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Maken North


Adaptive Reuse, Mixed Use Commercial:

Artisan Studios, Maker-spaces, Offices, Assembly
120,000 SF 
Philadelphia: 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. 

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MaKen North

120,000 square feet (500 - 2,500 sqft studios)

Maker spaces, creative studios, 500-person event space

Harrowgate/Kensington (two blocks from the Market Frankford Tioga stop)

Project Team

Developer: Shift Capital

Architect: Bright Common

Structural Engineer: Larsen & Landis

Photography: Dave Apple

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