June 29th, 2012

Dream Project Part 1

Want a glimpse into the mind of this architect? I’m sure that all architects, whether experienced or not, have that certain project type on which they would love to work. We’ll call it a dream project.

There’s no such super sleek glass and concrete stucture in my dream.

For a long time, mine was the adaptive reuse of an old abandoned textile mill. There were four abandoned textile mills in my hometown of Rock Hill, South Carolina. I find beauty in the aged masonry and the rhythmic pattern of large windows often with jack arches. I always felt these would make great loft spaces for residential or commercial purposes with tall ceiling heights, plenty of natural light, and textures such as exposed brick and aged pine floors.

These monolithic structures were the centers of communities and were important economic engines. Below are some links to similar projects that have been completed.

The Lofts of Greenville

Greystone Lofts

Mebane Mill Lofts