The design objective for the project team was to introduce three open work environments into an
existing historic structure that would attract the creative class and help to extend the boundaries
of an adjacent arts district into this neglected area of downtown.
The existing shell of the dilapidated building has long been an eyesore, having sat vacant with no
roof for 30+ years. The existing masonry walls, steel windows and steel trusses were cleaned and
repaired to maintain the existing character of the building while the building footprint was divided
equally into three tenant spaces with a shared service core, creating a home for the new creative
groups located within. The central tenant space includes loft level studio zone overlooking an entry
gallery below. The adjacent tenant spaces have an open footprint allowing for full use of the nearly
20’x60’ double height interior.
Structural insulated roofing panels were chosen to minimize the construction schedule, limit trades
and raw materials and to help create a thermally efficient building envelope. Additionally, the
existing steel windows were fitted with new insulated glazing units to further improve the
building’s thermal performance. An exterior entry court and rear shared courtyard were also
created within the existing footprint to create collaborative gathering areas for all the tenants to
use. Expansive use of insulated storefront and skylights were introduced to maximize daylight and
limit artificial lighting requirements within the space.
AIA Tennessee Award of Merit
AIA East Tennessee Award of Merit
Knox Heritage 'Fantastic Fifteen'
Location: Knoxville, TN, US
My Role: Architect