AWH Architects partnered with New Rules on the adaptive reuse of the long-abandoned Speedway gas station site on Lowry Avenue in North Minneapolis. New Rules, a development collective headquartered on Lowry Avenue, focuses on the reuse of neglected and underused buildings, particularly in blighted black and brown neighborhoods, giving them a new life as community hubs for innovation, creation, food, music, and conversation.
Working closely with the New Rules team, AWH strove to create a space that can adapt to an ever-evolving landscape of community needs, while still being anchored by the notion that good food and drink are universal staples bringing us together. The 2200 square foot former gas station features a commercial kitchen attached to an expansive main hall that can be set up as a coffee house during the day, a craft cocktail bar in the evening, or reserved for private events on the weekends. To add further functionality to the site, the team designed a deck adjacent to the original gas station that is bookended by a repurposed shipping container. During warm summer evenings, this area will serve as an outdoor performance space with the shipping container functioning as additional food or bar service.
The boarded-up Speedway gas station had been an eyesore for years; a glaring sign of political disinterest and disinvestment. AWH has been proud to help the New Rules team realize their vision of creating a unique jewel for social gatherings and/or activism on the Northside.
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