Over the weekend, Â AN joined an Open House New York on a tour of the under-construction Empire Stores warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The old coffee bean warehouse was built in the 1870s, but has been sitting empty along the East River for decades. By next fall, though, the Empire Stores will have been transformedÂ with all the Brooklyn-type fixings you’d expect. Yes, there is an artisanal Brooklyn market featuring local purveyors. And office space for tech and creative companies. And cafes, restaurants,Â and beer gardens. Included in the mix is also a rooftop public park and a museum focused on New York City‘s waterfront.
According to a recent article on azcentral.com, Phoenixâ€™s Warehouse District is in the midst ofÂ a renaissance. Or is it? The man behind several adaptive reuse projects in the neighborhood says not so fast. â€œItâ€™s like every five years someone gets excited about it and writes the same article,â€ said developer Michael Levine. While he admits thereâ€™s been an uptick in interest in the mid-century industrial buildings, he doubts his fellow landownersâ€™ motives. â€œIf you give them enough money…theyâ€™d have the [buildings] demolished,â€ he said.
Dutch firmÂ MVRDVÂ is creating a new office building in Hong Kong, and by the looks of the renderings, people will be really happy to work there. The project actually entails the transformation of theÂ Cheung Fai Warehouse, a 14-story industrial building that currently sits on a busy corner in the city’s designated business area of East Kowloon. MVRDV will be stripping the structure to its concrete infrastructural core before filling the frame with glass and stainless steel in order to define the new office spaces.
Brooklyn’sÂ DUMBO neighborhood is home to many a loft, but few, if any, townhouses make up the neighborhood streetscape. Curbed reported that boutique development firm and architect Alloy Development plans on building five adjacent, 6-story houses at Pearl Street in place of a graffiti-covered garage. But these wonâ€™t emulate your typical 19th-century Brooklyn-style brownstone, they will include a single facade built of ductal concrete fins with wood on the ground level.