Oakford
Philadelphia, PA
context analysis

A former factory/warehouse for the Howard Clothes Company constructed sometime between 1918 and 1930 has been underutilized for years. The brick, heavy timber and steel structure originally incorporated four stories and a basement.  In 2011 the first floor was removed to create a double height space with ramped vehicle access.  The building served as a warehouse on the ground floor, while the upper levels remained vacant.

Stanev Potts Architects was engaged early to help the owners maximize the use of the building through a number of feasibility studies. The renovation and conversion of the  warehouse consists of artist studios, apartment units and amenity spaces.

Due to the lack of use and maintenance over the years, substantial capital investments were needed to stabilize the structure and make it attractive to new tenants.  Throughout the design phases, we applied and tested the initial principles at progressively more refined and detailed scales working closely with our clients and a carefully assembled team of experienced and capable consultants. 

entrance render

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east and  west elevations

This adaptive reuse project included the addition of a fifth floor to maximize the potential number of units and collaborative spaces. The addition is set back and finished in a different material from the historic structure to keep the intentions of the original architect clear. A simple, yet visually effective new spandrel panel design highlights the verticality of the brick structure.  

    

With each phase of design we seek to find the best balance between aesthetic, pragmatic, and financial considerations in a timely manner. 

exterior render

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north and south elevations
interior render
interior render
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Architectural Design Firm

stanev potts architects    

1103 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

info@sparchs.com

 

Tel: 215-625-3590