The Brickworks at Midtown West is a 141,000 square-foot adaptive reuse project situated on a 4.5 acre parcel of property and contained primarily in three existing utilitarian warehouses. The existing warehouses varied in construction types from 1800s traditional warehouses built of masonry and post-and-beam construction to 1970s utilitarian warehouse with concrete walls, ceilings and floors. The historic uses of the buildings also varied greatly, ranging from live-stock barns, to farm equipment showrooms, to groceries, to appliance store, to furniture stores. The name The Brickworks came from the period when the warehouses were used by Palmer Brick Company in the 1880s. The new development reuses the existing warehouses and adds a new “front door” to the complex. The “front door” is marked by a round brick tower that is sited at the apex of the curve on Marietta Street. The “front door” addresses the intersection of Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road and serves as focal point for the pedestrian traffic as well as the vehicular traffic. The uses of these spaces by the new tenants are as varied now as they were in the past. The development currently has tenants that have businesses that range from art galleries, to furniture showrooms, to restaurants, to film editing…and these are but a few of the tenants. The new “front door” provides tenant spaces for restaurants with sidewalk patio dining as well as a rooftop patio with skyline views. The renovated warehouses and complimentary new construction are designed around two new courtyards and a covered elevated walk that together provide a walkable connection to all areas of the project. An 85’ long fountain greets visitors as they arrive at the lower parking level. This large fountain and the two smaller fountains provide focal points along the pedestrian areas and serve as impromptu lunch spots and meeting places, an oasis away from the street. The construction of the “front door” and the connection pieces use materials and details that were discovered through the renovation process of the historic warehouses. The materials are used in a simple utilitarian way to maintain the character of the original utilitarian buildings.
An existing 5000 square foot retail space renovation for a national tile showroom. Overwhelming variety of tile showcased in the space, required inventive ways of display. Taking advantage of the North facing storefront. The windows left open, with a steel grid to frame tile panels. The steel work tables helped to break the space up with organizing elements.
The 5,400 s.f. space was designed for an internet store specializing in post-war design furniture and decorative items. The design efforts included custom lighting displays, a custom P.O.S., a chair display grid and a 65’ curved and sloped, back-lit PVC wall. The project also included coordination with Atelier Mendini of Milan, Italy for Alessi’s first U.S. flagship.
An existing 8,000 s.f. office building was renovated and a new “front porch” was added in order to provide a new façade for the new restaurant, coffee shop and access to the 3 upper level tenant spaces. The new “porch” added new access to the upper spaces as well as created a new 50 person covered patio for the restaurant below. The new metal panels encased the existing structure providing a new skin that provided a new visual appeal as well as resolving many problematic aspects of the original
431 West Ponce de Leon
431 Ponce de Leon
Originally a Studebaker dealership built in the early 1940’s, the original building had suffered many poorly constructed additions. Working with the simple lines and large windows of the original building, the existing 23,000 s.f. building was sculpted to provide new office and retail space. A three story connector was cut through the center of the building to provide natural light and access through the structure.
A conversion of a nondescript industrial warehouse into a retail center providing 3 tenant spaces. The solution provided colorful pattern and decorative lighting to create street appeal at a minimal cost.