Meridian 105 Architecture transform an 1890s masonry firehouse into a mixed-use building

Meridian 105 Architecture transform an 1890s masonry firehouse into a mixed-use building

27 Nov 2022 News

Meridian 105 Architecture unveil the adaptive reuse of a circa 1890s firehouse in the LoHi neighbourhood of Denver. Formerly housing horses and carriages, the firehouse was set atop a steep hill that made it difficult for horse-drawn fire pumps, eventually leading to the discontinuation of its services. The building has seen various uses, the most recent being the renovation into a mixed-use apartment complex. 

photo_credit Justin Martin Photography
Justin Martin Photography

The transformation involves adding a new contemporary volume to the top floor of the existing structure, an extension of the building’s footprint and an insertion of two levels of office space over the restaurant. 

photo_credit Justin Martin Photography
Justin Martin Photography

Through the selective restoration, the design beautifully portrays the charm of the former structure while encompassing a minimal yet rich feel. Light processes materials wrap the new structural addition, complementing the original masonry. 

photo_credit Justin Martin Photography
Justin Martin Photography

Clad in Corten steel, a material that changes over time, induces a sense of honest rawness. Built on a steel frame, the new addition hardly hinders the existing structural elements, making the new insertion an independent yet harmonious entity.   

photo_credit Justin Martin Photography
Justin Martin Photography

Therefore, the old structure finds a new meaning through its diverse uses, resulting in a dynamic community space.

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