The architects have sought to preserve the spirit of the former warehouse with strategic alterations on the exterior. A diagonal slice through the southwest corner creates a grand entry defined by a new diagonal structural element and new glazing. New doors and windows have also been inserted into the remaining original graffiti-covered brick walls.
Inside, the former warehouse will be reconfigured to provide a large, open work space, along with design classrooms, a restaurant, and retail. As the headquarters for URBAN-X, A/D/O will also offer rentable work space and a fabrication studio for innovative hardware startups.
Architect: nArchitects; Client: BMW/MINI; Program: Office, Commercial, Retail; Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY; Completion: Fall 2016.