peace of mind.
Miller/Hull Partnership, an architectural firm based in Seattle, was selected for this project. Their portfolio and philosophy is impressive.
Click here to view the full photogallery.Photos by Michelle and Chris Gerard Photographers. The Library Loft building in downtown Detroit is owned by Mindfield, the firm that purchased and is...
Built in 1907, the Library Lofts building is situated across from the downtown branch of the Detroit Public Library and is the oldest surviving structure to have housed the J.L. Hudson department store. Hardwood paneling and marble floors salvaged from the former J.L. Hudson store on Woodward adorn the building's lobby.http://www.studiozonedetroit.com/lofts/library-lofts/
This raw and real loft has all the right things going on, incredible bones and great skin (Mies van der Rohe reference) To top it all off there is an awesome dog in the family...always a bonus, and a sign that sets the fun and quirky tone...A DOG'S TAIL NEVER LIES
The young Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres chose to live in a small studio in Londrina, Brazil. The place would lodge an artist’s painting atelier and was under redecoration for over 10 years by the architect himself. The present project came to life due to several problems found in the building such as electricity mains and rewiring, wall cracks and seepage. Within a month, all wall coatings were removed and rebuilt whilst the architect decided to build a brick table and couch. “As a furniture ...
This home is visually a contrast between the massive concrete walls and furniture and the interesting textural, colorful elements of fabrics and accessories. "The design was inspired by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, a Brazilian architect who won the Pritzker prize in 2006 and famous for exploring the Brutalist Architecture, in which the architecture functional mechanisms such as hydraulic and electrical pipes are at sight. Modern and avant-garde, the whole building cost approximately U$ 6,000.00 and the low cost is due to its simplicity in architectural solutions."
A facade made entirely of glass stands completely independently of the old structures, showing off their immense scale. http://archdai.ly/15n8iab —
The exquisite conversion of a rare ruin in Dusseldorf, "the reconversion was closely overseen by the administrative authorities, since this old factory in the city centre miraculously avoided damage during the many bombings of World War II." archdaily
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