Mixed Use Commercial: Artisan Studios, Maker-spaces, Offices, Assembly
Philadelphia, PA: Kensington
Built in 1910 for the Richardson Mint Company and later utilized by a textile retailer, this post industrial relic is now home to a thriving community of industrial artists. Embracing the building’s shifting identity, the project utilizes arts as a generator for community engagement and redevelopment. The design approach balances past and present, employing existing architectural features to frame spaces for innovative makers. The facility includes over 50 studios, a 500 person event space and a programmable rooftop with views to the skyline. Once a container for production, Maken North is now a vibrant village of artists and entrepreneurs; an integral part of the city’s flourishing cultural movement.
Developer: Shift Capital
Structural Engineer: Larsen & Landis
Photography: Dave Apple