Adaptive Reuse & Historic Projects
The greenest building is the one already built.
When the Jackson Building became available in 2012 after many unsuccessful redevelopment attempts AWH was engaged to perform a Value Analysis to review the options for the building including a Condition Assessment, Fit Plans and Historical Review. The team decided to move forward and, partnering with ESG and Mike Gordon, Assoc. AIA (now with AWH), Alpha Theory, Aparium, and Fe Equus, the Jackson Building was transformed into the uber chic Hewing Hotel. The project is a shining jewel at the gateway to the Historic North Loop and an excellent example of how historic preservation, adaptive reuse and design can successfully work together.
The Maytag Building is getting a new breath of life. Erected in 1916 by the Maytag Company, in the classical Chicago School style, this Minneapolis warehouse building served as the company’s northwest branch.
Today the building is underutilized as the surrounding area has become a hub of urban activity. AWH Architects was hired to redevelop the building into a thriving commercial office space on the upper floors with retail on the first floor. Careful study and investigation was undertaken to understand the original character of the building revealing hidden exterior openings that will re-introduce the original daylight floors and the original “Maytag” sign carved into stone above the main entry that was obscured by a large modern sign. As a Historic Tax Credit project the exterior shell will be fully restored with many of the original windows being rehabilitated and a new stair core carefully located to bring the building up to modern code standards. A ‘pocket park’ with paths, landscaping and a rainwater garden is designed on the south side to provide exterior landscaped areas for the building occupants as well as a much needed respite in the dense urban location. On the interior all the non-historic elements will be removed leaving the original character of the building to act as a backdrop for occupants.
Printers Exchange Building
The Printers Exchange Building (1915) at 16-18 Fourth Street North is a seven-story, brick and reinforced concrete building completed in the Gothic Revival Style. The building was designed by local architect Victor Felix V. De Brauwere for Chas. H. McKee.
The building stored movie films into the 1960s when it began use as a fur storage building. After years of deferred maintenance and under-utilization, the building is posed to become a revived anchor for this part of the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District. The primary facade facing 4th street is clad in terra-cotta and will be restored to its original glory. The large hot-rolled steel windows on the west side will be rehabilitated with the masonry and concrete structure being restored.
The Historic Thorp Building is a unique complex of creative industrial spaces, art studio and galleries, businesses roaming hallways and Northeast Minneapolis artifacts. AWH Architects has been the base building architect for the Thorp Building, a 250,000 GSF former GE Factory for 10 years. Our firm has guided the Owner through multiple and on-going renovations. Work has included rebranding the complex as the Thorp, wayfinding, full code analysis, historic rehabilitation efforts to bring the building back to its former glory, entitlement reviews and multiple tenant fit outs.
In collaboration with WSN, AWH is bringing the Carnegie Library in Bemidji, MN back to life.
Partnering with the Ackerberg Group, AWH developed a design to convert this sleepy north loop Minneapolis historic warehouse into a multi-tenant creative workplace.
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In collaboration with Lazor Office, AWH developed an open workspace environment for this Uptown, Minneapolis ad agency.
In collaboration with BVH Architects, AWH is creating a collaborative and creative workplace for the Omaha ad agency.
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Hermit Hovel, Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Located on a private island purchased from the Olmsted family in the 1950’s this newest addition to the collection of buildings and boathouse sits atop the highest point overlooking the lake and state forest lands across the water. The shotgun style structure hovers above the forest floor on wood posts set on diamond piers and is designed to feel like one big screen porch. The entire south facade is operable doors and can be opened up to the lake breezes. The plan is oriented on the cardinal points and takes advantage of the sunsets off of the living/dining area/deck while the eastern morning sun beams in the bedroom windows. The simple shed style roof ties the plan together and is interrupted by a reverse dormer at the main entry door. Constructed of SIPs (structurally insulated panels) and LVLs for the structure and shiplap, wood paneling and rubio finished walnut floors for the interior finishes the design provides a simple and clean look.
A guest cabin on Madeline Island, Wisconsin designed to take advantage of lake views and shelter from nearby road.
Music Room addition in Plymouth, MN orientated towards the nearby lake and internal courtyard. The shape, volume and surfacing of the room is finely tuned for acoustics.
In collaboration with Urbain DRC, AWH collaborated on a multi-family complex intended to transform the Midtown Phillips neighborhood with multi-generational housing, access to the greenway and eyes on the street.
A writer’s cabin on Madeline Island, Wisconsin which provides a respite among the treetops that reinterprets the island vernacular.
Lake of The Isles Residence
Master suite remodel to early 20th C house on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. The design combined a series of incongruent rooms into a cohesive, calm and elegant suite. The bathtub is carefully situated to provide views of the lake while the bedroom provided high awning windows for privacy and ventilation.
Converting our power needs from carbon based to onsite renewables.
Nokomis Solar Pavilion
Edison High School
Edison High School was transformed into a model green campus with state of the art energy efficiency and stormwater systems. Utilizing neglected space adjacent to their sports facilities sustainability was pursued to the utmost with this addition. A new entry and educational experience was created with a massive solar array, storm water collection and treatment, community garden and greenhouse, and concession stand. In addition to creating a place to gather and pass through, these systems are designed to be educational tools for students, visitors, and the neighborhood, helping raise the next generation of environmental stewards.
The Tiny Diner, the latest restaurant concept by the famed Minneapolis restaurateur Kim Bartman, sought a different level to the locavores, farm to table, and regionalism wave that is sweeping the restaurant scene—take it off of the grid and grow a majority of the produce on the dense, urban, and used to-be contaminated site. The Tiny Diner, with its solar canopy, collects power from the sun, as well as rainwater, and directs it to the site’s various gardens. At the same time, it covers the large outdoor seating area. The Tiny Diner sets a new bar for the Minneapolis restaurant scene.
Building community spaces for performance artists.
AWH Architects has been hired to develop the design and retrofit of the old Westinghouse Warehouse building in Northeast Minneapolis into the new home for the Crane Theater. Envisioned as an Educational Arts gathering space for emerging theaters, the Crane will have workshops, community meeting room, and two performance venues; one large and one small. Careful consideration and detail has gone into seamlessly integrating the existing industrial components (including a 10 ton overhead crane) with the new program.
Strike Theater, a Twin Cities sketch comedy, storytelling, and spoken word theater, has hired AWH to help them transform a portion of the historic Thorp Building in NE Minneapolis into their new home. Along with shepherding the theater company through tricky entitlement process, AWH has developed an intriguing, simple and thoughtful design the utilizes the existing historic aspects of the building with the new use as a performing art space.
The Avalon Theater, built as a silent movie theater in the early 20th Century, has been the home of the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater for over 25 years. Alex Haecker has sat on the board for over three years and has helped the non-profit consider the full utilization of the theater along with various scenarios and funding streams to help maintain the historic structure.