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Maken North


Mixed Use: Artisan Studios, Offices, Commercial, Assembly

Adaptive Reuse,
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. 

Maken North diagram

Photography: Dave Apple

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